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David H Branch my great-great grandfather(David on the Mayflower 1767 Petersberg, Virginia My father told me, his father told him, his father's mother told him,

My relative sailed to America on the Mayflower. His name Richard Wilder. I was told this by my father. He said his father told him(Beverly D. Wilder) from Boston, Mass graduated from grammer school in Boston in 18--. He was born in New York 1845. His mother Lelia David Branch told him about Richard Wilder. I did learn that he died about 6 or 7 months after arriving in America. He was a man-servant. The only thing I can think is that there must have been more Wilders that migrated to America after Richard arrived. Ialso bear the sir name of Sturdivant. I do not know much about the people. You see my grandmother Lelia ( a white woman) married Adam Wilder(a mulatto) from Virginia and after that her family (Branch) did not have much to do with them. They lived in Saratoga Springs New York and I have the family Bible and a few photos. The stamp on the back of the photos name a studio in Petersberg Virginia

On my mother's side I know that my great great grandfather John Bell fought in the Civil War. He used to get a small pension check after the war. I used that data to get a copy of his muster in paperwork. He and his brother Frank Bell migrated to Indiana from North Carolina with their parents(father Henry Bell) in a covered wagon. They were half American Indian and half Irish. My grandmother's mother was a mix of French, American Indian and African. Her husband(Fauver) sold his part of a plantation he and a relative owned giving him the rights to my grandmother. After this he gave her her free papers, married her and migrated north to Illinois.

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