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Browning Family Research
Family in Virginia
(outside the Essex County
area settled by the Poe family - see those Poe records for any information found
about the Browning family)
formed in 1634 (Henrico County was one of the eight original
counties set up in 1634. From it were derived Goochland (1728) and Chesterfield (1749).
Goochland was the parent county of Albemarle (1744) and Cumberland (1749). From Albemarle
came Amherst (1761) and from Amherst in 1808 came Nelson. Buckingham came
from Albemarle in 1761, and from this came Appomattox in 1845.
Fluvanna came from Albemarle in 1777, and Powhattan
the same year. From Weisiger III 1985.)
Colonial Wills of Henrico
County, Virginia. Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III. 1976
Margaret Browning, wife
23 Dec 1679
of George Browninge
of my estate to kind and loving wife and she to be executor. Mr. Thomas Grendon and Mr. Abell Gower to be
overseers of this will.
Edward Stratton*, Edw. Stanly
23 Dec. 1679
Browning, widow of George Browning granted probate of his estate.
2 Feb. 1679
* Same book, p. 136 Inventory
of Edward Stratton. Value pounds 452/17/3 by Fran. Epes,
Ed. Haskins, and presented in court by Martha Stratton, Executrix. Recorded 1
----- This record interestingly
connects the Browning family with the Ligon family,
which also connect with the Sutton family, possibly through a Quaker
connection. Ligon and Ward are connected and Ward
connects to Poe in Prince
Admittedly, this is so many degrees of separation, but we are dealing with a
relatively small population in Virginia
during this era. See Ward/Ligon Family
Henrico County, Virginia Deed: 1677-1705. Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III. Richmond,
1 June 1685
Agreement between Abell Gower of Henrico Co. and Edward Stratton, Sr. of same: George Browning,
late of this county, dec'd, died seized of 480 acres
and left no heir. The land escheated to His Majesty, and the escheat
grant being given to said Gower and Stratton equally. They agree that Stratton
is to enjoy the land is to be divied between his
heirs and Gower, or his heirs. 20 Dec. 1684
Randolph, Pet. Field, George Worsham
Signed: Abell Gower, Edward Stratton
Abstracts of the Cumberland
County, Virginia, Court Order Books from June 1749
to May 1756. Shela S. Fretwell.
Marr, Plaintiff against William Browning, Defendant. In Tresspass,
Assault & Battery. Dismis’d.
Browning Family in Maryland
History of Cecil County, Maryland and the early
settlements around the head of Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware River with
sketches of some of the old families of Cecil County
/ by George Johnston
: Geneal. Publishing, 1989.
xi, 576 p. : folded map ; 22 cm.
(this record for Joseph Chew is included because the only other
place the name has been seen so far is in Essex
County, VA and later counties
in association with the Browning and Poe families)
the second day of November, 1680, he (Augustine Hermen)
presented a petition to the governor and council of the province, in which he
recites that one "George Holland, with other envious persons, had coveted,
and were gone about privately to take away part of his children's land in Bohemia upon false
allegations and untrue bounds." These false allegations appear to have
been, that the metes and bounds of Bohemia Manor and Bohemia Middle Neck
enclosed a great many more acres of land than the patents called for. The
petition recites that he had obtained a warrant for a re-survey, and that the
deputy-surveyor, one Joseph Chew, after he had surveyed the land and
made a plot of it, for which (Augustine) Hermen paid
him nineteen pounds of tobacco, had run away; that he had kept a plot himself,
which he had returned to the office of Mr. Painter, who, it would seem, was at
that time in charge of the surveyor-general's office, and who had promised to
send him a new patent in consideration of six hundred acres of land which he
had relinquished to him for it.
etc., etc. etc.
