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Maryland Brownings in the American Revolution

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A number of persons named Browning lived in Maryland at the time of the American Revolution. This free-space profile is intended to identify them and show their interrelationships. It is a working paper intended to develop more information over time.

Alphabetical Listing

Browning, Archibald. Montgomery County. 1777 Lived in Linganore Hundred, one taxable. Private, 6th co, Middle Bn, Militia, Aug 1777, July 15, 1780. Oath of Allegiance Sep 1 1780 [1]

Browning, Basil. Frederick County. Associator in December, 1775. Juror to the Oath of Allegiance in 1778. [2]

Browning, Benjamin, b. 1734. Montgomery County. [1]

Browning, Benjamin, born 1730. Frederick County. Associator in December, 1775. Juror to the Oath of Allegiance in 1778. [2]

Benjamin Browning. born 1744

Benjamin Browning. born 1750

Dorcus Browning, born 1769

Browning, Edward. Montgomery County. [1]

Browning, Edward, Jr., born 1739. Montgomery County.[1]

Browning, Elias. Montgomery County. [1]

Eli B. Browning, b. 1772

Elizabeth Browning. b. 1760

Jack Browning,b. 1750. Enslaved.

Browning, Jeremiah, born 1744. Frederick County. Non-Enroller who was fined by the Committee of Obsesrvation in April 1776. [2]

Browning, Jeremiah, born 1750, Montgomery County.[1]

Jeremiah Browning, born 1775

Jeremiah Browning, Jr, born 1764

Browning, Jonathan, Jr., born 1750 Montgomery County. Private, 6th Co, Middle Bn, Militia, Aug 1777. Took the Oath of Allegiance on Sep 1, 1780,under the Act of May 121, 1780, having neglect3ed to do so previously 'due to ignorance of the duty owed the country. [1]

Browning, Jonathan Sr., born 1725 Montgomery County. Took the Oath of Allegiance on Sep 1, 1780 under the Act of May 121, 1780, having neglected 4to do sopreviously "due to ignoranceof the duty owed the coutry. Jonathan Browning was a priate, 6th co, Middle Bn, MIlitia, July 15, 1780. Rendered aid bfy provding wheat for use of the military in 1781. Two men named Jonathan Browning (one with one taxable and the other with two taxables) lived in Linganore Hd in 1777; perhaps one was Sr. and one was Jr. Jonathan Browning (wife named Elizabeth) died testate in Montgomery County in 1805. [1]

Browning, Joseph. Montgomery County.[1]

Joshua Browning. born 1735

Joshua Browning, born 1760

Joshua Browning. born 1775

Meshach Browning, born 1756

Browning, Nathan (Nathaniel), Jr.., born 1738 Montgomery County [1]

Browning, Nathan (Nathaniel), Sr., born 1752 Montgomery [1]

Passunto Browning, born1770. Enslaved.

Priscilla, born 1762

Rachel Browning, born 1775

Rachel Ayers Browning, born 1775

Rebecca Elizabeth, born 1765

Samuel Browning, b. 1758

Sam Browning, b. 1760. Enslaved

Browning, Susanna. Montgomery County. (See John Smith) [1]

Thomas Browning, born 1774

Browning, Verlinda. Montgomery County. (See Nathan Harrison) [1]

William Browning, b. 1738

Browning, Zephaniah, Frederick County. Private in militia in July 1776. [2]

Browning, Zephaniah, b. 1727. Montgomery County. [1]

Relational Listing

Jonathan and Elizabeth had nine children. [3]

  1. Jonathan Browning, Jr, born Sept 16, 1750. Not named in father's will, apparently having been provided for. [3]
  2. Nathan Browning, born c. 1752, d. c 1805
  3. Archibald Browning, born April 10, 1753 and died Aug 22, 1837 in Bourneville, Ross Co, Ohio. "This child was not mentioned in the will of his father, and was reported to us by Dottie Elliott. We have not found him in any Maryland record. [3]
  4. Jesse Browning, born c. 1753. Perhaps the same Jesse who was involved in the Sheriff's sale March 9, 1816 of a lot in Clarksburg on High Street, at the suit of Zachariah Waters.[3]
  5. Meshach Browning, born c. 1756. [3]
  6. Samuel Browning, born c. 1758 (or 1766), died August 8, 1842. Married in Frederick County February 10, 1792 to Nancy Hobbs, who died June 29, 1849, daugher of Samuel Hobbs.[3]
  7. Elizabeth Browning, born c. 1760. Married November 10, 1785 to James Purdum, son of John Purdum (1739) and Keziah Darby (1742). [3] Elizabeth Browning, was born before 1769, Frederick County, Maryland [4]
  8. Priscilla Browning, born c.1762. Married to Walter Purdum.[3]
  9. Zadock Browning, perhaps. By deed dated April 14, 1801, recorded October 7, 1801 and recorded in Deed book K, folio 17, Jonathan Browning, Sr. conveyed to Nathan Browning, Zadock Browning, Jesse Browning and Meshach Browning, a certain one half acre lot in Clarksburg, the same lot he had obtained in 1799 from Jonathan Browning, Jr. The acknowledgement included Elizabeth as wife of Jonathan, Sr, and we believe this supports the conclusion that Zadock wa also one of their sons, although not named in the will. He may be the same Zadock Browning who was married December 26, 1792 in Frederick County to Mary Browning, perhaps a cousin.[3]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Peden, Frederick, Pages 42-43
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Peden, Frederick, page 51
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 William Neal Hurley, Jr, Our Maryland Heritage, Book Twelve: The Browning Families, Primarily of Montgomery and Frederick Counties, Maryland. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1998, p. 46-54
  4. Mike Marshall's site

Bibliography of Frequently Cited Work

  • Henry C. Peden. Revolutionary Patriots of Frederick County, Maryland, 1775-1783 Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1995, page 51.
  • Henry C. Peden, Revolutionary Patriots of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1776-1783 Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1996, pages 42-43

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