1860 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time he and brother, John, were living with their brother, Thomas, and his new family.
Bob served in the Civil War with Co C 126th Reg, IL Vol. He was mentioned often among the McPheeters family letters:
1/5/1863 Enoch Purvis included a note to Bob in a letter to the one of the McPheeters boys. "this is to you and Robert Bracken. you must both write to me as soon as you can.
Dear Friend. well bob I would like to see you but as it is it must be. if you was here now you could take a ride over the nobe for the snow is 4 in deep. do you remember our girl that we was going to see last fall. (she was a cousin to you) if you do pleas send her name and posoffice address for I believe Iwill write her a letter just for fun. if you could you mite send her an introduction to me. if you will do so I will pay you for your trouble as much as you charge. Write soon."
1/10/1864 Duvalls Bluff, Ark. "Bracken are with Perry & I (Rankin McPheeters) to night."
5/4/1864 De Valls Bluff, Ark. "The health of the Co is improveing. Bracken and Martin are going about."
6/22/1864 De Valls Bluff, Ark. "Bracken and Perry are all in good health."
11/2/1864 Pine Bluff, Ark. "Bracken and Gennett both have chills yet."
12/30/1864 Pine Bluff, Ark. "Gillham, Martin, Bracken & Jones are all as fat as hoges and are as lazy as a New foundland Pup."
1870 Jonathan Creek Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. Back home again before census time, Robert was already established as a farmer with property worth $1000/600. He was 31, Emoline was 29, and living with them was 9 year old Lincoln Flemings, born IL. They lived between cousin Jamrs Purvis and Uncle Jeremiah Standerfer.