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John Harvey Branch, (8)[1]

Male 1799 - 1884  (84 years)


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  • Name John Harvey Branch 
    Suffix (8) 
    Born 2 Jul 1799  Whiting, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1884 
    • Buried in the Bixby Cemetery, about three miles out of Norfolk, on the Lost Nation Road.
      It is to be regretted that several years later his daughter, Eliza Ann, had the old markers showing the dates of their deaths, together with the markers of three children, replaced by a plain but well- proportioned brown stone monument with only the name BRANCH inscribed on it. In front of this monument, stretching the width of the lot, are the small markers with the following names--but no dates:
      Georgie Harvey Pamelia William Mother Father Eliza A.
    Person ID I103411  My Genealogy

    Father Shubal Branch, (2),   b. 24 Jul 1772, Pittsfield, Mass. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1815, Richmond, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Freelove [Rice] Branch,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Jan 1795  Whiting, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F45076  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Samantha [Gaines] Branch,   d. 27 Dec 1882, Hewittville, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Jun 1824  Panton, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harvey Branch
     2. George Branch
     3. Mary Caroline [Branch] Shepherd,   b. 28 May 1825, Panton, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Florence Jane [Branch] Freeman,   b. 23 Oct 1826, Panton, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1910, Hewittville Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Walter C. Branch,   b. 5 Feb 1830, Panton, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1907, Hewittville Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Eliza Ann Branch,   b. 5 Sep 1832, Panton, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1914, Hewittville Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Harriet C. [Branch] Lawrence,   b. 10 Apr 1836, Canton, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1904  (Age 68 years)
     8. Helen M. [Branch] Howe,   b. 8 Feb 1838, Canton, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1898, Lake Tagish, Northwest Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     9. William Farrand Branch,   b. 27 Jul 1840, Canton, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1862  (Age 22 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1824 he was living in Panton, Vermont. John Harvey sold his farm in Panton in March, 1836 and moved Canton, New York, where he settled on a farm. On this trip westward, his family7, consisting of his wife and four children, and his household goods, were loaded on a long sleigh drawn by two horses, while he rode a third horse. Years later his son, Walter C., then six years old, told of the journey down the Vermont shore, crossing Lake Champlain on the ice somewhere in the vicinity of Rouses Point, and proceeding through Champlain and Chateaugay to Canton.
      About 1860, he again sold his farm, and moved to Norfolk, New york, where he purchased a farm located agbout four miles northeast of Norfolk, on the Lost Nation Road. Unfortunately, the old homestead burned down, so that only the stone foundation remains to mark the spot, but the double row of maple trees which he planted, and which extend a quarter of a mile in each direction from the house, still stand, as do the two old barns which are directly across the road from the house.
      By 1870 he had sold the farm near Norfolk, and purchased a house in Hewittville, New York, on the high bank of the Raquette River. this became his home, and his children's home, for many years. His wife died there.
      It is to be regretted that several years later his daughter, Eliza Ann, had the old markers showing the dates of their deaths, together with the markers of three children, replaced by a plain but well- proportioned brown stone monument with only the name BRANCH inscribed on it. In front of this monument, stretching the width of the lot, are the small markers with the following names--but no dates:
      Georgie Harvey Pamelia William Mother Father Eliza A.
      In addition to being a very successful farmer, John Harvey Branch was a wheelwright and a casket-maker.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1644] Andy Lane.