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BOCOCK, Thomas Stanley, a Representative from Virginia; born in Buckingham (now Appomattox) County, Va., May 18, 1815; was graduated from Hampden-Sidney college in 1838; studied law; attorney tor Appomattox county in 1845-1846; member of the Virginia house of delegates for several years; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, Thirty-second, Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1861); in 1861 elected a representative to the Confederate congress and on February 18, 1862, was chosen speaker of the house; member of state legislature 1869-1870; delegate in Democratic national conventions in 1868,1876, and 1880; died in Appomattox county, Va., August 5, 1891.
[A Biographical Congressional Directory of the 1st 1774 to the 62nd 1911 Congress; By United States Congress; Publ. 1918; Donated and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.]


BRANCH, Anthony Martin, lawyer and congressman, was born in Buckingham County, Va., July 16, 1834, son of Samuel and Winifred Jones (Guerrant) Branch. His father, an eminent lawyer, was in the war of 1812, serving as ensign in the 4th Greenhill regiment of Virginia; son of Samuel Branch, 2d, of Chesterfield County, Va., an officer in the American Revolution, who married Jane, daughter of Anthony and Sarah (Holman) Martin. Sarah Holman was daughter of James Holman, captain of Virginia militia (1745) from Goochland County, Va. His paternal great grandfather, Anthony Martin, served in the revolutionary war in Col. James Livingston's Continental regiment. He was son of Peter and Mary Ann (Perrow) Martin. Peter Martin was son of John and Margaret Martin, Huguenots. The father of Samuel Branch, 2nd, was Samuel Branch ofChesterfield County, Va., who was descended from Christopher and Mary Branch of Kingsland, Chesterfield Co., Va. This Christopher Branch, "gent.," was a member of house of burgesses, in 1639, from Henrico County, Va., and was first American ancestor. The maternal grandfather of Anthony M. Branch was John Guerrant, Jr., of Goochland county, Va., who married Mary Heath Povall, daughter of Robert Povall, 3rd, of Henrico county, Va., and Winifred Jones Miller, daughter of William Miller  and Mary Heath; William was son of Thomas Miller and Winifred .

     Mary Heath was daughter of Thomas Heath and Winifred Jones of Northumberland County, Va. John Guerrant, Jr., served as lieutenant and paymaster in Virginia Continental line in the revolution from 1776 to end of war; was in Chas. Scott's brigade from Goochland County, Va.; was in battles of Monmouth and White Plains. He was a member of Virginia convention of 1788; was president of Virginia state council ; as such was lieutenant-governor (1805); was brigadier-general of 3rd Virginia brigade of militia (1798). He was a son of John and Elizabeth (Porter) Guerrant, Sr. John Guerrant, Sr., served with Gen. Washington at Valley Forge, and was lieutenant of militia, in 1771, from Goochland County, Va. He was the son of Maj. Peter Guerrant and Magdalen Trabue, the daughter of Sir Anthony Trabue, a Huguenot, who fled from Lausanne, France, to England, in 1687, and settled in Henrico County, Va., about 1700. Maj. Peter Guerrant was the son of Daniel Guerrant, Jr., and Francoise L'Orange, granddaughter of Sir Lorange, of La Rochelle, France; daughter of Jean Velas Lorange, a Huguenot. Daniel Gueran, Sr. (spelled Guerin and Guerrant), the first American ancestor, was of a French family of the nobility, from Champagne, Isle of France, and from St. Nazaire; was a Huguenot; settled in Virginia about 1700. Anthony M. Branch, the subject of this sketch, was graduated at Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia, 1842 ; he was a polished orator, noted for his brilliancy and logic. He went to Huntsville, Tex., in 1847, forming a law partnership with Mr. Yoakun, the historian. In 1863 Gen. Sam Houston made him executor of his will. He served (1859) in legislature ; in 1861 in the state senate. During the civil war he was captain of company A, of Col. Carter's, Texas cavalry regiment, until 1863, when he was called from the field to serve in the Confederate congress. In 1866 he was elected to the U. S. congress, but was not allowed to take his seat by the dominant party, who objected to all who had fought in the Confederate army. He was married, in 1849 to Amanda Smith of Alabama. He lost his children; but in 1865. at the death of his sister, Martha Winifred Branch, widow of Judge Edward A. Palmer of Houston, Tex., he became guardian of her children. He died at Huntsville, Tex., Oct. 3, 1867.

[Source: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography Volume 8; By James Terry White; Publ. 1898; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]





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