|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1753|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1855|
Son of John Browning and Elizabeth Demarest. Brother to John Browning amongst other siblings.
Francis married Elizabeth Vermillion about 1775 in Caswell County, North Carolina. Together they had 7 children that lived beyond infancy as follows: Mr. Jesse Browning, Mr. James Browning Sr., Nancy Browning, Mary Browning, Mr. William N. Browning, Mr. Francis Browning, and Mr. John Browning.
Francis Browning was born in Culpeper County in 1753. He came to Elk Garden, Russell County, Virginia in 1781, and died July 18, 1855. He was one hundred years, eleven months, and twenty-four days old when he died. At the time of his death in 1855, he left 262 living descendents. Francis and Elizabeth had eleven children, three of which died in infancy in Russell County.
A son of the Revolution, Francis Browning was one of the early settlers of Russell County. He built a log cabin on an elevated site overlooking the valley below; living in this well constructed house, surrounded by a dense forest, he was able to protect his family and property from Indians, wild animals, etc.
Francis was elected first Magistrate of Russell County. The Court records show that he had much to do with making the early history of his country.
About 1781, Francis and his wife Elizabeth Vermillion bought a farm near Elk Garden where he lived his remaining 75 years. During his yeas as a citizen of Russell County, Francis served as the first Coroner for Russell County during 1786, Captain of the Militia for Washington County, a member of the Virginia State General Assembly (1798-99), and three times as High Sheriff of the county. He is probably best known for his part of founding Methodism in the area. His home was a favorite stopping place for Bishop Francis Ashbury on his journeys through the South. Francis is often mentioned in the Ashbury Journals and "The History of Holston Methodism".
A new marker was placed on Francis' burial location on Sunday September 19, 2010 by the Tabitha Adams Russell Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
This is my 6th great grandfather.
Elizabeth Vermillion Browning (1758 - 1838)*
Created by: Mark Browning
Record added: Jun 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92237403