Matthew Branch

MARRIAGE: Matthew Branch married Frances Ware, who was a witness at the October Court in 1711. She was probably a sister or sister-in-law of the Caleb Ware, whose will, dated 28 June, 1740, was recorded in Chesterfield County on 5 October 1750. Legatees of that will were Matthew Branch, Sr., John Branch, Sr., Mary, wife of James Branch, Mary, wife of William Puckett, deceased and Matthew Branch, Jr.

REFERENCES: “Early Virginia Families Along the James River”, by Foley, Vol. 1, Patent Book 9, page 627: 20 Oct 1704, Mr. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Harris, Matthew Branch and Thomas Turpin, 628 acres, Henrico Co. on N. side of James River, beginning on branch of Lucy’s Spring, for transport of 13 persons.

RESIDENCES: Rent Rolls of VA. 1705-An account of land that hath been concealed, Matthew Branch, 10 acres;

RESIDENCES: Matthew Branch {Matthew, Thomas, Christopher), Deed, dated 2 March 1759, by John Wood, to Matthew Branch, Sr., conveying 90 acres in Chesterfield, adjoining lands owned by each party to the deed; this tract being part of 200 acres bought by the said Wood from John Fowler.

RESIDENCES: 18 Oct 1688, Henrico Parish and County; Virginia Will of Edward Deeley, “My land and plantation to my cousin Matthew Branch, and concerning the house I am now building and all the tobacco which I have in the hands of William Glover and John Davis shall go towards the said house. To Matthew Branch my negroes. To James Branch one cow and calf. To James Branch, a cow and calf and to the daughters of Thomas Branch Jr. one cow. To Richard Ward’s daughter, a cow. To Robert Broadway, my horse. To Dorothy Blackman Jr one young mare. To William Blackman, Jr. one black heifer. To John Blackman and Elizabeth Blackman each a cow calf. To Henrico Parish Church twenty shillings. To John Broomfield one hogshead of tobacco. To William Blackman and Charles Douglas each one old axe. To Mr. Goode and Joshua Step, the corn which they owe to me. To William Glover six breeding sows. All the other goods and chattel after my debts are paid, I give to my brother Thomas Jefferson who I make my executor. Wit: Henry Sherman, Wllm Burroughsssss, Hennry Trent and Wllm Glover. Probated June 1, 1689.

RESIDENCES: Matthew Branch, by deeds dated 27 September 1689, recorded in Henrico 1 October 1689, exchanged 200 acres of the 280 deeded him in 1686-7 by his brother Thomas Branch, for the 200 then deeded to James Branch and eighty adjoining acres. Matthew Branch, on 29 October 1696, patented fifty acres in Henrico, escheat from William Jones deceased. Matthew and James, on 24 April 1703, patented 710 acres in Henrico, on the south side of the river, on Bear’s branch, Pockashock branch, Grindon’s run, and bordering land owned by John Brodnax. Matthew on 20 October 1704, with Mr. Tho: Jefferson, Tho: Harris, and Tho: Turpin patented 628 acres in Henrico, on the south side of the river, on “ye branch of Lucy’s Spring.” Matthew Branch and James, by deeds dated and recorded 1 August 1711, divided equally the 710 acres patented by them in 1703.

WILL: 15 Dec 1722, Chesterfield County, Virginia, proved 4 July 1726; son Matthew Branch, plantation I now dwell on, only my wife to have lower half with dwelling house I now live in during her life and half of out houses; son Matthew Branch land lying on head of my brother Thomas Branch and joins to my brother James, commonly called Berbados, also a parcel of land joining John Blackman which he bought of John Tullit and so to Grindoll’s Run, only my wife to have privilege on my son Matthew’s land both here and att Berbados, to get timber and fencing for building and keeping in repair the plantation I now live on; son John Branch, whole part of land taken up between my brother James and myself; sons Olive and Daniel Branch, land I bought of Mr. John Tullit, said land to be equally divided and son Olive to have that part next to Poewhite and Daniel part next the Reedy Creek; should Olive or Daniel die in non-age, or one before the other, survivor to possess the whole tract; son Thomas Branch, 150 acres which I took up with Captain Jefferson, Thomas Harris and Thomas Turpin; son Olive a gray colt; son Thomas, a black colt; daughter Phebe Branch, a bay mare;daughter Elizabeth Branch, a bay mare.Residue of estate to wife to be disposed of among my children as she pleases.Wife (name not given) whole executrix.(Henrico Records, Vol. 1725-37).

LAND: In 1696, Mathew Branch patented fifty acres in Henrico, escheated from William Jones, deceased.


Matthew Branch — 1 Comment

  1. Hi,

    My name is Philip R. Thieler a lineal descendant of Colonel John Branch of Halifax, NC. Based on records, he was the son of John Richard Branch who migrated from Chesterfield VA to Halifax NC. He was married to Martha Henry. His father is supposed to be John Richard Branch who, we believe was married twice… Mary Goode and then a woman named Susannah. He was supposedly the son of James Branch and Mary Ware. There seems to be a lot of confusion on the two Mary’s Ware and Goode. Would you be able to shed some light on the marriage of James Branch and Mary Ware? I have copies of James’ and his wife Mary’s Wills but no last name is shown for his wife. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Philip

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