When was William Branham born?

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    Branham/Brumbach marriage licence

    When was William Branham say he was born?

    April 8, 1908?

    On June 22, 1934, William Branham married Hope Brumbach. On the Marriage License, he certified that his birthday was April 8, 1908.

    April 6, 1909?

    Branham/Brumbach marriage licence

    Over seven years later, William Branham married Meda Broy. Why did William Branham certify on his second marriage license that he was born on April 6, 1909?

    Was it because an astrologer told him that he was born in 1909, and he believed her rather than his parents and so changed the date of his birth to agree with the astrologer?

    March 10, 1907?

    On September 29, 1961 William Branham said, "Doctor Dowie, in his death, prophesied that I would come… he died one day, and I was borned on the next."  Alexander Dowie died March 9, 1907.

    That would mean that William Branham was born on March 10, 1907. Why would William Branham say something that obviously was not true?

    April 6, 1907?

    1910 Census Branham low res.jpg

    Charles and Ella Branham (spelled Brainon, possibly because Charles was running from the law) entered “Willie” as 3 years old as of April 15, 1910.  His birthday would have to be April 14, 1907 at the latest. If his birthday was on April 6 as he claimed, then this would mean William Branham was actually born on April 6, 1907 which would mean he was only a month or so off with his claim regarding Alexander Dowie.

    One would normally assume that the parents would have no reason to give the wrong age for their children.

    Quotes of William Branham

    When I was born on April the sixth, 1909, about five o'clock in the morning…[1]

    How Doctor Dowie, in his death, prophesied that I would come to that city forty years from the time that he died. Not knowing nothing about it, he died on one day, and I was borned on the next. And forty years to the day I entered the city, not knowing nothing about it. Oh, how God's great move is coming together. I hear the sound of abundance of rain.[2]

    And I was born on April the—the 6th, 1909. Course, you know, that makes me a little over twenty-five now.[3]

    So this woman—I said, "What would you want?" She said, "Sir, did you know you were borned under a—a sign?" Quickly, that scared me. I said, "I don't know nothing about that, and I don't want to know nothing about it."

    She said, "Haven't you never talked to preachers?" I said, "I have no use for them. I—I don't go around where any of that's at."

    I said, "I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I don't want to hear anything you have to say." She said, "Sir, that's not a gentleman." And I turned to her again, I said, "How did you know that?" She said, "When you got on the bus, I seen it."

    She said, "I work in the White House." She said, "I'm on my way now to Chicago to see my son, who is a minister."

    She said, "I'm an astronomer." She said, "Did you know who… When God does anything, the first thing He does is to declare it in heaven, before He declares it on the earth?"

    I said, "I know nothing about it." And I turned around again. It kindy made me feel bad, because there's many people on the bus, and me an officer. And so I thought that wasn't gentleman like. So she called me—kept calling me. And I turned around again; I said, "What's that got to do with me?"

    And she said, "When Jesus Christ was born, or before he was born, wise men came from the east." She said, "What is a wise man?" I said, "I have no idea." She said, "They're astronomers that watch the heavens, and before God does anything on earth, He declares it in the heavens." And she said… I—I said, "I don't know nothing of it."

    She said, "But when God gives a gift, He declares it in the heavens." I—I said, "I know nothing about it." And she said, "You were borned under that sign." And she said, "What if I tell you when you were born, would—would you believe me?"

    I said, "Lady, you can't read my mind. I won't believe it." And she said, "You were born on April the 6th, 1909, at five o'clock in the morning." She said, "That's when certain stars," she said, "crossed or something." (Or astronomy.) And I said, "I don't know nothing about it, and care less." So she said, "You may pass it by," but said, "if you would respect it, it would shake the world."

    I said, "Tell this young sailor here, when he was born." She said, "I couldn't do it."[4]


    1. William Branham, 51-0717 - The Manifestation Of The Spirit, para. 26
    2. William Branham, 51-0929 - Our Hope Is In God, para. 8
    3. William Branham, 59-0419A - My Life Story, para. 44
    4. William Branham, 60-0210M - The Revelation That Was Given To Me, para. 11