Posted By:Bill Davidson
Subject:Re: Zacarias (Zacariah) Browney/Browning b. 1790 Martin Co NC
Post Date:October 13, 2012 at 06:23:25
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Forum:Browning Family Genealogy Forum
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Dennis....I am posting this here simply because of your diligent efforts to research your Browning family. Perhaps this will be of some interest to you, and maybe you can eventually help me in my own research (I am actually researching this for another person).

The daughter of Isaac Browning and his wife (a Miss Melton) named Sarah Browning married John Nelson Reeves. A sister of that Sarah Browning named Elizabeth Browning was apparently the mother of George Washington Davison (born about 1873 in the Jefferson Co., AK area; he later moved to Texas). The "parents" of George Washington Davison were apparently a Jim Davison and the above Elizabeth Browning (who may or may not have been married to one another).

A living male "Davison" descendant of George Washington Davison took the Y chromosome DNA test, but he was a match only to descendants of a Green B. Reeves and an Ambrose Reeves (DNA "Group 4" at the Reeves DNA testing project website). John Nelson Reeves was a son of a Renny Bromit/Brummett Reeves (who was in Louisiana and then in Jefferson Co., AK)....but no one knows if this Renny B. Reeves line was positively part of DNA "Group 4" (though the above DNA results, and associated information, for the line of George Washington Davison would certainly imply that Renny B. Reeves was part of the same overall Reeves family as Green B. Reeves and Ambrose Reeves).

Note: No one has yet determined just how Green B. Reeves of DNA "Group 4" was related to Ambrose Reeves of DNA "Group 4."

It would appear that George Washington Davison was a "blood Reeves" by birth, and he was either the result of an "affair," or he was simply an "orphaned Reeves infant" who was taken-in, named and reared by a Davison family (presumably by Jim Davison and Elizabeth Browning). The above-mentioned male "Davison" DNA donor also took the Family Finder DNA test (via Family Tree DNA), and that test showed a "biological connection" to other some other donors who are "Browning descendants" that COULD imply that the above Elizabeth Browning was, in fact, the "biological mother" of George Washington Davison (but that is just one of several possibilities)

As shown in these two posts:

there were some earlier connections in Mason Co., KY between the Reeves, Melton and Browning families....including a John Samuel Browning and a Thompson Browning. Were those Brownings part of your overall Browning family....and hence, part of the same overall family as the Isaac Browning who married Miss Melton?

Are you aware of any other connections between your Browning family and a Davison/Davison family? I SUSPECT (but certainy no proof) that the Davison family mentioned above was part of DNA "Family 5" (that was in Amelia/Prince Edward Co., VA by 1743) at, but there are also some other Davison/Davidson families in that general area of AK. Comments/questions on any of the above? Thanks so much.