Francis Cullom Browning (1798-1854) & Nancy Johnson (1806-1889)

Francis Cullom Browning and Nancy Johnson are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Francis Cullom Browning was born on June 11, 1798 in Clark County, Kentucky. He is the son of Elias Browning (1765-1845) and Susannah Cullom (1768-1852). Todd’s father Lanny’s AncestryDNA matches people in the DNA circles for Elias Browning and Susannah Cullom. It’s always nice to have that confirmation that we are following the right people.

Nancy Johnson was born May 29, 1806 in Clark County, Kentucky. I don’t know who her parents are.

Francis and Nancy married in about 1828 in Kentucky.

On the 1830 US Census, the family lived in Clark County, Kentucky. It was a household of 4: 1 male under age 5 (Elias was 1); 1 male aged 20-29 (Francis was 32); 1 female under age 5 (Eliza was 1); 1 female aged 20-29 (Nancy was 24).

On the 1840 US Census, the family was still in Clark County, Kentucky. Now they were a household of 8: 1 male under age 5 (Napoleon was 5); 1 male aged 5-9 (Elias was 11); 1 male aged 30-39 (Francis was 42); 2 females under age 5 (Susan was 6, Mary was 2); 1 female aged 5-9 (Almeda was 7); 1 female aged 10-14 (Eliza was 11); 1 female aged 30-39 (Nancy was 34).

On the 1850 US Census, the family was in Holt County, Missouri. Francis was said to be 58, but I think he was 52. Nancy was 45. There were 8 children in the household (only Elias had left): Eliza, age 21; Susan, age 17; Almeda, age 16; Napoleon, age 15; Mary, age 13; Alvira, age 9; James, age 6; Emarine, age 2.

Francis died on March 27, 1854 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1860 US Census, widowed Nancy was 57, and she lived in Holt County, Missouri with two of her children: Alvira was 19 and James was 16.

On the 187o US Census, Nancy was 65 and lived in Benton, Holt County, Missouri. Son James was 25, his wife Millie was 24, and they had two children: Montgomery was 4 and William was 3 months.

On the 1880 US Census, Nancy was 75 and still sharing a home with James and his family in Benton, Holt County, Missouri.

Nancy died on August 11, 1889 in Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 9 children of Francis Cullom Browning & Nancy Johnson:

Eliza Browning – Eliza was born in about 1829 in Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

Elias William Browning – Elias is Todd’s 3x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Almeda Browning – Almeda was born June 21, 1833 in Kentucky. She married Andrew Jackson Tolby on October 21, 1855 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 6 children. She died November 20, 1888 in Carroll County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susan Elizabeth Browning – Susan was born in about 1834 in Kentucky. Susan married John L. Scott on September 16, 1851 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 7 children. She died between 1880 and 1900. John died after 1910.

Napoleon Browning – Napoleon was born on December 22, 1835. He married Margaret Rebecca Wilson on April 15, 1858 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 10 children. He died on June 13, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Browning – Mary was born about 1837 in Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

Alvira Browning – Alvira was born about 1841. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

James Benton Browning – James was born June 4, 1844 in Clark County, Kentucky. He married Millie B. Clark in about 1865. They had 4 children. She died in 1882. James married Susan Lentz on December 24, 1885 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri. She died in 1893 after giving birth to their only child. James married Etta Curtis on April 24, 1895 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri. They had 2 children. He died February 3, 1928 in Mound City, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emarine Browning – Emarine was born in 1846. She died April 17, 1852 when she was 6 years and 6 days old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elias William Browning (1829-1910) & Anna Elizabeth Galloway (1834-1893)

Elias & Elizabeth are Todd’s great great great grandparents, parents of his great great grandmother Rose Althea Browning.

Elias William Browning was born February 9, 1829 in Clark County, Kentucky. His parents are Francis Cullum Browning and Nancy Johnson. You can see Francis’ Find A Grave memorial here, and Nancy’s here.

Anna Elizabeth Galloway was born February 9, 1834 Kentucky. I don’t know who her parents are.

William and Elizabeth married, and had their first child in 1852.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 28 and Elizabeth was 25. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children: John was 7; Rose Althea was 5; Louisa was 4; William was 3; Isabel was 3 months.

The Brownings lived in Iowa from 1862-1870. While there, William was registered for the draft in the Civil War in 1863.

On the 1870 US Census, they were back in Holt County, Missouri. William was 39 and Elizabeth was 36. They had 7 children: Francis, 17; Rose Althea, 16; Louisa, 14; William, 12; Isabelle, 10; Florence, 8; Emma, 1. Three children had been born and died during the last decade. Sons James and Robert died in May, 5 days apart. Robert’s twin Kitty also died in 1870, prior to the August census.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was farming in Holt County, Missouri. William was 50 and Elizabeth was 46. They had 7 children at home: William, 22; Emma, 11; Walter, 9; Sanford, 6; Linza, 4; Minnie, 2; Lottie, 2 months.

Anna died on November 16, 1893. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elias married Mary Catherine Nauman Martin in 1895. She had been widowed, and had 9 children.

On the 1900 US Census, William was 71 and Mary was 46. Children at home were William’s stepchildren: Lucy Martin, 17; Anna Martin, 14; Sydney Martin, 11; and Amos Martin, 20.

On January 31, 1908, an article printed in The Holt Sentinel (Oregon, Missouri) that read:

Tuesday last E. W. Browning bought a stick of phosphorus, intending to use scrapings off it with molasses, as a rat poison. He put it in his coat pocket and went up the street. Fifteen minutes later, in front of the post office, the phosphorus suddenly flamed and in an instant his coat, blouse and outer shirt were ablaze. His sons W. A. and W. E. who were talking with him at the time instantly tore these outer garments off and threw the blazing pieces away. Mr. Browning, Sr. was not burned except upon one finger, but both sons’ hands were badly blistered. Walter’s right hand suffered most and cannot be used for some time. Had the phosphorus not ignited until Mr. Browning was in his wagon and on his way home alone, the affair would probably have resulted in a tragedy.

