William Henry Branch Sr.

9 August 1820–19 September 1889 (Age 69)
Griswold, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life Summary of William Henry

When William Henry Branch Sr. was born on 9 August 1820, in Griswold, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Elisha Branch, was 35 and his mother, Mary Herrick, was 27. He married Emily Cornelia Atwood on 19 November 1844, in Windham, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and St. George, Washington, Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 19 September 1889, in Price, Carbon, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Price City Cemetery, Price, Carbon, Utah, United States.

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William Henry Branch Sr.
Emily Cornelia Atwood
Marriage: 19 November 1844
Nelson Branch
Irvin Henry Branch
William Henry Branch Jr.
Eugene Elisha Branch Sr.
Hyrum Branch
Emily Cornelia Branch
Rosilla Polly Branch
Candace Louisa Branch

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  • Marriage
    19 November 1844Windham, Connecticut, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 1
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
    1829 · Farmington Canal Opened
    Age 9
    Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
    Age 26
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: topographic name or nickname from Middle English braunch ‘branch’ (Old French branche, braunche), of uncertain application (compare German Zweig ).Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘branch’, e.g. German Zweig (compare Labranche ), French Branche , and Swedish Gren .

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

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    A History, Diary & Genealogy of William Henry Branch Sr

    By Olive Branch Millburn Diary of William Henry Branch, Sr. Just as he wrote it: I was born August 9, 1820 in the town of Griswold, New London Co., Conn. My father’s name was Elisha; …

    Sources (52)

    • William Branch, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Wm A Branch in entry for Martin Horton Graham and Olive Branch Millburn, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Wm H in entry for C L Branch, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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