Amanda Brumley was my great grand-aunt. Her middle name was Elizabeth and people called her Mandy for short. She was born on July 3, 1855 in Herman, Gasconade, Missouri. Her parents were Willis Brumley and Mary "Polly" Johns.
Amanda Brumley had three siblings and two half-siblings; William "Bill", Nancy Ann "Aunt Coon", John, Alice Florence and Isaac Walter (my great-grandfather) Brumley. Her mother died ca. 1860 sometime after her brother John Brumley was born in Mt. Sterling, Gasconade, Missouri.
On December 19, 1872 in Vienna, Maries, Missouri she married John Henry Gilmore at the age of seventeen years old. They had three children; William Willis, James Charles and David Samuel Gilmore.
Amanda Brumley for whatever reason left her marriage and her three children behind sometime between 1879 to 1886 in Osage County, Missouri. She apparently moved to another county and by doing so John Henry Gilmore could not find her and had to put an advertisement in the local paper stating the reasons why he was divorcing Amanda.
On February 6, 1886 John Henry Gilmore was granted a divorce from Amanda Elizabeth Brumley in Maries County, Missouri.
On September 6, 1897 Amanda Brumley Gilmore married George W. Foster in Hermann, Gasconade, Missouri. They had five children; Georgia Lee, Rice, Pearl Florence, Ella Mae and George Foster.
Amanda Brumley-Gilmore-Foster remained in Gasconade County, Missouri raising their family as per the census of 1900 and 1910. On December 1, 1919 died at the age of 64 of Cerebral Apoplexy (Stroke). She was buried at the Methodist Cemetery in Rosebud, Missouri.
My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and I always had questions about Amanda Brumley and her marriages. We talked to other relatives who knew her directly and they never did confide in us about why she left her Gilmore family and started a new family with another person. Again, one of those mystery women in our Brumley Branches Genealogy that has been hard to track down over the years.