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Benjamin Branch, III, Capt., of "Willow Hill"

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Willow Hill, Chesterfield, Virginia
Death: April 1786 (50-58)
Willow Hill, Chesterfield , Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Branch, Il, of Chesterfield and Obedience Branch
Husband of Anne Branch and Mary Branch
Father of Thomas Branch, of "Willow Hill"; Benjamin Branch; Edward Branch; Obedience Branch and Anne Jones
Brother of Mary Branch; Martha Branch; Edward Branch; Thomas Branch; Obedience Branch and 1 other
Half brother of Martha Ward and Martha Hamlin / Nunnaly

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About Benjamin Branch, III, Capt., of "Willow Hill"

Benjamin Branch DAR Ancestor #: A013726 A Patriot for Virginia with the rank of Captain.

  • Birth: Abt. 1732 in Henrico County, Virginia
  • Death: 1786 in Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Parents: Benjamin Branch, Mary Osborne
  • Married: 1) Ann Bass 2) 1 Mary Goode

John W. Pritchett writes in Virginians - The Family History of John W. Pritchett:

Benjamin Branch III (-c.1785) was probably the Benjamin Branch Jr. of Amelia County who bought Lot 18 of Chesterfield County glebe land in December 1760.  In June 1778 Benjamin bought 150 acres  in Amelia County from West Anderson. In 1782 Amelia County listed Benjamin Branch an absentee landowner with twelve slaves.  In 1783 Chesterfield County listed him head of a family of four with 16 blacks.  Benjamin was captain of the Chesterfield County Militia  and a high sheriff of Chesterfield County in 1784.  In 1769 the Council made Branch a county justice. 

According to a monument erected at "Willow Hill" to the memory of their son Thomas Branch, Benjamin Branch married Ann Bass. This was likely Ann Bass who married a Branch, though she would have been in her forties when Thomas was born.

After her death, he married second in Chesterfield County Mary (Epes) Worsham on 25 August (bond) 1773.  She was the daughter of Francis Epes and Sarah Hamlin and widow of John Worsham III.

Benjamin died in Chesterfield County (will dated 19 April 1782 , recorded 3 July 1786 ) naming wife, Mary. Among the executors of his will was "kinsman" Edward Bass.


  1. The William and Mary Quarterly, Volume 25. By Earl Gregg Swem. Page 59. "Thomas and William Branch of Henrico and some of their descendants.".


  1. Branchiana; being a partial account of the Branch family in Virginia, by James Branch Cabell.  Richmond, Va., Printed by Whittet & Shepperson.1907. page 45
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Benjamin Branch, III, Capt., of "Willow Hill"'s Timeline

Chesterfield, Virginia
April 4, 1767
Age 35
Chesterfield , Virginia
April 1786
Age 54
Chesterfield , Virginia, United States