‘Sister Wives’: A Breakdown of the Browns’ Tangled Family Tree

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kody Brown and his four wives

The huge Brown household—with one patriarch (Kody
), 4 wives (Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn
), and 18 kids, has graced our screens on TLC’s Sister Wives
for round a decade now. But, regardless of their openness about their observe of polygamy,
the Browns keep comparatively quiet about their uncommon faith, a sect of fundamentalist
Mormonism often known as the Apostolic
United Brethren

Members of the AUB generally have considerably tangled household timber, given the rarity of their faith, their observe of polygamy, and the variety of kids they have an inclination to have.

The Sister Wives household tree is not any exception. Although Kody is just not associated to any of his wives, there are numerous odd connections inside the household—and to different well-known polygamous households from actuality reveals like TLC’s Seeking Sister Wife.

Kody Brown and his four wives
Robyn, Meri, Kody, Christine, and Janelle Brown | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Janelle was as soon as married to Meri’s brother

Janelle, Kody’s second spouse, was as soon as married to Meri’s
brother Adam
. The union lasted lower than two years, from 1988 to 1990. The younger
couple had no kids and divorced pretty amicably, dividing
up their assets
merely with none back-and-forth within the courts.

Because Janelle divorced Meri’s brother and went on to marry
her husband, some Sister Wives followers have speculated that this unusual
connection—and the transition from being a sister-in-law to a sister spouse—led
to the breakdown in Meri and Janelle’s relationship of their early years.

According to Soap Dirt, Janelle allegedly even fell in love with Kody and obtained to know Meri whereas she was nonetheless with Adam. The Browns have by no means confirmed this, nevertheless.

Janelle’s mother and Kody’s dad have been married

Kody’s father, William Winn
, sadly handed away in 2013 on the age of 78 in Wyoming. Around the
time Kody joined the AUB, his father additionally grew to become a fundamentalist
and subsequently practiced polygamy himself. And when he died, one
of his three widows was Sheryl Brown, Janelle’s mom, according
to Starcasm

Janelle and her mother Sheryl grew to become occupied with becoming a member of the Browns’ new religion at across the similar time of their lives. As Janelle grew near Kody, Sheryl grew near Kody’s father. The two married even earlier than the Sister Wives star married his second spouse.

Maddie’s husband Caleb is the brother of Kody’s sister-in-law

Brown Brush
, certainly one of Janelle and Kody’s grownup daughters, is fortunately married
to Caleb
, with whom she has two younger kids.

Maddie and Caleb even have an fascinating household connection of
their very own. (They aren’t blood-related, like all the opposite {couples} we’re discussing.)

Kody’s beloved brother, Curtis Brown, tragically handed away in 2013 on the younger age of 34 in a motorbike accident. According to Radar Online, the late Curtis’ spouse, Erica Brush Brown, was Caleb’s sister, making her Kody’s sister-in-law. That implies that Maddie technically married her aunt’s brother—though, once more, there was no blood relation.

Aspyn’s husband Mitch is expounded to a different TV sister spouse

Brown Thompson
, certainly one of Kody’s daughters along with his third spouse, Christine, married
Mitch Thompson, a childhood friend and a member of the Browns’ church, in 2018.
Aspyn’s husband, Mitch, has a connection to a different TLC polygamist household—the Alldredges
from Seeking
Sister Wife

Vanessa Alldredge, the primary spouse of Jeff Alldredge, is Mitch’s sister. Jeff’s second spouse, Sharis Alldredge, even spoke up on social media to disclose that they have been good buddies with the Browns and regularly frolicked with them again in Utah.

Robyn’s ex-husband David Preston Jessop is Christine’s first cousin and Kody’s third cousin

Christine Brown was initially Christine Jessop. And the
identify “Jessop” is well-known within the fundamentalist Mormon neighborhood, as many well-known
AUB households who observe polygamy share that identify.

Another Jessop, David
Preston Jessop
, was really married to Kody’s fourth spouse, Robyn, for a
variety of years. David and Robyn had three kids—Dayton, Aurora, and Breanna—whom
Kody ultimately adopted after legally
divorcing Meri
and marrying Robyn.

According to The
Ashley’s Reality Roundup
, Robyn’s ex (a former member of the AUB) is linked
to the Sister Wives household in a number of methods. He is allegedly associated to
Meri via multiple of her polygamous father’s wives. He’s additionally allegedly
Christine’s first cousin and Kody’s third cousin.

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