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NOTE: These records are for research purposes only, and are available in government facilities, libraries, and online research utilities. We are not experts in criminal, title, or tax law. All commentary given is our opinion, which is subject to change as we better understand the details and become better informed in the law.

List of Corrections:

1. Document 6076 was an adjustment to the property lines.
2. William Branham Evangelistic Association of Arizona is a Nonprofit Organization. We are unable to find any 990s.
3. Melvin Branham's first remarriage was after the death of his first wife.
4. Melvin's second marriage (to Charlotte Brumback) was performed by a Rev R.C. Dillman, William Branham performed his third.
5. Updated Ashley-Ayers Evangelistic Association with the official Articles of Incorporation from the Texas Secretary of State
6. Gary Silletto was the executor, not the grantor.
7. Changed all "Brumback" spelling from "Brumbach." Apparently, there was an attempt to hide Branham's connection to Charles Brumback.
Local Archives At The Jeffersonville Public Library
Voice of God Recordings allegedly claims that no newspaper articles exist for Branham's baptizing 500 people when a "mysterious light" appeared. Branham claimed that this article was printed in local, state, national, and international news. This is a photograph of the archives at the Jeffersonville Public Library, which is within twenty minutes driving time to Voice of God Recordings. As you can see, the archives do exist.
1907 - William Branham Born - United States Census (1910)
Information given by Branham's parents to the census officials on April 21, 1910 declared William Branham (going by Willie) as age 3 at the time of his last birthdate. This places Branham's birthdate at 1907.
1907 - William Branham Born - United States Census (1920)
Information given by Branham's parents to the census officials on January 20, 1920 declared William Branham as age 12 at the time of his last birthdate. Since his birthdate is not until April, this places Branham's birthdate at 1907.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w44kxweq_AU
1908 - William Branham Born - Hope and William Branham Marriage License
Note that this government document, filled out by William Branham, lists his birthdate as April 8, 1908. This date conflicts with his "life story" in which he claims that he was born under a 1909 planetary alignment.
1909 - William Branham Born - Meda and William Branham marriage license
Note that in this marriage certificate, Branham changes April the "8" to a "6" and the birth year "1908" to a "1909"
1912 - Melvin Branham Born
Note that Branham's younger sibling was born in Charlestown, Indiana while Branham claimed that all nine of his siblings were raised in a log cabin in Kentucky. Branham would have been three years old according to the alleged 1909 birth year. Also note that this birth certificate validates the 1920 census.
1914 - Edgar Branham Born
Note that Branham's younger sibling was born in Indiana while Branham claimed that all nine of his siblings were raised in a log cabin in Kentucky. Also note that this birth certificate validates the 1920 census.
1916 - Jesse Branham Born
Note that Branham's younger sibling was born in Indiana while Branham claimed that all nine of his siblings were raised in a log cabin in Kentucky. Also note that this birth certificate validates the 1920 census.
1909 - William Branham Born - 1940 Census
Note that Branham is listed under Charles head of household, and Charles is reporting a change in age from prior census reports.
Plat Map of the Church Grounds
This is layout of city blocks with Lot numbers for the Branham Tabernacle.
1919 - Charles Branham Jr. Born
Note that his age confirms the 1920 Census age.
1924 - William Branham Shoots Himself
Note that his age confirms the 1920 Census age. (The Courier Journal Friday, March 21, 1924)
1928 Edward Winford Branham (Humpy) Kills A Man
Note that "Edward's" age on the 1928 newspaper article confirms the 1920 Census confirming William Branham's 1907 birthdate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8tEyLGJDFU
1929 Edward Winford Branham Death Certificate
1929 Edward Winford Branham (Humpy) Dies
Note that "Edward's" age on the 1929 newspaper article confirms the 1920 Census confirming William Branham's 1907 birthdate.
1929 Charles Broy Arrested
William Branham's father-in-law to be was arrested on intoxicating liquor charges
1930 Roy Davis Purchases Building For His Church
Roy E. Davis, Henry Steedley, Clarence E. Myers, and William Adler, Trustees of Roy Davis' church, purchase the building from the First Church of the Nazarine Church in Jeffersonville, IN.
