Samuel Broam is a bit of a mystery. The surname spelling is almost unique to those descended from h…

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Samuel Broam is a bit of a mystery. The surname spelling is almost unique to those descended from him. The earliest record of him is in the McDonald Co, MO, marriage records (his first marriage in 1844) and the next is the 1850 census for McDonald Co, MO.

The 1850 MO census entry for the household headed by Samuel W. Broam is interesting in terms of his two wives. The household includes both his first (Cynthia) and second wives (Elizabeth)... and both had the surname of Broam! He had married Cynthia Ann Pool in 1844 (per marriage records), and Elizabeth Martin sometime later (probably 1851-1852. Jasper Co, MO, marriage records include a Cynthia Ann "Broome" marrying a Jame H. Smith in 1857 (no other info found conerning either of them after that point in time). Maybe Elizabeth was working in the household and her surname somehow was recorded as Broam? The 1850 census entry for this Broam household was divided between pages 53 & 54. A review of pages 51-57 reveals no other individuals with the surname of Broam, Pool or Martin. The Blumenkemper male in the household is not known to be related to any of the other three individuals in the household.

The 1860 McDonald Co,, MO census entry for the household headed by S. W. Broome also is interesting. Wife Elizabeth is 27 and born in TN compared with 25 & MO in the 1850 census. Since she was born in 1833, it appears the 1860 census is correct and she really was 17 in the 1850 census. A younger age in the 1850 census reinforces the notion she may have been working in the household in 1850 (and married Samuel after he and Cynthia parted ways).

On the MO death certificate of Samuel Broam's son James Richard Broam, the wife of James was the source of info and indicated the father of James was Sam Broame (Broam was spelled this way in all instances in this death certificate) who was born in Germany. While this probably is incorrect, it gives credence to the idea that Broam likely was an Anglizied German surname.

Another Samuel Broam or "ours"? Findagrave has a St. Louis County, MO, entry for Samuel Broam, unknown birth date, died 12 Jun 1862, with final burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (original burial noted as being at Weslayan, a cemetery in the City of St. Louis which began in 1851 and around 1874 all of its graves were relocated to a New Weslayan cemetery or other cemeterires... Jefferson Barracks became a naional cemetery in 1866). A Samuel Broam was a gunner on Company Gun Boat Lexington. The USS Lexington was a gun boat active 1861-1865 per the Naval Historical Center website for the Department of the Navy ( Their info is as follows: "USS Lexington, a 448-ton side-wheel steamer, was built in 1860 at Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, for commercial use. She was acquired for the Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla in June 1861 and converted to a "timberclad" river gunboat, with officers to be provided by the Navy. Assigned to duty on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, Lexington took part in several actions with Confederate vessels and land forces during the last four months of 1861 and early 1862. In February 1862, she took part in the capture of Fort Henry and in other operations on the Tennessee River. During the next few months, she continued her activities in that area, participating in the great Battle of Shiloh in early April. In June 1862, Lexington went up the White River and helped to bombard enemy positions at Saint Charles, Arkansas. She operated on the Mississippi during much of the rest of 1862 and was formally transferred to the Navy in October. November and December found her on the Yazoo, clearing "torpedoes" and bombarding the Confederates. Lexington was active in Arkansas and Tennessee in 1863, participating in the Capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas, in January, the defense of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, in February, and the burning of Palmyra, Tennessee, in March. In March-May 1864, she took part in expeditions up the Black, Ouachita, and Red rivers in Louisiana, and helped defeat an attack on White River Station, Arkansas, in June. Following the end of the Civil War, USS Lexington was decommissioned in July 1865 and sold the following month." Other souces indicate the above referenced bombardment at Saint Charles, AR, was on 17 Jun 1862. Since gunner Samuel Broam died, 12 Jun 1862, his death would have happend while the Lexington was enroute (if he was aboard at the time of his death). He may have died of disease, an injury or some isolated incident such as a sniper. Anyway, one has to wonder if gunner Samue Broam is the same person as Samuel W. Broam who seemed to "disappear" after the 1860 census.

Given names Surname Sosa Birth Place Death Age Place Last change
Samuel W. Broam
about 1821
201 PA
3 before May 11, 1866
156 45 McDonald Co, MO
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