Hon'ble - My Lord: -- My weakness and hindrance in my
domestic affairs, having no overseer, makes me defer my coming down to your
Lordship's until some time in September next. Meanwhile, John Browning and
George Holland, having surveyed privately fourteen hundred acres of land out of
my Middle Neck, which I have appointed a portion for my son Casparus
Hermen, I have sent an exact journal to Mr. Lewellin, in your Lordship's land office, of my first
foundation and seating of Bohemia Manor, to maintain my right and claim against
those deluding allegations which false intruders may fill your Lordship's ears
withal. If your Lordship would be
pleased to peruse, at some leisure time, it will perhaps put your Lordship in
mind of things your Lordship now not things on.
I have also entered a caveat against John Browning and George Holland, desiring
Mr. Lewellin to pass nothing in my predjudice. I humbly pray your Lordship be pelased to second it by your Lordship's commands. I have
not, at present, troubled your Lordship with any other of my grievances, having
given your Lordship too great a trouble with the above, which I hope your
Lordship will excuse.
your Lordship's most
ye 13th, 1681."
Inhabitants of Cecil
County, Maryland, 1649-1774 / Henry C. Peden
Peden, Henry C.
: Family Line, 1993.
vii, 250 p. ; 21 cm.
Patents and Certificates
Browning and Henry Denton - 1688 - "Askmore"
- 550 acres
Browning - 1685 - "Brownley" -- 100 acres
Wheeler - 1685 - "Browning's Neglect" - 482 acres.
(two years before Samuel Poe's appearance in the Quite Rent Roll of VA in 1704
for Essex County)
Abstracts of Cecil County, Maryland land records / June D.
Westminster, MD : Willow Bend Books, 1999.
v. ; 21 cm.
1673-1751 ; 1734-1753
22 (of book)
2190 Deed. Mathew Smith of New Castle Co. and Mary his wife, for 6,000 lbs of
tobacco to Thomas Browning of Cecil Co., MD, 250 acres of land in Cecil Co.
Said land is part of a tract of 841 acres of land called Cedar Branch Neck.
Mathew and Mary Smith appoint Richard Mackary to be
their attorney to acknowledge the deed. Made 17 Aug 1702. Wit: Jno. Parries, Jno. Smith. [ At
the end of this deed, Mathew Smith is called Mathias Smith.] Ackn: 8 Sep 1702 by
Richard Mackary, attorney for Mathew Smith and Mary
his wife. Rec: 30 Sep 1702. John Dowdall,
301 Deed. George Browning of Cecil Co., planter, and Mary his wife, for 12,000
lbs of tobacco, to Philip Kenard of said county,
planter, 152 acres of land near the head of Colletts
Cove at Charne Creek. The said George Browning has
possession of the land in right of the dower of Mary, now wife of George. Said
land is part of a tract formerly purchaed by Richard
Pullen from Robert Williams. Made 11 Aug 17002. Wit: M. Earle, D. Pearce. Ackn. same day before John Wellinger.
Val Browne received from Philip Kenard alienation for
the land on 6 Aug 1703 for the use of Mr. Richard Bennett and James Heath. Rec: 6 Aug 1703. John Dowdall,
41 of book
378 Deed.Richard Campbell of Cecil Co., planer, for
6,000 lbs. of tobacco, by Michaell Bellikin of Cecil Co., planter, 50 acres of land, part of a
tract of land called Campbell's
Farme bounded by a tract of land called Faire Promise
belonging to George Warner. Made 14 Mar 1704. Wit: Geor.
Browning, Francis Barney, John March, Ackn: same day.
Rec: 18 Mar 1703. John Dowdall,
following is research by others that has not been independently verified. There are apparent
contractions that the reader should note along the way.
Hager's Southern West Virginia Research (this link seems to have gone away)
February 16, 2003
· ID: I127868
· Name: Francis Browning , Sr.
· Sex: M
· Birth: ABT. 1667 in Cecil County,
· Death: ABT. 1723 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Lived in Bristol,
grandmother, Hester Browning, following death of his parents.
