John C. Brackley, my 1st cousin 5x removed, was born on this date in 1818, in Freeman, Maine, the second of eight children born to John Brackley and Mary Trumball, and their second son.
John married Lois B. Collins in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 13, 1842. However, there is no evidence of the couple residing in either Maine or Massachusetts in the 1850 US Census.
The married couple and their children do appear in the town of Freeman, in the federal censuses for 1860, 1870, and 1880. In each, John is listed as either a laborer or a farmer. Some evidence suggests that John went to California during the Gold Rush, which may explain the gap in the ages of daughter Julia and son Charles. Others mention that he held several town positions in Freeman during his life, including selectman and treasurer.
Together, they had six children:
Marcia, b. 1844
Orren, b. 1845*
Julia E., b. 1847
Charles Eugene, b. 1851
Silas Franklin, b. 1860
Walter M., b. 1865
*Son Orren fought with Co. B, 1st Battalion, Maine Light Infantry, during the Civil War, and rose to the rank of Corporal.
John passed away of April 13, 1897 in Freeman, at the age of 78. His wife Lois followed him in death three years later, in 1900. They are buried together in the Brackley Cemetery, in Phillips, Maine.
1860 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M653_435; Page: 851; Image: 266; Family History Library Film: 803435.
1870 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M593_543; Page: 75A; Image: 153; Family History Library Film: 552042.
1880 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 479; Family History Film: 1254479; Page: 438C; Enumeration District: 072; Image: 0633.
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 20 Nov 2014), memorial page for John Brackley (1818-1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107441475, citing Brackley Cemetery, Phillips, Maine.
Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 20 Nov 2014), memorial page for Lois B Collins Brackley (1817-1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105773319 , citing Brackley Cemetery, Phillips, Maine.
Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980, images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-40629-20620-56?cc=2241461&wc=MFZM-1Z9:1019035401 : accessed 12 Sep 2014), Brackett, Mary L-Bragg, May M > image 198 of 1578; citing Maine State Library, Augusta, Maine.
"Public Member Trees," database, Ancestry.com, "C. Winter family tree," for John C Brackley (b. 20 Nov 1818), with linked images.
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