Brandon in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brandon Family Cemetery
The earliest marked grave, dated 1857, was that of Susan Carson, mother of Martha Carson Brandon. Traveling by wagon train, John Brandon, his wife Martha (cousin of Kit Carson) and six sons left Mississippi and arrived at Fort Brooke (Tampa) in 1857. John acquired land in what now is Brandon. They worked the land until tragedy struck when John's beloved Martha died in 1867. John moved away and in 1868 married Victoria Varn, a widow with two children.
In 1874 they moved back to New Hope (Brandon) and established their homestead. John helped start the first school, donated land for a church and the New Hope Cemetery. John Brandon died in 1886 and was buried in this cemetery. The Brandon name is carried on proudly by the descendents of John, many of whom reside locally.
Erected 1990 by the Brandon family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 27° 56.278′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brandon FL 33510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brandon Masonic Lodge No. 114, F. & A.M. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brandon Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Brandon School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Limona (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Barbary Wars 1801-1829 (approx. 5.6 miles away); Boxer Rebellion 1898-1901 (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Philippine-American War 1899 - 1913 (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandon.
More about this marker. The marker is capped with a logo created for the ceremonies marking Brandon's Centennial in 1990.
Regarding Brandon Family Cemetery. The small cemetery contains 75 graves and a Confederate memorial flagpole.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 934 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.