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Tandy Branham and
Martha Elizabeth Robinson

Tandy Branham b 20 May 1830 Russell Co VA d 25 Sept 1863 Wise Co VA age 33 years, (killed by Confederates during the Civil War for being a Union sympathizer); s/o Tandy Lane and Millie Branham. Tandy Branham m. Martha Elizabeth Robinson b 1824 Russell Co VA d/o William "Dr Billy" Robinson and Hannah Hutchinson. (1860 Wise Co VA Census). Children of Tandy Branham and Martha Elizabeth Robinson;

I. Jule Branham b 1851 VA

II. Martha Jane "Patsy" Branham b 1 Dec 1853 Russell Co VA d 11 Dec 1934 Dickenson Co VA m. 31 Dec 1874 Wise Co VA to William Jefferson "Crippled Billy" Fleming b 9 Dec 1846 Russell Co VA d 30 Jun 1921 Dickenson Co VA s/o John Jackson Fleming and Mary Jane Mullins.

III. Floyd Branham b 1856 VA

IV. Wilburn "Wib" Branham b about 1857 VA d 1943 m. Louemma Gilliam b 1864 Wise Co VA d 1926. Children of Wilburn "Wib" Branham and Louemma Gilliam;

1. Wayne Branham

2. Willard Branham

3. Floyd Branham

4. John Branham b: 19 JAN 1894

5. Lacy Branham

6. Etta Branham

7. Delsie Branham

V. Elvira Branham b 1859 VA

VI. Nancy J Branham b 1861 VA (murdered by husband, Clifton Branham), m. 23 May 1880 Wise Co VA to Clifton Branham b 1861 Cabin Branch, Letcher Co KY d 25 Sept 1903 Wise Co VA by hanging; (Clifton was led from the jail, to the scaffold nearby, and hanged, becoming the last man hanged in Wise County, Virginia - Clifton Branham Memoirs) s/o John C Branham and Mahala Mosley. Children of Nancy J Branham and Clifton Branham;

1. Ida Branham b 1881 m. 8 Apr 1897 to David Crocket "Red Dave" Fleming b Jun 1877 Wise Co VA d 10 Jun 1919 s/o Manuel Fleming and Betty Mullins.

8. Carrie Branham

VII. John "Gooseneck" Branham b 1864 VA d 1894 Boggs, Webster Co WV in a shootout during the capture of the Fleming brothers; m. 22 Jun 1885 to Nancy Hall b 18 Oct 1865 Wheelersburg, Scioto, OH d/o John A Hall and Sarah Sallie Franklin. Nancy Hall m. 2nd to Unknown Adams. Nancy Hall m. 3rd to William Renfro.


Martha Elizabeth Robinson
and Shadrick Osborne

Martha Elizabeth Robinson b 1824 Russell Co VA d/o William "Dr Billy" Robinson and Hannah Hutchinson. Martha Elizabeth Robinson m. 5 Feb 1846 to 1st Shadrick Osborne b about 1820.


The Killing of Tandy Branham

1863 Tandy Branham was killed by Confederate Bushwackers.
Re: The Book/Long - Wise Co., VA

Joel Long, page 196, Judge James Monroe Roberson
"I also remember being at the home of Aunt Betty Branham, Pat Fleming's mother, when her husband, Tandy Branham, was brought home a corpse. This was during the Civil War, and some home guards, some time in the year of 1863, headed by Alf Killen and Joel LONG, passed by where Branham lived and took a mare of his, from a man by the name of Spence, who was working for him, and when Branham was informed of the fact, he followed the men to recapture his property, and on the way one of the crowd, who had stopped to waylay him, shot and killed him. Branham was a Rebel sympathizer, but never belonged to the Rebel army. Branham was brought home in a sheet tied in knots and hung to a rail and carried by two men, others being along and assisting.

They laid him on the floor of one of the houses (there were two), and the blood from the wound dripped out on the floor, which incident is indelibly imprinted on my mind. Alf Killen was captain of the Home Guard Squad, and during their perambulations they took my father into custody because he was a Rebel sympathizer, and took him to the home of his brother-in-law, William Sowards, who was a Union sympathizer, with doubtless, the intention to take him away and kill him. But his brother, the late Matthew S. Roberson, heard of the capture, and went and had father released by threatening to have Killen shot. Matthew was a Union man also and thus, being able to save father's life. Alf Killen and his Home Guard Squad was met afterward by a Rebel force on Big Mud Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky, and during the battle Killen was killed, mostly in revenge for the death of Tandy Branham. Joel LONG, who, it was said, shot and killed Branham, escaped during the battle by donning a woman's dress and bonnet. He settled in Johnson County, Kentucky, and never returned to Wise County. The facts above enumerated were obtained from others after the close of the Civil War."

The 7th Battalion Confederate Cavalry - Virginia

This is an unfinished narrative of the events in the history of Clarence Prentice's 7th Battalion Confederate Cavalry. It has been prepared by James Prichard, Frankfort, Kentucky and Jeffrey C. Weaver, Arlington, Virginia. The following was of note in this writing: "Written reports indicate that French had raised between 300 and 400 men who had been recruited for his battalion. However, only 112 have been identified, most of whom were Wise County residents. They are shown in the Confederate Veterans Appendix of this work." "The primary officer of interest to Wise County was Tandy Branham, the assistant quartermaster of the battalion."

Wise County, Virginia 1860 Census

Tandy Branham age 30 Farmer Kentucky
Elizabeth age 31 Housewife Illiterate
Julia age 9
Martha age 6
Floyd age 4
Wilburn age 3
Elivira age 6 months
Martha Branham age 80
John Milley age 11

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