Lavinia Abbott Branham


Lavinia Abbott Branham was born 1878 in South Carolina, the daughter of John Percival Abbott and Sallie Elkins Abbott.


Viny Abbot was counted in the census on 02 Jun 1880 in Wateree, Kershaw, South Carolina, USA, as a 1-year-old, female, single, white, daughter. Also in the home was her father, John T. Abbot; her mother, Sallie A. Abbot; and her siblings, William R. Abbot, Milton K. Abbot, John C. Abbot, Mary J. Abbot, Sallie A. B. Abbot, and James Abbot.


On January 6, 1922, Mrs. Vannie Brannon was listed as a living daughter in the obituary of John Percival Abbott.


On March 26, 1932, Mrs. Viney Branham was listed as a living sister in the obituary of Rasmus W. Abbott.


On September 17, 1936, Mrs. Rupert Branham, was listed as a living sister in the obituary of J. E. Abbott.


Mrs. Robert J. Branham, wife of Robert James Branham of Blaney, died at 3:45 Saturday afternoon, April 10, 1937, at the Baptist hospital after a long illness.

Mrs. Branham was the daughter of Percival Abbott and Sallie Elkins Abbott and was born on her father’s plantation near Blaney June 10, 1878. She lived there until she reached young womanhood and after her marriage resided in Columbia for a number of years. During the past few years she has resided near the palace of her birth and has lived on a part of the plantation where she was born.

Mrs. Branham is survived by her husband, Robert James Branham of Blaney; four sons, Ernest L. Branham, a federal attorney in Chicago; J. G. Branham and Oscar H. Branham of Columbia and Fred Branham of Blaney, and two brothers, John R. Abbott and M. K. Abbott of Columbia, her stepmother, Mrs. Percival Abbott, Columbia, and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Branham was beloved by all who knew here for her splendid qualities. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a sincere friend. She was a Baptist by faith, having affiliated herself with Harmony Baptist Church near Blaney, when she was a young girl and has been an active member since that time. She was a Christian in every sense of the word and exerted every effort to influence others. Her many fiends both in Columbia and the Community in which she lived immediately prior to her death will be grieved to learn of her passing.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon from Harmony Baptist church by the Rev. J. L. Willis, pastor. Interment will be in churchyard. THe body will remain at McCormick’s mortuary until the hour of the funeral.

The following have been asked to serve as pallbearers; L. B. Smith, E. J. Wilson, John Dent, A. Fletcher Spigner, W. D. Barnett, Dr. L. F. Tall, Dr. H. A. McElroy, T. H. Tatum. THey are requested to meet at McCormick’s at 2 o’clock.

Obituary Information:

April 11, 1937  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
Page 10
April 12, 1937  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
Page 5
April 12, 1937  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
Page 12

Tombstone Information:

Located in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Cindy TM

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