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.

Franklin Edgar Gray (1878-1971) & Maude Amy Davis (1877-1972)

updated February 2019

Edgar & Maude are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Ralph Richard Gray.

GRAY Franklin Edgar DAVIS Maude Amy All Kids

This photo was taken on Edgar & Maude’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1950. Back row, left to right: Ralph Richard, Carl Lee, Donald Davis, Dean Alexander, Harold Murray. Front row left to right: Marian Lucille, Frances Doris, Maude & Edgar, Florence Edna, Hope Elizabeth.

Franklin Edgar Gray was born on August 1, 1878 in Missouri. His parents are Alexander Gray and Rose Althea Browning. He was the oldest of their 4 children. Read more about them here.

Maude Amy Davis was born on November 8, 1877 in Ashland, Ohio but had moved to Holt County, Missouri by 1880. Her parents are William Davis and Elizabeth Byerly. I wrote more about them here. She was the youngest of their 15 children.

On the 1880 US Census, Edgar was 2 and lived with his parents in Atchison County, Missouri. They were farming. Maude was also 2 and lived with her parents in Holt County. They too were farming. In 1891, Maude’s father William died.

Edgar & Maude were married on February 18, 1900 in Craig, Missouri. Four months later they were enumerated on the 1900 US Census. Edgar was 21 years old and Maude was 22. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri and continued to farm there their entire lives.

In 1901, their son Dean was born. In 1902, their daughter Florence was born. In 1904, their daughter Frances was born. In 1906, their son Carl was born. In 1909, their son Donald was born.

In 1907, Maude’s sister Laura died, and in 1910 her sister Rebecca died.

On the 1910 US Census, Edgar was 31 and Maude was 32. They had 5 children. Dean was 9, Edna was 7, Doris was 6, Carl was 4 and Donald was 1.

In 1911, their son Ralph was born. Also in 1911, Maude’s mother Elizabeth died. In 1913, their daughter Marian was born. In 1916, their son Emory was born, and he died of measles in 1917. In 1918, their daughter Hope was born.

Franklin registered for the draft for World War I in 1918 and the card indicates that he was tall, slender, with gray eyes and black hair.

On the 1920 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 41. They had 8 children. Dean was 18, Edna was 17, Doris was 15, Carl was 13 and Donald was 10, Ralph was 8, Marian was 6, and Hope was 1.

Edgar & Maude at their 70th wedding anniversary.

In 1921, their last child was born, son Harold. In 1923, Maude’s sister Margaret died, in 1927 her brother Andrew died, and in 1930 her brother Ephraim died.

On the 1930 US Census, Edgar was 51 and Maude was 50. They 4 children at home. Ralph was 19, Marian was 16, Hope was 11 and Harold was 8.

In 1933, Maude’s brothers Emrie and Joseph died. In 1936, her brothers William and Henry died. In 1938, Edgar’s mother Rose died, and in 1940, Edgar’s father Alex died.

On the 1940 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 61. Living at home was daughter Marian, age 26.

In 1944, Maude’s brother Marion died. In 1945, her sister Amanda died. In 1948, her sister Minta died. In 1949, her sister Cora died. In 1964, her brother Thurman died, leaving Maude with no living siblings.

Franklin died on June 14, 1971 in Craig, Missouri. He was 92 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Maude died on June 1, 1972. She was 94 years old. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

The children of Franklin Edgar Gray & Maude Amy Davis in June 1972, probably gathered for their mother’s funeral. Back row, left to right: Don, Dean, Ralph, Carl, Harold. Front row, left to right: Marian, Edna, Doris, Hope.

The children of Franklin Edgar Gray & Maude Amy Davis:

Dean Alexander Gray – Dean was born on February 22, 1901 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Esther Ruddell and they had 2 children. On the 1930 US Census he worked as a car storer at a packing plant. On the 1940 US Census he worked as a car storer in the meat packing industry. He died on November 29, 1974 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Florence Edna Gray – Edna was born July 5, 1902 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Paul Revere Griffin on December 15, 1920 and they had 9 children. They left Holt County in 1942 and moved to California. She died September 6, 2006 in San Bernadino, California at age 104. Her Find A Grave memorial, with a wonderful biography, is here.

Frances Doris Gray – Doris was born on April 27, 1904 in Holt County, Missouri. She married William Henry Cooper and they had 2 children. William was an inspector on the railroad. She died on April 26, 1989 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carl Lee Gray – Carl was born May 3, 1906 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Hope Eleanor Gaskill and had a daughter. He worked as a painting contractor. He died October 1, 1980 in Buchanan County, Missouri.  His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Donald Davis Gray – Don was born on April 13, 1909 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Geneva Hickman (and his brother Ralph Richard married Geneva’s sister, Edna.) They had 3 children, and farmed. He died on October 8, 1981 in Michigan. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ralph Richard Gray – Ralph was born February 28, 1911 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Edna Louise Hickman on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. They had 3 children. Ralph died October 27, 2007 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find a Grave memorial is here. You can read more about him here.

Marian Lucille Gray – Marian was born on November 14, 1913 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Wesley Ingram and they had one daughter. She died on September 27, 2002. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emory William Gray – Emory was born May 1, 1916 in Holt County, Missouri. He died on May 17, 1917 of the measles. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hope Elizabeth Gray – Hope was born on July 29, 1918 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Welton Helfers and they had one daughter. Hope died on October 14, 2014 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Harold Murray Gray – Harold was born August 15, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Joan Walkup and they had 2 daughters. Harold served in World War II. He died on March 13, 2000 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial, with a nice biography, is here.