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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for William C. Browning, who resided at Christian, West Virginia:

Is one of the most prominent citizens of Logan county. With his large and interesting family he resides at his pleasant home, situated on Guyandotte River; besides a valuable saw mill and store, he owns extensive timber lands overlying valuable mineral deposits. His wife, Jane, nee Hatfield, was born in Logan county, W.Va., Dec. 25, 1830, and died July 23, 1890. Their children — Joseph, born March 18, 1854; Penelope, born Sept. 19, 1856; Thissey A., born Sept. 13, 1858; Almira, Nov. 12, 1860; Venila, born June 23, 1862; William A., Sept. 20, 1864; Milton G., June 21, 1866; Surelda, March 11, 1869; Rebecca, March 14, 1871 — all married but Rebecca. Mr. Browning is a native of Logan county, and was born Sept. 17, 1833; was married in that county Sept. 29, 1853. He enlisted in Co. B, 4th Va., Inf., in 1863; was commissioned second lieutenant and served in the Confederate army during the civil war. After having taken part in many desperate battles, was honorably discharged from duty in Tazewell county, Va., on account of sickness, and the war closed while he was at home. His address is Christian, Logan county, W.Va.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 819.

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