Posted By:Kim Mease
Subject:Browning Family
Post Date:February 21, 2010 at 21:28:54
Message URL:
Forum:Browning Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:


I am just beginning the research on the Browning family. I have very little information. Below is what I do have copied from Kenneth Browning who wrote about his life before passing on.

"KBís Autobiography as Written 2/20/68

I was born on the 16th of May 1906, in a small log house, on the south bank of Hadley Creek, about two miles N.E. of the town of Barry, in Pike County Illinois. I was next to the youngest of nine children born to Jacob Albert and Mary Elizabeth Browning. There were six boys and three girls.

My four older brothers were named Oscar Leroy, Carl Reynard, Walter Oliver and John Winifred. They have all passed on, but my youngest brother, Ronald Hugh is living near Dixon, Montana. My three sisters are living, they are, Mrs. Iva Pilling, Swan Creek, Ill., Mrs. Ruth Lundvall, Ronan, Montana and Mrs. Lelah Mickelson, Dixon, Montana.

My father was born near Griggsvill, Ill., in 1857, and my mother near New Canton, Ill. in 1868. My father died in 1945 and mother in 1953. Mothersí maiden name was Smith and she was the daughter of John G. Smith who was born in England in 1839. Her mothersí maiden name was Prudence Moss, and she was also from England, but I donít know what year she came to the United States.

Grandpa Smith came to the United States when he was fourteen years old, with his folks. They came over on a sailing ship and landed at New Orleans. They settled near New Canton, Ill. He was in the Union army during the Civil War, was taken prisoner and spent several months in Andersonville Prison."