1698: Francis Browning, son of John and Elizabeth Browning, appears in a Cecil
County, Maryland court record. The court records for this period are unindexed. It is probable that Francis and Elizabeth
Browning came to Maryland from Gloucestershire, England at the same time. Their
parents, John and Elizabeth Browning, were both deceased by 1690, therefore,
these young Brownings were in their late teens or
early twenties. Francis married about 1698/99. First: Rachel Merritt, and
Second: Mary Unknown. The children were Ann, b 1699; Francis, b 1700; John, b
1702; Edmund/Edward, b 1704; James, b 1706; Thomas, b 1708; William. b 1710;
and Nicholas, b 1712. Families of 10-15 children were not unusual at this time
in history, so it would be expected that other daughters were mixed in among
the seven boys. Names of the daughters, except for Ann are unknown. The dates
of birth are totally circumstantial, but are consistent with other records of Brownings of this family. Research confirms that the sons
identified by E F Browning, Genealogy of the Brownings
in America, 1908, can by verified, except for the use of the name Edward
instead of Edmund. His descent from John of Jamestown is now considered
1710: Francis Browning purchases 200 acres on the southside
of Portobago Creek in Essex County, Virginia.
This land is about 12 miles from the earlier location of Thomas and Ester
Browning. Francis Browning's Portobago
land was adjacent to a tract owned by the Merritt family. There seems to also
be a relationship between the Maryland Brownings and
a Merritt family. It is possible that Rachel Browning was a Merritt. The name,
Rachel, was also used by the Maryland
family. As a matter of interest, the name Merritt, was in pre-1700 records in
both Maryland and Virginia spelled "Merriott"
or "Marriott," suggestive of a French origin. This is consistent with
the marriages between later Brownings and members of
the Huguenot community.
1711: Francis Browning sells 100 acres of his Portobago
land to Joseph Calloway. Rachel consented.
1715: Francis Browning deeds the remaining 100 acres of his Portobago
land to his daughter, Ann with the codicil that it not convey to her until
after his death. Ann could have been Francis and Rachel Browning's eldest
child, and still under age at the time this deed was executed.
About 1721: Land purchases by Francis Browning from Larking Chew on the River
Po, a branch of the Mattapony
River in King and Queen County
in the early 1700's. Date of purchase has not been confirmed and was probably
burned with other King and Queen
County records. This land
was engrossed into Spotsylvania
County when it was
established in 1721.
1724: Francis Browning, identified as of St Ann's
Parish, Essex County, Virginia,
sells his Spotsylvania land to Edward Rovvzee for 40 pounds sterling. Land purchased by Francis
Browning in 1724 on Peumensend's River (Creek). This
was not far from the Portobago land. This tract of
land, purchased when it was in Essex County, became part of Caroline County
in 1728. It is not likely that Francis Browning ever lived on the land he
purchased in Spotsylvania
County for he did not
build a record in that county. He probably remained on his Portobago
land in Essex County
until his purchase in 1724 of land on Peumensend's
Creek which was engrossed into Caroline
County in 1728. The deeds
and wills of Caroline
County are gone, but the
Court Order Books were preserved.
1725-1727: Francis appeared in the court records of Essex County, Virginia.
He signed the inventory of Samuel Poe on 21 September 1725, page 28. His bond
as Poe's administrator was on 15 March 1725/26, page 31. A second Poe inventory
was signed on 7 April 1726, page 28. Security for Sarah Ellitt
as executor of John Ellitt was signed on 18 July
1727, page 57. The pages are from John Fredrick Dorman's Essex County.
Virginia, Wills, Bond, inventories, etc, from AGLL V163-111.
