My BRANSON line continues from DAVID BRANSON through his daughter HANNAH MINERVA BRANSON who married the firstborn son of MARY MAUME. With descent on the female side, of course the Branson surname disappears at this point. These records step back to the MAUME family, the line of Hannah's second husband's mother.
Info on this family group is from Patrick Fennessy and Jack Maume.
1879-1880 Son Thomas "was imprisoned for his part in what is termed the Land War. A source of pride as you can imagine," as it made him a bit of a local hero after his release, writes Patrick Fennessy.
George's tombstone on their property is unclear: gives date of death 14 Feb 1890, age 72 or 77 years: second figure is hard to make out. 72 fits census record. The grave is a stone's throw north of the house. There is a second grave, and the stump of a cedar tree between the two. But the second grave is marked only by field stones. Both graves have head and foot markers. So there is no more info here on Mary Maume Murphy Helbert.
The house burned some years back and the land has not been farmed for a long time; it is a hilly property covered with trees. The current owner learned that during the Civil War, a German neighbor by the name of Budde was hanged by bushwhackers. The 1880 census shows the remaining family: Henriette Budde age 54, from Prussia, Wilhelm age 30, Lina 28, Freda 19. There were also Frank and Mathilda Steinbeck ages 39 and 29. Freda Budde would have been of an age to play with the Helbert kids.
Perry's birth and parental info is from Bessie Van Tassel, whose husband descends from Perry. They are looking for their McKinney relatives. Please get in touch with her if you can help!
We always heard Perry was a widower when he married Hannah; he was always described as "a much older man" - perhaps Hannah's being so young makes even a fellow in his mid-20's "much older. " Some have called him "Commandant." ! others say early records show him as Commodore Perry Davis and C.P. Davis. He is said to have been in the Civil War, but the National Archives had no record. Perhaps MO militia?
There has been question abt Hannah's birthdate - and so abt the date of her mother's death. We were never sure if her mother died in childbirth or later; and if later, WHEN in the first year or two of Hannah's life. As for Hannah's age: her daughter Maude's birth certificate, vol 30 birth record, Hill Co TX, gives Maude's birth in Hillsboro at 6:00 pm 22 Jun 1885 as the 9th baby born to Hannah age 41 born Rolla MO. So Hannah would have been born in 1843, as here, not having yet reached her 42nd birthday. But the birth certificate was issued late; Don helped his mother obtain it.
We hear of her sending Jesse James packing from the Grovedale store - a favorite family tale, whatever the truth of it be. It seems agreed that she was handy with a gun or rifle. Also, Don remembers her smoking a corncob pipe. Shirley Hern provided the date of Hannah's marriage to John; I have not found the record.
Hannah used to visit her kids for a month at a time after she was widowed for the third time. That third marriage (his second) lasted only about a year and a half. She said this late-life marriage was her real love. She died while with Maude's family. Her funeral was at Kron Chapel, N. Grand Ave, St.Louis.
Did they marry the same year Perry died - ? I don't have anything to document Perry's death. Hannah and John met when he came to try to buy her pigs at too low a price; she got on her horse as soon as he left and rode round to buy up all the hogs in the area, so that he had to come back and pay her price for all of them. Not a widow to be taken advantage of.
John was raised Catholic, but converted to the Protestant faith for Hannah; some say Presbyterian, some say Baptist.
John was described as well-educated, and loved to read. He gave Velma books when she was young, classics that he wished her to read. John bought Clydesdales, and Hannah Minerva got angry that he spent 'her' money on them. Was that her inheritance? He bought a gramophone, and he and Frank traveled around giving shows with it. Family tradition has it that John established and was first postmaster of the office at Wells Ford (named for Johnny Wells's family), between Eminence and Salem. John did engage in many activities! When young, the census records say he operated a threshing machine. After marriage, he bought cattle and pigs, fattened them up and sold them, shipping them to St. Louis. Velma remembers him receiving government bulletins from Washington that he followed.
Note that John named his first son - Charles Edward - after his own younger (half) brother who had died before marrying.
Don remembers the grave from a visit to Aunt Eva when he was about 12. Maude cried because they didn't have enough money for a monument - there's only a stone. Don remembers a kind neighbor living near the cemetery: Maude Haverstick. In fact, Maude was a Patterson! She was Ed's first cousin, once removed: Ed's grandfather Patterson was her great-grandfather. She was also Don's first cousin, once removed, by descent from Hannah Minerva.
Son Frank Helbert b 1884 was said to have died age 17 but seems to have died before the Jun 1900 census. The family's move to OK should have been in the 1890s and he died on that trip.
Notes on Eva, Charlie and Maud are with their own family groups.
I never knew Eva (she must have died before the mid-1950s) but my family sometimes met Pearl and Margaret and their kids. My father remembers visits to Johnny and Eva's farm when he was a child.
At some point Eva and John had a farm on the Little Piney, on the other side of Houston, MO. ('other' from Shannon county).
Shannon Co MO history, p174: 'In 1940 Wayne' (Blackwell) 'and Icelene' (nee Purcell) 'bought the John Wells' farm next to Pulltite Spring which they operated until they sold out to the Nat'l Park Service. Wayne and Icelene live on her family farm near Rector.'
Charlie bottled and sold a cure-all called 'Hilbert's Wonder Rub' made from a formula he got from John T. Helbert. It was a horse linament formula, according to his niece Velma. I remember seeing bottles of it at his sister's. Charlie wrote a family history late in life; it was a solo project ; he didn't tell his sister anything about it. It is written from memory, it seems, and is not documented, and has many inaccuracies of dates and family groups. However, for the most part the family tales he tells agree with others, notably the story of Hannah Minerva and John getting together. It is helpful for his own migrations; he went his own way, as his story shows. Charlie consistently wrote his last name 'Hilbert.' SS# 357-07-4174 issued IL.
Married 1909 Eminence, Shannon, MO. Divorced ca 1924 .
Velma said Ed had a brief marriage in the 1930s to a woman named Rose. Missouri records can't be searched by the public so with the date and county being unknown, I haven't obtained any information. I have no photos of Ed and Maud together; they were divorced long before my birth and we always saw them separately.