Wagon Train to Texas
Submitted by:  Narris W. Braly

This list was made by searching  the 1850 Census of Caroline County, Virginia, the 1860 Census of Burleson County, Texas, and the Cemetery Records of Burleson County, Texas to compile this list of probable members of that 1854 wagon train. Some may have died during the trip and some may have joined the wagon train after it left Caroline County, Virginia.

 

Additional members & middle/maiden names/info added by Will James

On the advice of his friend Lewis Chiles, Andrew brought the train all the way south to New Orleans, so that they could use the larger (and safer) barges to cross the Mississippi, out of concern for the women & children.  Those barges brought them north for some distance, possably up the Red River to Natachitoches, Louisiana, and they finished the journey using the Old San Antonio Road.  This list was made by searching the 1850 Census of Caroline County, Virginia, the 1860 Census of Burleson County, Texas, and the Cemetery Records of Burleson County, Texas to compile this list of probable members of that 1854 wagon train. Some may have died during the trip and some may have joined the wagon train after it left Caroline County, Virginia.  Andrew Sidney Broaddus led the group, possibly by virtue of his many relatives (at least 38) involved.  He brought his wife, their thirteen children, one or two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren, as well as his sister-in-law and ten members of her two son’s families. – Narris Braly & Will James

 

Andrew Sidney Broaddus
Martha Ellen Broaddus - wife
Lucy Ann Broaddus
Oscar L. Broaddus
Reuben Garland Broaddus
Leland Woodford Broaddus
Martha Semple Broaddus
Cornelia W. Broaddus
Henry Clay Broaddus
Charles Andrew Broaddus
Edward Kingsford Broaddus
Harriet C. (Hattie) Broaddus
Virginia Ellen (Nellie) Broaddus

 

Samuel J. Murray
Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Broaddus Murray – 2nd daughter of Andrew Sidney Broaddus
Andrew C. Murray
James Murray
Thomas Murray

 

Henry C. Smoot – may have been deceased just prior to or even during the trip

Mary E Broaddus Smoot – eldest daughter of Andrew Sidney Broaddus (remarries Thomas Farmer)

Lelia E. Smoot

Georgia Anne Smoot

Julia Belle Smoot

 

Bonaparte Farmer
Phebe Farmer
Thomas Frank Farmer – future husband of Mary E Broaddus Smoot (married Sept. 25, 1855 in Caldwell)
Reuben G. Farmer
Andrew J. Farmer
Joseph Webster Farmer

 

Harriet R. Broaddus Sale (mother of Thomas R & John Woodford Sale & of sister of Martha Ellen Broaddus.)

Thomas R. Sale
Mary E. Sale
Lucius W. Sale
Nora C. Sale
Thomas Sale


John Woodford Sale
Julia Ann Atkinson Sale
Ada A. Sale
Annie Sale
Catherine (Kate) Sale

Lewis L. Houston
Mary C. Houston
Sibernia P. E. Houston
Shelton M. B. Houston
Lewis H. Houston
Thomas C. Houston
Marshia Houston
Levinias Houston
Charles H. Houston
Allisa Houston

 

Christopher C. Shackleford
Parthima L. Shackleford
William M. Shackleford
Elizabeth T. Shackleford

 

John Goodwin
Sarah A. Goodwin
Jane D. Goodwin
Henry C. Goodwin
Florence Goodwin
Jack Goodwin
Joseph Goodwin

 

Thomas T. Goodwin
Winniefred Goodwin
Archibald Goodwin
Thomas Goodwin
Anna Goodwin
Winifred Goodwin
Mary Goodwin
Ralph Goodwin

 

George C. Talifairo

 

Jacob Ross
Nancy B. Ross
Elizabeth Ross
Margaret Ross
Marie Ross
David Ross
Mildred Ross

 

John Longwell

Martha Holloway Longwell

Anna B. Longwell

Lucy Longwell

 

William I. Jones
Sarah Jones
Lawrence B. Jones
William S. Jones
Octavious Jones
Margaret E. Jomes
George S. Jones
Charles L. Jones
John C. Jones

 

The spelling of the names is from Census Records and tombstones. The family members are in the order that they were in the Carolina County, Virginia, Census or the Burleson County, Texas, Census.

Additional Information
Submitted by:  Will James

Additional Information on the
Wagon Train to Texas - 1854

For Texas

The Richmond, Virginia Enquirer of the 29th ultimo, says:
A sight, novel and interesting, was witnessed by many of our citizens on Wednesday last. A train of wagons, numbering 28 in all, accompanied by about 75 persons, male and female, old and young, passed through our city, on their way to Texas. The train was one-fourth of a mile in length, and with the large company, numerous guns, dogs, and other paraphernalia, for a long journey, formed a sight of no little interest. Upon inquiry we learned that the party consisted of 10 or more families, from the neighborhood of Sparta, Carolina County, who had united for the purpose of forming a settlement in Texas, and trying their fortunes in a fertile region of that new portion of our confederacy. The company we learn, embraced the families of Andrew S. Broaddus (with thirteen interesting children), John W. Sale, Widow Thomas Sale, N. B. Farmer, Claiborne Houston, Lunsford Houston, Mrs. Harriet Sale, John Longwell, Samuel J. Murray, Mrs. Smoot, and perhaps others. They intend making the entire journey by land, and have ample preparations for a comfortable and economical trip. They have started with a liberal amount of the "creature comforts," have fine camp equipage, for their accommodation at night and meal hours; and a social material which ensures the long journey to be one of pleasure more than fatigue. While it is a matter of regret to see so many of our good citizens leaving the Old Dominion, the homes of their fathers and the scenes of many endearing associations, we part with them with our earnest wishes for their health, happiness and prosperity in the distant place selected for their future homes. They go, we learn, to homes already selected. Like wise men, in the first place, they commissioned Mr. Broaddus, a gentleman of intelligence, to visit Texas and select an advantageous location for a "Caroline settlement." Now, they go there at an auspicious season to commence farming and to prepare for the next crops.

Source: The Texas Ranger and Lone Star, Vol. 6 – Num. 1, Ed. 1
Washington, Texas, Saturday, October 28, 1854

 

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