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Ancestors of Sandra Leigh BRANSON

Fourth Generation

Sandra's Great-Grandparents

8. John Franklin BRANSON was born on 11 Nov 1849 in Gasconade Co., Mo. He died on 12 Aug 1930 in Honda, Los Angeles Co., Ca. He married Martha Ann BOYD before 1879. [Parents]

Bureau of Land Management Records:
Acres: 160
Metes/Bounds: No
Issue Date: 5/8/1901
Land Office: Assigned For Automation
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: Yes
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)

1880 census:
John BRANSON Self M Male W 30 MO Works At Saw Mill TN ---
Martha BRANSON Wife M Female W 23 MO Keeping House MO TN
William BRANSON Son S Male W 8 MO Attending School MO MO
Harvey BRANSON Son S Male W 6 MO Attending School MO MO
Ida BRANSON Dau S Female W 3 MO At Home MO MO
Sarah KELLY SDau S Female W 6 MO At Home --- MO
Ira BRANSON Son S Male W 5M MO At Home MO MO
John BOYD BroL S Male W 27 MO At Home MO TN
Source Information:
Census Place Placer, Costilla, Colorado
Family History Library Film 1254089
NA Film Number T9-0089
Page Number 229D

1900 Census - Archuleta Co., Colorado
BRANSON, John F., sawmill laborer, born November 1849 in Missouri.
Married 22 years to Martha, born February 1858 in Missouri. Five children
born to this person and three still living. They were Walter, born 1880
in Colorado; Edger,sawmill laborer, born 1886 in Missouri and William,
sawmill laborer, born 1872 in Missouri. (Wrong! Ira was still alive living in Colorado or on the road)

1905 Archuleta Colorado Tax Roll Selected Names
Thomas Acord (one of John's children listed Acord as his mother's maiden name)
Branson, J. D.
Branson, J. F.
Fowler, H.
Fowler, Henry

1910 census
Name: John Branson
Age in 1910: 60
Estimated Birth Year: 1849
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: IGNACIO, LA PLATA, Colorado
Race: White Gender: Male Series: T624
Roll: 121 Part: 1 Page: 91A Year: 1910
John Branson 60 marriage #2 married 29 yrs MO TN TN Retired
Marillia wife 53 marriage #2 married 29 yrs 5 children-4 living MO TN TN

1920 Census - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
John Branson, age 70, MO TN MO
Martha, wife, age 62, MO

1930 census - Downey, Hondo Twp, Los Angeles, California
John F. Branson, age 80, inmate (a nursing home or hospital since this is the year of his death), born MO

9. Martha Ann BOYD was born on 24 May 1857 in Holt Co., Mo. She died on 20 May 1943 in Los Angeles Co., Ca. [Parents]


10. James Augustine FOWLER was born on 27 Aug 1836 in Butler Co., Ohio . He died on 9 Jul 1916 in Colorado. He was buried on 10 Jul 1916 in Bristol Cem, Bristol, Prowers, Co. He married Matilda Jane (Jennie) STEVENS on 7 Nov 1861 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Ia. [Parents]

Possible Civil War Service Record:
Name: James Fowler ,
Residence: Lafayette, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 10 July 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 505 505
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 10 July 1863
Enlisted in Company F, 108th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 10 July 1863.
Mustered out Company F, 108th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 17 July 1863 in Indianapolis, IN

Family reports that he may have been in Vigo Indiana

Bureau of Land Management Records:
State: COLORADO County: Archuleto
Acres: 153.82
Metes/Bounds: No
Issue Date: 9/16/1896
Land Office: Assigned For Automation
Cancelled: No
U.S. Reservations: Yes
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: May 20, 1862: Homestead EntryOriginal (12 Stat. 392)

1870 Census - Muscatine, Iowa
James Fowler, 33, farmer, OH
William Fowler, 10, IN
Both living with Andrew Baker (age 46 b. Ohio) family

