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Does The Branham Circus Act Lead To Roy E. Davis (Part 2)

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Does The Branham Circus Act Lead To Roy E. Davis (Part 2):

Yesterday, we published our research on Jeffersonville history as it compares to claims by William Branham in his many life stories. While presenting the huckleberry-finn-lifestyle of a young boy in Kentucky, William Branham was raised in Jeffersonville Indiana from age three. The problem? He claimed that his mother and father had never seen an automobile until he purchased his first brand-new one.

"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 we pointed out, there are a few issues with this claim. Branham also claimed that his father was a driver for the Mr. Wathen of the R. E. Wathen Liquor Distilleries when he was just a child. Jeffersonville was a booming river town, filed with automobiles. And as it turned out, one resident of Jeffersonville held the record for the oldest automobile in the nation!

Immediately, we recognized the pattern in William Branham's untruthful statements. Similar to how William Branham was untruthful about his father's death in an attempt to mask his knowledge of William D. Upshaw in Roy E. Davis' Ku Klux Klan strategy, Branham made a false claim to hide the real truth. He claimed that his parents had never seen an automobile until the early 1930's, while claiming they were NOT part of a traveling circus act. We asked the question: Did William Branham's Mother and Father Travel In A Circus?

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After publishing the question, we started receiving feedback. Some could see the similarities between a traveling stage act and Branham's "stage persona." One person said, "According to the way Alfred Pohl, Ern Baxter, and Jim Watt, Branham's stage act turned out to be a lot like a circus! (Referring to their testimonies,

But the most interesting feedback came from a former "Message" cult member. This person remembered Branham describing his father traveling in "shows." Were these "shows" Branham referred to a "circus?"

We did a quick search, and it turns out this statement is mentioned on recored sermon. Here are a couple of examples:


And just remind me of… My father was a rider. And he was a very good shot. HE USED TO FOLLOW SHOWS. And he'd take guns, and he was one of the best shots I believe I ever seen. He'd take those great big marbles, and roll one of them out like that, and when it stopped rolling, he'd have two guns. And he'd take one gun and shoot and knock the marble up in the air and burst it with the other gun before it hit the ground.
Branham, 51-0729A - The Resurrection Of Lazarus

And so we were talking, and I was thinking when I was a little lad that's what I liked. I liked… My father was a—was a rider, and he was a good rider. He used to go out, and he was a shot. Oh, my, what a shot with a revolver. He'd take these great big stone marbles, and roll them out like that, and have two guns, and shoot one, and would knock the marble in the air, and burst the marble with the other gun before it hit the ground.
Branham, 53-1205 - The Resurrection


Interestingly, this ties to another piece of Branham's life story that we have not yet published, one that might answer the question: What brought Roy E. Davis to the casino town of Jeffersonville, Indiana? Did Davis know the Branham family prior to his criminal activity in Louisville and Jeffersonville?

In one statement by William Branham, he describes his mother and father moving from Oklahoma into Texas. Those of you familiar with our study of Roy E. Davis, Imperial Grand Dragon of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, are aware of Davis' trail of criminal activity that leads through Oklahoma and Texas. Davis was well-travelled, living by the rails as a grifter and visiting several cities in the South. Before joining with William Joseph Simmons and William D. Upshaw to revive the Ku Klux Klan in 1915, Davis frequented Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.

Here is the quote:

It reminds me of when I was at home. My father used to break bronco horses. He was borned in the state of Kentucky. My mother's from Oklahoma, and moved down into Texas, just above Paris. And my dad went west to breaking horses. And he was a quite a rider, and a very fine shot, and, with a gun.
Branham, 50-0716 - Believest Thou This?

Was Charles Branham connected to Roy E. Davis prior to Davis coming to Jeffersonville? When he was fleeing criminal conviction for swindling and underaged sex in Tennessee, did Davis hide with the Branham family?

Does the Branham family circus act lead straight back to Roy E Davis, official spokesperson, founding member, and Imperial Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan?

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More information on the connection between William Branham and Roy E. Davis can be found in "Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis": - See more at: