Galba Edward Branson

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Galba Edward Branson

  • Birth 14 May 1841 Gasconade County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 4 Jul 1889 Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Branson, Taney County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 33299474

Sheriff G.E. (Galba Edward) Branson, was shot and killed by three brothers at a picnic on the fourth of July, 1889 in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri. Also killed was U.S. Marshal Ed Funk.
The sheriff and the Marshal were trying to avoid a tragedy to befall citizens of Kirbyville. The three brothers had been drinking and were displaying weapons.
The brothers were Bill, James and Emanuel Miles.
The sheriff announced he would have to arrest the brothers, and that's when things got ugly.
After a shootout with Sheriff Branson and Marshal Ed Funk, the boys got away into the dense brush. The next day, 2 of the 3 brothers were captured. Emanuel was not located.
The sheriff and the Marshal both died at the picinic that Fourth of July 1889.
In a sensational trial in Sept 1890, both Jim and Bill Miles were found not guilty of the murder of these two lawmen.
*****Please note that some information indicates that Ed Funk was a detective, while other information suggests he was a U.S. Marshall. Further research will be required to answer this question. *****

Killed at a 4th of July picnic 1889

Birth and spouse information provided by FAG User # 47442725.

1st wife Eliza A Cooper, 23 Oct 1880 Gasconade county, Missouri
2nd wife Elizabeth David, her 2nd marriage to Thomas P Wright.

Parent links provided by FG user # 47442725.


Bio by: calebsbud


Gravesite Details S/S E S Funk; Stonemaker - Fred Michel

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  • Created by: WRVHS
  • Added: 27 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33299474
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Galba Edward Branson (14 May 1841–4 Jul 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33299474, citing Branson Family Cemetery, Branson, Taney County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by WRVHS (contributor 46931506) .