Nell Jane (Nellie) NELSON BROWING JEWELL Nellie was the daughter of John Nelson and Narcissus Smith Nelson. She was born ca.1839, perhaps in Pickens Co., SC. She had two sisters: Martha , of whom nothing is known, and Lillian Ann born ca. April 1839 in Pickens Co., SC. Narcissus Smith Nelson was born in 1812 per her tombstone at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Anderson Co., SC, where she is buried with her daughters Lillian and Nellie. Lillian married first a Joseph Nelson, a cousin, I believe. Next, Lillian married a Mr. Ralston. Many Lockaby descendents (c.55) are buried here also.
Nellie married first a Mr. Browning (given name unknown) and lived near Flat Rock, NC. During the Civil War Nellie gave birth to twin girls ca.1864 named Lucinda and Essie Browning. Their family was very poor. Mr. Browning was either a draft dodger or a deserter. He may have been a Union man, as about 50% in the western Carolina Mountains were. Anyway, he refused to leave his poor wife and two infant girls to go fight. He may have known the war was, for all practical purposes, over. A price was placed on his head by the Confederate officials. He hid out in the woods near his home. Nellie took food to him when she could. A neighbor, a Mr. Donaldson, decided to collect the bounty money. He followed Nellie when next she went to see her husband, he saw him, he shot him, he killed him.
Afterwards, Nellie went to the Anderson Co.,SC area and married William Arvin Jewell. They had three children, Narcissus , Samuel Oscar, and Jessie K. Jewell (male). Samuel married an Essie Browning. Was Essie his half-sister? Was this Essie Browning the d/o Nell Jane Nelson Browning Jewell? Was this legal, if so? Nellie’s daughter Essie would have been about ten years Samuel’s senior. Lucinda Browning married John L.Lockaby. They became my grandparents.
Would love to have ANY info about Mr. Browning and his family. Also, I know very little about the rest of the family, as you can see.
Another puzzling footnote: One relative says that Nellie married first a Jewell. Still another possibility is that it wasn’t Browning or Jewell that she FIRST married, but a Lockaby.
This is what makes family history so very interesting. Perry G. McCrary Greenville, SC