James Ball Branton

29 June 1906–5 May 1985 (Age 78)
Columbia, Marion, Mississippi, United States

The Life of James Ball

When James Ball Branton was born on 29 June 1906, in Columbia, Marion, Mississippi, United States, his father, Willie Walton Branton, was 34 and his mother, Lela Emma Ball, was 25. He married Edna Caroline Illert on 1 August 1931, in Valmeyer, Monroe, Illinois, United States. He lived in Granite City, Granite City Township, Madison, Illinois Territory, United States in 1940. He died on 5 May 1985, in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States.

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James Ball Branton
Edna Caroline Illert
Marriage: 1 August 1931

Spouse and Children

1 August 1931
Valmeyer, Monroe, Illinois, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Fannie Mae Branton




    Nancy Elizabeth Branton


    Mary Alberta Branton


World Events (8)

1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 1

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

Age 1

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.

Age 21

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places called Branton in South Yorkshire (formerly in West Yorkshire) and Northumberland or from Braunton in Devon. The first and last are named with Old English brōm ‘broom’ + tūn ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’. The second is from an Old English word brēmen ‘overgrown with broom’ + tūn ‘farmstead’.

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

Sources (3)

  • James B Branton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James Branton in household of W W Branton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James Branton, "Find A Grave Index"

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