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Baker Broadhurst Farrior Wilson Winkelman

Obituary of David J. Broadhurst, Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The passing of Capt. David J. Broadhurst, whose death occurred at his home, in Goldsboro, N. C., on August 20, removes a beloved character from the daily activities of that community, with which he had been intimately associated for more than a generaltion. He was a native of Wayne County, of an old-line family running back to colonial days, and was seventy-two years of age on the first day of last March, his beloved wife having the same birth month and year. Their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated last January, the happy occasion being a family reunion with "open house" to their friends in old-time Southern hospitality.

At the outbreak of the War between the States David Broadhurst, at the age of seventeen, volunteered in Company K, 26th North Carolina, of Dublin County, of which he subsequently became captain, serving with such bravery that he was especially mentioned for his gallantry by President Davis. Captain Broadhurst was with Jackson at Chancellorsville and left his good right arm on that memorable field. Going home after his crucial hospital experience, he faced the future fearlessly and determinedly as he had faced the foe in battle, and he was a powerful force in the work of rehabilitating that section and leading his people out from the ordeal of Reconstruction, and they accorded him at all times their confidence, their gratitude, and their loyalty.

On January 3, 1866, he married Miss Martha J. Baker, daughter of the late Col. Jesse J. Baker, and to this union ten children were born, eight of whom, with their revered mother, survive him. These are: Mrs. John Farrior, of Portland, Oregon; R. S. Broadhurst, of Americus, Ga.; J. J. and F. K. Broadhurst, of Smithfield; Mrs. Lila B. Winkelman, of Goldsboro; Edgar Broadhurst, of Greensboro; Capt. Hugh H. Broadhurst, of the 8th Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Tex.,; and Charles S. Broadhurst, of Goldsboro.

Captain Broadhurst had resided in Goldsboro for nearly forty years, in which time he had been a justice of the peace, county superintendent, mayor of the city, treasurer of the A. and N. C. Railroad Company, and for twenty years clerk of the city, and in all these capacities he served with efficiency and honor.

But it was in his home, in his Church, and in his daily walk in the community that he exemplified those attributes of soul and characteristics of conviction and courage that justified the high esteem in which he was held and the tribute of the community's universal sorrow at his going away, although he went in the fullness of life's allotted span of years, even so as to make beautifully appropriate the words of St. Paul as applied to him by his pastor, Rev. N. H. D. Wilson, in his tender tribute: "For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of Justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, November, 1916.

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