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Branstetter, Michael Preston

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Branstetter, Michael Preston
March 03, 2007 10:49PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Metcalfe County.

REV. MICHAEL PRESTON BRANSTETTER was born in Cumberland (now Metcalfe)
County, July 22, 1826. He was a son of John Branstetter, who was born
in Virginia about 1790. His father, Frederick Branstetter, was also a
Virginian, of German descent. He was a soldier in the Indian war in
Missouri. John Branstetter was twice married; first, about 1816, to
Katherine, daughter of Matthew and Jane (Fawbush) Amyx. From this union
sprang Matthew A., Louisa (Ferguson), Rev. Michael P., Mary E. (Leamon),
Madison J. (deceased), Katherine S. (Bobbitt) and John L. Mrs. Katherine
Branstetter died in 1840. His second marriage took place about 1848, to
Mrs. Betsey (Tudor) Huffman. They had no children. Rev. Mr. Branstetter
was married, in October, 1852 to Mary, daughter of Josiah and Minerva
(Palmore) Smith. To them have been born Jacob G., Joseph M. (deceased),
Martha E. (Smith), John A., Louisa, Birche and Lemuel. Mr. Branstetter
has a fair elementary English education, and is a man well posted on
current topics. Entirely by his own labor, and in spite of spending a
large part of his time for the benefit of others, he has become the
owner of about sixty-one acres of well improved and productive land. He
has been since 1850 a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and
since 1858 has given a large portion of each year to the ministry (in a
local capacity) of the gospel. He has ministered to the dying and
probably attended and officiated at more funerals than any other man in
this section of the country. He is a self-made man; in politics is an
independent Republican, and votes for the man rather than the party.

Amyx Bobbitt Branstetter Fawbush Ferguson Huffman Leamon Palmore Smith
Cumberland-KY MO VA

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