Biography of Samuel F. Brannen
Howard County, IN Biographies





SAMUEL F. BRANNEN was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., October 26, 1842, and was the fourth of twelve children born to Thomas and Elizabeth (fulwider) Brannen, natives of Virginia. Thomas Brannen located in Wabash County, Ind., in an early day, there married, and reared a family of twelve children, after which his wife died. in 1830, he located in Bartholomew County, where he again married. The result of this union was twelve children. Mr. Brannen died in Bartholomew County in 1859, at the age of eighty seven, He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in the battle at Waterloo, and Horse Shoe Bend. He was a Jackson Democrat, and of the Presbyterian faith his widow is still living, aged seventy three, a member of the Christian Church. Samuel F. Brannen, being born of poor parents, attended but one winter term of school, but worked at home and helped to take care of the family. He worked out for a time and gave his wages for the family's support. April 27, 1861, he enlisted in the three months' service, but the quota was filled ere he was mustered, consequently he returned home. The following September he enlisted in the three years' service, in Company G, Sixth Regiment indiana Volunteer Infantry. This company was part of the Third Division of the Fourteenth Army Corps of the Cumberland. They engaged in the battle at Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Decatur, Ala., Stone River and Chickamauga. After this, he was commissioned First Corporal in reward for capturing seven rebels. He participated in battle at Mission Ridge, after which he joined Burnside, at Knoxville, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. May 15, 1864, in the battle of Resaca, a shot entered his left thigh and broke the bone. This was done on a charge, and after he fell, he reloaded his gun and shot the color bearer, after which he retreated on one foot. The following September he joined his regiment at Indianapolis. and was honorably discharged, after serving three years and four months. He returned home, and was married, March 12, 1865, to Louisiana Fowler, of Bartholomew County, born September 28, 1843. They have had eight children, six of whom are living; Ulysses S., Carrie M., Erastus S., John Perry, Stella F., and Ellis. Mr. Brannen located in Liberty Township, Howard County, in 1865, renting land a few years, after which he purchased a small tract of land, and four years later be located in Greentown. After living here four years, he purchased his present home of sixty acres, which he has well improved with good fences. He has followed butchering for years, and has slaughtered about 4,000 cattle. He has through labor and economy made a good home, and at present owns 102 acres of land. He served for two years as Supervisor, and one year as Constable. He and wife are members of the New Light Church, and he is a Republican in politics and a member of the I. O, O. F.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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