Descendants of Richard Webb
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Generation #5

Rachael (4John, 3John, 2Giles, 1Richard)  Webb of Virginia

Rachael Webb was born in about 1706 in Richmond Co VA. In about 1725 Rachel married Francis Gower b. 2/2/1706 Richmond Co VA. Francis and Rachael were the parents of one girl, Anna, but Francis died before Christmas in 1726. Son Francis was born after his father's death. 

On 3/16/1727 Rachael married John Branham b. 9/20/1690 Rappahannock (now Richmond) Co VA. This apparent marriage of necessity proved to be fruitful for both John and Rachael; as they provided a supportive household for their four children by previous marriages and the eleven or so children they had together.

John and Rachel lived the remainder of their lives in the part of Richmond County which would become Orange County. John died in 1761. According to the Ludlow Branham Family Bible which is recorded at the Library of Virginia, Rachel married Bryan Sisson b. c. 1700. The date is not specified but was about 1765.

Rachel died 4/6/1782 in Orange Co VA and was buried on the family property known as the "Old Courthouse."

Richmond County Wills p 52:
Francis Gower, will; 14 Dec 1726, probated 1 Feb 1727
Estate "to be equally divided between wife, Rachel, and children including the child wife now goes with."
Heirs: daughter Anna; executrix wife Rachael; Witnesses: John Branham, John Campbell
Richmond Co VA Records:
Francis Gower departed this life Sept. 7, 1726. 
Marriages of Richmond County, 1668-1853
BRANHAM, John  married Rachel Webb, 16 March 1726/7.
(The bride was the widow of Francis Gower who died testate in Richmond County in 1726.  John Branham died testate in Orange County in 1761.)

The will of "John Branham Senr. . .son of Richard Branham and his wife, Ann Branham" dated July 21, 1761, was proved on Thursday, Aug 27, 1761.
Heirs were his friend, John Lowen, (money); his "well beloved wife, Rachel Branham, all the estate both real and personal during her natural life or widowhood"; his "youngest sons, Daniel Branham, Richard Branham, Gaydon Branham, Taverner Branham, and James Webb Branham" to each an equal share of the estate after the decease of his wife.
Executrix was his "Well beloved wife, Rachel Branham" and executors were his sons, Daniel Branham, and Gaydon Branham.
Witnesses were Harbin Moore, William Games, and Margaret Johnson.

In the burial place called the Old Court House, in Orange County.
Rachel Branham (Sisson) relict of the above John Branham, departed this life April 6th, 1782. Was interred the Monday after, at Charles Porter's, her former dwelling place, called "The Old Courthouse" in Orange County.

    Rachael Webb's children with Francis Gower

    1. Ann Gower

Richmond Co, VA Deed Book 10, p. 366:
7 July 1746. John and Ann White of Hanover Parish in King George County to Benjamin Rust for 35 pounds their right in 200 acres that John Bramham sold Benjamin Rust. Ann White is stated as great granddaughter of Ann Bramham and coheir. Wit: Richard Corey, Minthon Morgin, John Patterson, Metcalf Rust, Margarett M. Smith.

Richmond Co, VA Deed Book 10, p. 368:
7 July 1746. John and Ann White of Hanover Parish in King George County to Benjamin Rust for 100 pounds 100 acres of land know as Gowers. After the death of Benjamin the land was to descend to his son Richard. Wit: Richard Corey, Minthon Morgon, John Patterson, Metcalf Rust, Margarett Smith.

    2. Francis Gower, Jr.

Richmond Co VA Records:
Born, Francis, son of Francis & Rachel Gower, Dec. 15, 1726.



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