1730: Francis Browning, with the consent of his wife, Mary, sold the Pneumensend's Creek land. This date coincides fairly
closely with death or his move to Culpeper
County, Virginia. It
may be that his son, Francis, moved to Culpeper and he remained in Caroline County;
however, no reference to the death of him is found in Caroline County's
Father: John Browning b: ABT. 1640 in England
Mother: Elizabeth b: ABT. 1649 in England
Marriage 1 Mary
Marriage 2 Rachel Merritt b: ABT. 1673 in Cecil
- Married: ABT. 1698
in Cecil County,
- Anne Browning b: ABT. 1698 in Cecil County,
Browning , Jr. b: ABT. 1700 in St Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia
Browning b: ABT. 1702 in Essex (Caroline) County, Virginia
Browning b: ABT. 1704 in Essex (Carolina)
Browning b: ABT. 1706 in Essex (Caroline) County, Virginia
Browning b: ABT. 1708 in Essex
- Nicholas Browning b: ABT. 1712 in Culpeper County, Virginia
Browning b: ABT. 1710 in Essex (Caroline) County, Virginia
now defunct site:
from it on November 26, 2002
BROWNING died in 1775
in Culpepper County, Va. He was born in St Anne's Parish, Caroline County,
It was recorded in Spotsylvania County,
Virginia that he deeded 250 acres
On June 19, 1735, a patent for forty acres of land in St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, Virginia,
was granted by George II of Great
France and Ireland in consideration of 40
shillings to Francis Browning and John Ashley. He deeded land, in 1740, to his
son Francis and in 1741 to his brother John.
In 1748 more land was deeded to his sons, Francis and Nicholas, and his
daughters, Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Duncan. Francis Browning married first
Rachel and second Elizabeth Carter Lloyd* the daughter of Sampson Lloyd and
Elizabeth Good, in 1713 in Culpepper
Parents: John BROWNING Jr.
Children were: Jacob
BROWNING, Edmund BROWNING, Ruth
BROWNING, Mary BROWNING, Caleb BROWNING*, Frances BROWNING, John BROWNING,
Francis BROWNING Jr., Nicholas BROWNING Sr.
*correction to this person’s data provided
by Karen King Scales on November 27,
2005 via email. She notes:
Caleb was a
grandson (son of Edmund Browning s/o Francis.
He was married to Rachel
*Other research indicates that the senior Francis Browning
(1672-1723) married Rachel (Merritt or Marriot) in Cecil Co, Maryland. The two Francis Brownings seem to have confused researchers. Also, Francis
Browning (c1696-1775) had a son named Francis)
by Clint Joyce - Edited by Clint Joyce & Cecil Houk
on November 27, 2002
As to the
American origin of the family there are two traditions. One was that they
descended from John Browning an emigrant from England
coming in the ship "Abigail" in 1621. The other was that the father
of Francis Browning came from Suffolk England, and settled in Maryland. It is certain that Francis
Browning Sr. received a grant of land in Caroline Co. in June 1735. He was born
about 1690. It was thought that Francis Browning Sr. married Elizabeth Lloyd,
but records of Essex Co. shows his wife's name was Rachel. He may
have been twice married.
A) Francis Browning Sr. was born ABT
1700 Caroline Co., VA and died abt 1775 Culpepper, VA.
He married Elizabeth Lloyd (b 8 Jan 1687 Maryland)
in 1723 Culpepper, VA
1. John b
1721 m Elizabeth Demarest
Jr. b 1724 m Frances Norman
3. Nicholas b
ABT 1726 m Sarah Washburn
4. Jacob b
ABT 1730 m Elizabeth
5. Edmund b
ABT 1732 m Mary
6. Caleb b
ABT 1734 m Alice Grigsby
7. Ruth b ABT
1736 m James Duncan
8. Mary b ABT
1738 m Courtney Norman
now defunct site of: Larry B. Harrison
The site owner's note said: All notes were given to me by Robert C. DANIEL
on November 27, 2002
Browning, Frances (b. ABT. 1696, d. BET. 1761 - 1775)
Spotsylvania Co., was formed in 1621 from portions of King and Queen, King
William, and Essex counties. Orange Co. was formed from part of Spotsylvania
Co. in 1734. Culpeper Co. formed from part of Orange Co. in 1748. Rappahannock
Co. formed from part of Culpeper Co. in 1733.
