Monday, July 16, 2018

Rippy, McCracken and Browning families

How is it that Jonathan Browning and his son John Moses, the famous gunsmiths, inventors and gun makers are also in our family tree?

First, there was William Gant (1764-1824), our great-great-great-great-grandfather. On 7 July 1704, he married Miss Frances Rippy (born 18 Oct. 1760), the daughter of Mathew Rippy and Frances Anne Holliday.

Frances' brother was Edward Rippey (b. 23 March 1764, Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina) Edward married Miss Nancy McCracken on 17 November 1774. The marriage took place in Orange County. Nancy's parents were John McCracken and Abigail McMinn.

North Carolina Marriages:
Name: Edward Rippey
Spouse's Name: Nancy Mccracken

Event Date: 17 Nov 1790
Event Place: Orange, North Carolina

Record source:
"North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Edward Rippey and Nancy Mccracken, 17 Nov 1790; citing Orange, North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,330,317.

Nancy and Edward's daughter Abigail was born circa 1800 in Sumner County, Tennessee.

And here we get to the Browning family.

On 10 September 1823, Abigail married Mr. John M Browning, the son of Edmund Lloyd Browning and Sarah Barbara Allen.

Record source:
“Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), John Browning and Abigail Rippey, 10 Sep 1823; citing Sumner, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 969,844.

John M's brother was Jonathan Browning (1805-1879) who had 24 children (with three wives).

Jonathan Browning

One of his sons was John Moses Browning, the creator of several firearms.

There is also another link to the Brownings in that family tree branch. In 1774, William Gant's brother Zachariah was born in Orange County, North Carolina. When Zack was thirty years old, on 24 Nov. 1804, he married Miss Sarah Sally McCracken. Sarah was a sister of Nancy, the one who married Edward Rippey.

The family tree branches which connect us to the Brownings:

1. William Gant - our g-g-g-g-grandfather
his wife Frances Rippy
her brother Edward Rippey + his wife Nancy Rippy nee McCracken
their daughter Abigail Rippy
her husband John M Browning (born circa 1800, Brushy Fork, Davidson, Tennessee/d. 24 July 1860, Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa)
his brother Jonathan Browning (b. 22 Oct. 1805, Brushy Fork of Bledsoe Creek, Sumner, Tennessee/d. 21 June 1879, Ogden, Weber, Utah Territory)
his son John Moses Browning (b. 23 Jan. 1855/d. 26 Nov. 1926)

2. William Gant
his brother Zachariah Gant (b. 1774/d. Jan. 1858, Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky)
his wife Sarah Sally McCracken (b. circa 1780, North Carolina/d. 1850, Subdivision 53, Marshall, Tennessee)
her sister Nancy Rippy nee McCracken (b. 1765, Ireland/d. 1850, Sumner County, Tennessee)
her daughter Abigail Rippy (b. 1800, Sumner, Tennessee/d. 4 March 1834, Iowa City, Wright, Iowa)
her husband John M Browning
his brother Jonathan Browning
his son John Moses Browning

In my next post I am going to come back to Collin County, Texas.

Jonathan Browning:
author unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

John M Browning
author unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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