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Charilla Abbott Browning Welch Blanchard 1829-1914

Charilla Abbott Browning Welch Blanchard

Born: July 4, 1829 at Hornellsville, Steuben, New York
Died: April 10, 1914 at Ogden, Weber, Utah

At the age of 16, Charilla Abbott received her endowment on Tuesday, 3 February 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois. She lived with Captain James Brown and Esther Jones Roper Brown in Weber County, Deseret in 1851.

History of Utah, Volume IV Biographical by Orson F. Whitney, 1904, Pages 591-592:

Charilla Abbott came to Utah in 1849. A native of the State of New York, she was born at Hornellsville, or Arkport, in Steuben county, April 4, 1829. Her parents were Stephen Abbott and Abigail Smith Abbott, the former from Luzern county, Pennsylvania, the latter from Ontario county, New York. They were industrious, well-to-do people, engaged in a variety of occupations -- farming, furniture making the manufacture of potash, and the turning out of the finest products of the woolen mill. Their daughter received. a fair education, attending school both in New York and in Illinois, to which state the family moved when she was about seven years old.

They went down the Alleghany river on a flat boat, touching at Pittsburg and Cincinnati, and thence. proceeded by steamboat and wagon to their destination, Perry, Pike county, Illinois. There Mr. Abbott bought a quarter-section of land, built a log house the second one in the place, and started to farming. He afterwards built a two-story frame house, a furniture shop and a woolen factory. Charilla's natural tendency was to school teaching and dress making, but as the boys of the household were not old enough, she and her sisters had to do the work of boys and chore about the farm, planting corn, gathering eggs and selling them by the barrel in the neighboring market; meanwhile attending also to household duties.

When she was about thirteen years of age her parents, who were Latter-day Saints, moved to Nauvoo, and she then resided a couple of months with her uncle, James Abbott, nursing her invalid grandmother. Finally, after staying with various relatives and ac quaintances, she followed her parents to Nauvoo. She was baptized into the Church by the Prophet Joseph Smith in May, 1843. She at once became a member of the Relief Society which he had founded. In October of the same year her mother was left a widow with eight children and Charilla went to work at fifty cents a week to help maintain the family.

In the exodus she drove her mother's ox team wagon, leaving Mosquito Creek July 7, 1849, and crossing the Missouri at Winter Quarters. They traveled in the general emigration of that season under the direction of Captain Case, Elisha Everett and George A. Smith. Along with them went a Welsh company under Captain Dan Jones. One Welshman was lost for three days, causing much labor and anxiety among his friends, until he was found in one of the companies ahead. Precious time was lost by this incident, and at South Pass the company was snowbound for three days. The snow drifted nearly to the tops of the wagon covers and the wagons had to be dug out. The cattle stampeded and some were found standing among the willows, belly deep in snow, frozen to death. Some of the vehicles, having no cattle, had to be abandoned. Two or three families were put into one wagon and many persons walked, weeping and despairing, until met and helped in by teams from the valley. All arrived in safety on the 25th of October.

Two days after their arrival the Abbott family continued their journey northward, reaching, in the evening of October 27, 1847, Captain James Brown's fort on the Weber; the site of Brownsville and now the present city of Ogden. There they settled permanently. Charilla's time was occupied in teaching school, killing crickets and helping her mother and the rest of the family make cheese and butter, much of which they sold to emigrants passing through to California. She remembers a terrible flood in the spring of 1850, when the Weber river rose so high that the water entered the houses, floated the furniture and compelled a temporary removal by means of boats, oxen, etc. She helped civilize the Indians in her vicinity, and took part in the organization of relief societies for the care of the poor and the gathering of means to maintain those who stood guard during Indian troubles or went to the frontier to bring in the regular fall immigration. Says she:

["About forty years after her arrival in Ogden, Utah, Mrs. David E. Browning wrote the following letter, which is the only record known of the First School in this district. She was then Miss Charilla Abbott.
"Mrs. Charilla Abbott Browning, Ogden's first teacher, says: "I arrived at Brown's Fort, Oct. 27, 1849. That winter I taught school in a log house, situated about five blocks south of the present railway depot. It was no easy task in those days to teach school, owing to the meagre circumstances of the people.We had to collect letters from scraps of papers and old books, these we pasted on paddles. We also made letters on the inside and outside of our hands. In this way the children learned to read." --History of Utah 1847-1869 by Andrew Love Neff , edited by Leland Hargrave Creer. 1940. Page 351-352. Also in Heart Throbs of the West, Vol. 2, 1940, Page 128.]