9th & 10th June 1880, Iowa or Carlton, Kiowa Precinct, Thayer Co. NE (counted twice)
Pg. 08, Supv Dist #1, Enumeration Dist #256, Household #63/67
James A. Fowler, wm, 44, farmer, married, OH, OH, OH,
Jenny Fowler, wm., 36, wife, married, keeping House, IL, NY, CANADA,
Charles Alva Fowler, wm., 17, son, single, farm laborer, IA, OH, ILL,school within last yr,
Eva M Fowler, wm., 15, dau., single, at home, IA, OH, IL, school within last yr,
Hattie Fowler, wf., 14, dau, single, at home, IA, OH, IL, school within last yr,
James E. Fowler, wm., 10, son, farmer labor, IA, OH, IL, , school within last yr,
Franklin Fowler, wm, 08, son, single, IA, OH, IL, school within last yr,
Willie H Fowler, wm, 05, son, single, IA, OH, IL, school within last yr,cannot read,
Minnie B. Fowler, wf, 03, dau, single, NE, OH, IL,
Bertie Fowler, wm, 11/12 mos b. July, NE, OH, IL,
Counted Twice:
1880 Census - Iowa, Thayer, Nebraska
James Fowler, 44, farmer, OH OH OH
Jenny, 26, wife, IL NY CAN
Charles, 18, son, IA
Eva, 15, dau, IA
Hattie, 13, dau, IA
James E, 10, son, IA
Frank, 8, IA
Willie H, 5, IA
Minnie B, 5, NE
Bertie, son 4, July, NE

J. A. Fowler 46 Illinois(?) Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Chas Fowler 22 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Eva Fowler 20 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Hattie Fowler 18 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
James Fowler 14 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Frank Fowler 12 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Willie Fowler 9 Iowa Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Minnie Fowler 7 Nebraska Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Bertie Fowler 5 Nebraska Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885
Clara Fowler 3 Nebraska Endicott Village,Jefferson,Nebraska 02 Jun 1885

1900 Census, Chromo, Archuleta Co. CO. Pre. 3
James Fowler, widower, and prospecting, b. Aug. 1839, OH,
Henry Fowler, widower, and prospecting, b. Aug. 1844, OH
1910 census
Henry Fowler CHROMO 3-PCT, ARCHULETA, Colorado 65 1844 Indiana White Male
James Fowler CHROMO 3-PCT, ARCHULETA, Colorado 73 1836 Indiana White Male

Depart of Health, State of Colorado: Registrar # 32, District 187
James A. Fowler, d. 09 July 1916, Bristol, Prowers Co. CO., b. 27 Aug.1836, Terrahutte, Vigo Co. IN.
sex: male, white race, widowed, usual occupation: carpenter, Father:Benjamin N. Fowler, b. VA, Mother: Hanah Carson, b. IN., Informant: Chas.A. Fowler, of Bristol, CO, Cause of Death: Cardiac Asthma,
Attended by a Physician: 08 July 1916 to 09 July 1916, last seen alive on 09 July 1916, death occurred at 5 p.m., Signature: G.W. Wood, M.D.,Bristol, Col. Date Signed: 12 July 1916, Burial, 07-10-1916, Bristol Cem., Bristol, CO., Funeral Director: J.R. Gordon, Bristol, CO., Date Rec'd by Local Reg. 31 July 1916, Registrar's Signature: Daisy M. Helton.
[NOTE: birth place conflicts with all census records - probably an error]

008, FOWLER, JAMES A, PVT, H, 2ND IA INF (uncertain if this is the same James Fowler)

11. Matilda Jane (Jennie) STEVENS was born on 2 Nov 1843 in Lee Co. Il. She died on 22 Jul 1886 in Fairbury, Jefferson, Ne. She was buried in Jul 1886 in Fairbury Cem., Fairbury, Jefferson, Ne. [Parents]

21 Sept 1850, Farmington, Van Buren Co. IA,
page 306, Household #117/123
Henry Stevens, 37, male, carpenter, 500, b. NC
Matilda Stevens, 27, fem., NC
Henry Stevens, 09, male, ILL
Matilda Stevens, 07, fem., IA
Squire Stevens, 02, male, IA
Charles Stevens, 04/12 mos, male , IA

Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Jefferson Co. NE
Jennie M. Fowler, 21 Nov. 1844 - 23 July 1886 Section #D7

Res: 1880, Thayer Co. Ne, Age 36 Yrs.
per 1930 Sonoma Co., Calif census, Clara Fowler Branson's mother is shown as being born in England
Is this an error?

Per 1880 Census:
father born New York; mother born Canada


12. Thomas Jefferson COOK was born on 2 Feb 1868 in Missouri. He died on 1 Apr 1952 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon. He was buried in Haines, Oregon, Cemetery West. He married Mary Ellen TILLERY on 1 Oct 1891. [Parents]

COOK, Thomas Jefferson Age 84 years 1 month 29 days Born Feb 2nd, 1868, Missouri
Died April 1st, 1952, Portland, Oregon
Survived by 8 children, May HASKELL, Baker, Ore., William T. COOK, Cheyenne,
Wyoming; G. O. COOK, Portland, Oregon; Mary Eva HEARING, Veronia, Oregon;
Harvey E. COOK, Salem, Oregon; Curtis D. COOK, Portland, Oregon; Alta
CHANDLER, Vale, Oregon, one half-sister, Maud COX, Missouri, 25 grandchildren,
20 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild.
He married Mary Ellen TILLERY Oct 1st, 1891, who died Aug 2nd, 1924.
Buried Haines, Oregon CemeteryWest & Co.

