Fellow WV Brannon Researchers,
I have been working on this for some time now and would like any comments, additions, or whatever you think on these families of the Calhoun/Gilmer Brannon/Brannans. Thanks, Gina
Here is what I now believe to be about the Calhoun/Gilmer Brannon progenitors:
There is a 1776 Georgetown Hundred census record that lists the following:
Thomas Branen 1730 Ireland
William b. 1765, who I believe was being apprenticed away in 1776 and not on the record.
As you can see, these names are the same ones that are repeated in
the pioneer Brannon families of the Calhoun/Gilmer area. I also
believe that this family also had a son named William b. 1765 but that
he is not listed on the census because he was away being apprenticed as
a tailor which we know he was due to Col. DeWees's description of his
family. As you see, his birthdate of 1765 would fit in this family.
Also, the 1776 Georgetown Hundred includes the present city of
Georgetown in DC.
We know that William, John, and Thomas were there because some of their
children were born there. Could be a stretch or wishful thinking, but
these families lived in close proximity to each other. Here is what I
At least three of the sons of Thomas Branen, b.
1730 came from the DC/Alexandria/Georgetown area to the Calhoun/Gilmer
William b. 1765 Georgetown on the Potomac (accding to DeWees) and Maryland (accding to 1850 Census). He married Mary Payne b. 1770 Fairfax Co. (accding to 1860 Census) which is next to DC.
Child: Nancy Brannon b. 1799 DC (accding to 1860 Census record)
Mary Brannon b. 1802 VA ( 1860 census just says VA)
Thomas P b. 1804 Alexandria VA (1860 Census says Alexandria VA and 1870 Census says Washington DC).
William A Jr. b. 1805 Monongalia Co. VA/WV I would say this is the year they moved to WV.
His other children, which I won't list all the info for right now, Jacob P, Elizabeth, Catherine, Lorenzo Dow, John, Susanna, and Diana.
Thomas H b. app. 1760-1764 (haven't found an exact year yet nor a
birth state due to the fact he died before 1850. We do know who his
sons were due to the writings of Col. DeWees. He lists Jesse and
Samuel by name and John G through John G's son Sant and grandson Linn
Brannon. This Thomas is listed in the census records, 1810 Randolph
Co, 1820 Lewis Co., 1830 Lewis Co, and 1840 Lewis Co.
John G b. 1800 Alexander or Alexandria (the 1860 Census record says Alemander. I believe this is meant as Alexander or Alexandria which is near DC).
b. 1802 (death record for Samuel Michael lists his father as Jessey,
but don't think this is right considering the birthdates accding to
records and Col. DeWees). Jesse died before 1840 so we don't know birth county or city.
Samuel Michael b. 1804 DC (accding to 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 census records and death record).
As you see, these names are the same (and rather odd names) as those of the 1776 Georgetown Hundred Census.
Now this one is John. I had quite a few Brannon names that I could not
place in either William b. 1765 or Thomas's b. 1760-1764 families yet
they lived near or next to those families. Then I found the record for
a John in 1820 and 1830 and started putting the pieces together. Using
different records for the unknown Brannons, I have deduced that these
belong to this John. Descendants of Thomas Hall b. 1802 say that his
father was a John, brother to William but that he didn't live here. I
believe he actually did.
John b. 1767 MD. Is in 1820 and
1830 Lewis Co. census records. John is gone by 1840. I believe John
was married twice but don't know the women's names yet.
Grandis or Grandison b. 1790 m. Mary Ann Goff Mongold in 1818. John and Grandis as Bondsmen. Moved to Illinois.
Catherine b. 1793 m. Rueben Holbert first in 1811 then John Wilson. I have a record somewhere that states her father as John.
Hannibal B b. 1800 VA (accding to 1860 census record) m. Nancy M Tallman. Moved to Iowa.
Thomas Hall b. 1802 DC or MD (depending on census record). 1880 Census says father b. Georgetown and mother b. DC. Died 1886 Gilmer Co. WV
Married Elizabeth Goff in 1826 Lewis Co. WV
Absalom b. 1805 m. Mary Ann Holbert. Moved to Illinois near Grandis.
George b. 1813 m. Nancy Bush. Moved to TN
Samuel C b. 1818 m. Elizabeth Carder d. in Jackson Co. WV
Next, I will discuss the Hannibal Brannon's in the records. Col.
DeWees says that "he will now discuss the three old Brannans as he knew
them". He doesn't say they were brothers, just that he knew them. He
then goes on to discuss a Hannibal, William, and Thomas. Here I will
discuss the different ones I have found.
Hannibal B. Brannon
b. 1790-1800 m. Nancy Tallman. He is in the 1840 Lewis Co. Va census
record with a daughter (named Harriet J) and his wife. In
1850 Wapsinonoc, Muscatine Iowa just the three
of them. In 1860 Goshen, Muscatine Iowa living with his daughter and
I believe this to be son of John b. 1767.
Hannibal Carr Brannon b. 1823 Gilmer Co. VA/WV. He was the son of
John G Brannon b. 1800 and gr son of Thomas b. 1761. Died in WV.
Hannibal . abt. 1850 This was the son of Thomas Hall Brannon b. 1802.
Hannibal S b. abt. 1862. Has sibs Thornton H and Harriet E. He is living with Silas and Susan F Danley
I also have three other Brannon's in early census records that I
b, 1795 m. Mary "Polly" Montgomery Kanawha Co. WV
Brannon b. 1800-1810 who I believe is from the "Irish" John b. 1745
Stradbury, Ireland and were also in the part of Lewis Co. that stayed
Andrew Brannon 1790-1800 is in Kanawha Co. in 1840 but believe he may actually be a Branham and not a Brannon.
Ok, so now it's your turn. I need any ideas, corrections, assumptions,
whatever. If you have anything to add, please contact me. Gina firstname.lastname@example.org