Francis John Browning (1800 - 1885)

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Nicknames: "/Frank/"
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Birthplace: Greene County, GA
Death: Died in Clark County, Arkansas
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[egibbons.ged] !FAMILY RECORDS: Doc #126: Family records obtained from Ed Riley, (JEDWRILEY@aol.com); sen t to me by Jeanne Mohundro (MohundroPA@aol.com) West Chester, PA.; 24 Jun 199 7. Alabama Montgomery County Browning, Francis J. married Veazey, Sarah P. on 13 Jun 1822 in Montgomery County, Alabama 1840 BROWNING FRANCIS Clark County AR 104 Caddo Township Federal Census Index ARS4a347419 1841 BROWNING FRANCIS Clark County AR Caddo Township 1850 BROWNING FRANCIS J. Clark County AR Page 189 Anderson Township Federal Population Schedule AR 1850 Federa Census Index ARS5a220540 1870 BROWNING FRANCIS J Clark County AR Page 186 Anderson Township Federal Pop Sch Federal Census Index AR126269499 Francis (Frank) John Browning was born in Georgia)rgia in 1800, one of sixteen children born to John and .Nancy Peeples Browning. He married Sarah Peak Veasey (born 1803 in Alabama) in 1822 in Alabama, where six of their children were born: Didema, born 1825, died young; Jesse Oliver (J.O.) born 1827; Sarah Francis, born 1829, married William A. Langley in 1846; Clementine, born 1839, married Miles L. Langley in 1847; Nancy Peeples, born 1833. married Thomas Bear in 1850, then Levi Daniels in 1853; and Mary Jane, born 1835, married Samuel L. Langley in 1850. Around 1835 the family came to Arkansas where Frank cleared land and cultivated cotton just west of the Bozeman farm. Here, three more children were born: Permelia Charity, born 1842. married John Roundtree in 1857; John Veasey born 1844; and Francis, born 1847. In 1847, the family moved to Copeland Ridge where they lived until Frank's death in 1885, and Sarah's death in 1875. They, and several members of their family, are buried in the Copeland Ridge Cemetery. Of Frank, "Brent," in his writings about Clark County in the 1880s said: In all the long years he lived in the County he bore an irreproachable character for honesty and integrity. A community made up of such citizens would find but little use for courts and still less for jails. Jesse Oliver (J.O.), Frank's eldest son married Martha Farington in 1850. In 1859 he was ordained a Baptist minister at the Bethlehem Church. J. O. and Martha had two children: Or(oselia), born 1850, married J. A. Skillen; and a son, Francis John, born 1854, married in 1879, Lou Ella Huddleston in a service officiated by Rev. Isom Langley. Francis died in 1886, and Ella had a son named Francis John, Jr., born 1882, who in 1902 married Mattie Belle Logan in Oklahoma. To this union three children were born. Frank's second son, John Veazey, born 28 July 1844 in Arkansas joined the Confederate Army on l September 1861, serving in the Fourth Arkansas Battalion, later known as Rosse's Battalion. His Company went to Columbus, KY, where twenty-four men died, twenty-two of measles. They then went to Memphis, TN; Corinth, MS; and Farmington, where he was in his first battle, back to Richmond, KY, and then Murfreesboro, TN. The 1850 census shows John V. as having a brother, Francis J., two years younger. The 1860 census shows no record of Francis; apparently he died during the decade; however, buried next to Frank and Sarah is an "unknown ---Jesse Browning, born 10 February 1840, died 14 September 1873. In 1865, John Veasey married Mrs. Sarah Harris who died in 1871. Their children were: Eunice Elizabeth, born 1869, married George Studdard in 1897; and Jesse Oliver, born 1871. ln 1871, John V. married Martha Bunn. Their children were: Sarah Francis, born 1872; Permelia Charity, born 1873; and Lucy Louisa, born 1874. Three other children failed to reach maturity. Sarah Francis married Allen J. Ricketts in 1889 and they had eight children. Lucy Louisa married Benjamin Brewer in 1898. To this union were born eleven children, including William Veazey, born 1902, the Clark County Historical Association's senior active member today (1992). Martha Bunn Browning died in 1905. John V.'s first wives are buried in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery at Copeland Ridge. In 1906, John went to Texas where he married Ella Vance in 1909. The couple came back to Arkansas in 1922-23 and lived at the Confederate Home at Sweet Home. ---submitted by H. B. Arnold, Jr. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas. Goodspeed Publishers, 1890: "The maternal grandfather, Francis J. Browning, was a native of Alabama, and they were of English descent. The maternal ancestors were all finely educated and figured as prominent men during their life. Francis J. Browning was a teacher and farmer, also a great and earnest worker in the Baptist Church, having served as a delegate to the first Baptist association that ever met south of the Arkansas River. This meeting was held at Spring Creek Church, near Benton, Saline County (AR), August 12, 1835 and he was also one of the originators of Mount Bethel Church, six miles west of Arkadelphia, in 1835. At the time of his death, and for a number of years before it, he had been occupied as a teacher. He died in 1884, his wife having been called to her final home in 1879."

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Francis Browning's Timeline

1800
October 1, 1800
Greene County, GA
1822
June 13, 1822
Age 21
June 13, 1822
Age 21
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
1825
July 7, 1825
Age 24
1827
May 29, 1827
Age 26
Montgomery County, Alabama
1829
July 3, 1829
Age 28
Alabama, United States
1833
July 18, 1833
Age 32
Alabama, United States
1833
Age 32
Alabama, United States
1835
September 17, 1835
Age 34
Lawndes Co, AL
1842
May 19, 1842
Age 41