Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 
 

REV. WILLIAM A. BROOM, deceased, a pioneer of Effingham County of 1829, was born in Smith County, Tenn., August 26, 1829. He was a son of Hon. John Broom, and his mother bore the maiden name of Mary Allen. His father was born in 1809, and came to Effingham County with his family in the fall of 1829. He settled in what is now Mason Township, became quite prominent in public life, and was a distinguished representative of the pioneers. The subject of this sketch spent the days of his boyhood on his father's farm, and received such educational privileges as the public schools of that early day in a new country afforded. In 1852, having arrived at man's estate, he was married in Freemanton to Miss Nancy Bishop. He then engaged in farming until 1855, after which he embarked in merchandising at Freemanton, where he remained for three years. On the expiration of that period he purchased a farm in Jackson Township, and there carried on agricultural pursuits until 1870, when he removed to Moundville, now Altamont, where he was engaged in the drug business. Subsequently he dealt in dry goods and in furniture.

Twelve children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Broom, of whom nine are yet living, the other three having died in infancy. John E., the eldest, whose sketch appears on another page of this work, married Miss Ada Booth, and is engaged in business in Effingham; Mary J. is the wife of William Harris, a resident of Indianapolis, Ind.; David E. married Miss Alice Mays, and makes his home in Effingham; Effie is the wife of Frank A. Logue, a resident of Mattoon, Ill.; Jethro W. married Flora Sloan, and is living in Effingham; Warren S., Charles A. and Louis M. are unmarried; Elery M. married Minnie Brown, is living in Effingham, and is a conductor on the Vandalia Railroad.

Mr. Broom was a Democrat in politics and held various township offices. He served as Clerk, Auditor and Justice of the Peace. After going to Altamont, he engaged in mercantile pursuits until his death, which occurred on the 29th of May, 1882. He was a local minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a faithful worker in the cause of Christianity. His was a useful and upright life and he died respected and esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances. His wife still survives him.  She is a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, and came to Effingham County at the age of seventeen. She makes her home in Effingham, and is now a member of the Baptist Church.

 Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 526. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 
   
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