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  • ID: I1141
  • Name: David Branham
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1730 AND 1735
  • Burial: Mouth of Little Mud Creek, Floyd Co, KY
  • Religion: Christian
  • Death: BEF 24 JAN 1825 in Big Mud Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Note:
    David first appears on records in Goochland County, Virginia from 1762 to 1767 (per baptismal records of daughters Judith & Patty). By 1772, he was in Montgomery County.

    He served during the Revolutionary War in Montgomery County, Virginia Militia, 3rd Division of Captain Jonathan Isom's Company, along with a James Branham (Montgomery County Court Records of April 28, 1778).

    "Branham is one of the few early settlers on Burks Fork who did not stay. Nothing is known of his anti-decedents. The Land Commission records indicate that he settled a 260A tract in 1772 which ultimately became Trumans Farm. Branham had it surveyed in 1774, but, never took the grant to it, selling his rights to the Quaker Silas Williams. David Branham was in the Montgomery Militia, along with a James Branham in Capt. Johathan Isham's Co. But, he does not appear on the earlier Muster of Capt. Babbitt. Although he was still taxed in Montgomery County in 1790 it is likely he had moved to Little River in Floyd Co. KY for he had a survey there in 1789 as well as another on Greasy Creek in 1786. David Branham's original tract of 260A had a small stream which passed through it in route to Burks Fork. Today it is called Brannon's Branch." ("Settlements", pg. 38) Note: the land that is now in Carroll County was once part of Montgomery County.

    David Branham is listed in Montgomery County in 1787, along with a James Branham. Both also are on the 1789 Tax Lists (Tax list "C", 1789/90, reported 8 March 1790).

    David Branham is in Survey Book D as the owner of 221 acres on Greasy Creek adjacent to Clemens (28 July 1786); he is reported in Survey Book D as the assignee of Niper Adam for 172 acres on south side of Little River about one-half mile above the Big Falls (19 November 1789).

    Before 1796, he moved on to eastern Kentucky, where he remained the rest of his life. Both he & his children appear in numerous records of Floyd County.

    In November 1803, the Montgomery County, VA, Will Book 1 records a power of attorney from David Branham Sr. to David Branham Jr. for the sale of land to John Cole of Montgomery County. The property was located on Little River on Indian Creek. The Power of Attorney was executed on 7 November 1803 in Floyd County, KY, attested by James Patten, clerk of the Floyd County Court on 9 Nov 1803, and was recorded in Montgomery County in July 1804. There is also an 1813 reference to property in Grayson County, Virginia.

    A Floyd Co, KY Court Book order of October 23, 1809 makes a reference to a "Negro Man, Daniel, a slave" who belonged to David. The 1810 Census lists David with one slave.

    David's son William was appointed administrator of his estate.

    ******Conflicts with the ELSWICKS, their neighbors in Montgomery County******

    "The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Montgomery County

    Greeting you are hereby commanded to take Jonathan Elswick and Milly Elswick if they be found within your bailiwick and them safely keep so that you have their body before the Justice of our Court of our said County at the Courthouse on the first Tuesday in April next to answer. David Branham and Frances his wife of a plea of brutal assault and battery damage five hundred pounds and have them and there this writ.

    Witnessed Charles Taylor Clerk of our said Court at the Courthouse the 10th. day of February 1794
    in the_________ year of this Common. wealth. Testee Charles Taylor

    Montgomery County to Wit:

    David and Frances Branham, his wife complain of Jonathan Elswick and Milly Elswick, his wife of a plea and further to wit that the said Deft. Milly on day of 1794 with force and armst viz with sword, staves, sticks, stones, fists, feet and in Luper: the plaintiff Frances at the Parish of and County of Montgomery aforesaid made an assault on her , the said plaintiff Frances, then and there did beat, wound and ill treat so that her life was despaired of and other outrages on her and they and there commit against the peace of the Commonwealth of Virginia and on the plaintiff damage of five hundred pounds wherefore they sue."

    The BRANHAM & ELSWICK families both migrated to eastern Kentucky, where their descendants intermarried. The author of this GEDCOM file is a descendant of both families.

