Today on Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek, a sister blog to Mississippi Memories, I posted a photo of the monument that marks the grave of Edward Tillman Branch. A brother of my paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Arthur Branch, Edward Tillman Branch, was born on November 25, 1850 and lived his entire life in the Newport area of Attala County, Mississippi. The letter below, dated April 7, 1902, was written by Edward Tillman Branch to his young daughter, Mamie, while he was undergoing medical treatment in New Orleans. One day short of seven months later, on November 6, 1902, Edward Tillman Branch died. He left a young widow, Nettie Allen Branch, and several small children, including a son, his namesake, born the year before his father's death.
|Copy of letter (scanned) courtesy of B. Branch, Birmingham, Alabama|