NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Branch family of England is extensively distributed throughout the United Kingdom, and is also numerously represented in the United States and Canada. Sidney Branch was born in England, near the city of London, died at Bennington, Vermont, 1826. He came to this country about 1792 and made his home at Bennington.
He married (first) _____; (second) Susan Flagg.
Children of first wife:
Julius, Nelson, Ephraim.
Children of second wife:
Lafayette, Lydia, Melancthon, Henry, mentioned below.
(II) Henry, son of Sidney Branch, was born at Bennington in 1817, died at Keene, Essex county, N.Y., 1892. He left home when ten years old and came to Jay, Essex county, N.Y., where he attended the public schools and worked at farming. He removed to Keene, where he settled as a farmer and spent the remainder of his life in that occupation.
In politics he was a Republican; in religion a Baptist.
He married Loraine Otis, born at Jay, 1822, died at Keene, 1888, a daughter of John Henry Otis, native of Scotland.
1. Ruthven L., a soldier in the civil war; lies at Jay.
2. Ellen, lives at Keene.
3. Frantz, contractor and builder in the state of Washington.
4. Augustine St. Clair, mentioned below.
5. Clarence, carpenter, Keene.
6. Cassius L. D., a carpenter at Saranac Lake, N.Y.
(III) Augustine St. Clair, son of Henry Branch, was born at Jay, N.Y., March 25, 1853. He was educated in the common schools of Kenne. He learned the carpenter's trade there and followed it as apprentice and journeyman. In 1890 he bought a carpenter's shop at Saranac Lake on the present (1910) site of the pumping station. After running this about one and one-half years he formed a partnership with W. J. Callanan, and built a large sash, door and blind factory near the railroad station. Here the firm had a fourishing business in the manufacture of lumber and builders' supplies. In 1902 the factory was destroyed by fire, but immediately rebuilt on the same site. He has an enviable reputation as a contractor and builder based upon an experience of thirty years. The firm Branch & Callanan has had many of the most important contracts in this section, from excavation to construction. Among the more noteworthy structures built by the firm are the Sanatorium, the Adirondack National Bank Building, various school houses in Saranac Lake and vicinity, besides many fine residences and camps in this section, on Long Island, at Mount Kisco, Garden City, Yonkers, Brier Cliff, Lake Placid, Upper Saranac Lake, St. Regis Lake and elsewhere. In 1909 the business of the firm amounted to $385,000. Mr. Branch has charge of the architectural part of the business and Mr. Callanan of the financial affairs. Mr. Branch owns a number of houses in Saranac Lake and has other valuable real estate interests.
In politics he is a Republican, and he is a member of the Republican county committee. For four years he has been a trustee of the village, and he has served his part often as delegate to moninating conventions. He is a member of the Adirondack Lodge, No. 692, Free and Accepted Masons, Elizabethtown, N.Y.; of Wanneta Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Saranac Lake; of Franklin Commandery, Knights Templar, Malone; and of Karnak Temple, Mystic Shrine, Montreal, Canada.
He married, March 11, 1879, Hettie Cox, of Keene, N.Y., born April 18, 1854, daughter of William and Mary Ann (Judson) Cox. Both parents were natives of Ireland.
1. Myrtie, born April 14, 1881, died aged ten years.
2. Irene, born at Saranac Lake, Feb. 1, 1895.
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