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Rachel Broom (Pierce)

Birthplace: Greenville, DE, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Pierce and Elizabeth Pierce
Wife of Jacob Broom, Signer of the US Constitution
Mother of Esther Willis Lyon; Ann Broom; James Madison Broom; Elizabeth Pierce Roberts; Sarah Brinton and 7 others

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About Rachel Broom

Wife of Jacob Broom, signer of U.S. Constitution.



Rachel Pierce (17 Feb 1751/52 - 25 Apr 1823)

  • She was born in Greenville, New Castle, Delaware, and was christened on 30 Mar 1752 in Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • She was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Bigg) Pierce of Greenville, New Jersey.
    • She was one of four children—a brother, Robert Jr, and two sisters, Ann and Sarah.
    • Her father and his family were devoted patriots.
    • Her father, a Continental Army soldier was much sought after by the British and while home on furlough at his home managed to escape a British contingent of soldiers by leaping out of a window, running into a nearby cornfield, and hiding until the contingent passed out of town.
  • Husband: Jacob Broom (1752-1810)—of Delaware who was one of the signers of the US Constitution.
    • Jacob, the son of a blacksmith and prosperous farmer, became a farmer, surveyor, and businessman.
    • He didn’t serve in any military capacity during the Revolutionary War due to his pacifist roots.
    • He was a Patriot and helped out in other ways, such as using his talents as a surveyor to prepare detailed maps for use by the Continental Army in the Battle of Brandywine.
    • However, in his thirties, during the 1780s, he held several political positions of more than local importance.
    • After Jacob Broom’s death in 1810, it took six years to settle his estate. His wife received their home in Wilmington, stables, gardens, and furniture, including many sterling silver pieces.
    • He left an extensive estate that was divided among his children and grandchildren.
  • Married on December 14, 1773 in Wilmington, Delaware by Rev. Laurence Girelius a friend of the groom.
  • Together Rachel and Jacob had eleven children and raised eight children who survived childhood. All were christened in the Old Swedes Church.
    • Ann (Nancy) Broom, b. 22 Aug 1775, Wilmington, DE, d. 12 Apr 1824, Baltimore, MD.
    • James Madison Broom, b. 1776, Wilmington, DE, d. 15 Jan 1850, Philadelphia, PA.
    • Elizabeth Pierce Broom, b. 20 Sep 1777, d. Bef. 1810.
    • Ester Willis Broom, b. Abt. 1779, Wilmington, DE, d. Aft. 1810.
    • Sarah Broom, b. Abt. 1783, Wilmington, DE, d. date unknown.
    • Elizabeth II Broom, b. Bef. 1784, d. date unknown.
    • Jacob Pierce Broom, b. 07 Jun 1786, Wilmington, DE, d. date unknown.
    • Rachel Maria Broom, b. 20 Jul 1788, Wilmington, DE, d. date unknown, Baltimore, MD.
    • Lavinia Broom, b. 12 May 1790, Wilmington, DE, d. date unknown.
    • Nicholas Way Broom, b. Bef. Jul 1793, Wilmington, DE, d. date unknown.
  • Rachel died 16 June 1823 in Philadelphia and was buried in Christ Church Cemetery.
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Rachel Broom's Timeline

February 17, 1751
Greenville, DE, USA
December 14, 1773
Age 22
Wilmington, DE, USA
January 20, 1775
Age 23
Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania
August 22, 1775
Age 24
Wilmington, DE, USA
Age 24
Wilmington, DE, USA
September 20, 1777
Age 26
Age 31
Wilmington, DE, USA
Age 32
June 7, 1786
Age 35
Wilmington, DE, USA
September 17, 1787
- September 17, 1787
Age 36
Independence Hall, Philadelphia,

The Signers of the U. S. Constitution

New Hampshire
John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Rufus King
Nathaniel Gorham

Roger Sherman
William Samuel Johnson

New York
Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearley
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton

Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas FitzSimons
Jared Ingersoll
Gouverneur Morris
James Wilson

George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

James McHenry
Daniel Carroll
Dan of St. Thomas Jenifer

John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Washington

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

William Few
Abraham Baldwin

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:
As you will see there are still many biographies that need to be added to our site, including a new category: Other Founding Fathers.

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Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, by the Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Published in 1829.
The United States Manual of Biography and History, by James V. Marshall. Published by James B. Smith & Co., in Philadelphia in the year 1856.
The U.S. Constitution at the National Archives