1931 Charles Brumback Divorces
Note that William Branham described visiting Charles and Mrs. Scott (Hazel) to ask for Hope's hand in marriage
1934 Roy E. Davis Sr. Sues For The Estate of Laura Belle Eaken.
Roy E. Davis sues a large number of Jeffersonvillians for the estate of Laura Belle Eaken.
1934 Roy E. Davis Sr. Sells Church To Roy Davis Jr.
Note that Branham claimed Davis' church burned to the ground and Davis Sr. went to Texas prior to William Branham starting a church, yet claims to have buried "prophecies" in the cornerstone of the Branham Tabernacle in 1932.
1935 - Charles Branham Jr Dies
Note that Charles Branham Jr. did not die after Charles Sr. as Branham claimed in his life story.
1936 - The Original Deed To The Tabernacle
Note that this is neither the "Missionary Baptist" or "Branham Tabernacle" as William Branham claimed. Nor was it in 1933 as the legend states. This is a 1936 deed to the Billie Branham Pentecostal Tabernacle
1936 - Charles Branham Dies
Note that Charles Branham did not die while Branham was a grade-school child as he claimed in his sermons. "Life story" in a "log cabin in Kentucky" caring for siblings would have been a 27-year-old William taking care of Melvin (26), Edgar (23), Jesse (19), and Charles Jr. (17).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkRkK5LS2yI
1936 - Melvin Branham's Second Marriage
Melvin Branham marries Charlotte Brumback, Hope Brumback's sister. This is Melvin's second marriage after the death of his first wife.
1937 - Presbyterian Church Miracle
A miracle happens at a Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville. Note that William Branham claims this event happened at the Branham Tabernacle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjp33dLEez8
1937 - Hope Branham Dies
Note that she died five months after the 1937 flood receded from a disease that she contracted a year before the flood ever began.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OswI9I1Qs1o
1937 - Hope Branham Obituary
Note that Hope was part of William Branham's Pentecostal Tabernacle, contrary to William Branham's life story and the reason why Branham claimed that God killed her.

https://youtu.be/S681IW2En0w
1937 - Sharon Rose Branham Dies
Note that the death was reported in the Clark Memorial Hospital, not with her mother at home. Also note that she died five months after the 1937 flood receded.

https://youtu.be/EqTIGxXykxo
Jeffersonville City Directory
City directory confirming Branham's address on Graham street in Hope's death certificate. Note that he is listed as the pastor of the "Pentecostal Tabernacle" while Hope was still alive, contrary to his reason why God killed her.
1938 - William Branham performs Jesse Branham's Second Marriage After Divorce
Jesse Branham marries Agnes Gullett. It was the second marriage for both Jesse and Agnes. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1939 - Jesse Branham divorces Agnes
Agnes and an infant divorce Jesse Branham. Note that Jesse did not show for court multiple times.
1941 - William Branham performs Jesse Branham's Third Marriage After Divorce
Jesse Branham marries Mary Merryman. Notice that on his first and his third marriage, Jessy claims to have been married only once prior. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1942 - William Branham performs Rudolph Broy's first marriage
Rudolph Broy was later remarried by William Branham. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1945 - Melvin Branham divorces Charlotte
Note that this petition was to modify a court order, and that petition was denied.
1945 - William Branham performs Melvin Branham's Third Marriage After Divorce
Melvin Branham marries Catherine Hendricks. Notice that Melvin also named his child "Sherin Rose," but with a different spelling that Branham's first daughter. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1946 - William Branham performs Henry Branham's Second Marriage After Divorce
Henry Branham marries Leslie Davis. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1946 - Rudolph Broy Divorces
Rudolph Broy divorces Doris. Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1946 - William Branham performs Rudolph Broy's Second Marriage After Divorce
Rudolph Broy marries . Branham preached very harshly against divorce and remarriage.
1952 - Kipperman and Ayers Involved In Forgery And Counterfeit
James Ayers and Theodore Kipperman, who Branham praised for their "authentic" photograph in the Houston Coliseum, were involved in forgery and counterfeit as early as 1952.
