Captain Francis Browning born 24 Nov 1753 Culpeper County VA.  Married Miss Vermillion about 1786.  Six children. He died 18 Jul 1855 Russell County VA at the age of 101 years, 7 months.

He served as captain in Virginia also NC line.  One of George Washington's couriers.  After the war a member of the Virginia Assembly.  This info all from Genealogy of the Brownings in America 1621-1908.
Francis settled in the beautiful section known as Elk Garden, Russell Co. He is buried in a family plot near their home.

At the first court held in Russell Co., on 2 May 1786, Francis Browning was made Coroner. He was three times sheriff of the county, also a member of the State Legislature from 1798 -1799, and served as Captain of Militia of Washington County, VA, hence his rank as Captain Browning.

See Laningham for source and documentation. Captain Francis Browning was a revolutionary militiaman. He served in the Virginia Assembly 1798-99, was High Sheriff of Russell County, VA, but is best known for his part in founding Methodism in the area.

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