Anna Richmond WATKINS was born in Paducah 5-08-1847.
She was the daughter of William J.WATKINS and Anna

Her father was a native of that part of Caldwell County that later became Lyon County. Her mother was a Missouri lady having been born and reared in New Madrid, MO. and was a daughter of Dr. William T. BROMWELL of Civil War fame.

At seven years of age Anna R. went to live with her grandfather, Dr. Bromwell at New Madrid and there she began her school life. This was interrupted by the siege of New Madrid where upon her grandparents moved to Point Pleasant, Mo. both towns on the banks of the Mississippi River. At Point Pleasant her educational activities were again  interrupted by the activities of the Civil War. A cannon ball from the Federal gunboats passed thru her grandfather’s brick residence. At this juncture her grandfather physician donated his service to the Southern Confederacy but rendered services to both sides and Anna R. returned to her parents in Paducah where she continued her school life for another two years when the aggressive activities of the war again necessitated a move. This time her father moved his family among his own people in Lyon County near the Cumberland River. Federal encroachments drove her father further inland and near Wallonia, Trigg County, where his daughter became acquainted with her future husband, Samuel L. BRANDON, whom she married on 11-24-1869 and this union there were five children, viz: S.K., Virdie E., Anna Watkins, Percy W. and Nellie Brandon.
Immediately after her marriage she became converted to the Christian faith at Mt. Zion Church in Trigg County and joined that church. About the time of her husband’s death in 1910 she moved to Henderson, Kentucky where she lived until her death on 3-10-1934 at 86 years 10 months and 2 days, outliving her husband by 23 years 7 months and 7 days.

For a time she was a teacher in the schools of Trigg County.
Burial in the Dyer-Brandon Graveyard.
Submitted by: Yvonne Cameron Mar 22, 1934 - Cadiz Record


The relatives and friends of Mr and Mrs W.N. BRANDON, of San Rafael California, has been indeed grieved to hear of the
recent death of their beloved daughter, Miss Belle upon the evening of the 17th of December.
While she had been ill for some time, and her early passing away was not entirely unexpected, still her rallying occasionally gave to the loving, long hearts watching around her many bright glimpses of hope for the improvement of one so young and so happy in life and its precious blessings.
Cadiz Record - Jan 05, 1905


Pennyvile Deaths April 15, 1999
ELKTON, Ky., Christopher Bernard Brandon, Jr., 84, Elkton, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville, following a heart attack.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Latham Funeral Home, with Dr. Brooks Major and the Rev. John Reilly officiating.  Burial will fold in Green Hill Memorial Gardens, Christian County.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

A native of Lafayette, he was born September 19, 1914.  He was the son of the late Chriistopher B. and Mary Frances Davidson Brandon and was a retired farmer and ticket marker for the tobacco markets in North Carolina and Russellville.  He was a member of Lafayette United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Brown Brandon; a daughter, Barbara Sue Mallory, Elkton; a son, Christopher B. Brandon III, Elkton; a sister, Mrs. Dick McClure, Columbus, Ohio; and four grandchildren.


1881 or 1891 – Date unclear
Splendid Citizen Killed By Lightning
John W. Brandon Killed Near Roaring Spring Last Saturday Afternoon
Struck Near Yard Gate in Plain View of Mrs. Brandon
Mr. John W. Brandon, one of Trigg county’s splendid citizens and most prominent young farmers, was struck by lightning and instantly killed at his home at roaring Spring last Saturday afternoon at four o’clock.

Mr. Brandon had been at work on the place, and when a cloud came up started to the house with a hoe on his shoulder.  He was within thirty yards of the residence and was near the gate leading into the yard when the fatal bolt struck him.  As the rain began to fall Mrs. Brandon was in the act of closing a window on the side of the house from which the husband was approaching.  She was slightly blinded by the flash, but in an instant saw the prostrate form of the husband lying on the ground.  She rushed to him to find the stroke had cause instant death.  A physician was sent for and he arrived within thirty minutes but nothing could be done to restore life.

Mrs. Brandon at once gave the alarm and neighbors soon arrived and assisted in taking the body into the house.

Mr. Brandon was the son of Mr. Milton Brandon, of Roaring Spring, and was forty eight years of age.  He was born at Roaring Spring and had spent all his life in the county.  Besides the aged father, who is about eighty six one sister, Miss Daisie Brandon of Roaring Spring, and one brother, Mr. Cris Brandon, of Lafayette survive him.  The wife, a daughter of the late Al Rasco, and two small children also survive him.

Trigg county has no better citizen than John Brandon.  He was a very quiet man, adhered strictly to business, and as a farmer had been successful in the accumulation of this world’s goods.  He was a member of the Christian church, a good neighbor and a loyal friends, and his tragic and untimely death is deeply mourned by many.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Roaring Spring, Sunday afternoon at two o’clock and conducted by Rev. Eubank, and the remains were afterward carried to Lafayette and consigned to their r4esting place at the cemetery in the little city.




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