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Did William Branham's Mother and Father Travel In A Circus

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Did William Branham's Mother and Father Travel In A Circus:

Often in our examination of William Branham's life stories, we find contradictions between what he claims and what history records. In most cases, where we find Branham to be untruthful, we also find him to be in denial.

For example, when William Branham was trying to explain how he possibly could not have known of the nationally-recognized Congressman William D. Upshaw, Branham claimed that his father died before he finished grade school. Yet history records Branham preaching his father's funeral, and we find Branham's own life stories admitting that his father died immediately prior to the 1937 flood. The only plausible answer? He was familiar with William D. Upshaw, and was lying to cover the fact.

Interestingly, we find another situation where William Branham was untruthful. Also interestingly, it is related to the false stories about his early years. While Branham led many to believe that he grew up in the hills of Kentucky, or at minimum in the wilderness, Branham grew up in one of the larger cities of the United States for the time. Yet Branham claimed that his family had never seen an automobile before he purchased his:

A certain Baptist church that my little family went to, the other day, and they had been down at the meeting in Tucson. The pastor got up, not knowing that the boy that goes with my daughter is a member there. And he said, "You know, I just learned, Brother Branham's father and mother travel in a—in a circus. And said, "They were magicians, and that's a little trick that he does." See? I guess it was a trick that heals the sick? I doubt whether my father and mother ever seen a circus. They never seen an automobile till I had one. See? They never knowed nothing about it.
Branham, 64-0206B - Paradox

As it turns out, Jeffersonville held a national record. In 1916, the Santa Cruz (California, October 13) Evening News published a story about the city of Jeffersonville, Indiana. In the article, it mentions Ed J. Howard, heir to the Howard Shipyards in Indiana, as having owned the oldest automobile in the nation!

From the article:
The award of the "Light Twelve" automobile, offered by The Haynes Automobile company, to the owner of the oldest car in America, goes to Ed J. Howard, Jeffersonville Indiana. Mr. Howard has an old gear-driven Haynes which he purchased at the factory in the summer of 1897. Since that time the dcar has been in his possession. After a nineteen year period of service in the hills of the Ohio valley, the car is in running condition today.
- Santa Cruz Evening News, Friday Oct 13, 1916

Jeffersonville, in fact, had several automobiles, tire companies, and service stations prior to William Branham's first purchase of a (brand new) automobile. Many old photographs of Jeffersonville Indiana capture the automobiles, and Branham himself claimed that his father was a chauffer for Mr. Wathen of the R. E. Wathen distilleries!

The next appearing that I knew of It, I was about seven years old. I'd entered school. In them days the kiddies didn't go to school till they was about seven. I'd just entered school, and I loved fishing, and I wanted to go fishing. And I went out in the back of the pond, the old ice pond, dad worked for a millionaire then as a chauffeur. And I was… And my father did which was wrong. These are the things I do not like to say, but, brother, sister, when they're truth, no matter if it's against me or for me, I must tell the truth.
Branham, 52-0713A - Early Spiritual Experiences

There is a digital collection of Jeffersonville historical photographs in the Jeffersonville Library, many of which are available online:

Was William Branham being untruthful to cover this up? Was he also untruthful in his claim that his family were not circus roadies?

... or was the story much, much deeper? Was the Branham family involved with criminal activity in the R. E. Wathen liquor distilleries?