Pvt Joseph “Uncle Joe” Branham

Pvt Joseph “Uncle Joe” Branham

Wise County, Virginia, USA
Death Oct 1934 (aged 89)
Johnson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Offutt, Johnson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 52933705 · View Source
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Confederate soldiers in Johnson County have been almost depleted.

One of the best-liked citizens of this section of the State,"Uncle Joe" as he was known near and far, was a member of the United Baptist Church and up until a few years ago was a regular attendant at services of the church.

He was in several minor engagements during the Civil War, but was not seriously wounded. However, he was shot at on various occasions and once several bullets passed through his clothing but left him unharmed.

Uncle Joe was born in Wise County, Virginia, and came to Johnson County at the close of the war. He married Exer Ward of the section near the mouth of Greasy Creek now known as Offutt.

In his boyhood days Uncle Joe lived in the Cumberland Mountains at the head of the Big Sandy River, and in later life was his great delight to relate hunting stories of his childhood.

Children and grown-ups never tired of his tales of the mountains and his war recollections.

Having learned to play a fife before entering the Confederate Army, Mr. Branham was delegated to play marches during army maneuvers. After settling on Greasy Creek, it was for many yearsthe outstanding part of any gathering to have "Uncle Joe," attend and play the old time marches.

Jovial and kind hearted at all times, children of the neighborhood took up with and loved "Uncle Joe." For many years he had worn along beard which had been gray for more than a quarter of acentury.

His wife died more than a year ago. Uncle Joe had lived with hisson, Tandy Branham, who waited on him as he had waited on both of them before Mrs. Branham died.

Tandy had for years stayed at home and was the cook and housekeeper for his mother and father

Mr. Branham was buried in the cemetery on the point at Offutt,where most of the family who had preceded him in death were laid to rest.

Besides Tandy, Mr. Branham is survived by sons Will Branham,Mingo; Steve Branham, Offutt; John Branham, Weeksbury and Joe Branham, of Odds; daughters Mrs.Mary Wells, Odds; Mrs. Melvina Arrowood, Waverly, O.; and Mrs. Martha Ward, Boons Camp.

Also nearly 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive.
These are almost equally divided, there being nearly fifty grandchildren and as many great- grandchildren.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 52933705
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Joseph “Uncle Joe” Branham (5 Jun 1845–Oct 1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52933705, citing Old Ward Cemetery, Offutt, Johnson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Sam D. Hatcher (contributor 47112906) .