1870 Census: Barry County, MO, Capps Creek Township page 658.
Cook, William, age 26, farmer, IRE
Mary, age 24, IND
James, age 5, MO
Annie, age 5, MO
Thomas, age 2, MO

1880 Census: Grundy County, MO, Liberty Township. (Lincoln Twp?)
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
William COOK Self M Male W 38 IRE Farmer IRE IRE
Liddie A. COOK Wife M Female W 23 MO Keeps House KY KY
James COOK Son S Male W 15 MO Farmer IRE IN
Annie COOK Dau S Female W 13 MO IRE IN
Thomas COOK Son S Male W 12 MO IRE IN
Sophia COOK Dau S Female W 8 MO IRE IN
Frances COOK Son S Male W 6 MO IRE IN
Jennie COOK Dau S Female W 3 MO IRE MO
Census Place Lincoln, Grundy, Missouri
Page Number 357A

1900 Census: Benton co., Missouri, Lindsey Twp., ED 4, Sheet 7b, pg 62b
Thomas COOK, Feb 1868, age 32, MO IRE IRE Farmer, owns
Mary, wife, Mar 1874, age 26, MO KY IN
Martha, dau, Feb 1892, age 8, MO MO MO
William, son, Aug 1894, age 5, MO MO MO
Gusie, son, Aug 1896, age 3, MO MO MO
Mary, dau, Aug 1898, age 1, MO MO MO

1910 Census - Baker County, Haines Township
Married 18 years; 8 children - all living in 1910 census.
Thomas J. Cook, 42, blacksmith, MO IRE IRE
Mary E, 36, wife, m. 18 yrs, 8 children-8 living, MO KY IN
Wm, son, 15, MO
Oren, son, 14, MO
Mary E, dau, 11, MO
Harvey E, son, 8, MO
Floyd M, son, 6, OR
Curtis D, son, 4, OR
Alta B, dau, 2, OR

1920 Census - Baker County, Haines Township
Thomas J, age 51, MO IRE Unknown, father's nationality Irish, Laborer, RR
Mary E., age 45, MO KY VA
Harvey E, son, age 19, MO MO MO
Floyd N, son, age 16, OR MO MO
Curtis D., son age 13 OR MO MO
Alta V., dau, age 12 OR MO MO
Helen D., granddaughter, age less than 1 yr OR MO OR

1930 census - Haines, Baker, Oregon
Wayne C. Chandler, head, age 29, OR
Alta B, wife, age 22, OR
Thomas J, son, age 2, OR
Thomas J. Cook, father-in-law, age 62, widowed

Burial: Haines Cemetery, Baker County, Oregon

13. Mary Ellen TILLERY was born on 31 Mar 1874 in Missouri. She died on 2 Aug 1924 in Baker Co., Oregon. She was buried in Haines Cemetery, Baker Co., Oregon. [Parents]

Source: Haines Cemetery Records
1930 Census, Baker Co, OR - Oren Cook shows his mother being born in Missouri

1880 census, Grundy Co., Missouri
Isaac Tilery, age 30, farmer, born KY, father born NC, mother born KY
Marthy, wife, age 28, born IN, father born IN, mother born IN
Louise, son, age 8, born MO
Ellen, dau, age 6, born MO
Jane, dau, age 3, born MO
Susan, dau, age 4 mos., born MO

Owsley County Kentucky
1852 Vital Statistics Births
Lewes C. Smallwood 17 Jun M J-me Smallwood Owsley W

I was quite surprised to learn that some Smallwoods lived in the same KY county as another branch of my mother's family. I know it's a small world - and it was much more likely back in the 1850's that this could occur (lower population), but it was still quite surprising. It made me wonder if the two families knew each other before some of them ended up in Missouri. Genealogy is so darned fascinating!