Deed dtd 5/4/1724, Francis of St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co., sold
to Edward ROWZEE for 40 pounds sterling, 250 acres on north side of River Po of
Mattapony in Spotsylvania Co. "Mary"
is named in the records as relinquishing her dower (Mary Elizabeth?). (Essex
Co. Deed Book 18, p. 8; Spotsylvania Co. Records 1721-1800, p. 92)
Francis purchased 50 acres of land in Essex Co. from William and Mary DAVIDSON
for 4500 pounds of sweet-scented tobacco. Locat
ed on east side of the Peumansend Swamp at the mouth of a branch called
Francis Browning's Branch at the main side of the south fork. (Essex Co. Deed
Book 17, p. 424-425)
Francis purchased from William BRYANT of King and Queen Co. 50 acres. (Essex Co
Deed Book 17, p. 428-429) (Land became part of Caroline Co., VA in 1728 and was
sold by Francis in 1730 with consent of wife, Mary*.
actually this record states that Mary is the wife of William Bryant, not
was administrator of the estate of Simon Poe (sic) in Essex Co. (should be
Francis living at Gaines X Roads, Orange Co. (now Rappahannock Co.).
Francis and John ASHLEY granted a patent for 40 acres in Orange Co. by King
Charles II of Great Britain.
(Virginia Land Patents)
He owned 530
acres of land in St. mark's Parish, Orange Co., VA (later called Browning
District) according to Patent Book 15, p. 528.
served as member of grand jury in Orange Co. (Orange Co. Order Book 1, p. 29)
appointed to serve as a member of the first grand jury of Orange Co. (Orange
Co. Order Book 1, p. 43)
sold land to Henry WILLIS, Esq. (Orange Co. Deed Book 2, p. 447)
Francis appointed overseer of the road from Mitchell's Ford of the Gourdivne as far as the path between Samuel and Arthur
SCOTT. (Orange Co. Order Book 1, p. 43)
Francis gave a gift of 100 acres of land to his son Francis, Jr. (Orange Co.,
Deed Book 4, p. 244)
Grant from the fairfax
Proprietary to Francis for 480 acres. (Deed Book B, p. 31; Northern Neck Grants
deeded to his son Francis, Jr. the remainder of 200 acres patented in 1735.
(Culpeper Co. Deeb Book 11, p. 81)
Francis sold 250 acres of land to Thomas WASHBURN. (Francis's son Nicholas is
mentioned in the document.) (Deed Book 11, p. 71)
the wife, is never mentioned in the deed documents as required by law after the
May 24, 1724 document. She must have died prior to 1740.
Francis bought 100 acres from John FARMER. (Culpeper Co. Deed Book A, p. 484)
Francis gave to his son, Francis, Jr., 100 acres of land. (Culpeper Co. Deed
Book C, p. 157)
Francis sold 50 acres of land to William ROBERTS and William JOHNSTON.
(Culpeper Co. Deed Book C, p. 286-288)
Francis "the elder" of Brumfield Parish, Culpeper Co., deeded to his
son 80 acres of land. (Culpeper Co. Deed Book C, p. 288-290)
There was no
will. Reason: No property. His lands were either sold or given away to his
All notes were given to me by Robert C. DANIEL)
1761 - 1775 Culpeper Co., VA
of the Lloyd Family - Francis Browning, Jr. may have married Elizabeth Lloyd -
appear to have moved to Giles Co. TN
November 27, 2002
Court Case File Box L-4, item 2
children of Stephen G. Lloyd, deceased
guardian William G. Lloyd.
Lloyd died in Giles Co TN 1834 testate, wife Elizabeth received all property,
she death Oct 1840, and she gave her children the property by deed. Land was on
Indian Creek, Meshack BOYCE was executor of Will.
