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Thomas BRANSON, Jr.

Male 1703 - 1792  (89 years)

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  • Name Thomas BRANSON 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 1703  Springfield Township, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 8PRX-S3 
    History Member of the "70 Families" Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 21 Nov 1744 
    Died 1792  Randolph County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) O'Dell, Cecil, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1995, pp. 329, 331-333:


      Thomas Branson Sr. (b. 1675 c.) bought and sold several tracts of land in Springfield and New Hanover Townships, Burlington County, West New Jersey from 1702 to 1731. He purchased 1,177 acres from John Day (both men lived in Springfield Township) on 25 August 1720. Thomas sold eight acres to his son Thomas Jr. on 10 September 1731; the transaction was witnessed by Benjamin Borden and William Rogers. Springfield Township is northwest of Wrightstown and New Hanover Township is southeast of Wrightstown, New Jersey.

      Thomas Branson Jr. (b. 1700 c.) was in Virginia by 27 November 1732 when he employed Robert Brooke (surveyor of Prince William County, Virginia) to survey 1,370 acres on Crooked Run. Thomas received a patent from the Colony of Virginia for this tract on 3 October 1734. . . . The tract is located in present-day Clarke and Warren counties on the west side of U.S. Highway 340/522. The north property line is about ¾ mile south of Double Toll Gate, Virginia and the south line is approximately six miles south of the north line.

      Thomas Jr. disposed of the 1,370 acres through the following deeds: 290 acres to John Branson (probably his son) on 19 November 1739 . . . ; 300 acres to Ralph Withers on 21 January 1739/40 . . . ; 359 acres to Thomas Hankins on 12 January 1739/40 . . . ; 150 acres to Thomas Sharp in February 1741/42 . . . and 162½ acres to John Painter on 9 July 1750 . . . . Painter sold the 162½ acres back to Thomas Branson Jr. on 11 July 1750.

      Thomas and his wife Rebecca had moved to Orange County, North Carolina by 16 November 1753 when they sold 260 acres (part of the 1,370-acre tract) to Alex Oglebey. . . . On 1 June 1758, they deeded a 99-year lease to John Painter; four acres "for use of Friends (Quaker) Meeting House and Burying Ground." . . . Total acreage sold through these transactions amounted to 1,363 acres.

      Thomas Branson Sr. received a patent from the Colony of Virginia on 12 November 1735. This patent conveyed 850 acres located near the head of Opequon Creek and Gap Run, a branch of Hogue Creek. . . . He and his wife Isabella sold 650 acres of the 850-acre tract to Martin Cartmell and the remaining 200 acres to Nathaniel Thomas on 13 January 1741/42. Nathaniel sold the 200 acres to Martin Cartmell on 7 May 1747.

      Thomas Branson Sr. (b. 1675 c.) purchased 882 acres from Jost Hite (part of Hite's 2,931-acre patent land of 3 October 1734) for 29 pounds on 20 October/20 November 1742. . . . Thomas Sr. was deceased by 21 November 1744 when his will was proved in Burlington County, West New Jersey. He mentioned his wife Isabella; sons: David, Joseph, Jonathon, Lionel, William, Thomas, John; daughters: Sarah Owin, Mary (wife of Zachariah Robins), Elizabeth (wife of William Rogers). He listed grandson Thomas Branson (son of John) and granddaughter Abigail Rogers. On 3 May 1744, Thomas Branson Jr. and John Branson were appointed by the Frederick County Court to administrate any of their father's properties located in Frederick County.

      Thomas Sr. bequeathed 690 acres (882-acre tract) on the Shenandoah River to sons Thomas Jr. and John; the tract was to be equally divided between them. Thomas Jr. sold his 340-acre inheritance to Samuel Earle for 35 pounds on 5 March 1746/47. . . . Thomas Branson (probably son of John, b. 1705 c.) and his wife Jane sold 165 acres (part of the 882-acre tract) to Jacob McKay for 109 pounds on 29 February 1768. John (son of Thomas Sr.) and his wife Martha Branson sold his 368-acre inheritance to Andrew McKay for 100 pounds on 26 April 1768. Total acreage sold amounted to 873 acres.

      The 882-acre tract, located in present-day Warren County, Virginia, extends on both sides of the mouth of Willow Brook on the Shenandoah River approximately ¾ mile east of Cedarville, Virginia on County Highway 658.

      John Branson received a patent from the Colony of Virginia for 1,000 acres on Cedar Creek on 3 October 1734. . . . This tract is located north, south and west of Marlboro, Virginia. He disposed of the 1,000 acres through the following transactions: 390 acres to William Crisp on 27 June 1739; 115 acres to John Dyer on 28 June 1739; 300 acres to Paul Froman on 27 June 1739 and 195 acres to John Kountz/Counts on 23 June 1739.

      On 4 June 1765, John received a Fairfax grant for 109 acres adjacent west of Andrew McKay's, Charles Baker's . . . and his own 290-acre tract. . . . He purchased 69 acres on Crooked Run from Charles Baker for 118 pounds on 20 May 1761. John and his wife Martha sold the 69 acres to Andrew McKay for 115 pounds on 5 April 1762. On that same day, he bought 41 acres on Crooked Run from Joseph Baker (grandson of Charles Baker) for 45 pounds. These land transactions involving the Bakers comprise the 100-acre tract which Charles Baker purchased from John Branson on 23 August 1742 with one exception: 59 acres and 41 acres constitute the 100-acre tract and the remaining 10 acres were purchased from Robert McKay. . . .