"It fell to my lot to teach the first school in my section. It was in a small log house plastered with mud, having two small windows, and literally a ground floor. The benches were of slabs. We had few books, and pens were made of chicken quills. I gathered the alphabet from scraps of paper and pasted the letters on paddles for the A, B, C class. In winter paths were made for the pupils by taking oxen and dragging logs through the snow."

"This log house was graced with a roof garden of mud and sunflowers; a dirt floor packed hard by feet, which were mostly bare. A fireplace provided charoal with which Miss Abbott traced letters on the palms of hands. From her description we assume that this First School was located at about Wall Avenue and Thirtieth Street.

About 1850 the city council made an effort to establish free schools, ruling that all children between the ages of four and twenty-one should have $3 spent on their education annually, provided school was maintained for six months in their districts! Lorin Farr, James Brown, and Joseph Grover were the active councilmen on this ruling." --Heart Throbs of the West, Vol. 2, 1940, Page 128.

Charilla describes the long, tedious journeys to Salt Lake City, where wagon loads of grain were exchanged for store goods, and customers had to put down their names, with lists of the things they wanted, and take their turns at trading. Sugar was fifty cents a pound, calico fifty cents a yard, and other articles in proportion. She tells how the early settlers utilized weed blossoms, bark and roots for dye-stuffs; cat-tails and hay for beds; greased paper or cloth for window glass; rushes and dirt for shingles; and how they gathered salaratus [leavening agent scooped from the ground around soda springs, mixed with water to allow the dirt to settle, resulting liquid could be used to make camp biscuits] from the gulches for bread and soap making, and salt from the lake to season their frugal meals.

"From 1849 to 1854," she continues, "we suffered great annoyance from the Indians, having to stand guard nights in order to protect our lives and property. Though kind as a rule, they had their rebellious spells, when our folks would have to get their chief, `Little Soldier,' and his associates, confine them in a corral, and guard them there until they agreed to be peaceful and let our stock alone. They were great hands to slip around the house when the men were away, and if the latch-string was out, come in and


stand against the door and make the women and children give them what they asked for. We were glad to go to the fields with the men in order to escape such visits. Once a year the Indians had their time for hunting game and gathering service berries, which they had a way of drying far superior to ours. Everybody was glad to trade with them for their berries, and for elk, deer and antelope skins to make clothing and moccasins for the men. Occasionally one tribe would fight another and come back riding, whooping and yelling through the streets, singing war songs and exhibiting scalps on long poles. They ate crickets and grasshoppers, first drying them and then grinding them between two flat rocks, after which they made them into soup. The gulls also helped us to get rid of the crickets, which were so thick at times that we could not move without stepping on them. The Indians said that the gulls were never seen here until we came. Our people built a wall out of clay and dirt, ten to fifteen feet high and a mile square, with bastions and port holes for defense against hostile Indians. It was a great help in that direction, but it hindered greatly the progress of our farming."

David Elias Browning 1829-1901
Son of Jonathan Browning and Elizabeth Stalcup Browning

It was in the midst of such primitive conditions that our heroine entered the state of wedlock, marrying on January 27, 1853, David Elias Browning [in Brownsville, Weber, Utah]. The ceremony uniting them was performed by Lorin Farr, mayor of Ogden City and president of the Weber Stake of Zion. Eight children blessed their union. and from these have sprung numerous descendants. The Browning family were in "the move" of 1858, camping on the Provo bottoms for a couple of months, destitute of all comforts, and then returning to their northern home.

"Since those times," says Mrs. Browning, "we have had our ups and downs and have had to be `jack-of-all-trades,' as the saying is; we have worried through with railroads, booms, bonding and high taxes, until we are pretty nearly used up by such `improvements.' "

During the fall of 1893, in company with her husband and her daughter-in-law, her son Stephen's wife, she had the pleasure of visiting her mother's relatives in Birmingham, Michigan, eighteen miles from Detroit, where they were received with great kindness. On their way back to Utah they visited the World's Fair at Chicago, and escaping two great railroad wrecks, returned in safety to their homes. Mrs. Browning is now a widow, but is still one of the prominent women of Weber County.

End of HISTORY OF UTAH account.

Charilla and Charilla Emily Browning

David Elias Browning served as Sergeant-major of the First regiment of the territorial militia in 1866. He and his family were world reknown inventors and gunsmiths

Charilla Abbott and lived in the 1st Ward, Ogden, Weber, Utah on 14 June 1880. Charilla Abbott was sealed to her parents on 9 January 1884 in the St. George Temple, St. George, Washington, Utah.

