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Lewis D. Browning, Thomas S. Browning,  Logan.

Thomas proved up a quarter in 5, 5S 42W in 1897.

Lewis cash-claimed a quarter in 29, 4S 42W in 1891, and proved a quarter next to it in 1898

Lewis Dudley Browning moved to St. Joseph, MO before the Civil War. When the war was imminent, he returned to his native state and joined the Union army. His daughter, "Maggie" (Mary Margaret Thompson), said that in later years her father explained that if war was to come he wanted to fight in an organized army. Lewis D. Browning enlisted in Company "B" 16th Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry at Camp Lee near Maysville, Kentucky. on September 17, 1861. Some documents give the place of enlistment as Camp Kenton, Mason Co., KY. Date of mustering in was December 19, 1861. He was wounded November 8, 1861 in Battle of Ivy Mountain near Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Later in his application for pension increase he states, "gune shot wonde in lefte cheak. Ball struck cheak bone and glanced off." He re-enlisted January 1, 1864 in Company "B" 16th Kentucky Veteran Volunteer Infantry. Sergeant Browning mustered out on July 15, 1865 at Company Shops, North Carolina and returned to Doniphan County, KS, near St. Joseph, MO.
In 1888 Lewis and family moved Arapahoe County, Colorado.
Lewis received a land patent in Arapahoe County, Colorado on July 11, 1889. (copy of land patent in Denver courthouse).
Lewis was a stone mason and built a stone house where he resided in Colorado (still standing in 2006). 

When his son Clinton was about 14, Lewis D. Browning, a veteran of the Union Army, came from Kansas to homestead near Hale, Colorado. They spent the first winter in a dugout while a home was prepared. Clinton married Estelle in 1896, they lived in Armel, buying a home about 1908 near the Armel Methodist Church. Their children were Nellie, Ronald, Blanche, Charlie, Ben and Hazel.
Cora and her husband, Charley Fuller, moved to Colorado Springs, CO and ran a drugstore. Later they moved to Denver, CO. Cora had a tumor in her neck close to her spinal column and when doctors tried to remove it, they injured her spinal column and she was unable to walk again.   Cora died in Denver June 1938

Clinton married Estelle M. Baker April 11, 1896 in Arapahoe County.

In 1900 Clinton, born April 1874 in Kansas, and Estelle June 1876 in Michigan have been married four years.  They have Nellie July 1897 and Ronald C. eight months.

 Nellie G. Keeler - July 28, 1897 - May 1970 is buried in Wray.

Blanche married Zell Shaver, and they're in Armel in 1940 and 1930

Benjamin Laverne Browning in California records was born Feb 3, 1906 and died Feb 8 1993 in San Diego.

Hazel married Mann Rowley, and they're in Wray in 1940.  Mann farms and is a teacher, and they have Zola, .

Name of Deceased:: Mann Rowley  

Age at Death:105 Death Date:9 Dec 2009

Birth Date: 5 Jun 1904 Spouse's Name: Hazel Browning

Parents' Names:  Austin and Julia (Schroyer) Rowley

Childrens' Names: Donald; Winfred "Bud" Reagan and his wife Jane of Lenoir, N; Zola Pember of Richland, Wash, Jackie Uhler of Des Moines, Iowa, Donna Christenson and her husband Ken of Cedaredge, and Aneta Martinez and her husband Garey of Montrose; Zola Siblings' Names: Charles, Ira, Oliver "Pat," Richard and James; Ruth; Viola Claussen, Florence Moberly and Emma Fogg

Marriage Date: 24 Jan 1930 Number of Grandchildren: 19 Number of Great-grandchildren: 31


