Selected Families and Individuals


William Branch

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

Richard Branch

Woolen draper
Place of Burial: St. Katherine's aisle of St. Helen's Church, Abingdon, England
Connected to Fraternity of the Holy Cross, Master of Fraternity

John Branch

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..."