John A. Branscombe, who is engaged in general farming and stock-raising upon a ranch near Walsh, in Sacramento county, was born in Prince Edward county, Ontario, Canada, June 26, 1870, and is a son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth J. (Smith) Branscombe. His father was a native of Ontario, Canada, where also occurred the birth of the mother. In the paternal line he comes of Scotch lineage. He was reared in the county of his nativity and there acquired his education in the public schools. He continued to make his home in Ontario until 1890, when he came direct to California and for a short time he was employed at agricultural pursuits in Sacramento county. He then began in the same line of business on his own account and has since carried on general farming and stock-raising. His ranch comprises four hundred and sixty-four acres of land, upon which he has lived since 1895. It is a well improved property, having good buildings and modern equipments, and everything about the place is indicative of his careful supervision and progressive methods.
Mr. Branscombe was married to Miss Augusta Birch, a native of Sacramento county, California, and a daughter of William Birch, now deceased, who lived in this county. Three of the children born of this marriage are yet living: Gladys J., Angus, and Ada.
Mr. Branscombe votes with the Republican party and is a thorough and staunch advocate of its principles and policy. He belongs to Florin Lodge No. 364, I. O. O. F., and is well known in his community as a man of commendable purpose, of upright life, and business integrity. He has made a success of his work here and his ranch is now an excellent property, well improved and valuable.
Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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