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Branham, William Marrion
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William Marrion Branham was born near Burkesville, Kentucky, on April 6, 1909. A lifelong mystic, he began having visions at age three. After his impoverished family moved to Indiana, Branham at the age of seven heard a voice from a treetop telling him not to smoke, drink, or defile his body as God had work for him in the future. Following an unhappy childhood and youth, Branham left Jeffersonville in his late teens to work on an Arizona ranch but eventually returned home to work for a local gas company where he suffered …

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Shelton, Sally Jo, “Branham, William Marrion”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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