Abigail Bradford (1725 – 1827) was the youngest child of the great patriarch of the Hawkins clan, and some would say the founder of its cult, Miles Hawkins.
After her father passed away in 1745, the young Abigail found herself in the strange position as the leader of the extended family. Her oldest sibling, the beloved yet increasingly infuriating sister Mary, and her husband Gustav Halley, had started a feud with her brother, Ebenezer, over the inheritance of Miles’ vast estate. The Halley’s argued that society would not accept the children of Ebenezer and Phebe, called Faith, as the head of an important family. The problem was that Phebe was a former slave descended from African parents. People would only see their children as dark skinned ex-slaves. Or so the Halley’s said.
The Halley’s did win the lawsuit and the inheritance, but always assumed that the Hawkins Branch were plotting to bring them down out of vengeance. Although this was not true, the Hawkins did not have the resolve to try to heal all of the wounds in the extended family.
This left Abigail as the glue that held everything together. Against her desires, she was forced into becoming the matriarch of the extended Hawkins family.
Through her very long life Abigail left a string impression on the family. But more than that, her diary became the crown jewels of the Bradford Branch. Each member through the ages read it and gained insight into how the family worked and why all of the customs and ceremony were practiced the way the were.
It was possible that the diary also held the key to unraveling the mystery of the Halley Branch. For in her long life, Abigail had met every member of that Branch, from her sister Mary up to and including its last member, Benjamin, who was still an infant when Abigail passed away.
As Trevor became more and more embroiled in the family feud, he relied more and more on his branch’s pride possession, Abigail’s diary. Would it help him figure out how to stop the Halley’s before all was lost?
An evil 300 years in the making. A trap set 150 years in the past
The day should have been a normal “family day” at the Hawkins’ Mausoleum, but a premonition followed Trevor into the crypt. To make matters worse, he couldn’t shake his morning vision of a dead woman draped in a funeral-shroud.
After rescuing a girl trapped in the tomb, repressed memories forced him to reevaluate everything. Was his extended family a cult with roots going back to America’s colonial past? Was the evil Benjamin Halley still stalking his tomb after 150 years? Was there any truth to the Power described by the family’s patriarch, Miles Hawkins?
Trevor realized that he was being manipulated and drawn into a trap set in the 19th century, and feared that everyone around him had already been ensnared. Who could he trust? The members of his own family’s Branch, The Bradford’s, like his cousins Bill or Stan? Perhaps members of the Hawkins Branch, such as the beautiful but jaded Amelie? The one Branch he knew not to trust was the extinct Halley Branch.
But the Halley’s were the ones who were welcoming him with open, if dead, arms.
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