Branham, James L.(born: 1859 - died: 1922)
James L. Branham was a former slave who after gaining his freedom became a first class horse shoer and blacksmith in Chicago, IL. With his move to Chicago, Branham worked wherever he could, and around 1883 he opened his own business and employed three journeymen and a wagon maker, according to the article "Chicago Doings: a great summer resort, social and personal news," New York Globe, 08/02/1884, p.4, 5th paragraph. "He has the major part of the work at the different race courses." James and Alice Branham lived at 3330 Calmnet Avenue in Chicago. James L. Branham was born in Newcastle, KY in 1859 and he died in Chicago on August 12, 1922 [source: Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947]. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago. He was the son of Leroy Branham and Emily Smith Branham.