The Children of Richard
Branscomb and Sarah Proctor
Only four children were named in Richard's will; other
sons may have left home to “seek their fortunes” as the
frontier expanded westward, and other daughters may have married and
may have left the area with their husbands. The Brunswick County court
did not appoint guardians for the unmarried children when Richard Sr.'s
estate was probated, so it is likely that all of them were of legal
age by 1775. The children:
- Thomas Branscomb, born probably before 1747; his
will was proven in January 1815. His wife was Tabitha; surname unknown.
Their known children were Isaac (b. ca. 1765), Edmund (b. ca. 1769-1770),
Frances (md. 1793), and Robert (b. 1777). See also The children of Thomas and Tabitha Branscomb.
- Richard Branscomb; his will was proven in December
1829; the name of his wife is unknown. Their known children were Zachariah,
William, Abraham, Enoch, Polly (=Mary), Lucy, Anne, and probably Patsy
- John Branscomb, d. 1821. His wife was Olive E., surname
unknown. Their known children were Thomas, Rebecca, Wesley and Isaac
(named in John’s will), but strong evidence exists for other children:
Roland, Elizabeth, Mary, David, Edmund and Henry. Perhaps there were
others who have not yet been identified. See also The Children of John and Olive Branscomb.
- Sarah Branscomb. Information about Sarah is extremely limited. Her name is found in her father’s will;
she received a feather bed and a loom. Upon the death of her mother,
she was to receive one-third of the estate. She was probably of legal
age by 1775 when her father died, because no guardian was appointed
for her. She was undoubtedly the Sarah Branscomb who in 1778 witnessed
a deed in which her mother and brother sold land to William Richardson
(she made her mark, “+.”). One other record in Greensville
County probably applies to Sarah: when Nancy Branscom married Gaskins
Ingram on 8 August 1799, Nancy’s mother Sally Branscom gave consent.
The only other known Sarah/Sally Branscomb was this Sarah's mother,
who by 1799 would have been at least 70 years old and would not have
an underage daughter for whom consent was required; at any rate, she
had already named a daughter as Sarah. It is possible, but not likely,
that some as yet unidentified daughter or widowed spouse of a Branscomb
was Nancy’s mother Sally.
A genealogy compiled by Iona Ingram Sowa and posted on the
Internet by her niece Gerri Ingram states that Joseph Ingram (Sr.; d. in Brunswick Co. 23 December 1793)
married Frances Gaskins. The genealogy lists Gaskins Ingram as their tenth and youngest child (b. 19 April 1770). Gaskins' name does not
appear in Joseph's will, written in October 1793, but evidence is found to show that he was in Greensville County subsequent to that time: in
1800 Gaskins Ingram was a witness to the will of James Rawlings (Deed Book One, p. 408, as cited by Ray Sasser, Greensville County, Virginia,
Abstracts of Wills: Will Book 1). He was also a witness when on 5 December 1802 Henry and Susannah Williamson> executed a deed for 153 acres
of land to Edmund Branscomb in Meherrin Parish (Greensville Deed Book 3, p. 206). Ingram made his mark with an ""X."" He was also one of the
witnesses who proved the deed at court in April 1803. See further under
Edmund Branscomb, whose wife Ann/Joanna was a daughter of Joseph Ingram, presumably Joseph Jr., and therefore Gaskin's niece, assuming the accuracy of the genealogy which Iona Sowa compiled for Joseph Sr.
Richard Branscomb, the immigrant to America
Sarah Proctor, wife of Richard Branscomb
Frederick B. Tubbs
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