Bromley Family History

Courtesy of Netanel Crispe

William Bromley Sr. 

  • Born 1 May 1721 Preston, New London County, CT
  • Parents William Bromley (1694-1769) and Judith Van Schaick Bromley (1694-1769)
  • Moved to Danby from Nine Partners N. Y. in 1770
  • Built log cabin where Ira H. Vail’s house now stands (Beers Map Danby, VT 1869)
  • Married to Mary Charles 
  • 9 children (Charles, Daniel, William, Jr., John, Charity, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Juda)
  • Town Clerk (1776-1780)
  • Proprietors clerk (1786)
  • Committee of Saftey (1777) 
  • Selectman (1781)
  • Town Treasurer (1783-1785) 
  • Died 17 February 1805 (aged 83) buried in Read Cemetery Danby, VT

Excerpt from John C. Williams’ 1869  The History and Map of Danby, Vermont (pages 112 and 113)

“Bromley, William, Sen., from Nine Partners, N.Y., in 1770, settled on the present homestead of Ira H. Vail. His log cabin was erected where the framed house now stands. He at once took up a leading position in the town, and exercised a good deal of influence in shaping society. The records show him to have been a man of considerable note and ability. He was town clerk from 1776 to 1780, and proprietors’ clerk in 1786. He was one of the committee of safety in 1777; selectman in 1781, and held the office of town treasurer from 1783 to 1785. He was a man of strong sense and sound judgement, and won the confidence of his fellow citizens. He died in 1803, aged 84; his wife a short time previous. They raised a family of nine children: Charles; Daniel; William, Jr.; John; Charity, m. John Hopkins, of Tinmouth; Mary, m. Elisha Harrington; Sarah; Elizabeth; and Juda, m. James Frink, and lived in Petersburg, N. Y. Charles settled on the farm now owned by Hiram Bromley, and lived a short time in town. His children were Charles and Ichabod. John, the youngest son, was a speculator in horses and cattle, and did a large business in that line. He purchased a large drove, which he took to Virginia, where it is supposed he settled. He has not been heard from since.”

William Bromley Jr. 

  • Born 1758 in Dutchess County N. Y. 
  • 3rd oldest of William Sr. and Mary Charles 
  • Came with his father in 1770 
  • Married to Faithful Bromley (Daughter of Thomas Harrington) whom he married “about the 1st day of January 1799,”
  • First Settled on old “Haskins Farm” marked M. Bromley (Beers Map Danby, VT 1869) on Danby Mt. Rd Danby VT (2022)
  • Moved to “Bromley Hollow” believed to be south of Edmunds Rd. Danby Vermont on Dorset Mt. (2022)
  • 9 children (Tolman, Willard, Miner, Loraine, Faithful, Mary, Freelove, Lydia, Elizabeth) 
  • Died 11 April 1849 (aged 90) Buried in Read Cemetery Danby, VT next to father. 

Served in the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812

  • William Bromley (aka Brumley) served in the Revolutionary War as follows:
  • Spring 1778 – 15 or 20 days, Capt. Nathan Smith’s Company, VT
  • March 1, 1778 – 9 mos, Capt. Sawyer’s Company, Col. Seth Warner’s Reg’t., VT
  • 1781 – Served at various times in the militia under:
  • Capt. Abraham Underhill’s Company, Col. Ethan Allen’s Reg’t.
  • Capt. Daniel Comstock’s Company, Col. Ira Allen’s Reg’t.
  • Capt. Ebenezer Willson’s Company, Col. Ebenezer Allen’s Reg’t.
  • Capt. Stephen Calkin’s Company
  • His testimony indicates that he served in the “New Hampshire line” because at that time Vermont was part of the New Hampshire Grants. But his official service record indicates that the companies under which he served were part of the VT militia.
  • [Source: William Bromley (aka Brumley) #1366, Revolutionary War Pension Application; retrieved from Fold3.com] (From Find A Grave)

Minor Bromley 

  • Born Jan. 7th, 1805 Danby, VT
  • Son of William Bromley Jr. and Faithful Bromley
  • Married to Julia Ann Rudd 
  • Settled on old “Haskins Farm” marked M. Bromley (Beers Map Danby, VT 1869) on Danby Mt. Rd Danby VT (2022)
  • 13 children some of whom died (Those living as of 1869, Louisa, Leonora, Lyman, Margaret, Mariah, Amos, and Charles) Lydia died in 1868. James W. Bromley (2nd son) was killed on 2 Apr. 1865 in the fight to capture Petersburg.
  • Died 11 April 1849 (aged 90) Buried in Read Cemetery Danby, VT next to father. 
  • Died 5th June 1871 (aged 66) Burial “Unkown” 

Sgt. James W. Bromley 

  • Born 4th June 1833 Danby, VT
  • Son of Miner Bromley and Julia Ann Rudd Bromley
  • Marriage “Unknown”
  • Settled “Unknown” 
  • Children “Unknown”

Served in the American Civil War

  • Enlisted in Company B 2nd VT Infantry Volunteers, 8th May 1861 (26 days after the War began (April 12th)
  • Mustered out of Burlington, VT on June 20th, 1861
  • In September 1861 the 2nd Regiment joined the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Vermont Regiments to form the Famous “Old Vermont Brigade”
  • James W. Bromley served in over 30 pitched battles 
  • Reenlisted Dec 21st, 1863.
  • Promoted to Corporal date “Unknown”.
  • Promoted to Seargent Feb 7th, 1865
  • KIA 2nd April 1865 (aged 31) Petersburg, VA 
  • Buried in Read Cemetery Danby, VT

Learn more about the Vermont 2nd Infantry Regiment and Vermont and the “Old Vermont Brigade”

History of 2nd Vermont Infantry Regiment
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civilwarintheeast.com

History of 1st Vermont Brigade “Old Vermont Brigade”
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History of 1st Vermont Brigade “Old Vermont Brigade” In the Battle of the Wilderness
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stonesentinels.com

History of 1st Vermont Brigade “Old Vermont Brigade” In the Battle of Gettysburg 
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History of 1st Vermont Brigade “Old Vermont Brigade” In the Battle of Antietam
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