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Bradley J. Brookins
Posted by: Phyllis Nilsson (ID *****8058) Date: October 28, 2002 at 09:18:32
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Bradley was born in Maine, the son of James Brookins and Susan Bow. His siblings were Helen, George, and Edward. He had one daughter, Bertha with his first wife Emma Turner. He later married my gr gr grandmother, Mary Jane Craft Hemminger after her husband, Isaac Hemminger, was killed in the Civil War. Mary Jane and Isaac had a daughter, Ella May.

I recently looked at the LDS census for 1880 and discovered in that year he was married to a woman named Jennie, but Mary Jane did not die until January 1881. Also in his houselhold for that year was a wife named Jennie and his married stepdaughter Ellen (Ella?) Warns. The story intrigues me because, if Mary Jane didn't die until 1881, and Bradley was married to Jennie in 1880, why was Mary Jane's daughter living with her stepfather instad of her mother? And who was Jennie? It must have been someone Ella May thought highly of because of all the children she had, only two daughters survived and she named one Jennie (my grandmother).

If anyone can shed any light on this situation, I'd be deeply grateful.


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