HENRY W. BRANCHE
NEW LONDON COUNTY
CONNECTICUT BIOGRAPHIES
HENRY W. BRANCHE, manager of the Boston and Norwich Clothing Company of Norwich, Conn., was born in Lisbon, Conn., August 9, 1860. His father, Levi J. Branche, was born in Lisbon, August 19, 1819; and his mother, Sarah L. Williams Branche, was a native of Canterbury, Conn. Elisha Branche, father of Levi J., was a son of Stephen, who was born in Preston, Conn. The first ancestor in Connecticut was Peter Branch, who came to Preston from Scituate, Mass., or near Brant Rock, Peter Branch, of Kent, England, sailed from his native land in the ship "Castle" between the years 1620 and 1640, but did not live to see the new world for which he had set out. His son John was bound out at ten years of age for the remainder of his minority. Branch Island, near Brant Rock, referred to above, was named for him; and his will shows him to have been a man of property. During the Indian War one of his sons was killed at Rehoboth, and is buried there.
 
Stephen Branch, the great-grandfather of Henry W., of this sketch, was a noncommissioned officer in a company of militia that responded to the Lexington alarm in April, 1775. His brother, Captain Moses Branch, was in command of a company at Groton Heights. Elisha Branche, the grandfather of Henry W., was the father of three sons — Elisha P.; Levi J.; and William, who married a Miss Atwood, and went to Utah to live — and three daughters.
 
Levi J. Branche engaged in farming in his younger days, then became a paper manufacturer, being one of the organizers of the Reed Paper Company. He was one of the incorporators of the Jewett City Savings Bank. Two years, 1882-84, he was a member of the State legislature. He was active and influential in the town affairs of Sprague, to which place he removed at the close of the war. In 1860 Mr. Branche was married to Miss Sarah L. Williams, daughter of Merritt Williams, of Canterbury, Conn. Four children were the fruit of this union, namely: Henry W.; Ida, wife of a Mr. Blanding, of Providence, R. I.; Herbert R., a yard-master in Providence for the New England Railroad; and Leone L., a salesman in a clothing store in Providence. Their mother died in November, 1875, at thirty-seven years of age. Their father subsequently married a second wife, by whom he had two children. His third and last wife was a Miss Bromley, who survives him, and is living in Sterling, Conn. He died in March, 1886.
 
Henry W. Branche, after attending the common schools and a boarding-school at Providence, began his business career at sixteen, as a clerk in a clothing store in Winchendon, and afterward went to school for another year. He tried working in a woollen-mill and at other employments until 1883, when he entered the New York Clothing House in Norwich as a clerk, remaining there until the spring of 1887, when he started in business for himself at 90 Main Street, in company with a Mr. Reeves, firm of Reeves & Branche. After carrying on the business together for seven years, they dissolved partnership; and Mr. Branche became manager of the Boston and Norwich Clothing Company.
 
In December, 1886, Mr. Branche was joined in marriage with Miss Fannie Bottomley, of this city, a daughter of Joseph Bottomley. They have three children—Harry, Herbert, and Fannie.
 
As was his father before him, Mr. Branche is a Republican. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Improved Order of Red Men, and Sons of the American Revolution. Mrs. Branche is an Episcopalian. The family reside on Laurel Hill, in the house which Mr. Branche purchased in the fall of 1895.

Biographical Review   Volume XXVI
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of 
New London County Connecticut
Boston
Biographical Review Publishing Company
1898
pgs 427 - 428

S. Leroy BLAKE D.D.
Henry W. BLANCHE
John A. BOWEN
Francis Nelson BRAMAN
Capt. Dudley A. BRAND
Charles Erskine BRAYTON
Edward P. BREWER M.D.
Frederick H. BREWER
Louisa J. BREWER
Hon. John BREWSTER
Joshua E. BROCKWAY
George G. BROMLEY
William F. BROUGHTON
Alfred Fanning BROWN
Henry Augustus BROWN
Israel F. BROWN
James A. BROWN
Lucius Dwight BROWN
Theophilus BROWN
William J. BROWN
James F. BUGBEE
James BULKLEY
Capt. Billings BURCH
Horace O. BURCH
William Henry BURDICK
Austin J. BUSH
William Herbert BUSH


 
 

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