I think I see where the confusion lies -- to my knowledge, there was no "he, she or they" that did exhaustive research at one time on the Brightwell surname.The boxes of family group sheets, correspondence, obituaries, etc. that I have was given was compiled over many, many years by a fellow researcher who collected information on Brightwells as she found it or as it was sent to her.If someone contacted her about a Brightwell that wasn't in her line, she'd request family group sheets from the person seeking information about their Brightwell ancestors, then go through her files & send them whatever information she had, if any, to help them.She eventually was contacted by so many seeking information on their various Brightwell families, she became somewhat of a "clearinghouse" & she was able to help many people get leads on their research.
The information that she sent to me was mailed in several shipments and is sorted into different boxes, folders & notebooks.When I have time, I grab the next one & start putting that information into my database, scanning or transcribing & I'll keep on until it's finished.I was sent the VA information first, I assume, because my Brightwell ancestors are from Prince Edward, King William, etc.
I don't know if you've been to my website, but I've put close to 2,000 pages online & I research all lines of both my maternal & paternal families -- I don't just concentrate on the Brightwell surname.Sometimes I "take a break" from my family research & transcribe other materials to put online just to help other researchers -- I transcribed the complete 1860 Amelia Co. & Prince Edward Co. (VA) censuses because they weren't online anywhere else.I've transcribed some books, lists of Confederate soldiers, etc. that aren't related to me at all.And before too long, I'll start going to the VA State Library Archives again (been many years since I haven't had small children at home, but my youngest just started kindergarten) -- can't wait to see what new "goodies" I run across there to add to the site.Only problem is that parking is expensive, so I won't be able to go as often as I used to before I more kids. (There I go rambling . . . :)
You said that you have your NC Brightwell information back to the 1700's -- if you'd like to share that with other researchers & can't put it online -- if you'd like to send it to me, I'll be happy to add it to the Brightwell section of my site just as I do w/ the information that other researchers send to me.
Hope that answers your question & that you have a great day (rainy & yucky here -- bah humbug)