Note: d located on the Hillsboro to New Vienna Pike about 1804. They built their cabin home near a clear water spring, that came out through a huge pile of limesto ne rocks. The rocks were infested with rattlesnakes that crawled through the y ard, even invaded the house. The family were afraid to go to the spring or eve n walk through the yard. He sought the help of his neighbors, the McDaniels. They
arrived carrying hoes and other instruments of destruction. The men went into the early morning sunshine and tore down the entire rock pile. Before the morning was over, the men had found and killed over sixty snakes. Rev. James Quinn, the
itinerant Methodist circuit rider, looking for a place to retire, chose the farm Robert Branson had carved out of the wilderness. He called the spacious, well-made log cabin, "Rural Cottage".
The book also mentions other Quaker families from NC and VA that came to Ohio because of their attitude toward slavery. In 10-15-1835 Mahlon Branson received Robert Branson's land. Mahlon & wife Margaret sold the land to John Hansel
11-20-1835 and moved to Delaware Co., IN. Robert appears in poll and tax records 1806 up to his death.
Note: History of Highland County: "Robert Branson, native of Virginia, settled on lan
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