There are multiple meanings for a “Broken Branch” family member. I am claiming it as “life cut short.” “Broken Branch” means a child could have lived a day or up to 16 years of age. Due to the loss of records for births under 10, I don’t have many children identified. So, looking at my family tree, I selected three.
The first is the child of Robert and Lillie Miller, my great grandparents. In the 1900 United States Federal Census, Robert and Lillie had a son named Aria, born Dec. 1898 and was one year old at the time of the enumeration of the 1900 census. The census also listed that Lillie had two children born but only one living on the enumerated date of the 4th of June, 1900.
In the 1910 United States Federal Census, Robert and Lilly enumerated seven children. The census list Lilly with eight children born and seven living at the time of the enumeration. The oldest child listed is George. George’s World War II draft registration card list his birth as December 1899. If he was born in 1899, this should have recorded his name in the 1900 census with his parents. So, I am unsure if there was an Aria or was there an Aria George.
The following two children’s parents were Robert and Martha Ella Barbee, my great-great-grandparents. The information came from an answer in Robert’s Civil War Pension packet. The children are Charly Rusty (1883-1884) and Hester (1889-1890).