When I start going further back past first and second great-grandparents I think it’s a good idea for me to list my line directly to them. For Richard Broaddus my line is:
Roger Dale Ray (father)
Elbert “Shorty” Tracey Vincent (grandfather)
Lucy Johnson Breedlove (g-grandmother)
John J Breedlove (gg-grandfather)
Cornelius Vaughan Breedlove (3rd g-grandfather)
David Watts Breedlove (4th g-grandfather)
William Breedlove (5th g-grandfather)
Sarah Broaddus (6th g-grandmother)
Richard Broaddus (7th g-grandfather)
Richard Broaddus was born about 1715 (1725) in King and Queen County, Virginia to parents Edward Broaddus (about 1672-about 1749) and Dollwydelann “Dolly” Gwynn (about 1685-about 1730). I had read on a genealogy website that the Broaddus name was originally Broadhurst, but when I looked in the book cited for that information, I was unable to find it. Both of Richard’s parent’s families were from Wales, however. If I have traced his mother’s lines back correctly (which I am still researching, so don’t hold me to this) then her paternal line can be traced back through a descendant of King Arthur and even beyond that. But that’s another story.
Richard had two siblings from his father’s marriage to Dolly: older brother Thomas Broaddus and younger sister Dorothy Broaddus, who went by Dolly. He also had six half siblings from his father’s second marriage to Mary Shipley: William Broaddus, James C Broaddus, Shipley Broaddus, Robin Broaddus, Elizabeth Broaddus and John Broaddus. (sources: Ancestry and here).
Richard married Bridget (Bridgett) Vaughan in Virginia, though the record doesn’t state what year they married.
Richard and Bridget had four children: Elizabeth Broaddus, Sarah Broaddus, Edward Broaddus and William Broaddus.
Richard was a private for three years in the Revolutionary War on the Virginia Line.
According to some records Richards Broaddus died in 1794 in Caroline County, Virginia (this source also gives his birth year as 1725). Another record gives his death as 1794 in Madison County, Kentucky.
I wish I had more information to give on Richard Broaddus. I see a lot of information on him when I Google his name, but most are just mentions here and there with no stories following. His name is on my list for “needs further investigation”.