This message is intended to deal with the Harris Branam listed on page 306 of the Coffee Co., AL census in 1850. He was #560/560 and was shown as 74 years old with an unknown birthplace. Also listed was Cynthia (FW,84,NC) and Martha (FW,45,GA). Nearby were Sampson Brannen (my GGGGF) and others. I believe that this Harris Brannen was in Franklin Co., Georgia from at least 1805 through 1831 and then moved to Dale Co., AL (1840 census) a part of which became Coffee Co. in 1841.
The Tax Digests of Franklin Co., (Vols. 1 through 3) show Harris Brannen (Branham, Brenon,Branum,Brannun,Brannon,Brannan)in 1805,1810,1811,1813,1818,1819-1823,and 1825-1831. The Index of Deeds for Franklin Co. 1784-1860, show Harris Brannum granting a power of attorney to Wm. Cawthon, Jr. sometime between 1802 and 1809 (Deed Book RRR 31.32).
Most importantly, the abstracts contained in Deeds of Franklin Co. 1784-1826 include the abstract of a deed of gift by James Hooper, Sr. to his son James, Jr. witnessed by Harris Brannom and Scinthy Brannom in 1821.
Harris would have been too young to appear in the 1790 Federal census. The Reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia shows a John Branham (Muster Roll of Capt. Ben Easley's Co.,October 25, 1793)and a Spencer Branham as a witness on a deed,both in Franklin Co.. The Georgia Federal censuses for 1800,1810 and 1820(Franklin Co.) are lost. The 1830 Federal Census of Franklin Co. shows Harris Branham on P. 224 as 40-50 years old with one male 10-15, one female 20-30 and one female 60-70. The 1840 Federal Census of Dale Co., AL shows James Branden, Harris and Joseph Brannon (page 009)and Simpson Brannon (page 010).
I believe this Harris was the father of Sampson and James Brannen (both shown in the 1850 census as born in GA)but have no proof other than their proximity to each other in Coffee Co. AL in 1850 and the fact that Sampson (my GGGGF) named a son Harris and a daughter Cynthia.
With regard to the Brannens in Wilkinson Co., GA, I am not sure of the connection, if any, with the oldest Harris described above. The History of Wilkinson Co., GA shows a Harris and Esther Branan as members of the Mt. Carmel Church which was organized in 1849. Harris Branan was an early member of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church which was organized in 1808. The Wilkinson Co. Federal Censuses show Harris Branan (1820), Harris Branham (1830), Harris Brannard (1840) and Harris Branneran (1850). The 1850 census shows Harris as 51 years old and born in SC. His wife Esther is shown as 56 and born in GA. There are also a number of other Branans who show up in Wilkinson Co. censuses. Wilkinson Co. is not on the normal migration path from Franklin Co. but it is near Washington Co., GA where Thomas Brannen received land grants. My belief is that this is a different crowd.
The books referenced above are in the Clayton Library in Houston, TX. It is clear to me that spellings and ages are a major problem with tracking the early Brannens. Any help would be appreciated. In particular, anyone with a copy of Quentin Brannen's book might check my factswith the book for any insight it might add. I would love to pay for a copy of the book.