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Richard Bramham did not marry Ann Hobbs Green

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Richard Bramham did not marry Ann Hobbs Green

Posted: 8 Jan 2014 2:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bramham Hobbs Green
Concerning Misinformation Linking Ann Hobbs Green to Richard Bramham/Branham

It is not known to this author as to the exact origin of the belief that Anne Hobbs Green was the wife of Richard Branham/Bramham, however, it is apparent by even a cursory examination of Branham family trees--from various sources—that this is a widely adhered to familial relationship. In order to address this miscalculation and provide the correct information, this report has been written which will provide solid evidence that a) Anne Hobbs Green was not the wife of Richard Bramham/Branham, and b) that Anne Hobbs Green was, in fact, the first wife of John Bramham/Branham—who was son of the Richard she has mistakenly been attributed to as wife.

Item 1

Ann Hobbs parentage

“bride was only child of Rich. and Mary (Meade) Hobbs”

This is a direct quote from the entry for the marriage of Richard Green and Anne Hobbs, pg. 155, from the source: Headley, Robert K. (2003). Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649–1800. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Item 2

Ann Hobbs marrying Richard Green

“GREEN, Richard & HOBBS, Ann; unk.; bride was the only child of Rich. and Mary (Meade) Hobbs (d.1683).; she married (2) Jn. BRAMHAM, 1714 (MRC:81)”
pg. 155, from the source: Headley, Robert K. (2003). Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649–1800. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

This is the entire entry, showing that even though the exact date was unknown of which she married Richard Green, it was known she was the wife of Richard Green in her first marriage.

Item 3

Ann Hobbs Green marrying John Bramham

“…she married (2) Jn. BRAMHAM, 1714 (MRC:81)”

pg. 155, from the source: Headley, Robert K. (2003). Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649–1800. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.

Again, from the same entry it is directly stated that Anne Hobbs Green, who married 1.Richard Green, married 2. John Bramham in 1714, and it additionally references MRC:81 as a source.

Item 4

Ann Hobbs Green was not John Bramham’s mother

John Bramham’s exact date of birth is not known, but his christening date was 20 September 1690, North Farnham Parish, Virginia, Parents Richard Bramham and Deborah

From: Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917, index [database], FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRR4-XDS

Important note: Even though his christening date was 20 September 1690, for some reason John Bramham’s record (along with some other earlier ones) is included in the 1853-1917 database. The inclusion of these earlier records in this 1853-1917 database is a known issue and is acknowledged by FamilySearch, please see
http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Virginia_Births_and_Ch...

Which states:
“Question #1: Are there any records in this collection from before 1853?
Answer #1: Yes, there are approximately 32,500 birth record results for the year range 1584-1852. However, this number only represents 1.6% of the all the records in this collection. Therefore, the year range 1853-1917 truly represents most of the records. A few records (less than 2%) may be earlier or later.”

Item 5

*Ann Green was still Ann Green
*Ann Green was the widow of Richard Green

From pg. 321, Richmond County Records, 1704-1724, of source: Fleet, Beverley. (1938-1949). Virginia Colonial Abstracts (3 Volumes). Volume 1. Reprint: Genealogical Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1988.

"p.118. October the 12th 1714. “I the subscriber doe own to have received from m’rs Ann Green all Dues belonging to me by Right of Hester my Wife Likewise I do acquit and Discharge the abovesaid mrs Ann Green Relick of m’r Richard Green des’d from all Debts Dues and Demands bills bonds and acc’ts from the beginning of the wourld to this present Date Witness my hand the Day and yeare above written”. John Gower. Testis David Berrick, Sam’ll Pound. 5th April 1722. At the motion of John Bramham this receipt was admitted to Record. Test M: Beckwith, Cl Cur."

Item 6

*Marriage of John Bramham and Ann Green, Widow

"1714 Oct John Bramham and Ann Green, Widow"

From pg. 675, Delano, E. Carter. (1923) “Some Early Marriages in Richmond County, Virginia” in Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. 57. DAR, 1923.

It would appear that John Bramham was attempting to clear up all debts of his future wife (see Item 5) before they married (Item 6). This would logically lead one to assume that their marriage took place after October 12 in the month of October 1714.

As you can see, there is nothing pointing to Richard Bramham being married to Anne Hobbs Green, widow of Richard Green, and every sort of evidence to show that she was married to John Bramham, son of said Richard. There is plenty of additional evidence in wills and county documents that I did not show here that will attest to this union. There is a reference to a second wife of Richard Bramham, Sr., in his will (the first wife being the mother of John--Deborah Haslock)and this second wife was called Ann. But, to my knowledge, no one knows the maiden name of this Ann--but it is certainly not Ann Hobbs Green, widow of Richard Green, daughter of Richard Hobbs and Mary Meade.

Thank you
Marsha Hylton Rice

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