William Henry Brookman was a veteran of the Civil War and in later
years would relate so vividly the fear and torture he experienced when 
lying for the entire night on the battle field. He received a pension, 
enough to keep his family without body labors on his part. He did the 
family buying and grocery shopping.

William Henry was married three times. The first wife was Harriet 
Donoho, the daughter of Billie Donoho and his wife, Betty Hatchett. To 
this union was born one son, Sam Brookman. After the death of Harriet 
he married Elizabeth Dale Simmons, the widow of Marcus A. Simmons. Two 
daughters were born: Rose and Eldora, who married a Myers. After the 
death of Elizabeth he married Rebecca Meador. 
Children are as listed: Adelia, who married Berry Brewer; Arthur, who 
married Elza Cantrell; Charles Delbert, who married Nona Howard;
Silas E., who married Effie Hawkins; William, and Grace.

Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.

Source: "Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois"
Jefferson County Historical Society
Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX Page 101
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer

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