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We are in the process of uploading more of our research material to our servers. Of interest to former members of the "Message" cult following of William Branham is the newspaper articles relating to Frank Broy. Will this information once again change cult doctrine?

Frank made national fame after helping rescue a lost "post office" from the Ohio River. On April 2, 1904, Frank Broy, his uncle Wirt, Samuel Woods, and Charles Lenz helped capture the Big Sandy ferry dock washed away from the Cincinnati levee. On it were hives of honey, pails of candy, and other valuables. 500 stamped envelopes were recovered.

Two years later, Frank made local and Louisville news when nineteen-year-old John McClelland swallowed carbolic acid. When police Captain M. E. Clegg was called to the scene, McClelland was nowhere to be found.

In 1909, Frank's wife Bernettie died. Like William Branham's first wife Hope, Bernettie died from a long battle with tuberculosis. Her death was the fifth within six months in the Broy family.

Two years later, Frank Broy married Emma Lawton, William Branham's mother-in-law. Of interest to the "Message" cult is the fact that Emma was divorced from her first husband. William Branham's "Marriage and Divorce" doctrine permitted men to remarry, but did not permit women. According to cult doctrine today, offspring from a divorced woman are "marked by God" and will never make Branham's version of the "Rapture" for fourteen generations. Also, they are forbidden from positions in the church, especially pastor. Does this mean that William Branham's children are in violation of Branham's own doctrine?

Frank and Emma's marriage was not a happy one, however. On April 14, 1912, Emma filed a peace warrant against Frank, to be instituted by Magistrate Boyd F. True. Frank was charged in the State of Indiana for assaulting his mother-in-law, and fled the state with one Willard Swartz. According to the June 23, 1912 article, the local Magistrate was unable to enforce Frank's punishment:

"I told them", he said. "If they would come to Jeffersonville, I would permit them to go under their own recognizance until ample time had been given them to prepare for trial. They declined to do this and if I can secure custody of then, they will go to jail until I am ready to hear the charges against them. But I cannot get hold of them, and I suppose the only thing to be done will be to secure a posse, head it myself, and go after them. I am determined to have them, and they are only hurting their cases by remaining out of my jurisdiction."

According to the newspapers, Frank's house in Utica was abandoned and Emma was no longer living there. In the aftermath, it was learned that Willard Swartz, who fled with Frank, was charged with holding George Broy at gunpoint. Later, Emma attempted to withdraw charges against Frank to save him from prosecution. She was unable to make bail, however, and Frank was sent back to Jail.

Research Data Updated!

St, Louis Post Dispatch Sun, Apr 3, 1904
The Courier Journal Sun, Dec 3, 1905
The Courier Journal Sat, May 26, 1906
The Courier Journal Fri, Dec 24, 1909
The Indianapolis News Fri, Dec 24, 1909
The Courier Journal Sun, Sep 24, 1911
The Courier Journal Sun, Apr 14, 1912
The Courier Journal Sun, Jun 23, 1912
The Courier Journal Wed, Jun 26, 1912
The Courier Journal Sun, Jun 30, 1918