Eleanor Branch Lionel Branch
Gentleman. Woolen draper, Mayor and Member of Parliament for borough at Abingdon
Place of Burial: St. Helen's church, Abingdon, England
"One of his [Thomas Branch's] acquaintances in London was John Roysse, a prosperous
mercer of Abingdon origin, who in 1563, reestablished a grammer
school in his native town, which flourishes still today. Thomas
was a witness to both the grants of lands in London, with which
Royse endowed the school. Since the corporation of the town was
intimately connected with the new foundation of John Roysse, Thomas'
brother, William, who served as mayor in 1563-1564, would be even
more closely connected with much of the preparatory work of setting
the new school on its feet. Both Branch brothers were, in all
probability, fellow scholars of Roysse at the old mediaeval school
in the town."
William Branch owned the Bull Inn in Littlebury, inherited it from
his brother, Thomas
Will proved in Prerogative Court of Canterbury on April 24, 1602 Sources:
Genealogies of Virginia Families, From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Volume I, Adams-Chiles, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1981
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