Christopher Branch Sr.
Christopher Branch was the emigrant to america and settled at "Arrowhattocks" and "Kingsland" in Henrico Co. Va. He became the founder of the Branch Family in Virginia. They came to Virginia in the ship "London Merchant" and were among the sixty who survived the indian massacre of March 22, 1622.
"Arrowhattocks" home of Christopher Branch was on the southern side of the James River in Chesterfield County, Va. On Sept 14, 1636, he patented another 100 acres in said county. Just before his death, Nov 2, 1681, he confirmed a grant to his son, Thomas for 300 acres land adjoining JOHN BRANCH who is thought to be the youngest son of William Branch.
CHEATHAM - BRANCH
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA
SIR JOHN BRANCH, Lord Mayor of London, ENGLAND, 1485.
WILLIAM BRANCH, his son a Protestant fanatic and enthusiast, had son THOMAS, who had
son CHRISTOPHER BRANCH, who was the emigrant to America, and settled at
"Arrowhattocks" and "Kingsland" in HENRICO COUNTY, VA. He became the founder of the
BRANCH family in VIRGINIA. Born, it is thought, in KENT, ENGLAND, about 1600 where he
married MARY ? (do not know her maiden name) who came with him to VIRGINIA, in March
1619-20. He appears on the first census 1623-24, at which time he was living in HENRICO
COUNTY, with one son THOMAS, nine months old, "Att College Land." They came to
VIRGINIA in the ship "London Merchant" and were among the sixty who survived the Indian
Massacre of March 22, 1622.
"Arrowhattocks," home of CHRISTOPHER BRANCH, was on the southern side of the James
River in CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA. On Sept. 14, 1636, he patented another 100 acres in
said county. Just before his death, Nov. 2, 1681, he confirmed a grant to his son THOMAS for
300 acres, where I now live, land adjoining JOHN BRANCH, who is thought to be the youngest
son of WILLIAM BRANCH. JOHN BRANCH took up land in ELIZABETH CITY COUNTY,
VA., in 1636. CHRISTOPHER BRANCH the 1st had by MARY ?, his wife who died 1630, only
one son who outlived him, THOMAS of HENRICO COUNTY, VA., born April, 1623.
2ndTHOMAS BRANCH (1) CHRISTOPHER (1) of HENRICO COUNTY, VA., married
ELIZABETH ?, issue: son THOMAS BRANCH (2), THOMAS BRANCH (1st) died 1693. 3
THOMAS (2) BRANCH (THOMAS (1) CHRISTOPHER (1) married ELIZABETH ARCHER,
daughter of GEORGE) of HENRICO COUNTY, and died 1728.
CHRISTOPHER BRANCHof CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VA., born 1627 and died 1655. He
left issue: CHRISTOPHER (2) born 1656, died 1727, married ANNE SHERMAN CROWLEY
(widow of JOHN) and daughter of HENRY CHERMAN of HENRICO; issue HENRY, (2)
MARY married WATER, (3) SISSERAH married ? BASS, (4) BODIENE married THOMAS
CHEATHAM. CHRISTOPHER BRANCH (1st) in his will, HENRICO COUNTY, VA., June
1678, gave to his son THOMAS BRANCH 540 acres of land called "Kingsland."
2 SAMUEL BRANCH (son of CHRISTOPHER (1) born 1663, died 1700, married URSULA ?
3 BENJAMIN BRANCH of HENRICO, born 1665, (grandson of CHRISTOPHER BRANCH of
"Kingsland") married about 1695, TABITHA OSBORNE (daughter of EDWARD of
and son BENJAMIN. BENJAMIN (1) died soon after. On Aug. 11, 1711, his widow had
CHRISTOPHER BRANCH (2nd) in his will HENRICO, VA., gave to his daughter MARY
WALTER (Water) a cow, to SISSAREH BASS a red cow, to daughter BODIANE
a brown and white cow, no in possession of WILLIAM CHEATHAM, son HENRY proved
January 1, 1728.
THOMAS CHEATHAM was granted land in CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA, 224 acres in
1744. (Land Book @23, Page 760, RICHMOND, VA)
THOMAS CHEATHAM (son of WILLIAM dec'd) sold to FRANCIS CHEATHAM 60 acres on
Spring Run, Oct. 2, 1753. (Deed Book 2, Page 68.)
THOMAS CHEATHAM was living in HENRICO CO., VA, October 7, 1677. Witnessed a deed
on that date.
Marriages, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VA.:
BERNARD CHEATHAM married JUDITH HAMPTON, Dec. 5, 1791
WILLIAM CHEATHAM married NANCY CLARK SMITH, Nov. 8, 1785.
JOSEPH CHEATHAM married ELIZABETH BEASLEY, Jan. 9, 1806.
BRANCH CHEATHAM married MINERVA RAWLINE, March 3, 1842 by REV. C. P.
ARTHUR CHEATHAM, son of OBADIAH, Dec. 6, 1790. (Guardian Bonds, Book 2, Page
VINA CHEATHAM, orphan of OBADIAH, intermarried with THOMAS HANCOCK, Jan. 1,
1792. (Guardian Bonds, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VA., Page 123)
CHRISTOPHER BRANCH, the emigrant, married JANE GOWER.
JOEL CHEATHAM appears on census of 1782 in CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VA, with 7 whites,
blacks. BERNARD CHEATHAM with 4 whites, 10 blacks.
Gentleman. Woolen draper, Mayor and Member of Parliament for borough at Abingdon
Place of Burial: St. Helen's church, Abingdon, England
"One of his [Thomas Branch's] acquaintances in London was John Roysse, a prosperous mercer of Abingdon origin, who in 1563, reestablished a grammer school in his native town, which flourishes still today. Thomas was a witness to both the grants of lands in London, with which Royse endowed the school. Since the corporation of the town was intimately connected with the new foundation of John Roysse, Thomas' brother, William, who served as mayor in 1563-1564, would be even more closely connected with much of the preparatory work of setting the new school on its feet. Both Branch brothers were, in all probability, fellow scholars of Roysse at the old mediaeval school in the town."
William Branch owned the Bull Inn in Littlebury, inherited it from his brother, Thomas
Will proved in Prerogative Court of Canterbury on April 24, 1602
Place of Burial: St. Katherine's aisle of St. Helen's Church, Abingdon, England
Connected to Fraternity of the Holy Cross, Master of Fraternity
Probably connected with the woolen or textile industries.
"On March 20, 1437/38 ..leased to John and Avise a barn and a small piece of ground called 'Princeplace' near the river Ock, which flows into the Thames at Abindgon, for a term of fifty years..."