My mother has various antiques in her house from the governor's mansion that were bequeathed to my grandmother and passed down to her.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about my Branch family history (incidentally, my sister proudly has Branch as her middle name, as does her daughter), but the other night I picked up my old paperback copy of "Main Street," and read Sinclair Lewis' dedication was to a James Branch Cabell.
I got curious and did a little checking on Cabell. He was a noted author, popular in the early part of the 20th Century and a contemporary of the likes of Lewis and H.L. Mencken. And it was a pleasant surprise to discover that we are from the very same "branch" of the Branch family, my grandmother's grandfather was his uncle.