In the name of God amen, I Olive Branchof the county of Chesterfield and Parish of Manchester being of perfect sense and memory constitute this writing to be my last will and testement in manners form following to wit.
I give and bequeth unto my beloved wife Verlinshe during her natural life all my estate both real and personal of every kind whatsoever to her own proper use but after her death then my will and desire is that all the said estate of every kind whatsoever shall desend to belong unto my son James Branch and to his heirs and aforesigns forever, and my desire is that my said estate shall not be appraised and lastly I appoint my son James Branch and my friend Bernard Marshall to be my executors to this my will hereby revoking all other wills as wittnessing my hand and seal this 16th day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1779.
Signed sealed and acknowledged before us.
John Mallory Olive Branch
5 April, 1782
Will of Olive Branch proved by excutor James Branch.
Deed 6 April, 1764 by Olive Branch, Sr. to his son, James Branch conveying 100 acres ajoining lands of the said James Branch, of the said Olive Branch, Sr., and of William Byrd.
Deed 6 April, 1764 by Olive Branch, Sr. to his son, Olive Branch, Jr. conveying 100 acres, ajoining lands owned severally by John Markham, William Byrd, and the two parties to this deed.
The will of Daniel Branch, undated was recorded in Chesterfield county. In will book 4, page 494, and an inventory of his estate was ordered in October in 1792 and was recorded 10 January, 1793 by James Branch. To my son, James, 1 negro. To my son, Olive, 1 negro. To my son Daniel, 1 negro. To my son, Washington, 2 negros. All my land, and all my negros not previously given, to be equally divided among my four sons.
Deed, 1 February, 1754, by Daniel Branch, to his brother Olive Branch, as previously cited, was acknowledged before the Chesterfield court, same date, by Daniel Branch and his wife. The will of Daniel Branch, dated 13 April, 1782, was recorded in Powhatan 15 August, 1782.
Daniel Branch, will dated 1782 and Olive Branch, will dated 1789, were both sons of Matthew Branch, Sr. his will dated 15 Dec. 1722. The will of Daniel Branch, wrtten in 1782 mentions his sons Daniel, Thomas, Matthew, Dukoy, daughters Mary, Elizabeth, and Francis. Will of Matthew Branch, written 1823 to brother Thomas, Mary Cox, Betsy Mallory, Francis. Will of Daniel Branch, written 1821 to Sally Branch and Elizabeth Mallory.
Powhatan county marriage bond, 20th of Feb. 1783, Daniel Branch and Sally Clarke, surety Charles Clarke.
Daniel Branch, son of Matthew Branch, Sr. left Chesterfield county and resided in Powhatan county where he died. His son, Daniel also died in Powhatan county. Daniel Branch, of Chesterfield county, was the son of Olive Branch, who died in 1779.
James Branch, of Chesterfield county, son and heir of Olive Branch, Sr. is the only son mentioned in his fathers will. Olive Branch, Jr. is mentioned in land deeds being the son of Olive Branch, Sr. If James Branch dies without wife or heirs, then his siblings would divide his estate left to him by his father.
Know all men by these present that whereas we Samuel Branch, Benjamin Parks, Pleasant Branch, James Branch, Olive Branch, Daniel Branch, Washington Branch, Verlinse Bowles, Sally Frayser, Lucy Gogins, Elizabeth Parks, Olive Branch, Jr., Fleming Branch, Anderson Branch, John Branch, Nancy Haberson, James Branch, Jr., Jemima Parks, Judy Anderson, Samuel Sherill, and Polly, his wife and Charles Gill and Verlinshe, his wife as the heirs and legal representatives of James Branch, Sr., deseased late of the county of Chesterfield in the state of Virginia are repectively entitled to a portionable part of 1,500 acres of land lying in the county of Lee in the state of Virginia of which the said James Branch died. Now know ye that we the said Samuel Branch, Benjamin Parks, Pleasant Branch, James Branch, Olive Branch, Daniel Branch, Washington Branch, Verlinshe Bowles, Sally Frayser, Lucy Gogins, Elizabeth Parks, Olive Branch, Jr., Fleming Branch, Anderson Branch, John Branch, Nancy Harberson, James Branch, Jr., Jemima Parks, Judy Anderson, Samuel Sherill and Polly his wife, Charles Gill and Verlinshe his wife have and by their presents do constitute, nominate, and appoint James Parks our true and lawful attorney in fact, for us and in our names and behalf, do ask, recieve, demand and sue for the aforesaid quanity of 1,500 acres of land and the use all and such other legal means, as he the said James Parks may in his judgement and opinion think prosper and necessary to recover the said land and moreover to receive and grant deeds of conveyance to sell, divide, or dispose of the said 1,500 acres of land or any part thereof as in the judgement and opinion of the said James Parks may be the most conducive to our interests and in all respects touching the premises to act in the same full complete and effectual manner as we ourselves might could have done hereby ratifying and confirming each and every act lawfully done by James Parks touching the premises aforesaid, we have here unto fixed our hands and seals this 10th day of January one thousand eight hundred and eight.