1953 - William Branham deeds the south half of lot 15 to the Branham Tabernacle
Note that this was the same lot Joseph and Billy Paul Branham later deeded to an Arizona corporation and then to Voice of God Recordings.
1953 - Billy Paul's first marriage
Billy Paul Branham weds Ollie May Christopher. Notice that William Branham consented to the marriage, the first wife was eighteen years old -- not a "little kid in common school," and that Billy Paul's occupation is "minister." But most importantly, notice that Billy Paul Branham's birth year is listed as 1934 -- not 1935. He did not turn eighteen until September, and the marriage certificate was in August of 1953.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWB5XEr9Wss
1953 - Billy Paul's divorce
Ollie May Christiopher files for divorce from Billy Paul over thirty days after the marriage. A restraining order was issued on September 28, and a court trial in December declared the marriage null and void.
1956 - Billy Paul's second marriage
Billy Paul Branham marries Leila Lynn Cunliffe. "Leila Lynn" appears to have changed her name to "Leila Loyce." Note that Billy Paul states the first marriage was ended due to "divorce annul." Also note that Leila's age was 17, which required her parent's consent. It is unknown why Billy Paul's parent consent was necessary. Was it because of his name changing to "Braham?"
1957 - Howard Branham dies
Howard Braham dies of rheumatic heart disease, a result of rheumatic fever. Note that William Branham claimed to have healed him of rheumatic fever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcJjLz7FS5U
1957 - Howard Branham tombstone applicartion
Howard Braham dies of rheumatic heart disease, a result of rheumatic fever. Note that William Branham claimed to have healed him of rheumatic fever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcJjLz7FS5U
1958 - National States Rights Party Formed
Note that the mailing address was Post Office 261, Jeffersonville, Indiana, and was closely affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. Its formation was based on the premise of "being opposed to all 'race mixing organizations and individuals'," which was aligned with William Branham's religious platform.
1958 - Oak Cliff White Citizen's Council Investigated
Roy E. Davis was under investigation for his position of president of the Oak Cliff White Citizens Council and their white supremacist agenda. Davis said that he "would rather die or be put in prison than allow Negro children to be integrated with white children in the Dallas white schools.
1958 - FBI Investigation Of Roy E. Davis For The Central High School Desegregation Melee.
Roy E. Davis was under investigation for the Central High School desegregation melee.
1962 - FBI Investigation of Roy E. Davis For The JFK assassination
Roy E. Davis was under investigation the assassination of president John F. Kennedy.
1962 - Transvestite And Prostitute Convicted of Murder
Leslie Douglas Ashley and Caroline Lima are convicted of murder during a three-party sexual orgy. Ashley, son of Ayers and relative of Kipperman, was sentenced to death in Houston, TX. Ayers convinced William Branham to petition for his release. William Branham left before his hunting trip to Houston Texas to try and stay the execution.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnfJd0jJwVo
1963 - Transvestite Murderer Appeals Conviction
The homosexual transvestite murderer William Branham helped in Houston Texas appeals his sentence.
1963 - Birmingham Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing
Note that the mailing address for National States Rights Party was Post Office 261, Jeffersonville, Indiana, and was comprised of members of the Ku Klux Klan. It's newsletter "Thunderbolt" was printed from Jeffersonville, and its formation was based on the premise of "being opposed to all 'race mixing organizations and individuals'," which was aligned with William Branham's religious platform. Note: The Birmingham bombing occurred 9/15/1963, and there are no recordings of William Branham in the "Table" from 9/1/63 (Jeffersonville) to 10/28/63 (Tucson)
1963 - FBI Investigation of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Full investigation of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which was founded in the state of Louisiana under the alias of the Louisiana Rifle Assocation. Roy E. Davis was the Imperial Grand Dragon for this branch of the Klan.
1963 - Secret Service Investigation of Roy E. Davis for the Kennedy Assassination
Roy E. Davis was under investigation for his connection to the Kennedy Assassination due to his publications of white supremacy newsletters. For a period of time he was allegedly borrowing the printing the printing presses from the National States Rights Party (mentioned above).
