Hi Sheila, thank you very much for your information. I cannot say if there is a connection, yet. I will keep this information on file in case later I find out more.I suppose as names are often passed down this could be a possibility that my Martha was from this family.
All I have so far is that the name Brindley was passed down my mother-in-laws family as a middle name for the men. The story being that they were descended from a brother of James the engineer and were very proud of that name.
Going backwards, the mother of my mother-in-law was Mary Leach, supposedly (on her daughter's marriage certificate) born in London, Feb 14th 1867, though a search for her birth certificate in UK with those details was unsuccessful.
Mary Leach moved toB.C. Canada in the late 1800's with at least one sister (Ann). She married in B.C. and died there. Her parents were Thomas Leach and Martha Brindley. I am guessing that Martha Brindley may have been born in the 1840's. I was also doubtful about the London origin as so many Brindleys are from the Staffordshire area.
I did find 3 Martha Brindleys on the Free BMD for that likely time period. One in 1845, Born Macclesfield, one 1845, born Stoke on T, and one born 1848, born Ashton Under L. I was thinking of sending for the birth certficates, but then, I still wouldn't really know if I had the right one. I can't find the marriage recorded on 'FreeBMD' of Martha and Thomas.