William was born November 11, 1898, in Cokeville, Wyoming, to John Francis and Roseanna Sylvania Blackburn Branson. Cleo was born January 19, 1905, to Francis Marion and Chloe Urinda Child Hoopes. They were married February 2, 1923, in Paris, Idaho.
William Branson & daughter 1938
They were in Highland at the 1930 census but not much else is known above them. They had seven children: Francis John, Rose Urinda, Velda, Norma Wilma, Arlon, Elva, and Darrell. In 1942 they were in Montpelier, Idaho, when he registered for the draft and he was working for Union Pacific Railroad. William died December 8, 1966, in Fortuna, California, and Cleo died October 23, 1985, also in Fortuna and they are buried in Sunrise Cemetery in Fortuna.