Museum the New Llano Colony

Sarah Brannon

Birth: She was born around 1856 in Indiana.  

Family Information: Wife of Charles Brannon.

Mother of Dick and Ross Brannon.  

Description: She was a native of California.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 and 1905 she was living with her husband and three children in Kansas. In 1910 she still lived in Kansas with her husband and two sons while she worked as a dressmaker at home.

In 1915 she, her husband, and older son, Ross, remained in Kansas, but by 1920 they had moved to Colorado where Charles worked as a farmer and Ross as a farm laborer.

She came to the colony with her family around 1928.

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was living in a colony home with her husband and son, Ross. 

Job in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as a dressmaker in the colony.  

Other Info: In July 1930 she visited the Rice Ranch along with Mrs. R.W. Banta, Sextus Garrett, Ernest Kimball, George and Bee Jensen, Laura Synoground, Royall Thompson, Lois Thompson and Hope Shoemaker.

In 1932 she, along with many other colonists, signed a protest against colonists E.G. Webb and Walter Groth remaining in the colony "to save them".

In 1933 Ida Ann Bartlett began a series of "musical treats" for the elderly shut-ins of the colony featuring music from her Victrola. The first afternoon she visited the home of the Brannons. In the party were: Ross Brannon, Mrs. Banta, Mrs. Collins, Mother Pickett, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Condon and Mr. Bartlett.

In 1934 she and Charles were visited by their daughter, Jessie Maher.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) with her son, Ross.  

Death: She died at her home in 1940 and was buried in the O'Banion Cemetery at New Llano, Louisiana. The Rev. H. Hempel of the First Christian Church presided.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1930, 1930, 1940; Kansas State Census: 1905, 1915; "Llano Colonist": July 19, 1930, August 6, 1932, May 20, 1933, May 12, 1934; "Leesville Leader": December 26, 1940;  


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