Stephen G. Lloyd had 10 children
Lloyd, minor heirs
3. Stephen M.
C. Lloyd, '
5. Susan M.
6. James C.
Lloyd, deceased, his dtr Isobella
Lloyd, a minor
7. Susan M.
Lloyd, wife of Nicholas Grubbs,
Eliza Lloyd, wife of John WATSON.
10. John H.
Lloyd, all of Giles Co TN
Same box as
Lloyd vs. Wm L. Lloyd, Petition for Divorce.
married in Giles Co August 1827. She charged desertion, non-support. Had one son
Thomas L. Lloyd, about 7 years old.
L-8, Case 1660, 1859:
Wm Loyd vs. Wm Webb & Others,
Wm Loyd said he loaned money to Wm Webb by Note. In Jun 1857,
Wm Webb conveyed his land by deed to his sons Thomas J. and Lewis S. Webb, 230
acres, plus extras. The land adjoined land of Wm S. Harwell,
Nicholas GRUBBS, and Charles Leatherman and others in Giles Co. Wm Loyd filed an injunction and attachment bill attaching all
property of Wm Webb. In another similar case, which is missing, Nicholas Grubbs
vs. Wm Webb, same thing happened. Nicholas Grubbs attached property of Wm Webb
for debts owed by Note. Land was finally advertised through Chancery Court for
sale by A. Cox, Clerk & Master. Some Creditors were John C. BROWN, J. MAYS,
Wm G. Loyd, L.M. Harwell,
John Ralston, Ezel Brothers, L.B.
Marks B.W. Mason. Wm Webb had two Drs by first marriage and nine or ten by
second marriage. The land
of Wm Webb lay in the
20th District on waters of Bradshaw Creek.
heritage : Browning families primarily of Montgomery
& Frederick Counties, Maryland
... / [William Neal Hurley]
Hurley, William Neal
MD : Heritage, c1998
xvi, 571 p. : geneal. table ; 21 cm.
Index ; statement of
responsibility from cover
Francis Browning 1672-1723. The son of John Browning (1640) and his wife
Elizabeth was born c.1672, perhaps in Cecil County, Maryland, and died c.1723
in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
(formed in 1720 from parts of Essex, King and Queen and King William
Counties). Married in Cecil County,
c.1693 to Rachel Merritt or Marriott. The family apparently lived in Essex County;
at least the children were reportedly born there; and later moved to Culpeper County, Virginia.
Some of the grandchildren of this couple later were found in Caswell
County, North Carolina,
and in Montgomery County, Maryland...
Browning, Jr. 1696-1775. This son of Francis Browning (1672) was born c1696 and
died January 21, 1775 in Culpeper
County. Francis was
married c.1716 to Elizabeth Lloyd, born 1698 in Maryland,
and died before 1740 in Culpeper
said to be a daughter of William Lloyd (1680) and Mary Ann Crowley (1682), and
a granddaughter of Colonel Edward Lloyd and Alice Couch.
Elizabeth had a number of children, born in old Spottsylvania County,
later Culpeper County, Virginia. Note that Orange
County was first formed in 1734 from
part of Spotsylvania, followed by the formation of Culpeper from Orange in 1748. Children
Browning, born c1718, died 1786 in Caswell
County, North Carolina.
Married Sarah Washburn. Nicholas' will in Caswell
County, NC, proven
January, 1787 (Will Book B, page 166)
Browning (c1720 - c 1770) married in Orange
County to Courtney C.
Browning, III, (c1722- February 10, 1761 Culpeper County)
Married c1743 to Frances Norman. The lands which they owned were primarily on
the Little Fork of the Rappahannock
River, and on the head of
Battle Run, near Flint Hill. The will of Francis was dated December 30, 1760 in
Culpeper County, and recorded in Will Book A,
page 242. The will of his widow, Frances Norman, was dated November 16, 1791
and probated September 17, 1792 in Will Book D, page 60.
Browning, born c1724. Married Turner c 1743.
Browning, born c1726 died c 1785 in Caswell
County, NC. Married
c1753 in Culpeper
County to Elizabeth Bywaters.