Branch, Charles Franklin
Age: 23, credited to Orwell, VTVITALS
Birth: 12/09/1845, Orwell, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Buried in Coventry, VT
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Charles F. Branch
Branch, Charles Franklin, of Newport, son of Orson and Rodilla (Felton) Branch, was born in Orwell, Dec. 9, 1845.
His preliminary education was received in the village schools, and he was fitting for college when the civil war destroyed all taste for study. Eager to participate in the stirring events of the times, he enlisted in Co. C., 9th Vt. Vols., and was successively promoted from private, through the grades of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, which last position was assigned him for gallant and meritorious conduct in the field before Richmond; later he was brevetted major for conspicuous conduct at the capture of Richmond, April, 1865. He was an active participant in all the varied experiences of his regiment, including their unfortunate capture at Harper's Ferry, and was among the first to enter the rebel capital. He was twice wounded in battle, and was honorably discharged from the service in December, 1865.
At the close of the war, returning home, he was anxious to continue his studies, but his parents desired that he should remain on the farm, which he did until 1875, when he decided to adopt the profession of his choice. Graduating with honors, and pursuing further instruction in hospital work, he settled in Coventry, and in 1887 moved to Newport, and has become one of the leading physicians of his section. He has been United States pension examiner for several years, also professor of state medicine and hygiene in the State University. He is an active member in the Orleans County Medical Society, the Vermont State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. For several years was surgeon to the 1st Regt., V. N. G., and was surgeon-general of Vermont in 1886-'88. He is an ardent GAR man and member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is a member of Central Lodge F. & A.M., Cleveland Chapter and Malta Commandery K. T.; of this last body he was chief marshal at the celebration of the Bennington centennial. He is medical examiner for nine prominent life insurance companies, and surgeon for the southern division of the C. P. R. R.
He has taken a deep interest in educational matters, and for many years was superintendent of schools in Coventry. He is esteemed one of the best speakers on the subject of the war in the state, and is in demand as a Memorial Day orator. He has no disposition to seek office; is a Congregationalist in his religious belief, earnest and conscientious in his every-day life, and ever ready to strive for the public weal.
Dr. Branch was united in marriage at Orwell, March, 1868, to Emma, daughter of James and Lucretia (Calkins) Cook by whom he had issue: James O., May E., and Alliene E. Mrs. Branch deceased, September, 1876. In Coventry he was again united in marriage to Ida H., daughter of Hon. Samuel Burbank. From this union was born one daughter, Helen L. His second wife died in February, 1888, and he contracted a third alliance, at Derby, with Martha J., daughter of Hon. Emera and Julia (Daggett) Stewart, in October, 1891.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 40.
St. Albans Daily Messenger
August 27, 1907
DR. C. F. BRANCH DEAD
One Time Department Commander State G.A.R. Had Removed to Amherst, Mass.
Served in Ninth Vermont Volunteers in Civil War and Was Twice wounded
Amherst, Mass., Aug. 27. - Dr. Charles F. Branch, aged 61 years, who served prominently in the Ninth Vermont volunteers in the Civil War, died today.
Doctor Branch was formerly of Newport and was at one time department commander of the Vermont G.A.R.
Charles Franklin Branch was born in Orwell December 9, 1845, a son of Orson and Rodilla (Felton) Branch. His preliminary education was received in the village schools and he was fitting for college when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in Company c, 9th Vt. Vols., and was successively promoted from private, through the grades of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain, which last promotion was assigned him for gallant and meritorious conduct in the field before Richmond; later he was brevetted major for conspicuous conduct at the capture of Richmond in April 1865. He was twice wounded in battle.
Returning home he remained with his parents on the farm until 1875 when he decided to adopt the profession of his choice. Being graduated with honors, and pursuing further instruction in hospital work, he settled in Coventry and in 1887 moved to Newport, becoming one of the leading physicians of his section.
Doctor Branch had been United States Pension examiner for several years, also a professor in the University of Vermont, Burlington. For several years he was surgeon to the 1st Regt., V.N.G, and was surgeon-general of Vermont 1886-88. He was a member of the GAR and was department commander of the Vermont G.A.R. in 1894. He was also a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion.
In 1868 Doctor Branch married Miss Emma Cook of Orwell, and to them a son and two daughters were born. Mrs. Branch died in September 1876, and as his second wife Doctor Branch married Miss Ida H. Burbank of Coventry. To them one daughter was born. His second wife died in February, 1888, and in October 1891, he married Miss Martha J. Stewart of Derby.
Doctor Branch removed to Amherst, Mass., several years ago.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.