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Christopher Branch Jr.

Birth
Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 24 Nov 1665 (aged 36–37)
Blanks Store, Charles City County, Virginia, USA
Burial Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 115339468 View Source
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Christopher Branch, Jr. was born about 1628 at "Kingsland" (see attached map), the plantation owned by his father in Henrico, Co., VA. Christopher was the third son of Christopher and Mary Addy (Addie) Branch, Sr. He moved from Henrico Co., VA to Charles City Co., VA where, in 1657 at the age of 29, he was appointed justice.

The inventory of his estate was made 24 Dec 1665 by William Farrar II. His wife is reported to have been Sarah Almond but due to the total destruction of the earlier Charles City Co. records, nothing very definite is known concerning her, save that he married her before 1658, and she bore her husband three sons and two daughters including Mary Branch. Sarah presumably did not long survive her husband's premature death in 1665 as their son, Benjamin Branch, born 1665, was raised by his grandfather, Christopher Branch, Sr.

The children of Christopher and Sarah (Almond) Branch, Jr. were:
1) Christopher Branch III, b.1659 Henrico Co., VA, d. 1727 Henrico Co., VA, m. Anne (Sherman) Crowley
2) Samuel Branch, b. 1863, d. 1700, m. Ursula Goode
3)Mary Branch, b. 1657, d. 1715, m. (1) 1678/9 to Thomas Jefferson (I) (1629-1697) of Henrico Co., VA, (2) 17 Feb 1700 Joseph Mattox. NOTE: There is no reliable source that indicates that Mary Branch's middle name was "Martha" as recorded on her FAG memorial (#66160158), but as the wife of Thomas Jefferson I, she did have daughters named Mary Jefferson and Martha Jefferson. (See Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5" by John Frederick Dorman, Vol. I, 4th Ed., 2004, pp370 & 379).
4) Sarah Branch
5) Benjamin Branch, b. 1665 (Was raised by his grandfather, Christopher Branch, Sr.; both parents having died during his infancy), d. 1706, m. 1695 Tabitha Osborne.
NOTE: All of these children are mentioned in their grandfather's, Christopher Branch, Sr., 20 Jun 1678 extant will probated 20 Sep 1681/82 at Henrico Co., VA.

Christopher and Sarah (Almond) Branch, Jr. were the 2nd great grandparents of POTUS Thomas Jefferson. (See Find A Grave Memorial #544). Their daughter, Mary Branch (1657-1715), married Thomas Jefferson (I) (1629-1697) in 1678/9 at his residence, Osbornes, Henrico Co., VA, located in the "Curles" area of the James River (see attached map for location of "Osbornes"). Thomas Jefferson I and his wife, Mary (Branch) Jefferson became the great grandparents of POTUS Thomas Jefferson. (see Find A Grave Memorial #544). There was nothing exceptional, then, about the immigrant ancestors of POTUS Thomas Jefferson, who arrived in the colony sometime during the 1660s and 1670s. Nothing to suggest their preeminence in the century to come. His great-grandfather, Thomas I of Henrico, who lived in the Curles area, was at best only a middling planter, who achieved neither political office nor more than modest wealth. Thomas Jefferson I died in 1697 in Henrico Co., VA and Mary (Branch) Jefferson married secondly Joseph Maddox on 17 Feb 1700/01 and died circa 1715.

Sources:
1) Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5" by John Frederick Dorman, Vol. I, 4th Ed., 2004, pp368-371, 379.
2) "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography", Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Vol. 5, 1915, p1055.

Bio by Gresham Farrar.


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  • Created by: Gresham Farrar
  • Added: 12 Aug 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 115339468
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/115339468/christopher-branch : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher Branch Jr. (1628–24 Nov 1665), Find a Grave Memorial ID 115339468, citing Kingsland Plantation (Branch Family Cemetery), Henrico County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Gresham Farrar (contributor 47643741) Unknown.