Hi, Linda.Glad to see your message.(Your name is familiar - wonder if I e-mailed you at some point in the past?Will have to check my paperwork.)
I'm descended from Stephen Brindley and Mary (she was also called Polly) Horton.In going through some papers my mother had, I found a piece of paper that I recognize to be my grandmother's handwriting, where she has written about Stephen's brothers Asa and Elijah and their wives.Since I had already found a Stephen (that I knew to be my guy), Asa, Elijah, and a couple of others in various Smith Co. censuses and was hypothesizing that they were brothers or cousins, I was delighted, as it proved my guesses.
I am in Portland, OR, but was in TN last year and met a distant cousin named Jodie Grisham.Do you know her?She pointed me to the Methodist Church Cemetery in Chestnut Mound where the graves of Elijah Brindley his wife, Mary Etta Smith, were.Mary Etta's father, William Smith, is also there.Jodie is a great-granddaughter of this couple.
Earlier this year I was e-mailed by David Brindley from Florida, who is descended from a different one of Stephen and Polly's children than I am.
I'd be glad to exchange info, but it sounds as if you have had much more success than I have had.Do you know where the Brindley/DeRossett marriage can be found?Our ONLY connection with the DeRossett name is something my grandmother said many years ago.(She's been gone since 1975.)My grandmother (Ada Robinson Loftis Heine) said that HER mother (Martha Emeline Brindley Robinson) once asked HER father (Stephen Brindley) who HIS mother was, and Stephen's reply was "She was a DeRossett".That snippet is all we've ever had.If correct, it means that the Brindley/DeRossett couple was my (and your) great-great-grandparents.