Confederate Agent Found Hiding in Branford
Author Joe Goodbody will
discuss his new book,
Parker Hardin French (1826-1878)
– The Notorious Scoundrel and Delightful Rogue of Antebellum & Civil War America
Join author Joe Goodbody for a presentation about one of history’s most devious conmen. A notorious scoundrel in his time, Parker Hardin French has been relegated to a minor footnote in American antebellum and Civil War history—until now. Joe brings this cunning rascal out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this well-researched historical biography. Joe’s talk will cover French’s connection to Branford. Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley assisted with this information and perspective. French was arrested in Branford in November 1861 and charged with being a Confederate agent.
About the Author: Emmet Joseph (Joe) Goodbody Jr. is a retired United States Army Colonel and Virginia resident. His great-grandfather was a victim of Parker Hardin French on the fraudster’s California-bound gold rush expedition. The adventure faltered in mismanagement and collapsed in deception, fraud, and forgery.
All donations will be used toward
the needed repairs to the
Branford Community Foundation
helps to save the Harrison House
Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer
In less than five months, individual donations have helped Branford Historical Society (BHS) match more than half of a $35,000 matching grant given by Branford Community Foundation (BCF) to help save Harrison House, built in 1724.To celebrate, the BCF board recently presented BHS board members with a check for $17,500 .... click to read more
The Harrison House Museum was recently visited by Pamela Harrison Blum and her husband, Rick Blum. Pamela is a distant relative of the Harrison family. They came to Branford from Virginia and spent time touring the house and visiting the cemetery where the Harrison family is buried. They also did some genealogical research at the Blackstone Memorial Library.
Pictured here with Tour Guide, Joe Naylor, whose family came from the same town in Utah as Mrs. Blum.
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With much thanks to the Branford Rotary Club
We are so grateful and so delighted to announce that the Branford Rotary Club has donated a most generous gift of $10,000 toward the purchase and saving of the Harrison House. Hats off to the Rotary Club.