Contributed by Harrison
Description: Dickenson County's Oldest Citizen Dies at Osborns Gap.Date: April 7 1905
Newspaper published in: Bluefield, WV
Source: Newspaper Archives
Osborns Gap, Va., Aptil 7 1905:
JOHN CALHOUN BRANHAM, of this place, died on Monday at the age of 90, after a brief illness. Mr. Branham was born on Copper Creek, Scott county Virginia in 1815. In 1821 his father, WILLIAM B. BRANHAM, moved the family to Floyd county Kentucky but shortly returned to Virginia. In 1841 JOHN BRANHAM married MAHALA MOSLEY of Floyd county, Kentucky who survives him at the ripe old age of 85. They reared a large family. In his early days he was a 'drover', both hogs and cattle, making many trips to Richmond. A round trip took almost a month as there were no railroads. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served with NATHANIEL MENIKE. He was captured at Pikesville, Kentucky by Col. JOHN DILS, but released on exchange in about three weeks. He then served a distingushed tour under Col. J. M. FRENCH. After the Civil War he returned to farming in Pike county Kentucky then later moving to Dickenson county Virgimia..