Branscomb/Branscum Genealogy

The Genealogy of
Richard Branscomb
of Brunswick County, Virginia,
and a Number of his Descendants

by Fred Tubbs







The Children of Benjamin Branscomb:
William Branscomb

The line of descent for William Branscomb:

(Note: Hereinafter the first three digits of the identification numbers are omitted. Please check the Author's Notes for an explanation of the numbering system I use for identifying individuals within any family.)

8. William Branscomb

William Branscomb was born in Jackson Co., OH 16 October 1833, and he died at the home of his daughter Missouri in Maysville, MO, 29 April 1921. He married 16 October 1861 (on his birthday?) Rebecca Shannon, (b. September 1843, d. 30 June 1920) d/o Joseph Shannon & Rebecca Creth. These data are from William’s obituary in the Maysville, MO, Register, and Rebecca’s surname was reported by Lockhart (Lora R. Lockhart, editor, Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow: History of DeKalb Co., Missouri. DeKalb County Historical Society, 1981, p. 223). The book was composed of items submitted by others who presumably were knowledgeable. In this case the information is trustworthy. Some decennial censuses give William’s birthplace as VA (1850, 1860); others say OH (1880, 1910) and one says IL (1900). The 1860 census for DeKalb County, MO, p. 581, shows Rebecca, age 15, b. MO, in the household (#144) of Joseph Shannon (Sr.), 62, and Rebecca, 57, both b. KY. Joseph’s occupation was “clergyman.”

By 1860 William was in the household of his brother Joseph E. in Osborn, DeKalb Co. MO, where his age was given as 26 years and his occupation as farm laborer. William’s obituary states that he came to DeKalb Co. after a non-productive trip to the Colorado gold fields. (Gold was discovered in Colorado in 1858, and a rush developed quickly thereafter but did not last long.) While the obituary may have the facts right, it is also possible that William went to Colorado after his name appeared in his brother’s household in the 1860 census for DeKalb County, which was taken on 2 June. If so, he could have been the William Bascom, 27 years old, b. KY, who was enumerated in South Clear Creek Township in Arapahoe, KS, on 16 October 1860. At that time Arapahoe, KS, included part of present-day Colorado. No doubt there were other William Branscombs around, but this William “Bascom” approximates the history of William as shown in his obituary.

In Osborn, MO, William worked first as a woodcutter, and then as a farmhand for Elder Joseph Shannon, a minister. On 10 January 1862, three months after he married Joseph’s 17-year-old daughter Rebecca Shannon, William enlisted in Company H of the First Regiment of Cavalry of the Missouri State Militia. He was mustered in at Maysville, on 31 March, and he served until 30 March 1865, when he was mustered out at Warrensburg. At the time of the 1870 census William and his family were in Adams Township of DeKalb County (household #141, p. 430):
  Age Where born
Branscombe, William 37 OH
Rebecca 27 MO
Louellen (F) 8 MO
Francis (F) 5 MO
Duizilla (F) 2 MO
Missouri (F) 11/12 MO

They were in the same location in 1880:
  Age Where born  
William Branscomb 45 OH  
Rebecca 35 MO  
Lewellen 17 MO  
Francis 14 MO  
Drucilla 12 MO  
Zora 10 MO  
Nelson 8 MO  
Nora 6 MO  
Nancy Shannon 19 MO Niece

William’s obituary states that he and Rebecca “raised a niece, Mrs. J. W. Hunt, who survives to mourn their loss”; she was obviously Nancy Shannon.

By 1900 William & Rebecca had moved to the area of Guthrie in Iron Mound Twp, Logan Co., OK. The census shows them on p. 196 (p.863?), dwelling no. 110:

  Age When born Where born
William Branscomb 66 Sept. 1843 MO
Rebecca 56 Nov. 1871 MO
Nelson 28 Nov. 1871 MO
Redmon, Nora 26 Apr. 1874 MO
Hazel 6 Apr. 1894 MO
Crage [= Craig] 4 Aug. 1895 MO

Hazel and Craig were Nora’s children. Two boarders were also in the household.

William & Rebecca were also in Logan Co. in 1910 (p. 217B):
  Age Where born
William Branscomb 76 OH
Rebecca 66 MO
Nelson 38 MO

According to the obituary, both Rebecca and William “suffered from paralytic strokes from which they never recovered.” After Rebecca died in June of 1920, their daughter Missouri and her husband E. A. Bray brought William back to Maysville, MO, and cared for him until his death. He was “entirely helpless and required constant care day and night.” After his death his body was transported back to Oklahoma and was interred beside the body of Rebecca.

The scant information for the children of William & Rebecca comes from the censuses, William’s obituary, and from Lockhart, p. 223 (requires confirmation). All of the children were born in Missouri:

  • 81. Louellen Branscomb, b. ca. 1863, married Willard W. Leeper/Leaper; they lived in Guthrie, OK. William’s obituary shows two sons surnamed Leaper: Audrey and Athel. Lockhart provides these data:
    • 811. Athol Leeper, b. 1890 in Guthrie, OK; md. Frances Charvoz.
    • 812. Audra Leeper, b. 1891, d. 1979 in Carmen, OK; md. Joan Moot. One child was Joan Leeper.

  • 82. Frances Branscomb (“Frankie”), b. ca. 1866, died 1887; bur Thomas Cem., DeKalb Co.
  • 83. Drucilla Branscomb, b. ca. 1868, d. 1949 in Carrier, OK; md. Abraham L. Lamar (d. 1946 in Carrier).
  • 84. Missouri Branscomb, called Zora, b. ca. 1870, d. 1954; md. Enos A. Bray (1860-1947). They lived in Maysville, MO. One child is known:.
    • 841. Calestia Bray, md. (in Phoenix, AZ?) J. Leonard Davies. They lived in Maysville. Two children were Patricia Ann and Jane.

  • 85. Nelson Branscomb, b. ca. 1872, d. 1939 in Guthrie, OK. At the time of the 1910 census he was apparently still unmarried and living at home at age 38. Subsequently he md. Molly Nutter (d. 1953 in Guthrie).
  • 86. Nora Branscomb, b. ca. 1874, d. 1958 in Seward, OK.; md. in Guthrie 22 February 1891 John Robert Redman ( b. 1869 in Weatherby, MO, d. 1939). As shown above, in 1900 Nora and two children were in her parents’ home. Nora and the children were elsewhere by 1910. The children of John and Nora:
    • 861. Myrtle Redman, b. 1899; d. at age two months. Bur. Riggs Cem., DeKalb Co, MO.
    • 862. Hazel B. Redman, b. April 1894 MO (?), d. 1977 Guthrie; md. 1 September 1920 John D. Noble (1900-1979); they lived in Guthrie. Two children, Mona E. and Gerald J.
    • 863. Melvin Craig Redman (“Shum”), b. August 1895 MO (?). Md. near Fairport, DeKalb Co., MO, 15 November 1914 Alvina Wolf (b. 1896), d/o Golden Wolf and Elizabeth Best. Shum and Alvina lived in North Platte, NB. One child, Erna D.



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