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James Branch

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Henrico, Virginia
Death: August 1749 (83)
Chesterfield, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Branch, Sr; Thomas Branch; Elizabeth Branch and Elizabeth Branch
Husband of Mary Branch and Mary Branch
Father of Frances Wooldridge; Verlinche Branch; Elizabeth Wooldridge; Phoebe Elizabeth Hill; John Branch and 2 others
Brother of Thomas Branch, Jr.; Matthew Branch, Sr.; William Branch; Martha Ward; Lynda Kilpatrick and 1 other

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About James Branch

James Branch lived in Chesterfield, Virginia, USA. From 1666 to the fall of 1749 James lived in part of Henrico County which later became Chesterfield County in 1749. He owned 555 acres in Henrico in 1704. On April 2, 1716, he purchased 100 acres of Kingsland from Thomas Turpin and his wife Obedience Branch and on November 2, 1726, he sold this tract to Henry Vanderhood. Mary wife of said James Branch relinquished by her right of dower.


James Branch's will dated 19 August 1726 in Henrico and proved in Chesterfield Co. 5 August of 1749. Will Book 1 page 55 and 57 Daughters Frances, Elizabeth, Verlinch, Mary and Phoebe and son John Branch one shilling each. Residue of estate left to wife (not named) to dispose of as she sees fit. Witness Thomas Branch,Jr., William Branch, Matthew Branch. Estate appraised October 5 1749. The will of his wife Mary Branch of Chesterfield bears date of 28 November 1750. It mentions daughters Verlinche and Mary Branch, Phoebe Hill and to granddaughter Elizabeth Woolridge and to son John Branch, residue of estate and he is named executor.


James Branch lived for many years in Henrico County, his home falling in the new county of Chesterfield on the latter's creation in 1749. From the records of Henrico County: Thomas Branch, Jr. of Henrico County, for love & affection to my brother James Branch, land on south side of James River, next to John Clark and Matthew Branch, 200 acres February 1, 1686.

Witnesses: William Glover, Ben Hatcher, and Christopher Branch

Signed: Thomas Branch Recorded February 1, 1686.

Elizabeth, wife of Thomas, relinquished her dower right.

On August 11, 1711, James Branch, of the parish and county of Henrico conveyed (for 10 pounds sterling) to Matthew Branch, of the same, the interest of the said James Branch in 355 acres on south side of James River in Henrico County as by patent to said Mathew and James Branch in April, 1703. On the same date Matthew Branch, conveyed to James Branch (for 10 pounds sterling) interest of the said Matthew Branch in 355 acres on south side James River in Henrico County, being part of a patent granted Matthew and James Branch in April 1703 (Henrico Records).

James has a land patent, dated 18 March, 1717-8, for thirty-one acres in Henrico, on the south side of the river, bordering on Kingsland, Seafield, the land of Richard Dennis, of Mr. Thomas Branch, and land owned by the patentee.

On November 2, 1726, James Branch, of Henrico County, planter, conveyed to Henry Vanderhood, of same, Merchant, for 150 pounds currency, 100 acres on south side of James River at a place commonly called Kinsland, which said land was conveyed by Christopher Branch unto his grandsons William and John Branch by deed dated October 17, 1659, and by the said John Branch, the survivor devised unto his daughter Obedience late the wife of Thomas Turpin, deceased, in his will dated January 17, 1687, and by the said Thomas and Obedience, his wife, conveyed to the aforesaid james Branch by deed April 2, 1716. Mary, wife of the said James Branch, relinquished her right of dower (Henrico Records).

Source: Genealogies of Virginia Families - From the William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1. pp. 410-444.

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James Branch's Timeline

Henrico, Virginia
Age 38
Henrico County, Virginia
Age 39
Age 44
Age 46
Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
Age 54
Age 54
Bedrord, Virginia
August 1749
Age 83
Chesterfield, Virginia