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May 4, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Curtis Nunley Branch, C.S.A.


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Edna Barney writes in her book, So Obscure a Person, that Curtis Nunley Branch was born in Buckingham County on January 6, 1841. He was murdered at Manteo, dying on November 27, 1911.

On February 20, 1861, Curtis married Eliza Ann Damron in Buckingham. He stood just short of 5’9” was dark complected, with hazel eyes and brown hair.  He fought for the Confederacy for four years, was wounded or injured three times, and was imprisoned at Point Lookout in Maryland.

In his old age, he worked as a night watchman for the Patteson family at the Manteo post office and store. On duty, he was shot through a window and killed by burglars who robbed the post office. According to Barney, the criminals were never apprehended.

Click here for the report of Branch’s death: BRUTAL MURDER




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  1. Curtis Nobles / Jul 25 2015 9:30 am

    Curtis Nunley Branch is my 2nd great Grandfather. Your story refers to a book by Edna Barney. Could you tell me the name of the book?

    • Joanne Yeck / Jul 25 2015 4:56 pm

      Curtis, Thanks for your comment. You can read about Edna Barney’s book, “So Obscure A Person: A Genealogy And History Of Alexander Stinson And His Virginia Descendants,” at Amazon: I don’t have a copy of the book so I can’t tell you how much is in it about Curtis Nunley Branch. Are you kin to Alexander Stinson? Joanne


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