BRANHAM FAMILY in LAWRENCE CO. The Branhams have a long history of Lawrence Co. The first Branhams on record in the county are David and his wife Elizabeth Adkins Branham. They were married in Pike Co. an 1828 and came to Lawrence Co. in 1833. Marriage records of their 3rd son Benjamin, who was born in 1833, states he was born in Lawrence Co. Family tradition says that David was taking his wife and children up the Big Sandy River to Louisa, and then west to Missouri, when he stopped in Louisa to spend the night. During his stay, he learned of a parcel of land on Rock Castle Creek. He purchased the land and settled there. The 1850 census records of Lawrence Co. show David & Elizabeth with the following 10 children; Henderson R. James W. (Wilburn) Benjamin Nancy Lucinda Margaret Jane Elizabeth M. David Dolver Thomas J.
David became a leading citizen of the county. Court records show that in June 1855, he was commissioned by the Governor to be Justice of the Peace in Distict 8 known as Rock Castle. He served until his untimely death in March of 1857. Family history says, he was shot and murdered while traveling by boat down the Big Sandy River. He was on his way to record a land purchase at the court house. At the time of his death, he owned a considerable amount of property in the Rock Castle Creek area. His property was divided among his heirs, and much of the property, including the old homestead and the family cemetery, still belong to his descendants. David, Elizabeth and serveral of their children and grandchildren, as well as members of the current generations of Branhams are buried in the Family cemetery, known as Branham Hill. It is located on Rt. 3 in the Rock Castle Creek area. Many members, of the ensuing generations of Branhams, continue to live in Lawrence Co.. David's grandson Ballard Branham,was a pioneer minister in the county. He began preaching in 1885 at the age of 17, and throughtout his ministry, his ole means of transportation was a red mare by the name of Nell. A man of modest means, he was widely known and highly respected in Lawrence Co. and surrounding areas. Ballard was ordained in the United Baptist Church, and conducted numerous revivals throughout the area. In 1907, he founded and organized the Friendship United Baptist Church, in neighboring Martin Co. His death in 1940, was a heartfelt loss to the community.
Many Branhams, spanning several generations, still reside in Lawrence Co. Others have ventured beyond leaving only their roots behind. We are proud to have been a part of the history of Lawrence Co. By Ronald Branham (From the History of Lawrence Co. Ky 1991)