‘Sister Wives’: How Kody Brown and Robyn’s Ex-Husband David Preston Jessop Are Related

Before the Sister Wives star, Robyn Brown married Kody Brown, she was married to David Preston Jessop. Interestingly, Kody Brown and David Preston Jessop are related. Here’s how Robyn’s current husband and ex-husband’s family trees are intertwined.

Kody Brown wearing a flannel shirt sitting next to Robyn Brown, who is wearing a floral shirt on,'Sister Wives' | TLC
Kody Brown and Robyn Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

Robyn’s marriages to David Preston Jessop and Kody Brown

Robyn and her ex-husband, David Jessop, married in 1999 when she was 21-years-old. They have three children together — Dayton Brown, Aurora Brown, and Breanna Brown. Robyn and David Jessop divorced after 11 years of marriage in 2009.

Robyn Brown and Kody Brown on their honeymoon in San Diego, California on 'Sister Wives.'
Robyn Brown and Kody Brown, ‘Sister Wives’

In the Brown family’s memoir, Becoming Sister Wives- The Story of an Unconventional Marriage, Robyn revealed why they divorced. Robyn wrote:

“I tried my hardest to make the marriage work, both for our own sake and for the sake of the three children my ex-husband and I had together. But what started off as unstable disintegrated into something destructive. After seven and a half years of marriage, we separated. A year and a half later, we were divorced.

Both my marriage and its collapse were incredibly difficult for me. I suffered a lot of pain and hardship. I had been badly mistreated and misled by my ex-husband. While I knew that he was the source of a lot of my grief, part of me still believed that I was a failure because I hadn’t been able to make my relationship work.”

Page 62 of Becoming Sister Wives — The Story of an Unconventional Marriage

After her divorce in 2009, she met Kody at a church dance, and they began courting. On May 22, 2010, Kody and Robyn married spiritually. Then, Meri Brown divorced Kody so that he could legally marry Robyn with the purpose of adopting her children. Robyn and Kody legally married on Dec 11, 2014.

Many Sister Wives fans have pointed out how similar David Jessop and Kody Brown look (via Reddit). According to Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Kody and David are actually third cousins. Technically, Kody is blood-related to his adopted children from Robyn’s marriage to David.

As members of a small sect of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) called the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) that promotes polygamy. It’s no wonder that they’re related.

Not only is David related to Kody, but he’s also related to Kody’s wives, Meri Brown and Christine Brown. According to the site, David is Christine’s first cousin. And Meri is related to David through his father, Louis Jessop’s “other” wives.

Meri Brown and Christine Brown hugging on Coyote Pass on 'Sister Wives' | TLC
Meri Brown and Christine Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

It’s no secret that the fundamentalist Mormons have some tangled family trees. Even the Brown family’s trees have crossed over in many strange ways.

Sister Wives Season 16 “One on One” reunion episode airs Sunday, Jan 30 on TLC and discovery+.

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