Susan left William and returned to her mother, taking their son Thomas with her, and had a second child just after. Haveing no income, she gave the children to William, who placed them with his uncle, Thomas S Bronston of Richmond. The youngerd child later died. In 1844 William filed for divorce claiming abandonment - Susan countered with cruelty. Their divorce was final in 1845 and Susan regained custody of Thomas J Bronston.
William was an officer of the Republican Party in Richmond along with abolitionists Rev John Fee and Cassius Marcellus Clay. Hie politics may heave led him to his 2nd wife, Nancy Bailey (1836–1904) of Newport, KY. Her parents, William Shreve Bailey & Caroline Ann Withnall Bailey "published the only antislavery and...Republican newspaper printed in Kentucky in the 1850s." Nannie learned typesetting from her father at age 12, and continued as a compositor her entire life.
William and "Nannie" were married 28 Jan 1857 or 5 Jan 1858 (conflicting records), and moved to Kansas before 1860. They were the parents of 2 children.
1) Charles Sumner Bronston (c.1859 KY – 1929 IL) 2) Caroline Anna "Carrie" Bronston (1867 KS – 1899 OR)