Mary was in the forefront of the women's liberation movement in turn of the century Northeastern Missouri.
Seriously: I only have quiet family rumors. I believe that Mary was slow. Her mother Elizabeth may not have been real quick, either. Somehow a mulatto, Ella "Brumbaugh", shows up in the family. Whether Elizabeth gave birth, or just took her in and called her "daughter', or what, no one knows. No doubt, George and Sherman, Mary's twin sons had to grow up tough. The Brumbaugh boys did seem to live for a fight.
A lady at a Brumbaugh family reunion told me that Jacob Thomas, a wealthy farmer that employed Mary gave her a brand new buggy and a team of horses to leave with when it became known that she was pregnant with what was to be the twin boys. Two of Mary's grandsons were convinced that their grandfather was a neighboring rich farmer named Eversole. They based their belief on the cleft palate that showed up in both families ???
Mary's grandfather married, I think married, Rebecca Spidle in Ohio. I thought Rebecca's husband David had died, but I wonder. A David Spidle shows up in the Ohio census. John and Rebecca's daughter Katherine Spidle, took the Brumbaugh name and had an offspring from a mulatto. So, the Brumbaugh's were way ahead of the times in America. Today, they would be perfectly mainstream. There is a measure of how much America has changed.
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