For those who study the life of John Browning the Curt Gentry book is a required read. This short excerpt covers the time Browning completed the Single Shot and married Rachel.
"On April 10, 1879, John Moses Browning married Rachel Teresa Child.
"Rachel's father, Warren G. Child, merchant and landowner, had passed the Browning shop too many times to be entirely pleased with his daughter's choice. Still, he had to admit that John was a good-looking young man, a practicing Mormon who did not smoke or drink. He gave the couple his blessing, together with a cookstove, bedroom set, cottage organ, and a cow. Delivery on all these items had to be delayed until their new house was finished; the Browning adobe was already crowded, and the cow, which would not "come in fresh" for some months, was comfortable on a farm that Mr. Child owned. Rachel had to wait about a year for her house, as nearly as we can estimate.
"By the time the house was finished, John was building his new shop downtown and was so pressed for money that he could add to father Child's contributions only a few essentials: kitchen table and chairs, a few dishes and utensils, and two indispensables, a rocking chair and a cradle. It has become a Browning family legend that after Rachel had arranged and rearranged, making as brave a showing as possible with the little she had to work with, John looked through the house, frowned thoughtfully and said, "It seems a little crowded, Rachel, but I believe there is still room for the cow."
"Jonathan's health was failing rapidly. One of the greatest pleasures of his life occurred when John handed him the finished single-shot rifle to test-fire. "He stood as straight as he had at the turkey shoots in Tennessee," John remarked, "loaded, closed the action, fired, snapped out the empty and asked for another cartridge." Gunmaker himself, Jonathan was devoutly proud in the knowledge that he had sired a greater gunmaker, and had helped to give direction to his talent.
"Jonathan died on June 21, 1879, in his seventy-fourth year. "Died of weariness," John said. "He had worked so hard that, finally tired out he went to sleep and didn't wake up." He had turned the shop over to John a year before his death, saying, "You've earned it ten times over John Mose, and anyhow, it's not much of a gift. Maybe if you run it your way you can make something of it."
"John became nominal head of the brothers of the second two families by right of age; he had never assumed authority over them, although they always looked up to him."