January 11, 1808
Olive Branch, Fleming Branch, Anderson Branch, John Branch, James Branch, John Goggin and Lucy, his wife, (formerly Lucy Branch), Benjamin Parks and Elizabeth, his wife (formerly Elizabeth Branch), William Parks Jemima (fomerly Jemima Branch), William Harrison and Nancy, his wife (formerly Nancy Branch), Matthew Anderson andJudith his wife (formerly Judith Branch), Charles Gill and Linchey (formerly Linchey Branch), who are the children and heirs at law of Olive Branch, the elder deceased: Also James Branch, Olive Branch, Daniel Branch, John Frayser, and Sally his wife (formerly Sally Branch), William Bowles and Virlinshey his wife (formerly Virlinshey Branch), who are the children and heirs at law Daniel Branch deceased: Also, James Parks, Samuel Shimil, and Polly his wife (formerly Polly Parks), who are the children and heirs at law of Virlinshey Parks deceased (formerly Virlinshey Branch), which said Olive Branch, the elder deceased, Daniel Branch, deceased and Virlinshey Parks deceased, were the brothers and sister of James Branch deceased: Also, Samuel Branch and Pleasant Branch, who are likewise brothers of the said James Branch deceased...Complinants.
Washington Branch, administrator of James Branch deceased (the said Washington being one of the children and heirs at law of the aforesaid Daniel Branch deceased, who was a brother of the above mentioned James Branch deceased). Defendant
This day, this course was docketed, and by consent of parties came on to be heard on the bill, answer an argument of counsil: Upon consideration whereof the court doth order and decree that James A. Patteson, Thomas Bridgewater, Francis Smith, and Samuel Bridgewater commisioners, or any three of them, divide the personal estate of the said James Branch deceased, into five equal parts: An allot the same to the distributees above mentioned, according the statued directing the distribution of intestates estates personal: And moreover, that the said commisioners or any three of them, make sale of the real estate real estate in this county, whereof the said James Branch died seized an intestate, containing 153 and 3/4 acres of land, more or less, to the highest bidder, for the best cash price that can be obtained, and divide the money arrising from such sale into five equal parts, and a lot to the distrubtees, in the same manner that the personal estate is directed to be distributed. And the said commisioners are ordered to make report to count of their proceedings under this decree, in order to be a final decree.
All the records above are on file in Chesterfield and Powhatan county courthouse in Virginia.
If you compare the two estate records you will find that James Branch, Jr. is the son of Olive Branch, Sr. deceased.
Chesterfield county courthouse grantor book 15, page 493. April, 1802. James Branch, Jr. and wife Mary to John Johnson.
Chesterfield county marriage bond, 10 June, 1799. James Branch and Polly Hancock, daughter of Ananias Hancock who consents. Surtey Archibald Short. Married 15th June by Rev. Benjamin Walkins.
Chesterfield county marriage bond, 6 July 1799. Olive Branch and Sally Ash, daughter of John Ash who consents surety Edward Bennett. Witness, Henry Winfreee, James Roper, and Ossimus Warner. Married by Rev. Benjamin Walkins.
All people with the last name Branch in Chesterfield county prior to 1810 are decended from Christopher Branch of Kingsland. There are only six men named James Branch mentioned in all the records of Henrico and Chesterfield county. They are:
1) James Branch, who died in 1749.
2) James Branch, who died in 1737.
3) James Branch, son of Thomas Branch of Shampoke, will dated 1772.
4) James Branch, who died in 1807, son of Olive Branch, who died in 1779.
5) James Branch, son of Olive Branch, Jr. and Jerimy Britton. Who married Mary?
6) James Branch, son of Daniel Branch, who died in 1792. This James married Polly Hancock in 1799.
Washington Branch married Polly Brecham, 15 September, 1807. 21 years of age, daughter of Joshua Brecham, surety Robert Allen, was the brother of James Branch who married Polly Hancock.