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Melville Irby Branch
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1847
Petersburg
Dinwiddie County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1930
Berzelia
Columbia County
Georgia, USA

Melville Irby Branch served in the Confederate army as a cadet of the Virginia Military Institute, and was with the VMI cadets defending Richmond when the Civil War came to a close.

After graduating from VMI in 1868, he moved to Augusta, Georgia, to work in the mercantile business with his older brother, Thomas Plummer Branch. On November 9, 1870 he and Miss Susan Steiner of Tiffin Ohio; formerly of Frederick, Maryland; were married. After spending six more years in Augusta, he and his wife moved to Berzelia, Georgia.

There he became a watermelon farmer, creating the "Branch Rattlesnake" variety. He became the first man in the southeast to develop a melon that could withstand long-distance shipping.

After serving in the state legislature in Columbia as a member of the Populist party from 1892 to 1897, he chose to return to Berzelia "to raise less hell and more watermelons."

He died on December 21, 1930 at 3:20am at his residence in Berzelia, only eighteen days after the passing of his wife.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Branch (1802 - 1888)
  Sarah Pride Read Branch (1808 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Susan Wilhelmina Steiner Branch (1852 - 1930)*
 
 Children:
  Henry Steiner Branch (1871 - 1951)*
  Melville Campbell Branch (1875 - 1952)*
  Steiner Branch (1878 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Waverly Branch (1826 - 1831)*
  John Patteson Branch (1830 - 1915)*
  Susan Doggett Branch Christian (1832 - 1860)*
  Sarah Frances Branch Scott (1834 - 1907)*
  Thomas Plummer Branch (1837 - 1900)*
  Bettie Rosalama Branch Suttle (1843 - 1875)*
  William Addison Branch (1845 - 1880)*
  Melville Irby Branch (1847 - 1930)
  Eugene Branch (1851 - 1851)*
  D'Arcy Paul Branch (1854 - 1854)*
  Carter Wheelwright Branch (1858 - 1911)**
  Miriam Branch Grundy (1861 - 1915)**
  Carolina Branch (1862 - 1912)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: itfelldown
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Nov 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16557490
Melville Irby Branch
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Melville Irby Branch
Added by: George Seitz
 
Melville Irby Branch
Added by: George Seitz
 
 
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Rest In Peace
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 Added: Jul. 6, 2014
 
 
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