1829 Sangamon Co, IL. Some historians say he arrived in IL in 1832 but he was involved in events at least 3 yrs prior.
1830 Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. He voted at the Courthouse along with John, Isaac, and William Purvis.
1830 By census time, he and brother-in-law Isaac were the only ones left in the county and they were neighbors, only 6 doors away. John was 20-30 years old with a family consisting of 1 maled under the age of 5, and 1 female also 20-30.
E Nelson Twp, Shelby Co, IL. Following Elizabeth's family, they moved east.
1832 He was a soldier in the Black Hawk War.
His name appears often in Whitley Point Record Bk, Shelby Co, IL:
1836 Wilson Reed against
John Bracken [?]
May 18 Sums. Issued on note $10
81 25 Returned paid in full 10 60
W.G.Haydon J.P. money paid Reed
1837 James H. Poor Plaintiff against
John Bracken defendant
127 action on acpt. 26.33
May 24 Sums. Issued
29 Returned Judgment for
defendt 7.68 1.62 1/2 1.25
Tryed by Jury 2 subpoenas
1838 Parties at Law A. B. C.
Joseph Keller Plaintiff against
Isaac Purvis & John Bracken
208 defendants action on note $16.25
due 25th Dem 1837
Feby 24 Sums Issued 24th Feby I.W.
March 2 Returned and Judgment agst.
Purvis & Bracken for 16.35 68 1.20
March 23 execution Issued to I. Walker
June 9 returned satisfied
1839 Elisha Whitley Adm of
John Whitley Decd. ) action on note
vs. ) for $l40.47
John G. Purvis )
due 29th April 1836
cr $50.00 the llth April 1836
also cr $25.50 this 2nd Feby 1839
Summons Issued 2nd Feby 1839
Subpoena for John Bracken
1840 Parties at Law 32
July 20 this day came before me Amos Waggoner
a Justice of the peace
George Munson and made oath
that John Bracken is indebted
to J.M. Duncan and the said
Munson Requested a garnishe for
the said Bracken and it was granted
July 29 The above garnishee appeared and after
hearing his Evidence Judgment is given
against the said John Bracken the above
garnishee for $6.87 1/2 in favor of J.
M. Duncan and for the use of
George Munson on an account
due on the 25th December next
Amos Waggoner J.P.
1840 Same place John and another male were 30-40 years old at census time. In the household were 2 males under 5, 1 at 5-10, 1 female under 5, 2 at 5-10, and his wife, age 20-30. Elizabeth's brother Thomas was still down the road.
Family tradition says he and Elizabeth took off for CA in the gold rush. She died enroute and his fate is unknown but according to census records, that may be only partially true.
He probably died enroute to CA along with his wife.