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James Browning

Male Abt 1672 - 1749  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name James Browning 
    Born Abt 1672  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1749  Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I33687  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DGH
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 

    Family Elizabeth Davis,   b. of Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1791, Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1721  [1
    Children 
    +1. James Browning,   b. 25 May 1727, Rutland, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F19855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Genealogy of the Brownings in America (citation details below):

      The earliest record we have of James Browning is that he was born in the year 1672, in Scotland. Some of his descendants say that their branch of the family came originally from Barre, Eng. That may be so before they went to Scotland. He lived in Ardiston parish, Scotland, until his father's family removed to the north of Ireland to the parish of Addstraw; when he took letters from his pastor, the Rev. Mr. Holliday, of Ardiston, Scotland, to the Rev. Mr. Haviland, of the Protestant Church, Addstraw, Ireland. Addstraw is about 10 miles from Londonderry, the place where the Protestants were closely besieged by the Catholics under King James II, and during the siege were reduced to the direst extremities. The siege was raised by an English vessel under Captain Michael Browning in 1688, who is said to have lost his life in the undertaking. He was probably an ancestor of Mr. James Browning. Mr. James Browning came to America about the year 1714, and settled at Rutland, Mass.

      In 1721 he married Elizabeth Davis, and on May 24, 1728, they were received into the communion of the Church in Rutland, they both having brought letters of fellowship from their former pastor in Ireland. At the first legal town-meeting ever held in Rutland, he was elected one of the Titheing men, in 1722. His was one of the original 60 families who settled in Rutland, each family receiving a house lot of 30 acres. He owned Lot No. 53, and he and his sons afterward owned 800 acres in that district. A large pond, located in the present towns of Spencer and Oakum, formerly a part of Rutland, took its name from him and is still known as "Browning's Pond." At least three of his sons took an active part in the great Revolutionary struggle. [...]

      Mr. Browning was one of those who founded Barre, Mass., which is near Rutland, and was named after Barre, England. Later some families from Barre, Mass., moved into Vermont and founded the town of Barre there, near Montpelier, where at a later date, Ross C. Browning was born.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5348] Genealogy of the Brownings in America from 1621 to 1908 by Edward Franklin Browning. Newburgh, New York, 1908.