Re: AL Brantley's
"One record says that his father killed a man and he fled the country."
Thanks for that piece of information. I'm pretty sure there is something in the background that they were secretive aboutApparently his wife, Lucinda Groom, (also know as Lucy)had one son out of wedlock before marring Henry. The son was also named Henry but he went through life as Henry Groom. Since he never used his step-father's surname it is unlikely there was any genetic relationship.
Henry Brantley died about 1860 in Wilcox Co., AL. Lucy moved to Sabine Parish, LA and died in 1890. Henry Groom died in San Jacinto Co, TX ca 1924. A lot of the other kids lived and died near Old Texas, Monroe Co., AL
Grant Johnston, Chico, CA