|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1808|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1871|
William Westcott Browning born 21 Nov 1808 in South Carolina, was the son of Gideon Browning and Pricilla (Westcott) Browning.
Williams's mother died about 1813 when he was five years old. It is said, that his mother extracted a promise from him when she was dying, that he would never drink; a promise that he kept all the day of his life.
In 1829 at the age of twenty one, William married Caroline Norris. They had one child, Mary Ann. After Caroline died, William taught school in Alabama. The Brownings later moved to Mississippi.
On 27 Sept 1836, William married Elizabeth Lewis Gilmer; daughter of Thomas Lewis Gilmer and Nancy Taliaferro Harvie. William and Elizabeth were married in Lownes County, Mississippi which was the home of the Gilmers. William and Elizabeth had 10 children, five of whom lived to adulthood. In 1850, the family moved first to Waller and then to Washington counties in Texas.
In 1856, William purchased 2,200 acres of land near Chappell Hill and built a large cedar plantation house for $2,600. He served as the president of the board of trustees for Chappell Hill Female College, board president of the Chappell Hill Methodist Church, and was an organizer and stockholder of the Washington County Railroad.
In 1853, his only son, Daniel Harvie Browning, was killed on a battlefield in Tennessee while serving with Terry's Texas Rangers. It was a blow from which his father never recovered. Col. Browning died 28 Jun 1871 in Chappell Hill, Texas.
Elizabeth Lewis Gilmer Browning (1811 - 1879)*
Sarah Ann Elizabeth Browning Lockhart (1837 - 1910)*
Elizabeth Lewis Browning Bouldin (1839 - 1902)*
Daniel Harvie Browning (1841 - 1863)*
Frances Gilmer Browning Raysor (1846 - 1908)*
Martha Walker Browning Matthews (1848 - 1906)*
Created by: shirley weidler
Record added: Apr 27, 2003
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