1963 - Arizona Game & Fish Department Javelina Hunt Regulations
Javelina hunting regulations for 1963 confirm hunting season to be between March 1 and 10. Note that William Branham claimed to have been hunting javelina in Arizona while standing underneath a "mysterious cloud" over northern Arizona March 28, 1963.
1964 - Ashley-Ayers Evangelistic Association Is Formed
Leslie Douglas Ashley and his stepfather create the Ashley-Ayers Evangelistic Assocation. According to later magazine articles, Ashley convinced a Jury that he thought he was the return of "Elijah The Prophet."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYO60akrdaQ
1965 - United States vs. Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Shortly before William Branham's death, the Federal Governemnt was preparing litigation against the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis worked so hard in Shreveport, LA to promote. Branham contually promoted Roy E. Davis as his mentor, teacher, and "spirit filled" man throughout his ministry until 1965.
1967 - Present-Day Ku Klux Klan Movement
Roy E. Davis, William Branham's mentor, was deeply involved with the Ku Klux Klan.
1969 - Spoken Word Publications is formed.
The business opened by Floyd Patterson, Roy Roberson, and Roy Borders created an organization "Spoken Word Publications" to distribute Branham's materials.
1971 - Willie Nash deeds Lot 32 to the Branham Tabernacle
At the time of this deed, Roy Roberson, Billy Paul Branham, and Fred Sothmann were trustees.
1973 - Restoration Ministries (Believers, Intl) is opened
George Smith (Branham's Son-in-Law), Earl Martin, Joseph Coleman, David Botazzi, Jim Wolfe, William Palmer, And David Mamalias open "Restoration Ministries, which would later become "Believers International."
1981 - Leora Same deeds Lot 32 to the Branham Tabernacle
Plat map of the Ewing Lane Properties Owned By The Church
This is the street block and lot layout for the Ewing Lane properties owned by the church.
1982 Estate Settled Regarding Ewing Lane
After the death of Meda Branham, the estate was settled.
1982 Official List Of Trustees Listed With Courthouse
Joseph Branham, Billy Paul Branham, and Roy Roberson are listed as official trustees at the courthouse. Note that this is the only document found that declares the names of trustees. Also note that Roy Roberson is no longer alive. But most of all, note that on this 1971 document, William Branham was listed as the "pastor." William Branham died in 1965.
1982 Joseph Branham's Sisters deed property on Ewing Lane to Joseph
1982 - In Walter Shuman's estate, Lot 31 was turned over to the Branham Tabernacle
In the death of Walter Shuman, a portion of Lot 31 was turned over to the Branham Tabernacle. Gary Silletto was the executor of the estate.
1984 - Voice of God Recordings Is Formed
Joseph Branham, Billy Paul Branham, Floyd Patterson, and Paul Brewer form Voice of God Recordings
1984 - Billy Paul and Joseph Branham Deed a portion of the Branham Tabernacle property to William Branham Evangelistic Association
Notice that the property was deeded to the WBEA of Arizona, a corporation. It was NOT deeded to the WBEA of Indiana, a non-profit organization. at the time of transfer. Also note that the three signatures are the persons on the list of trustees documented with the courthouse.
1984 - Ordinary People International Is Created - With Kenneth Hagan and T. L. Osborn
The Branhams, Larry Ervin, Floyd Patterson, Fred Sothmann, T. L. Osborn, and Kenneth Hagan create a joint organization to broadcast the ministries of WBEA, VOGR, Spoken Word, Osborn Ministries, Kenneth Hagan Ministries, Larry Erwin Ministries, and local, state, national, and international news.
1984 - Ordinary People National Is Created - With Kenneth Hagan and T. L. Osborn
Two companies created the same day, one named "national," one named "International. The Branhams, Larry Ervin, Floyd Patterson, Fred Sothmann, T. L. Osborn, and Kenneth Hagan create a joint organization to broadcast the ministries of WBEA, VOGR, Spoken Word, Osborn Ministries, Kenneth Hagan Ministries, Larry Erwin Ministries, and local, state, national, and international news.
1987 - Certificate of Authority for Ordinary People International is Revoked for Failure To Comply
After failure to comply with government regulations to file annual report of earnings, the certificate of authority for Ordinary People is revoked by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
1987 - Certificate of Authority for Ordinary People National is Revoked for Failure To Comply
After failure to comply with government regulations to file annual report of earnings, the certificate of authority for Ordinary People is revoked by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
1988 - Restoration Ministries changes its name to "Believers International"
The business opened by George Smith (Branham's Son-in-Law), Earl Martin, Joseph Coleman, David Botazzi, Jim Wolfe, William Palmer, And David Mamalias changes its name to "Believers International."
1989 - Spoken Word Publications is dissolved.
The business opened by Floyd Patterson, Roy Roberson, and Roy Borders is dissolved.
1997 - Betty Phillips Added To "Believers International"
The registered agent for Believers International changes from Charles (Chuck) Rinkle to Betty Phillips, daughter of Willard Collins who was pastor of Branham's Tabernacle at that time.
2001 - Voice of God Recordings Seeks To Trademark "The Message"
2002 - Billy Paul (Signed as William Paul Branham) deeds Lot 15 to Voice of God Recordings.
To my knowledge, the church took no vote on the exchange of property at the time of transfer.
2003 - Pearry Green Sues Voice of God Recordings
2003 - Donny Reagan, Tim Pruitt, Barry Coffey, and Paul LaFontaine oppose Voice of God Recordings Trademark
2003 - Extension Filed, Bible Believers Challenge Voice of God Recordings Trademark "The Message"
2003 - Eddie Mata deeds Lot 29, 30, and 31 to the Branham Tabernacle.
2004 - Extension of Time Filed For Trademark Suit, Pearry Green, Lonnie Jenkins, and Dan Daisley Join Opposition
2004 - Voice of God Recordings Abandons Trademark Claim All parties come to agreement through settlement or forfeit of claim.
2005 Sheriff's Deed for $99,000.00, Tax Records To Billy Paul
David and Michelle Branham are defendants. Sheriff executed the order to give Billy Paul Branham $99,000.00. Tax records are to be sent to the church parsonage of 812 Beechwood. Was this paid off using tithe?
2007 - Herschel Briscoe deeds Lot 27, 28, and 29 to the Branham Tabernacle.
2007 - Ernest Lunsford deeds Lot 11 and 12 to the Branham Tabernacle.
2008 - Leo Mercier and Wiliam Branham Named In Murder Case
Court opinion listed for docket S045060 in the California Supreme Court name Leo Mercier, affiliated with the tabernacle through managing William Branham's tape recordings, and name William Branham the church's founder. Allegations include sexual abuse by Mercier.
2008 - William Branham Evangelistic Association Assets Exceed $3,000,000
The annual report for William Branham Evangelistic Association shows assets exceeding $3,000,000. This is the last amount we find reported with the State of Arizona Corporation Commmision. Note that Fred Sothmann is listed as a stakeholder. Also of interest is that this is the same year Leo Mercier and William Branham were named in the California Supreme Court
2009 - Scott County Hearing on Still Waters Zoning
Locals were skeptical of Voice of God Recordings private resort now named Still Waters Camp (https://stillwaterscamp.org), and held an unusually long appeal in the zoning process. VOGR assured the board that "At most, [they] anticipated between 50 and 75 participants with adult chaperons coming to the lake for day outings on weekends three to five times a year," and that a small pole barn and small chapel would be erected.
2010 - Voice of God Recordings Named in Fraud Case
In court dockets 24498-07 and 24510-07 filed against Wayne Evans and Madelyn Evans, Voice of God Recordings is named as a recipient for money collected through criminal activity. Note that in June, 2000, Voice of God Recordings settled out of the case.
2010 - Joseph Coleman Named in Ponzi Scheme
Unsealed FBI documents list Joseph Coleman (son of Joseph Coleman in business with George Smith who is Branham's Son-in-Law) as creating a Ponzi Scheme that resulted in investor losses of approximately $10 Million. Those investors include investments from cult followers.
