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Combined with Branham's childhood stories was a claim that his father died at a very early age. According to Branham, after the death of his father, he was not able to finish grade school. Everything from his poor grammar to his childhood poverty was blamed upon the death of his father, forcing a young Branham to enter the wilderness to provide for his siblings. It was this death and these wilderness experiences that enabled the supernatural. According to Branham, he met God in burning bushes, whirlwinds in trees, and more. In most accounts, Branham describes God telling him "not to drink, smoke, or defile your body in any way, because there would be a work for you to do later."
But when you consider the fact that Branham's father, Charles, did not die until after William was a Pentecostal minister, these supernatural experiences are placed into question.
Because William Branham was also untruthful about his own birthdate, we cannot have an exact age for “young William” who “supported his widowed mother and siblings” – but the date of his father’s death places his age at between 27 and 29 years old. Branham was married to Hope at the time, and had two children. They were living in Jeffersonville, and he was working one of three jobs depending upon which life story Branham told. To say that his grammar skills were the fault of his drinking father is nothing less than a slap to his father’s face. If he did not receive an education as a man who is almost thirty, it is no fault but his own.
Both the newspaper and the death certificate clearly state that Branham’s father died as the result of a ten-month illness. His father did not “drink himself to death” according to Dr. Sam Adair, one of Branham’s closest friends. Charles died of rheumatic heart disease that progressively worsened until the last ten months of his life.
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