The possibility that the Tillerys knew the Smallwoods back in KY is VERY interesting indeed, although the chances are it is just a coincidence. Mary Ellen Tillery's grandfather, William N. Tillery, was born in Buncombe Co KY in abt. 1826. He was in Jackson Co, KY (formed from Rockcastle, Owsley, Madison, Clay, Estill, Laurel
McKee) in 1850 and moved to Grundy Co, MO between 1856 and 1859. Her uncle, George Washington Tillery had a land grant in Clay Co, KY in 1853.


14. James Robert COOK Sr. was born on 17 Nov 1856 in Hickory Co, Missouri. He died on 18 Feb 1923 in Baker Co, Oregon. He married Mary Marinda SMALLWOOD in 1887/1888. [Parents]

Source of death info: Oregon Death Index

1870 Federal Census - Center, Hickory, Missouri
John Cook, age 56, b. TN, farming
Martha E, wife, age 41, TN
John W., age 19, MO
Sarah C, age 15, MO
James R, age 14, MO
Eli, age 12, MO
Catherwood, male, age 7, MO
Dorcas, female, age 8, MO
Lincoln, age 5, MO

1880 Census - Deerfield, Vernon Co MO - did J R marry before he married Mary?
Robert Cook, 24, Railroad hand, MO TN TN
Lidda, 23, wife, LA NY O
Charles, 2, son, MO MO MO ---? if Lidda was his mother then mother's birthplace is conflicting.
SAME PAGE: Irenas and Dora Taylor (James' sister)

1900 Census - Virgil Twp, Vernon County, Missouri, Sheet 5, #104
James R. Cook, head, Nov 1856, age 43, MO TN TN, occupation Farmer, married 12 yrs, renting farm,
Mary M, wife, Sept 1865, age 34, IA KY TN, married 12 yrs
William Earl, son, Oct 1888, age 11, NM MO IA
Elmer R, son, Mar 1891, age 9, KS MO IA
Ernest E, son, Oct 1893, age 6, KS MO IA
Evaline, dau, Dec 1895, age 4, KS MO IA
Iva Lena, dau, Mar 1900, age 9 mos, MO MO IA

1910 Census
James Robert Cook found in:
Age: 53
Gender: M
Race: W
Birthplace: MO State: Oregon
County: GRANT Locale: AUSTIN
Series: T624 Roll: 1280 Part: 1 Page: 223A
James Robert Cook, 53, MO TN TN, # of yrs curr marriage: 22, laborer, section fireman
Mary Marinda, wife, 42, IA KY TN, landlady, hotel, # of children: 8, # of living children: 7
William Earl, son, 21, NM, laborer, section fireman
Elmer Raymond, son 19, KS, laborere, section fireman
Ernest Elta, son, 17, KS, laborer, railroad
Evaline, dau, 14, KS
Ivaline, dau, 10, MO
James Robert, son, 6, ID
John Thomas, son, 3, OR

1920 census - Union, Grant, Oregon, Household #46, page 3A
James R. Cook, head, age 64, MO TN TN
Mary M, wife, age 54, IA KY TN
Mary I, dau, age 19, MO
James R., Jr, son, age 16, ID
John Thomas, son, age 13, OR

15. Mary Marinda SMALLWOOD was born in Sep 1865 in Missouri. She died about 1935 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon. [Parents]

Betty Jane Branson, Mary's granddaughter, recalls knowing Mary in her childhood. Mary was stricken with rheumatoid arthritis in her later years and was confined to a wheel chair. Betty recalls that Mary lived with them on several occasions. Betty's father, Gus Oren, loved to tell jokes and Betty remembers her grandmother laughing uproariously at Oren's joke telling. She was quite a sight to see, with no teeth, laughing loudly, and slapping her hands on the arms of her wheel chair. She was quite a character.

1880 Census:
W. E. TRYON Self M Male W 26 MA Farmer MA MA
Agnes TRYON Wife M Female W 22 MA Keeps House MA MA
Maud TRYON Dau S Female W 3 MA MA MA
Blanch TRYON Dau S Female W 2 MO MA MA
Mary SMALLWOD Other Female W 15 MO Hired Girl KY KY
Arthur ROSE Other Male W 17 MO Labourer MA MA
Source Information:
Census Place Bacon, Vernon, Missouri
Family History Library Film 1254739
NA Film Number T9-0739
Page Number 473B

1930 Federal Census, Baker City, Baker Co., Oregon - Depot Precinct
Oren, age 34, MO MO MO
Iva, age 30, MO MO IA
Helen, dau, age 10, OR MO MO
Margaret, dau, age 7, OR MO MO
Betty J., dau, age 4, OR MO MO
Mary M, Mother, age 64, IA KY TN


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