      John Branson was deceased by 6 November 1770 when his will (dated 1 September 1769) was proved in Frederick County Court. He bequeathed the 41 acres he had purchased from Joseph Baker as well as the adjoining 59 acres to his daughter Elizabeth Corder/Cordes. Elizabeth and her husband John Corder/Cordes sold the two tracts to Andrew McKay for 80 pounds on 3 May 1772. He willed the plantation (290 acres) to his wife Martha with the stipulation that after her demise, their daughter Martha Fawcett and grandson John Branson (son of Thomas) were to divide the 290 acres equally between them. He bequeathed five pounds and wearing apparel to his son Thomas and money to his daughters Anna Shinn and Mary Duckworth.

      Joseph Branson (possible son of Thomas Sr.) was deceased by 9 August 1780 when his will (dated 10 July 1780) was proved in Hampshire County Court, Virginia (West Virginia). He bequeathed a Bible to his son John and the rest of his estate was to be divided among Barbarry, Fredick, Cathran and Susan Sellers (relationship not listed). Fred Sellers was appointed executor and Jonathon Heath was the only witness. According to Hopewell Friends History, Joseph is buried at Hopewell Cemetery.

      Lionel Branson (possible son of Thomas Sr.) owned land on Lost River near the town of Lost River in Hardy County, West Virginia. George Branson (son of Thomas Sr.) had 622 acres located on both sides of present-day U.S. Highway 11 at Middletown, Virginia surveyed on 28 November 1732. . . . George neglected to secure a patent for this tract; consequently, Jost Hite included the 622 acres in his 2,168-acre patent from the Colony of Virginia on 3 October 1734. The 622-acre tract forms the central part of the 2,168 acres.

      (2) Frederick County, Virginia, Hopewell Friends History [database online], Orem, UT:, 1997:

      In the State Land Office at Richmond are to be found recorded in Book 16, pages 315-415, inclusive, the patents issued to the settlers who came to the Shenandoah Valley under authority of the Orders in Council made to Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan. All bear date of November 12, 1735, and recite that the grantee is one of the seventy families brought in by them, and excepting location and acreage, are alike in wording and conditions, and are signed by William Gooch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony at that time. . . .

      These patents were issued under the seal of the colony and were grants from the Crown, free of any obligation of feudal services to the Fairfax family, who claimed the land as lords proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The sixth Lord Fairfax, who later established his home at Greenway Court near Winchester, instituted many suits against early settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, but it does not appear that any Friend who claimed under Ross and Bryan was ever ejected from his land.

      Although it is specifically stated that seventy families have been "by them brought in to our said Colony and settled upon the Lands in the said Order mentioned," only thirty-six patents issued to thirty-four grantees have been found. The names of these grantees are here given, together with sundry information gathered from the minutes of various Friends' meetings, from the records of the counties of Orange and Frederick in Virginia, and Chester County, Pennsylvania. . . .

      Thomas Branson, 850 acres in Frederick County "Beginning at Joist Hite's corner, at the head of a small stream or branch of the Opeckon River."

      Thomas Branson was the son of Thomas Branson and Elizabeth his wife, daughter of John Day. Thomas Branson Sr. also had land in the Shenandoah Valley, and by his will, probated Nov. 21, 1744, in Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, devised it to his sons Thomas and Jacob, and describes it as "my lands on Shannandow River in Virginia which I laid out for Thomas Alexander and one called 'Scotch Robin'." This will was probated in Frederick County, Virginia, March 5, 1744, John and Thomas Branson qualifying as executors with Thomas Hankins and Thomas Sharp sureties. This land was near White Post, but now in Warren County; and near it Thomas Branson Jr. secured a patent in his own name for 1370 acres on both sides of Crooked Run. Near it Jacob Branson, his brother, received by patent in his own name 1000 acres. The will of Thomas Branson Sr. mentions his wife Elizabeth, sons David, Joseph, Jonathan, Lionel, William, Thomas, and John; his daughters Sarah Owin, Mary wife of Zachariah Robins, Elizabeth wife of William Rogers; his granddaughter Abigail Rogers; his grandson Thomas, son of John. Thomas Branson Jr. married Rebecca, daughter of Benjamin Borden, and John married Martha, widow of John Osmond and daughter of Thomas Antrim. William Branson, son of Thomas Sr., removed for a while to Stafford County, Va., and from him are descended the well known Branson family living until recent years near Clearbrook in Frederick County, Va. Lionel, son of Thomas Sr., settled on Lost River in what is now Hardy County, West Va., where some of his descendants reside at this time.
    Person ID I9740  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Thomas L. BRANSON, Sr.,   b. 18 Feb 1670, Sunninghill, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1744, Springfield Township, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth DAY,   b. 20 Nov 1685, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1754, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 4 Oct 1702  Burlington Meeting House, Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rebecca BORDEN,   b. Abt 1710, Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Orange County, NC? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1731  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F4713  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth NORTON,   b. Abt 1718,   d. 28 Sep 1791  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1782  Center Meeting House, Guilford, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F4716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart