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Rev Samuel S. "S. S." Branch
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1801
Vermont, USA
Death: Jan. 29, 1862
Wayne County
Illinois, USA

Rev. Sam'l S Branch had 11 children by three wives, the first two wives dying in childbirth in Meigs Co, Ohio. He moved his family and congregation to Wayne County in 1852 and started the Oak Valley Free Will Baptist Church. We are very grateful to whoever repaired his tombstone. His middle name is probably Stedman - maternal surname-but we have no confirmation of that so far.
1884: HISTORY OF WAYNE CO: (Free-Will Baptists by Bestow & Blackburn, pg 121-122 (with corrections)-- The first church organized in this county about two miles west of Jeffersonville, Sept 2 1854, by Rev. S. S. Branch, and consisted of six members: S.S. Branch, Elizabeth Branch, Densy TUBBS, Samuel BRANCH, Jacob S. HAWK AND Mary HAWK.

Of this number the last three are still living and active members of the church. S.S.Branch was chosen pastor; J.S.Hawk clerk, and Samuel Branch, deacon [NOTE: this Samuel Branch is a cousin to SS Branch, his wife is Phoebe and they had no children. He is buried in the Geff cemetery].

The Saturday before the third Sabbath of each month, was appointed for covenant meetings. Regular services were held on the Sabbath. 

Rev. S.S. Branch was born in Vermont [book says: in 1794, other records say 27 Dec 1801], removed to Ohio in [1802]; professed religion April 1831; baptized by Rev. Eli STEADMAN [his brother-in-law]. Sam'l S. was ordained 1841, removed to Illinois 1853; and died 29 Jan 1862, leaving a wife and eight children. 

At last accounts his widow Elizabeth (Smith) Branch was living in Big Stone Co Minn with their son Joseph. Of the ten children of this family, four are living. The oldest, Sirenus (SIC)...(in northern Wayne Co, a carpenter)...The second child of the family (Hannah) is the second wife of Titus BUFFINGTON of Xenia ...well known... Stephen living at Sandoval, Ill; Joseph ...Rock County Minn (Big Stone Co); Kansas.

Of the other original members, Densy TUBBS is living another life in the "bright beyond;" J. S. Hawk is living on a good farm enjoying the rounds of life; Samuel Branch [my note: the cousin] is living in Jeffersonville, Wayne Co in a ripe old age.......The membership at present (January 1884) is 92.
Rev. Sam'ls children:
1st wife Lucy Thorn: Cyrenus Vincent Branch
2nd wife Hannah Hoyt: Hannah Branch m. Hammond, 2nd Buffington
3rd wife: Elizabeth Smith:
Lucy Branch died as infant
Twins, Stephen S. and Samuel C. Branch
Mary Elizabeth Branch m. James Moore
Sarah Ann Branch b. 1838 - NFR after 1868.
Joseph Branch
Levi Branch
Marilla Branch m. William Dudrey
Family links: 
  Samuel Branch (1766 - 1833)
  Tryphena Stedman Branch (1779 - 1835)
  Elizabeth Smith Branch (1806 - 1892)*
  Cyrenus Vincent Branch (1827 - 1902)*
  Hannah Branch Buffington (1831 - 1878)*
  Samuel Curtis Branch (1835 - 1875)*
  Stephen S. Branch (1835 - 1911)*
  Mary Elizabeth Branch Moore (1837 - 1861)*
  Joseph Branch (1841 - 1924)*
  Levi B. Branch (1843 - 1913)*
  Marilla Branch Dudrey (1845 - 1882)*
  Harry Branch (1798 - 1839)*
  Samuel S. Branch (1801 - 1862)
  Josiah Branch (1802 - 1852)*
  Oren Branch (1806 - 1888)*
  William Branch (1808 - 1841)*
  Mary Branch Spicer (1809 - 1879)*
  Lucy Branch Cooper (1814 - 1867)*
  Hosmer Branch (1817 - 1881)*
  Marinda Branch Cline (1823 - 1897)*
*Calculated relationship
Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery
Wayne County
Illinois, USA
Created by: carolyn leonard
Record added: Nov 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61940190
Rev Samuel S. S. S. Branch
Added by: A Kemp
Rev Samuel S. S. S. Branch
Added by: A Kemp
Rev Samuel S. S. S. Branch
Added by: carolyn leonard
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So proud of your work, Great Great grandfather.
- carolyn leonard
 Added: Nov. 15, 2013
(Free Will Baptist logo):Thank you Rev. Samuel S. Branch, for your Christian/pastoral labors in the early work in Illinois. Remembered here.
- winnie yandell
 Added: Dec. 29, 2012

- Lady In Black
 Added: Mar. 29, 2011

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