Alexander K. Branch – Frontiersman

The heart of the Rockies

The heart of the Rocky Mountains by the Detroit Photographic Co., 1901.

Alexander K. Branch was a frontiersman and trapper who worked in the American Southwest and in the Rocky Mountains.

Branch was born in Amelia, Virginia in 1792 to Peter and Mary Martha Scott Branch.

When he grew up, he went west and was in Taos, New Mexico, by 1825. He then spent several years trapping beaver in the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains. In 1829 he was baptized a Catholic and took the name, Jose de Jesus. He married Maria Pauba Bentura Luna on January 14 1829 in Mexico and the couple would have 12 children.

He later became a merchant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died in January 1841 in Mora, New Mexico, at the age of 49.

© Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated October 2022.

Also See:

Discovery and Exploration of America

Fur Trading on the Frontier

Trappers, Traders & Pathfinders (by Randall Parrish, 1907)

Who’s Who in American History