Branson Family Papers, PC.7006


Branson Family Papers, PC.7006


Luke L. Branson migrated to western North Carolina from Virginia in 1830. He and his wife, Malinda had 10 children. The papers follow the line of Luke (1), Robert Newton (2), Alvin Larry (3), and Ernest D. (4)

The Branson Family Papers consist of Luke Branson's 1828 ciphering book, correspondence, genealogical information, personal recollections of Robert Newton Branson and ephemera.

Descriptive Summary

Branson Family Papers
Call Number
Branson family
1828 - 1949
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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[Identification of item,] PC.7006, Branson Family Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Asheville, NC, USA.


Luke Labon Branson (1808-1873) was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Michael and Mary Witcher Branson. In 1830, he made his way to what would become Madison County, North Carolina. He was ordained in the Baptist church January 7, 1834. A week later, he married Malinda Bryan, daughter of Lewis and Judith Bryan. Malinda and Luke had 10 children. Luke served as a Baptist minister and was said to have been the first in the French Broad Baptist Association to preach in a conversational tone. In 1849 he was appointed postmaster at Walnut Creek. By 1870 he was listed in the census as being a school teacher.

Robert Newton Branson (1852-1918) was the ninth child of Luke and Malinda Branson. He married Lydia (Liddie) Griffin (1851-1915). They had 7 children. Robert was a farmer.

Alvin Larry Branson (1877-1956), the eldest child of Robert Newton Lydia Griffin Branson, was born in Madison County. In 1899 he married America West (1886-1960). They had 6 children and Alvin worked as a farmer. The family later moved to Haywood County, North Carolina where Alvin worked for the Champion Paper Company for 40 years. He was a member of Cavalry Baptist Church.

Ernest D. Branson (1908-1996) was the fourth child of Alvin Branson and America West. He grew up in Canton and graduated in 1934. He first married Veta Louise Watts (1915-1934). She died following the birth of their daughter. In 1937, Ernest married Haywood County native, Charlotte Hipps (1917-2008), daughter of Thomas and Aliff Plemmons Hipps. They had three children.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Luke L. Branson Ciphering Book, 1828
Letter to Hiram Peele and Luke Branson, April 13, 1846
The Branson Family in Europe and America with Connections, 1898
A Diary of Robert Newton Branson as written by him in 1906
Highland School Agreement, 09/23/1896
Prescription, 1909
Newspaper articles, 1910 - 1911
Burial Receipt for burial of T.L. Duckett, October 12, 1911
Commencement Exercises Program, Canton High School, April 25, 1936
Correspondence to Mr. Ernest Branson, Canton, N.C., 1942 - 1943
N.C. Income Tax Items, 1949
Typhoid Fever, Rules for Prevention issued by the N.C. Board of Health

Subject Headings

  • Branson Family
  • Branson, Luke L.
  • Canton High School
  • Madison County (N.C.)
  • Canton (N.C.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Dale Branson in 2013