2010 - Believers International Is Dissolved
After Joseph Coleman's son pleads guilty to creating a Ponzi Scheme, Believers International closes its doors. (No document available through Indiana Secretary of State).
2011 - Believers International Reopens
Believers International reopens for business.
2011 - Voice of God Recordings Reports $100,000,000 In Assets
In the tax return filed by Voice of God Recordings for the 2010 calendar year, Voice of God Recordings declares a $100,000,000 increase in assets.
2012 - Voice of God Recordings Purchases Nolan Fieldhouse And Equipment
Voice of God Recordings purchases a local fieldhouse for an estimated $2,000,000.
2012 - Jehovah Jireh Foundation Is Formed and $100,003,469 in Revenue
Note that the primary purpose of this "nonprofit" is "TO SUPPORT, EXPAND, AND ENHANCE THE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS OF VOICE OF GOD RECORDINGS, INC." Also note that the primary address is "5911 CHARLESTOWN PIKE," the primary address for Voice of God Recordings
2012 - Voice of God Recordings Reports $12,703,173 In Assets
Voice of God Recordings reports $12,703,173 for the 2012 calendar year.
2013 - VOGR Property Valued At $8,061,300
Note that the property sits on land in Utica Township.
2013 - Voice of God Recordings Reports $16,681,793 In Assets
Voice of God Recordings reports $16,681,793 for the 2013 calendar year.
2013 - Jehovah Jireh Foundation Reports $99,005,832 In Assets
Jehovah Jireh Foundation Reports $99,005,832 in assets for the 2013 calendar year.
2014 - Jehovah Jireh Foundation Reports $82,148,971 in Assets
Note that the primary purpose of this "nonprofit" is "TO SUPPORT, EXPAND, AND ENHANCE THE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS OF VOICE OF GOD RECORDINGS, INC." Also note that the primary address changed to a PO Box.
2014 - Voice of God Recordings Reports $30,216,411 In Assets
Voice of God Recordings reports $30,216,411 for the 2014 calendar year.
2015 - Billy Paul Deeds A Portion of Ewing Lane to Voice of God Recordings
Around the time of the church split, Billy Paul deeded a portion of land behind Joseph Branham's Ewing Lane property (also declared as a parsonage, see below). To my knowledge, the church did not vote on this exchange prior to its execution, and not all of the elders of the church were aware of the transfer. For that matter, not all of the elders were aware of the multiple properties owned by the "Trustees of the Branham Tabernacle."
2015 - William Branham Evangelistic Association Annual Report
Around the time of the church split, Billy Paul hand-wrote a change of address for WBEA Arizona from the Branham Tabernacle to "CO CT CORPORATION SYSTEM, 3800 N CENTRAL AVE SUITE 460 PHOENIX, AZ 85012" in the annual report Listed Mike Eploin, Joseph Branham, Paul Branham, Jeremy Evans as stakeholders for the corporation.
2015 - Valuation Record of the Branham Tabernacle Main Property
This is the valuation report of the main church property on Lot 16.
2015 - Valuation Record of the Branham Tabernacle Sub Lot 11
This is the valuation report of Lot 11 of the church grounds
2015 - Valuation Record of the Branham Tabernacle Sub Lot 28
This is the valuation report of Lot 28 of the church grounds
2015 - Valuation Record of the Branham Tabernacle Sub Lot 30
This is the valuation report of Lot 30 of the church grounds
2015 - Valuation Record of the Branham Tabernacle Sub Lot 32
This is the valuation report of Lot 32 of the church grounds
2015 - Valuation Record of Billy Paul's House
This is the valuation report of Billy Paul's Branham's house, filed under property class 685 as a parsonage. Note: Billy Paul Branham has never (to my knowledge) held office as a pastor. His main function at the church (from my understanding) was to do the accounting and make decisions as head of the Trustees.
2015 - Valuation Record of Joseph Branham's House
This is the valuation report of Joseph Branham's house, filed under property class 685 as a parsonage. Note: As of Sept 10 2015 Joseph Branham has never (to my knowledge) held office as a pastor.


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