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 – “Greetings & Best Wishes”

GRAY Alex from DEWALD Front

GRAY Alex from DEWALD Back

Postmarked: 23 December [year unknown], Falls City, Nebraska
Addressed to: Mr and Mrs Alex Gray & family, Craig, MO

Greetings &
Best Wishes
Mr & Mrs J. M. DeWald
Faye and Junior

James Monroe DeWald (1852-1929) and his wife Louisa Jane Browning DeWald (1856-1935) are writing to Alexander Gray (1856-1940) and his wife Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938). Rose and Louisa are sisters.

Postcard – “Merry Xmas from Sam & Leah”

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Xmas Front

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Xmas Back

Postmarked: 23 December [year unknown], Reserve Kansas
Addressed to: Mr & Mrs Alex Gray, Craig Mo

Merry Xmas
from
Sam & Leah

Samuel B. Stewart (1875-1937) and his wife Leah DeWald Stewart (1881-1968) are writing to Alexander Gray (1856-1940) and his wife Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938).

Leah’s parents are James Monroe DeWald (1852-1929) and Louisa Jane Browning DeWald (1856-1935). Rose and Louisa are sisters, so Leah is Rose’s niece.

Postcard – “Merry Xmas” 1914

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Front

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Back

Postmarked: 23 December 1914, Reserve Kansas
Addressed to: Mr & Mrs. Alex Gray, Craig Mo

Merry Xmas &
Happy New Year
Sam & Leah

Samuel B. Stewart (1875-1937) and his wife Leah DeWald Stewart (1881-1968) are writing to Alexander Gray (1856-1940) and his wife Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938).

Leah’s parents are James Monroe DeWald (1852-1929) and Louisa Jane Browning DeWald (1856-1935). Rose and Louisa are sisters, so Leah is Rose’s niece.

Postcard – “Wishing you all a Merry Xmas” 1916

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Front 1916

GRAY Alex from Sam and Leah Back 1916

Postmarked: 22 December 1916, Reserve Kansas
Addressed to: Mr Alex Gray, Craig Mo

Wishing you all
a Merry Xmas
Sam & Leah

Samuel B. Stewart (1875-1937) and his wife Leah DeWald Stewart (1881-1968) are writing to Alexander Gray (1856-1940), his wife Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938), and their daughters Bernice Erma Gray (1888-1981) and Lula Gray (1881-1973).

Leah’s parents are James Monroe DeWald (1852-1929) and Louisa Jane Browning DeWald (1856-1935). Rose and Louisa are sisters, so Leah is Rose’s niece.

Postcard – “We are going to Falls City today” 1909

GRAY Alex from Sam Front

GRAY Alex from Sam Back

Postmarked: 2 May 1909 Reserve KS
Addressed to: Mr. Alex Gray, Craig, MO

Front reads:
We are going to Falls City today.
Fred DeWald got hurt on piece of glass
nearly froze to death. Lula and Leah keep me on wood pile.

Back:
You had better get
that money ready as
I think we can make
the deal this time.
All well & hope this
will find you the same.
Sam

Samuel B. Stewart (1875-1937) is writing to Alexander Gray (1856-1940) who is married to Rose Althea Browning Gray (1854-1938). Sam is married to Leah DeWald Stewart (1881-1968). Leah’s parents are James Monroe DeWald (1852-1929) and Louisa Jane Browning DeWald (1856-1935). Louisa and Rose are sisters.

Frederick DeWald (1883-1944) is Leah’s brother who, along with his parents, live in Falls City, Nebraska.

Lula is Lula Gray (1881-1973), daughter of Alexander and Rose. Lula and Leah are cousins, and Lula must have been visiting the Stewarts at the time this was written.

I suspect Lula met her future husband while visiting her cousin Leah. Sam and Leah lived next to Allen E. Bowersox (1872-1966) and his first wife Cora VanKirk Bowersox (1872-1929) in Reserve, Kansas when this postcard was written. Allen later was divorced from Cora, and married Minnie Rowe Bowersox (1872-1930). He then married Lula Gray sometime between 1930 and 1935.