Was William Branham's Mother's Mother a full-blooded Cherokee Indian?
William Branham stated:
And it kind of reminds me, one time I was… My father was… My mother is from Oklahoma and Texas. And she was born in the state of Kentucky. And my grandfather went west. My mother’s mother come off the Oklahoma reservation. She’s full-blooded Cherokee Indian. And my father’s Irish. And my mother, on the other side, by her father, was Irish.
William Branham's Father's Father George W. Branham died at 87. William Branham's Father's Mother Mary L. Farleigh died at 93. William Branham's Mother's Father Francis M. Harvey died at 88. William Branham's Mother's Mother Nancy V. Branham died at 72.
William Branham's Maternal Line is.
Lewis Riley Branham + Malissa Jean Smith (abt 1850 - abt 1923)
What does the US Census report for William Branham's Material Line?
The 1870 and 1880 US Census under description had three categories; Age, Sex, and Race.
Under race there were 5 choices for the census takers. 1-White(W) 2-Black(B) 3-Mulatto(M) 4-Chinese(C) 5-Indian(I)
Lewis Riley Branham, Location=Adair County Ky, Age=19, Race=White
Malissa Jean (Smith) Branham, Location=Adair County Ky, Age=19, Race=White
Nancy Victoria Branham, Location=Adair County Ky, Age=1, Race=White
Lewis Riley Branham, Race=White
Malissa Jean (Smith) Branham, Race=White
Nancy Victoria Branham, Race=White
Nancy Victoria (Branham) Harvey, Race=White
Additional Evidence Melissa J. (Smith) Branham's Race was white.
If William Branham's claim was true, all of Melissa J. Branham's children would have been full-blooded Cherokee Indians.
The problem is that all of Melissa's Sons were record on official records with their race as White.
James R. Branham (April 18, 1874 - Jan. 26, 1953) Race is listed as white on his death record.
Ruben W. Branham (Oct. 20, 1877 - Jun. 29, 1945) Race is listed as white on his WWI draft registration card.
George Alfred Branham (Aug. 6, 1881 - July 24, 1961) Race is listed as white on his death record.
Francis C. Branham (Jun. 24, 1886 - May 29, 1965) Race is listed as white on his death record.
Lucien T. Branham (April 15, 1895 - May 22, 1961) Race is listed as white on his death record.
The fact that mitochondrial DNA is maternally inherited enables genealogical researchers to trace maternal lineage far back in time. Mitochondrial DNA is grouped into haplogroups. A Haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor. All Native American maternal lineages are from 4 haplogroups that have ancestors from Asia. These Haplogroups are given alphabet names A, B, C, and D. For Willaim Branham's claim to be true that his mother was of Cherokee Indian descent means any of the maternal line descents from Malissa Smith would test positive for mt-DNA haplogroup A, B, C, or D.