Bunkerville, Nevada
Lincoln Co. Mar. 27, 1880

My Ever Dear Children, David and Charilla Browning.
Ogden, Utah

This morning while I was watering my lot, preparatory for planting, I felt impressed to write to my friends one and all. I request you to send this letter on to Willard City, To Abraham and Abigal Zundel.  Be sure will you to do this, with much love and greeting to all my kindred and friends. I want to say to Charles and Charlotte and Ada Abbott, I am as ever their faithful friend, as little as they esteem my friendship. I think, or I should receive a line from them at least as often as angels visit. I sincerely hope they will reform from this neglect. I still like them, and they cannot help themselves, if they would come and see their devoted friends here in Bunkerville. Oh how welcome they would be!

Now my dear children, I suppose you would like to know how I am getting along in this new county. (This settlement began 2 years previous.) I have been this week, one day, setting out some trees, and several weeping willows, to make a shade for me, When I wish to retire from noise and bustle, I hope it will be better than Jonah's Gourd! I may not live long to enjoy my labors. (The writer was then 74 years of age.) but perhaps my children or some weary travelers may rest themselves beneath their branches.

My health is quite as good as formerly, and our friends here also and likely to be, if hard work will make them so. I must rectify, Abigal Lee's health is very poor (Abigail died soon after in confinement) and Adelia Crosley is so and so, tho she is able to attend to her hou hold duties. Edward Bunker is not very tough this spring, he overtaxes his body with hard labor, Mary's babe also is very poorly indeed.

Now I must tell you about our Elethra Calista Bunker, she is married the 15th of present month as an elect lady to Joseph Ira Earl, aged 27, at St. George. He is well matured in years, ot a beauty, but good looking, possesses the characteristics of a saint in temperance, in faith and zeal and good works. Very studious in gaining knowledge. A good mechanic and blacksmith and I think he and she can imitate Father Adam and Mother Eve in tilling the earth and multiplying and replenishing, etc., Etc, and more than this. I like him, and charity will go a good way in this cse. I wish Ada success in doing likewise, I think it is time she was doing something in the line of matrimony.

Now I will express a wish to my son Abiel Abbott, I want him to come down, and if he comes with a wagon, I wish him to bring some gooseberry bushes, some cherry trees, and some state currants, some blackberries, red and black raspberries and also apricot, prune, plum, nectarine and pear trees, also some peppermint from Sister Pitkin and some sand cherries from Abigail Zundel's. I think one can take small trees and box them up in dirt to bring them here. I want my lot filled with fruit trees and lucerne. If there are apples on my trees this summer I wish Abigail would dry them and bring them when she comes and Charilla also dry me what fruit she can spare.

Abiel, I expect you will be here by the lst of May, and I shall expect all of you here at the temple in St. George on the first day of November and plan a month to visit. I have not heard from Lucina Beecher for sometime.

Write soon all of you. Phebe and Cynthia do not fail!

Your loving mother,

Abigail S. Abbott

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Children of Charilla Abbott and David Elias Browning:

1. Charilla Emily Browning
Born: 29 Jan 1854 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married: William McGregor of Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 22 Jan 1899 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: 25 Jan 1899 Place: City Cem, Ogden, Weber, Utah
Charilla Emily Browning 1854-1899
2. David Elias Browning Jr.
Born: 8 Aug 1856 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married : Mary Ann Anderson, the had six children,
Died: 16 Oct 1930 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: Oct 1930 Place:

3. Stephen Abiel Browning
Born: 28 Dec 1858 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married : Emily Chatelain, they had eight children.
Died: 26 Nov 1921 Place: Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho
Buried: 30 Nov 1921 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

4. Jonathan Abbott Browning
Born: 9 Mar 1861 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married: Lucy Bateman, they had 3 children.
Christened: 12 Mar 1861 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Died: 20 Oct 1930 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: 26 Oct 1930 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

5. James Smith Browning
Born: 19 Apr 1864 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Died: 16 Mar 1878 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: 17 Mar 1878 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

6. Wesley Myron Browning
Born: 3 Apr 1867 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Died: 8 May 1867 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: May 1867 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

7. Arbarilla Fastday Browning
Born: 1 Oct 1868 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Married: John Alexander Lowe.
Died: 28 Jun 1890 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: 30 Jun 1890 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

8. Abigail Elizabeth Browning
Born: 1 May 1871 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Died: 20 Mar 1878 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Buried: 21 Mar 1878 Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah

David Elias Browning died on December 14, 1901 at Ogden, Weber, Utah. Charilla was 71 years old.

Charilla Abbott Browning Welch

At the age of 75, Charilla Abbott married Joseph Welch on Wednesday, 8 February 1905.

At the age of 84, Charilla Abbott married H. Blanchard on Tuesday, 26 August 1913.

Charilla Abbott died on Friday, 10 April 1914 in Ogden, Weber, Utah at the age of 84 years, 9 months and 6 days.


PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (5) Abigail Smith widow of Stephen Joseph Abbott > Abigail & Stephen's daughter > Charilla Abbott + David Elias Browning.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (7) Phebe Abbott < daughter of (5) above, therefore sister of Charilla Abbott.

History of Utah, Volume IV Biographical by Orson F. Whitney, 1904, George Q. Cannon & Sons, Co. Publishers in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pages 591-592.

History of Utah 1847-1869 by Andrew Love Neff , edited by Leland Hargrave Creer. 1940. Page 351-352.

Letter from Abigail Smith Abbott Brown to Charilla Abbott Browning was submitted by Lois Earl Jones to the DUP "Heart Throbs of the West - Volume 5", 1944 Pages 402-403

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- James Brown of Rowan County, N.C. 1757-1823

- Mary Williams of Rowan County, N.C. 1760-1832

- Stephen Joseph Abbott of, PA 1804-1843

- Abigail Smith of Williamson, N.Y. 1806-1889

- John Fife of Tulliallan, Scotland 1807-1874

- Mary Meek Nicol, Carseridge, Scotland 1809-1850 


- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943

- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944

- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904

- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958

- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967


- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890

- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892

- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945

- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948

- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974

- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954

- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975

- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970

- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973

- (Martha) Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981

- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969

- (Jane) Grant "Duke" Galbraith Brown 1899-1992

- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972

- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960

- (Jane) William Galbraith Brown (child) 1905-1912

- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978

- (Jane) Emma Jean Galbraith Brown Hamilton 1909-1980

- (Elizabeth) (New born female) Webb 1893-1893

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Webb Brown Jones 1895-1982

- (Elizabeth) Marguerite Webb Brown Shill 1897-1991

- (Elizabeth) Donald MacDonald Brown 1902-1971

- (Elizabeth) James Duncan Brown 1904-1943

- (Eliza) Gwen Skousen Brown Erickson Klein 1903-1991

- (Eliza) Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke 1905-2001

- (Eliza) Otis Pratt Skousen Brown 1907-1987

- (Eliza) Orson Erastus Skousen Brown (infant) 1909-1910

- (Eliza) Francisco Madera Skousen Brown 1911-1912

- (Eliza) Elizabeth Skousen Brown Howell 1914-1999

- (Angela) Silvestre Gustavo Brown 1919-

- (Angela) Bertha Erma Elizabeth Brown 1922-1979

- (Angela) Pauly Gabaldón Brown 1924-1998

- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925

- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927

- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936

- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940


- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853

- Phoebe Adelaide Brown Snyder 1855-1930

- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943

- (New born female) Fife 1870-1870

- (Toddler female) Fife 1871-1872


- (Martha Stephens) John Martin Brown 1824-1888

(Martha Stephens) Alexander Brown 1826-1910

(Martha Stephens) Jesse Stowell Brown 1828-1905

- (Martha Stephens) Nancy Brown Davis Sanford 1830-1895

(Martha Stephens) Daniel Brown 1832-1864

(Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924

(Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904

(Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863

(Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916

- (Susan Foutz) Alma Foutz Brown (infant) 1842-1842

- (Esther Jones) August Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Augusta Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Amasa Lyman Brown (infant) 1845-1845

- (Esther Jones) Alice D. Brown Leech 1846-1865

- (Esther Jones) Esther Ellen Brown Dee 1849-1893

- (Sarah Steadwell) James Harvey Brown 1846-1912

- (Mary McRee) George David Black 1841-1913

- (Mary McRee) Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow1847-1903

- (Mary McRee) Margaret Brown 1849-1855

- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930

- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903

- (Mary McRee) Josephine Vilate Brown Newman 1858-1917

- (Phebe Abbott) Stephen Abbott Brown (child) 1851-1853

- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930

- (Cecelia Cornu) Charles David Brown 1856-1926

- (Cecelia Cornu) James Fredrick Brown 1859-1923

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Sarah Brown c. 1857-

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859


- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932

- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897

- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904

- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944

- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827

- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891

- (Diane Davis ) Emma Fife (child) 1871-1874

- (Diane Davis) Robert Nicol Fife (infant) 1873-1874

- (Diane Davis) Barnard Fife (infant) 1881-1881

- (Cynthia Abbott) Mary Lucina Fife Hutchins 1868-1950

- (Cynthia Abbott) Child Fife (infant) 1869-1869

- (Cynthia Abbott) David Nicol Fife 1871-1924

- (Cynthia Abbott) Joseph Stephen Fife (child) 1873-1878

- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878


- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979

- (Diana)  Miles Park Romney 1843-1904

- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935

- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898

- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922

- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916

- (Eliza) James Niels Skousen 1828-1912

- (Angela) Maria Durán de Holguin 1876-1955

- (Angela) José Tomás Gabaldón 1874-1915












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