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Re: Mathew Browning Jr Homicide Mingo Cty WV 1963
Posted by: Carolyn La Porte (ID *****6155) Date: July 31, 2011 at 18:39:59
In Reply to: Mathew Browning Jr Homicide Mingo Cty WV 1963 by barbara dupin of 4261

Hi Barbara,

This looks like it is probably your Dad. Perhaps you can tell from siblings names.


William, age 54, laborer, pipeline born KY both parents born KY, first married at age 21

Patty, age 46, wife born WV father born VA mother born WV, first married at age 17

Broakey, age 16, daughter born WV father born KY mother born WV

Mary E., age 13, daughter born WV father born KY mother born WV

Arther, age 5, grandson born WV both parents born WV

Mathew, age 2-11/12, grandson born WV both parents born WV

William, age 1-7/12, grandson born WV both parents born WV


U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Mathew Browning Jr
Name:       Mathew Browning Jr
Birth Year:       1926
Race:       White, Citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country:       West Virginia
State of Residence:       West Virginia
County or City:       Mingo

Enlistment Date:       12 Nov 1945
Branch:       Transportation Corps
Branch Code:       Transportation Corps
Grade:       Private First Class
Grade Code:       Private First Class
Term of Enlistment:       Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Component:       Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source:       Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC

Education:       Grammar school
Civil Occupation:       Skilled occupations in manufacture of electrical machinery and accessories, n.e.c.
Marital Status:       Single, with dependents
Height:       00
Weight:       006


You have his mother as Edith Spencer and I assumed that the PIGGs were her parents but I think Patty may be the mother of Mathew Browning Sr. and this would be her second marriage. See below

There is an Edith Spencer age 20, living in Magnolia, Mingo WV in 1920 census - born Kansas. I could not find an Edith Browning in 1930 though.

I looked for a Mathew Browning in 1930 census who could possibly be Mathew's father and found one who may fit.

He is age 25, born WV. He is an inmate in the state prison - working as a janitor, which could explain the kids living with grandparents. This fellow is shown as single though - do you know if he and Edith were married ?

As this was the only Mathew Browning who seemed to be a possiblilty (if Mathew's father was still living in 1930) I looked for him in earlier years. This seems to fit

Mathew, age 37, farmer

Patsey, age 28, wife, farm labor

Robert, age 14, son, farm labor

Mary, age 12, daughter, farm labor

Mathew Jr., age 5, son
all are born WV with both parents born WV

This next looks like it may be Mathew with Pigg family - his name shown as Pigg though but I suspect it is him.

William M., age 44, coal mine

Patty, age 41, wife

B**ks, age 6, daughter

Mathew, age 15, son

Mathew, age 2, daughter I doubt if this is supposed to be another Mathew - liekly Mary E. who shows up in 1930)

From Patty down they are on page after William D. and surname is not shown so they may just have missed putting Browning for Mathew
all are shown born WV both parents born WV


There are two death entries which seem to be for the same man

Social Security Death Index about Mathew Browning
Name:       Mathew Browning
SSN:       234-28-7974
Last Residence:       25674 Kermit, Mingo, West Virginia, United States of America
Born:       2 Mar 1905
Died:       Dec 1979
State (Year) SSN issued:       West Virginia (Before 1951)

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 about Mathew Browning
Name:       Mathew Browning
Birth Date:       1905
Birth State:       West Virginia
Birth Country:       United States
Gender:       Male
Race:       White
Residence City:       Columbus
Residence County:       Franklin
Residence state:       Ohio
Residence Country:       United States
Death Date:       15 Dec 1979
Hospital of Death:       G/Rmh Grant Campus
City of Death:       Columbus (Pt)
County of Death:       Franklin
Certificate:       086784
Age at Death:       74
Certifier:       Physician
Marital Status:       Married
Census Tract:       5500

Mathew, age 27, farmer born Feb. 1873, married 5 years

Patty, age 20, wife, born 1880 (?) married 5 eyars, 2 chilsren born 2 living (the ? is written after her year of birth as well as her age)

Robt. Lee, age 4, son, born April 1896

Mary E., age 2, daughter, born May 1898


I just found a few trees for Mathew Browning born about 1873 WV - wife's name shown as Patsy Messer - they are shown married 1895 Logan Co. WV
Mathew is shown in one as dying in 1919 , in others as dying before 1919

I went to and found births for Mathew Browning born 1905 - parents Mathew Browning and Patty Messer, also for Robert Lee Browning born 1898.

AND there is a marriage for William Pigg and Pattie Browning married 1919 Logan, West Virginia - both are listed as widowed

I just found the death record for you Dad there to - you can look at all these records on for free

Here is the index entry for your Dad

West Virginia Deaths, 1853-1970

name:       Matthew Jr. Browning
death date:       01 Feb 1963
death place:       Mingo, West Virginia
estimated birth year:       
birth place:       
marital status:       
spouse's name:       
father's name:       Matthew Browning
father's birthplace:       
mother's name:       Edith Spence
mother's birthplace:       
street address:       
burial place:       
burial date:       
film number:       1991974
digital folder number:       4258371
image number:       2057
source:       County Records
reference number:       4498

The image of the record shows:
He was an insurance salesman
Age 35 years 7 months 23 days
Date of birth: 6-8-1927 (June 8,1927)
Birthplace: Mingo Co. W.Va
Cause of death: gunshot wound in chest
Burial: Hodge Cemetery, Jenny's Creek, Kermit, W Va
He is shown as widowed

Was he ever in US armed forces - says Yes, WW11
Father Matthew Browning
Mother: Edith Spence

so this seems to confirm the names of his parents as you have then, except Edith is Spence here not Spencer

I couldn't find marriage of your parents.

I hope this helps .

Carolyn L

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