On the 1910 US Census, William was 81 and Mary was 58. Children in the home were William’s stepdaughters, Lucy, age 24; and Sydney, age 20.

Elias died on May 10, 1910 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. He left a will that unevenly divided his assets amongst his children and was contested by his oldest son, John Francis Browning. I will write more about this soon.

The children of Elias & Anna are:

John Francis Browning – Frank was born on November 12, 1852 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Mary Jane Angel in 1878. They had one child, and farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rose Althea Browning – Rose is Todd’s great great grandmother. Read more about her here.

Louisa Jane Browning – Jennie was born on April 10, 1856 in Holt County, Missouri. She married James Monroe DeWald on February 10, 1880 in Holt County, Missouri, and they had 4 children. They lived in Falls City, Nebraska and James was a farmer and carpenter. Louisa died on August 1, 1935. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Allison Browning –  William was born on March 19, 1858 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Julia May on November 29, 1883 in Holt County. They had 5 children. She died in 1898. He married Katie Bain in about 1901. He spent his life farming in Holt County. He died on His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Isabel Browning – Isabel was born on March 28, 1860 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Archie Sharp. They farmed in Holt County, and had 2 children. She died on August 5, 1895 in Holt County. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Florence Letta Browning – Florence was born on March 2, 1862 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Thomas Milton Hopkins in 1880. They had 8 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri; and Phillips County, Kansas. She was widowed in 1928, and moved to Nebraska to live with a son. She then moved to Colorado, and finally back to Phillips County, Kansas to live with a daughter. She died on April 17, 1940. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

James M. Browning – James was born in January 30, 1864 and died on May 12, 1870 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Robert Lee Browning – Robert was born on August 13, 1866 in Holt County, Missouri. He’s the twin of Kitty. He died on May 17, 1870 in Holt County. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Kitty Browning – Kitty was born August 13, 1866 in Holt County, Missouri. She’s the twin of Robert. She died on in 1870. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emma Browning – Emma was born on She married Daniel H. Bertram on September 10, 1891 in Holt County, Missouri. They moved to Nebraska had 6 children but only 2 lived. Daniel was a carpenter, and then a hotel owner. I lose track of them after the 1940 US Census, and can’t find a death record for either of them.

Walter Elias Browning – Walter was born on March 11, 1871 in Craig, Missouri. He married Grace Idell McCoy in 1899 and they had 2 children. He worked as a farmer (1900, 1910), in a lunch room of a restaurant (1920), as oiler on drag line (1930), laborer on drainage project (1940). He died on March 11, 1957 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sanford Harry Browning – Sanford was born on October 3, 1873 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Allie VanFleet and they had a daughter in 1895, and divorced by 1900. He was a farm laborer in Holt County (1900), lineman for the telephone company in St. Joseph, Missouri (1910). I can’t find him in 1920 and 1930. In 1940 he was a patient in a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He died on March 8, 1941 in Kansas City. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Minnie Browning – Minnie was born on October 8, 1877 in Holt County, Missouri. She is the twin of Linza Carroll. She died November 7, 1880. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Linza Carroll Browning – Jack was born on October 8, 1877 in Holt County, Missouri. He is the twin of Minnie. He married Jennie Dever in 1904 and they had a son. He worked as a ticket agent on the railroad (1910), a clerk in a bank (1920), a station agent for the railroad (1930 & 1940). Jennie died in 1955. He married Ethel Morrow on June 14, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri when he was 78 years old. He died on February 25, 1963 in Kansas City. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Lottie Browning – Lottie was born on March 25, 1880 in Holt County, Missouri, and died on November 10, 1880. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Postcard – “I dremp of you twice last night . . . “

BROWNING Rose from MCNIEL BM Front

BROWNING Rose from MCNIEL BM Back

Postmarked: 14 March, year unknown, from Gravette Ark.
Addressed to: Mrs. Rose Gray, Craig, Holt Co. Mo

March the 14 My Birthday
Dear Rose I dremp
of you twice last
night oh I thought we
wer having such a good
time I could hear you
laugh so plain I wish
you was hear to day say
the wind is blowing a gale
this is one of the ceans Ben
saw while he was gone how
is all of the conection
write soon give our love
to all who inquire about
us from MB McNiel

Mary Tolby VanHook McNiel (1859-1919) is writing to her cousin Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938). Mary is the daughter of Almeda Browning Tolby (1833-1888). Rose is the daughter of Elias William Browning (1829-1910). Almeda and Elias are siblings.

She refers to Ben, her second husband Benjamin R McNiel (1859-?)

Postcard – The Golden Rule I Learn’d at School – @1911

BROWNING Rose Postcard From Mary Front

BROWNING Rose Postcard From Mary Back

Postmarked: 22 November (1911?) Gravette, AR
To: Mrs. Rose Gray, Craig MO.

dear Rose, I have
bin looking for a
letter or some of you
to come down how
are you all we are
well having the
finest weather I
ever saw write
me a long letter
with love to
you all
Mary

Rose visited Mary and wrote home to her husband here. I have figured out that Mary is Rose’s cousin. Rose is the daughter of Elias William Browning (1829-1910) and Anna Elizabeth Galloway (1834-1893). Mary B. Tolby is the daughter of Elias’ sister Almeda Browning Tolby (1833-1888) and Andrew Jackson Tolby (1833-1890.) Mary was married to Benjamin F. McNiel (1859-unknown.)