Telling my family's stories
Enoch Branson George was born November 26, 1827 in Winchester, Warren County, Virginia. His parents are currently unknown, but a woman named Rachael George (born 1798) is the head of the household on the 1850 census, making her the right age to be his mother, as well as Matilda George’s (b. 1825) – the mother of Martha Ellen George, meaning that he is likely Martha Ellen (George) Ritenour’s uncle. In 1850, Enoch Branson is living with the George group in the 69th district of Warren County (i.e. out in the woods). Like the rest of the group, he is marked ‘M’ for ‘Mulatto’ on the census, meaning he was not white. This does not indicate he was of slave ancestry, however, because ‘M’ was also the only designation for indian people (aside from when they were marked ‘white’). As I’ve covered elsewhere, based on the evidence, it seems safe to conclude that the George group was likely identifiable as indian in 1850 and 1860.
Enoch disappears from Warren County by 1860, and nothing can be found of him there throughout the civil war or afterwards. I thought this was all I’d ever find about him until I stumbled across an Enoch B. George living in Meridian, Bosque County, Texas in 1860. This man was the right age (born 1827) and born in the right place (Virginia). He was living in the household of William Million, who had a large family, and (of course) Enoch was now marked ‘White’ on the census.
After some rooting, and with the help of a genealogy on the Million family done by Dorothy Million Ketter, it came out that this Enoch married one of William Million’s daughters, Rachael, in 1859 and had 6 children, some of whom have done genealogy on the family.
Enoch Branson and his brother Andrew Jackson (there’s THAT name again!) were both in the civil war, as members of the confederate army in Texas. After the war, Enoch owned the first store in Meridian, which he called the ‘E.B. George Emporium.’ On subsequent censuses, he is listed as a furniture delivery man, an undertaker, and unemployed. He was apparently capable with stonemasonry, and was commissioned to build the stone room used for the first courthouse in Meridian in 1871. He died on December 27, 1908 in Meridian.
He appears to have been quite the colorful character, as the quotes I’m going to throw up show.