Clinton proved up 160 acres in section 19, 4S 42W in 1906

In 1910 Hale, Clinton and Estelle have Nellie G, 12, Ronald C. 10, Charley A. 8, Blanch V. 6, Benjiman L. 4, and Hazel I twenty months.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 26, 1986 at the Community Church of the rockies for Charley Alden Browning who died March 21 at this home in Mesa, Ariz.
Mr. Browning was born Nov. 19, 1901 near Armel, Colo., the son of Clinton and Estalla Dolly Baker Browning.
He spent his boyhood and school years in the Armel area. Charley married Marie Davidson in April 1934. He farmed for many years in the Armel area, and in 1948, the Brownings moved to St. Francis where he worked as a carpenter. In 1957 they moved to Longmont, Colo. where he continued his work as a carpenter. In 1960, the Brownings moved to Estes Park, where he work at the YMCA of the rockies until his retirement in 1968.
On March 27, 1966, he married Esther Miller Focht. Charley was a member of the Community Church of the rockies, and served as a deacon, an ordained elder and an usher.

Francis M. proved up a quarter in 32, 4S 42W in 1895.

Linnie proved up a quarter in 31, 4S 42W in 1899

Thomas S. cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 4S 42W in 1891

Ed Browning passes away Dec. 28, 1969 at the Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital in Ft. Collins at the age of 97 years, nine months and eight days.
He was born March 20, 1872 near Sparks in Eastern Kansas and moved to Yuma County, south of Wray when he was 16 years of age. He was married to Elsie Brigham, April 6, 1898 and they lived their entire married life at the farm home near Hale.
Preceding him in death are his wife; a son in infancy; a daughter, Mildred; son, Albert; two brothers and three sisters.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Howard of Tigard, Ore., Mrs. Helen Carmichael of Bird City, Kan., Ruby Cody of Kanorado, Kan., Mrs. Inez Hall of Laporte and Harold of Greeley and also 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. 

Malinda Browning Wiley, a resident of Yuma county for the past 80 years, died June 5, 1968, at the Cheyenne County Hospital in St. Francis, Kan., at the age of 89 years, 4 months, and 2 days.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Armel Methodist Church and burial was in the Armel Cemetery.
Mrs. Wiley was born February 3, 1879 near Sparks in Doniphan County, Kan., and was the youngest of six children born to Lewis D. and Lucy A. Browning. When she was nine years old, the family moved to what is now Yuma county and her school days were spent in the sod schoolhouse known as the "Browning School."
She was married December 28, 1897 to Harry Payne Wiley near Jaqua, Kan. They were the parents of six children, Maxine Brase, now of Lamar, Kenneth of Fort Morgan, Ernest, Walter and Robert, all of Hale, and Everett who died in 1924. Mr. Wiley died in 1931.
Mrs. Wiley endured many of the hardships of the pioneer wife and mother but also experienced the closeness shared by the early settlers in joy and need. She united with the Methodist Church at an early age. She enjoyed teaching her Sunday school class and choir singing in the country schoolhouse where church services were held. Circuit ministers, driving from Burlington with their horse and buggy, often enjoyed the overnight hospitality of the Wiley home.
She is survived by the four sons and their wives, her daughter and her husband, 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, one brother, Edward Browning of Fort Collins, and many less near relatives and friends. 

Birth:  Dec. 10, 1864 Troy
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Death:  Feb. 14, 1948
Sanders County
Montana, USA

 ULYSSES GRANT BROWNING Son of Lewis Dudley Browning and Lucy A Herring born in 1869 in Kansas. Married Sarah Elizabeth Cowger on 17 Nov 1892 in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, KS. They divorced in 1900. They had the following children:

Addie May Browning 1894 -1960
Dudley Cather Browning 1895 - ?

His burial record lists his occupation as a circus worker. 

2011 Oct. 9, 2011
Dudley Cather “Uncle Lipu’u” Browning Jr., 65, of Hilo, a retired owner and operator of a cleaning service, and chef and owner of restaurants in Orange County, Calif., died in Hilo Medical Center. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by brothers Frederick and Moku, sister Wilhelmina Osborn and hanai brother John Roback. Private services.



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