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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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M. NEWTON BRANIN, a progressive and prosperous business man of Moreland, residing at Huntingdon Valley, where he is engaged in the meat and provision line, is a native of that township. He was born near Willow Grove, July 11, 1869, the son of Mark and Catherine (Murphy) Branin. His father was a descendant of an old New Jersey family. The mother was a native of Philadelphia.

Mark Branin (father) was born in Burlington county, New Jersey, September 18, 1811. He is a son of Abijah Branin. When he was eleven years of age his parents removed to Camden, New Jersey. Thence he went to Abington township, in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, next to Germantown, later to near Jenkintown, and thence to a farm near Morgan’s Mill. He next purchased a farm in Huntingdon Valley, and there spent the remainder of his life. He died September 18, 1900. His wife is also deceased, having died November 8, 1879, aged fifty-three years and nine months. Their children were: Mary, born December 2, 1842, wife of David Fisher, and their children now surviving are Emma, Albert, Edwin, Howard, Julia, and Mamie; and M. Newton, subject of this sketch.

M. Newton Branin was educated in the Huntingdon Valley public school. After leaving school he worked at the painting trade for a short time, but since 1886 has been engaged in his present occupation. He married, in Philadelphia, in October, 1900, Elizabeth Laymond, born January I, 1870. The couple have one child, Newton Laymond, born July 3, 1901.

Mr. Branin is a member of Eagle Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In politics he is a Republican. His parents in ‘their religious affiliations inclined to the Society of Friends.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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