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William Farrand Branch[1]

Male 1840 - 1862  (22 years)


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  • Name William Farrand Branch 
    Born 27 Jul 1840  Canton, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Nov 1862 
    • He was buried in the Bixby Cemetery, at Norfolk, NY
    Person ID I103453  My Genealogy

    Father John Harvey Branch, (8),   b. 2 Jul 1799, Whiting, VT. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F45085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ellen [Eddy] Branch,   b. 22 Sep 1875, Dannemora, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Jul 1900  Lyon Mountain, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Performed at her father's home.

      MARR: OFFI Rev. LLoyd Ward
    Children 
     1. Guy Franklin Branch,   b. 4 Sep 1901
     2. Roger Eddy Branch,   b. 5 Aug 1903
     3. William Leslie Branch
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F45089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He studied law in Potsdam, but gave up his studies to enroll as a private in Company M., Eleventh New York Cavalry at Canton. He entered service at Albany on September 15, 1862. His diary, describing the trip from his home to Albany by train, and thence by boat to New York, is in the possession of William Farrand Branch of the next generation. Within a few weeks of his arrival in new York, he was invalided to Camp Relief hospital, where he died on November 12, 1862. He was buried in the Bixby Cemetery, at Norfolk, NY.
      He worked in Champlain for three years, meeting there Mary Ellen Eddy, whom he married on July 15, 1900.
      A few months before his marriage, he had taken over the management of a drug store in Malone, NY, for Frank Spencer. On October 25, 1900, he purchased O.L. Chapin's drug business in Champlain, and made his home in that town since theat time. In 1913, in addition to his drug store, he took the Fred Agency for that section. He sold the drug store in 1923, and the automobile business in 1925, keeping only the Broder and Branch Insurance Agency, which he had acquired in partnership with William Broder from the estate of Thomas H. Dickinson in 1915. This is one of the oldest agencies in Clinton County, having been formed during the early part of the 1800s. William Farrand Branch became the sole owner of this agency in 1918.
      His retired life, however, did not appeal to him, so he applied for service as Deputy Collector of Customs, and on September 4, 1926, he was appointed at Trut River, NY, but was soon transferred to Malone, and on Feb. 3, 1927, was stationed at his home town, Champlain.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1644] Andy Lane.