|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1804|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1887|
Samuel Branch is often confused with Rev. Sam'l S. Branch, cousins about the same age. This Samuel, son of Josiah Branch & his first wife Polly Pingrey Branch, married Pheba Haskins but they had no children.
"Uncle" Sam Branch was founder of the Christian Church in Geff, but may have first been Baptist. "Uncle Sam" was a good man. About 3 hrs before he died, he prayed fervently for the youth of the town and community, made arrangements for his funeral, bade Aunt Phebe goodby and passed quietly to rest.
(The following info from History of Wayne Co Illinois, chapter 8, March 1884) The first church organized in Wayne County in the fall of 1853 was known as the "Old Arrington Prairie Church." Original members were H. H. Brown and wife, John Wheeler and wife, James W. Gwin, C. C. Ayres, Thompson Fares and Samuel Rogers. At this organization, James W. Gwin and Thompson Fares were ordained Elders by Elder Stinson, assisted by Elder Samuel Branch.
Elder Givin possessed a limited education, yet was endowed with strong natural qualities, and at once set out with earnest efforts in his ministerial labors, and on March 26, 1859, he organized Mt. Pleasant Church, when, assisted by Elder S. Branch, he ordained H. H. Brown and W. M. Montgall. Later, by the efforts of H. H. Brown and W. M. Montgall, the Johnson Prairie and Wilson Branch Churches were organized from persons who held their membership with the Liberty Association, General Baptist Church, in Indiana. In 1863 they obtained permission from the mother church in Indiana to form an association in Wayne County, and accordingly the Union Grove Association was organized by Elders Brown, Branch and Stinson. The organization continued to grow and at present thirteen churches are numbered in its list, which are in Wayne County.
About the same time the brethren in and around Jeffersonville, thought it best to establish the cause there and went to work and built a good house of worship, and organized a congregation under the name of the Christian Church, at Jeffersonville. The membership of this new organization was taken from the membership of the old Buckeye Church and Pleasant Grove Church, the same year that the church was built at Jeffersonville.￼
Phebe H. Haskins Branch (1806 - 1891)*
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Record added: Jul 23, 2012
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