Interested in contacting descendants of Charles P Browning and his wife Ella who had children John A. Browning and Lillian Browning. The mother of Charles P. Browning was an Arabelle Browning born Dec 1852 OH and married a John F. Browning born Sept 1841 Henry Co IL. Arabelle and John F Browning married around 1870. In 1880 census Arabelle and first husband John were living in Geneseo, Henry Co. IL. In 1900 John F Browning and Arabelle were living in Cook Co. IL. John F. Browning died and Arabelle his widow ends up in California. She had a late in life 2nd marriage on 22 Oct 1918 in Kern County, California to William Jonas Heath. It was a 3rd marriage for him. William Jonas Heath was born 9 March 1859 Benton Co. MO and died 12 July 1920 Bakersfield, Kern Co. CA unexpectedly in a work accident. In the 1920 census for McKittrick, Kern Co. CA Ella Browning age 48 (wife of Charles P Browning), her two children John Browning and Lillian Browning are living with both Arabelle and her 2nd husband William Jonas Heath in their household. Arabelle Browning Heath and William Jonas Heath were not married long as they married 22 Oct 1918 and he died 12 July 1920 in Bakersfield.
A newspaper account July 13, 1920 in the Bakersfield Californian read:
Oil Man Fatally Hurt By Explosion
William J. Heath, Pioneer of Kern County, Dies From Injuries
Fatally injured as a result of the explosion of three boilers, William J. Heath, engineer on the Potter Oil Company’s lease, succumbed to injuries at 11:30 pm last night. He was taken immediately to the San Joaquin Hospital, where every effort was made to save him, but the injuries were of such a nature as to cause his death. The accident occurred late yesterday. He is survived by three sons, Thomas, Mills and William, living at Taft, another son at Wasioja and two married daughters in Stockton. Mrs. Heath, who was at her home at Potter lease when the accident happened, accompanied her husband to the hospital and was with him until he passed away. Heath is well known in Kern County, having lived here for many years. He came here when he was a young man and was 62 years at time of his death. Details of the accident are not complete, but no one else was hurt, according to H.W. Thomas, who wrote the insurance which covered the boilers and protected the company in case of indemnity for loss of life or injury to employees. Dr. Moody of Fellows gave Heath fist aid treatment and then brought him to Bakersfield to the San Joaquin Hospital. The body has been removed to the Dixon and Flickinger company. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at their chapel at 2 o’clock.
The widow Arabelle Browning Heath went to live with her son Charles P. Browning who in the 1930 census was a newspaper sales agent in Downey, Los Angeles Co. CA. Although married just a short time, I believe that Arabelle's descendants may have old Heath photos of William Jonas Heath family that we would love to get copies of, so hope someone sees this message.
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