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Description: Obituary of Zerrel W. BransfordDate: October 11 1912
Z. W. BRANSFORD DIES IN SONOMA
Z. W. Bransford, who was formerly a resident of Mendocino county, having been engaged in the general merchandise business in Willits and Potter valley from 1870 to 1881, passed away at Santa Rosa Wednesday of last week. He was the father of Mrs. E. V. Jones, of Potter valley. Regarding his life the Press Democrat says:
"Zerrel W. Bransford, who has resided in Sonoma county for thirty years, most of that time in Santa Rosa, passed away Wednesday evening about 5:45 o'clock at his home, 421 King street, at the age of 78 years.
Mr. Bransford was a native of Kentucky, but left there at the age of ten years with his parents, and went to Missouri, where he lived until 1864, when he came to California. He spent some years in the northern part of the State before coming to Sonoma county thirty years ago.
The deceased was a devout Christian and a great home man. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years, but for some time past was an honored member of the Gospel Tabernacle Church on Humboldt street. No arrangements have been made for the funeral.
A wife and seven children survive Mr. Bransford. The children are Mrs. E. V. Jones of Potter valley; W. A. Bransford, Oakland; Miss Ida Bransford and L. Z. Bransford, of Santa Rosa; Dr. S. G. Bransford, Suisun; Dr. M. B. Bransford, Salt Lake City; and Mrs. Jesse Bamford of this city. There are also eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
W. L. Bransford, who was Mayor of Red Bluff for many years, is a brother of the Santa Rosan. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Albina Richardson and Mrs. Minnie Bright of Los Angeles.