Ridgeway S Branson

1831–1916 (Age 84)
New Egypt, Ocean, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Ridgeway S

When Ridgeway S Branson was born in October 1831, in New Egypt, Ocean, New Jersey, United States, his father, Thomas Branson, was 48 and his mother, Elvira Sill, was 22. He married Sarah E Davis about 1855, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Plumsted Township, Ocean, New Jersey, United States for about 50 years. He died on 29 January 1916, in New Egypt, Ocean, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 84.

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Ridgeway S Branson
Sarah E Davis
Marriage: about 1855
Clara A Bransen
Sally Branson
Hattie Branson
Thomas Bransen

Spouse and Children

about 1855
New Jersey, United States


    Clara A Bransen


    Sally Branson


    Hattie Branson


    Thomas Bransen


Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 19

Founded in 1850

Age 30

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from any of several places: Branston in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and Staffordshire, Brandeston in Suffolk, Brandiston in Norfolk, or Braunston in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. All are named with the Old English personal name Brant + tūn ‘settlement’. 2. (of Norman origin) habitational name from a place called Briençun in northern France. Compare Brinson . 3. patronymic from the personal name Brand ( see Brand ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ridgway Branson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ridgeway Branson in household of Thomas Branson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ridgeway Branson in household of Harrett W Burtis, "New Jersey, State Census, 1915"

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