    Sources:
    1) The 1782 tax list for Montgomery Co, VA: Burnham, David 1 white tithe, 0 slaves, 2 horses, 2 cattle (note also "David BASKER")
    2) Montgomery Co. VA land record: 1788, 221 acres, Greasy Creek
    3) Montgomery Co. VA land record: November 19, 1789, 172 acres, South side Little River
    4) Montgomery Co, VA court record: ca. Apr 1798: "In the matter of Solomon Akers vs David Branham; trespassing/assault/battery. Damage $1000 not executed by order of Solomon Akers - case dismissed."
    5) "The Settlements of Carroll County Virginia 1765-1815", pg. 38
    6) Kentucky land record: 1796 - survey, Big Mud Creek, Floyd Co., KY
    7) The 1810 Floyd Tax List: Branham, David; Branham, David; Branham, Edward; Branham, John; Branham, Turner
    8) The 1810 Census, Floyd Co KY: Branham, David 00001 00001 01 (1 white male & 1 white female, both over age 45; the 1 slave is Daniel, mentioned in an 1809 court order)
    9) The 1820 Census, Floyd Co KY: Branham, David 000001 00001 01 0 (several of his children & grandchildren are listed also)
    10) Montgomery County Virginia Will Book 1 1786-1809, pp 220, 222
    11) Mary B. Kegley, "Early Adventurers on the Western Waters" Vol 2 (1982) pp 29, 125, 131
    12) Charles C. Wells, "Annals of Floyd County, Kentucky 1800-1826" (Baltimore, 1983), pp 13, 15, 58, 98, 99, 168, 218, 232:
    a) Floyd Co, KY: County Court Book 1 (October Term, 1809): "Monday, Oct. 23, 1809. ... On the motion of David Branham, Sr., ordered that his Negro Man, Daniel, a slave, be exempted from future levies."
    b) Floyd Co, KY: Deed Book A: "9, March 1812: Indenture by David Morgan to David Branham in the amount of $40.00 for 40 acres of land on Mud Creek." One year prior, there were indentures on Mud Creek from David Morgan to Turner Branham & Valentine Akers.
    c) Floyd Co, KY: Deed Book A: "3, July 1813: Indenture from Ignatius Turman, of Grayson Co. Virginia, to David Branham, Sr. of Floyd County, Ky. in the amount of 60 Pounds for a tract of land in Grayson County, Virginia."
    d) Floyd Co, KY: County Court Book 4 (January Term, 1825): "Monday, the 24th day of January, 1825: William Branham is appointed administrator of the estate of David Branham, deceased. Ordered that John Hatcher, Rhodes Meade, Thomas Herroll and Samuel Clark are to appraise said estate."




    Father: ? Branham

    Marriage 1 Frances Baskett b: ABT 1742
    • Married: BEF 25 APR 1762 in Goochland County, Virginia
    • Note:
      Sources:
      1) "The Douglas Register, 1750-1797" by Rev. William Douglas, pg 124: "Marriages-not recorded by Rev. Wm Douglas, but indicated by Birth Registry. Date here given, unless otherwise specified, is birth date of first child shown in this register."; pg 125: Basket, Frances & David Brentham 25 Apl. 1762. (only ref to Frances in book; info is for Goochland Co, VA)
    Children
    1. Has No Children Judith Branham b: 25 APR 1762 in Goochland County, Virginia
    2. Has Children Turner Branham b: ABT 1765 in Goochland County, Virginia
    3. Has No Children Patty Branham b: 18 APR 1767 in Goochland County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Frances Branham b: 03 FEB 1770 in Goochland County, Virginia
    5. Has Children William Branham b: 22 MAR 1771 in Goochland County, Virginia
    6. Has No Children Edward Branham b: ABT 1772 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    7. Has Children John Henry Branham b: BEF 1773 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    8. Has Children David Branham b: BEF 1775 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    9. Has No Children Rhoda Branham b: ABT 1775 in Montgomery County, Virginia
    10. Has No Children Benjamin F. Branham b: ABT 1777 in Montgomery County, Virginia

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