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 and make expensive explorations there. With her uncle and with his brother, Jonathan Boone, and his brother-in- law, Mr. Calloway, she left Virginia at the age of seventeen years, the family home being established in the neighborhood wherein Daniel Boone achieved world-wide fame, contributing so greatly to the world's history by his explorations in the Blue Grass state. It was Jonathan Boone and his wife who were the parents of Daniel Boone. In Kentucky she became the wife of Zachariah Allen. John Thornton and his wife, great-grandparents of our subject in the paternal line, became pioneer settlers in Texas, removing from North Carolina and Virginia to the Lone Star state, living there under the rule of Governor Samuel Houston when Texas was a separate republic under its own flag, and became known by the name of the Lone Star state, which has since clung to it. Zachariah Allen, the maternal grandfather, was a Revolutionary soldier, who served for seven years in the war for independence. He died in Pike county near Milton, and was buried in what is now known as the French cemetery near the town.

   Mr. Thornton has spent his entire life in this county, pursued his education in the public schools, and prepared for the practice of law, to which he has given his attention for a number of years. He has also served as justice of the peace in Detroit township for twelve years.

                                            JOHN J. BROWNING

   John J. Browning, an honored veteran of the Civil war, now belonging to Hayes post, No. 477, G. A. R., of Summer Hill, Illinois, was born in Bracken county, Kentucky, December 13, 1838. When he was but fifteen years of age he was taken to Palmyra, Marion county, Missouri, by his parents, Andrew and Alice (Chick) Browning, both of whom were natives of Bracken county. The father learned the distiller's trade and was employed in his grandfather's distillery up to the time he removed to Missouri, where he engaged in freighting prior to the advent of railroads. He took up his abode in that state in 1840, and continued to make his home there for some time; but afterward returned to Kentucky, where he died in 1853. His wife long survived him and passed away in her ninetieth year, her remains being interred in Shelby county, Missouri.

   John J. Browning was reared in the usual manner of lads in a country town, and he acquired his education in Palmyra, Missouri. The first money he ever earned was secured by assisting in a livery business, in which he continued for about six years. In 1856 he came to Atlas township, Pike county, and secured employment as a farm hand with William Dustin, a farmer of Atlas township, with whom he remained for two years. He afterward began working for Henry H. Yokem, continuing upon his farm until 1860, at which time he went to Pittsfield, remaining there until the 17th of August, 1861. His patriotic spirit being aroused by the attempt of the south to overthrow the Union caused him to offer his services to his country and he was sworn into the Union army at Camp Butler, Illinois, becoming a member of Company B, Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he remained for three years. During this period he participated in the battle of Fort Harmon, Tennessee, and the engagements at Shiloh, Corinth, Davis Bridge, Holly Springs, the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Jackson, Mississippi, and afterward returned to Vicksburg. Later he was in the engagement at Natchez, Mississippi, and then went with his regiment to Harrisburg, Louisiana, but the enemy evacuated before the arrival of the Union troops, so Mr. Browning, with his command, returned to Natchez and then went to the Big Black River, nine miles from Vicksburg, where the regiment went into camp for the winter. When spring came they marched back to Vicksburg and embarked for Cairo, Illinois, where the Seventeenth Army Corps joined McPherson's command and was reorganized. They took passage on steamboats going to Savannah, Tennessee, and marched to Kingston, Alabama, where Mr. Browning and his corps overtook Sherman's command and under the guidance of that brilliant military leader engaged in the battle of Atlanta. At that time his term of service having expired, Mr. Browning returned to Springfield,


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