John C Branham

John C Branham

Floyd County, Kentucky, USA
Death 1 Apr 1903 (aged 90)
Burial Clintwood, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 117191990 · View Source
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John C. was the son of William and Charity Gibson Branham. Charity was born 1800 to Jason and Ruth Gibson and married William Branham Dec. 5, 1816 in Floyd County, KY. This William Branham was the son of Turner and Mary Branham.

Children of William and Charity Branham were John C., Turner, born 1820 and married Malinda McKenzie; William born 1822 and married Levina; Easter, born 1824 and married Robert Johnson; Elias born 1830 and married Margaret "Peggy" Vanover; James Wesley born 1831-33 and married Elizabeth "Polly" on Dec. 21, 1854. William died sometime before 1836 and Charity married Phillip Tackett in Pike County on March 4, 1836.


11/8/2014--The Sons of Confederate Soldiers set the CSA headstone and performed a 21 gun salute to honor this soldier.----Margaret Sturgill

Based on previous information that I read of Mr. Short, the landowner at the time pointing out where he was buried, he is buried beside his wife. The old stone at his grave is crumbling.

Military Record:
John C Branham, Co H, 5th Virginia State Line. He later served in Co B, 21st VA Cav, enlisting on April 1, 1863. He was taken prisoner of war on April 15, 1863 in Pike Co, Ky, as a member of Col. James M French's 65th VA Inf. He was taken prisoner of war at Piketon (Pikeville) and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio. He participated in Minifee's Raid on Piketon, KY. He was described as 5'8", age 45, dark hair, light complexion, and was listed as a farm laborer worth $200 according to 1860 Pike Co, Ky census.

~The following narrative was written March 15, 1982 by great grandson Joe Branham, Box 62, Melvin, KY 41640 of Floyd Co., Kentucky:

John C Branham and his two sons, one being my grandfather Joe, were in the Civil War. All three had seen combat action across the states of Virginia and Kentucky. In the battle that was fought in Pike County, KY, down the Big Sandy River at a place now called Mossy Bottom, my great-grandfather and other soldiers were captured by the enemy. The prisoners of war were held a long time, after which the enemy troops took the prisoners down the Sandy River on a log raft to a place near Catlettsburg, KY. Sometime later the prisoners were transferred to the Virginia Coast, to a place now called Norfolk.

There the enemy had a ship in which they kept the prisoners of war. My great-grandfather was put in the bottom cell of the prison ship. I don't suppose he could even tell when it was day or night. Some of the reports indicated he was a leader or some kind of officer in the war, and was inflicted with crueler punishment than the other prisoners. They were never given enough food to eat and were allowed no privileges of cleanliness, never getting to shave or change clothes; they just wore them until they fell off. There is no doubt that they had to sleep on the floor of the ship.

The war was about over when John Branham was released. When he was permitted to go home, he was in very poor condition, having lost a lot of weight from improper food and lack of fresh air. Due to the weight loss and beard, his wife and children did not recognize him at first.

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  • Created by: Margaret Sturgill
  • Added: 16 Sep 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 117191990
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John C Branham (15 Apr 1812–1 Apr 1903), Find a Grave Memorial no. 117191990, citing Short Earl in Osborne Gap, Clintwood, Dickenson County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Sturgill (contributor 47669776) .