My maternal grandmother, Marjorie Smith, nee Brindley, had 6/7 brothers who in the 1890s immigrated from Staffordshire to Florida.My great-grandfather was the youngest and at the last minute decided not to leave. We know that all of the brothers had trunks made for them, including my great-grandfather (Frederick Brindley). We also know that they prospered and had Florida orange groves, but at some time were destroyed either by fire or by disease. We also know that there were no sons by any of the brothers, or at least that survived, only daughters, whom of course married and the name was lost. In the early years of the 2nd World War, I believe that contact was made between my grandmother and a grandson of the immigrant brothers.He had arranged to meet my grandmother when he was stationed in England, but unfortunately his posting was changed and went to the Pacific instead.We believe he must have died for we never heard from again, although we do have a picture of him in his uniform.We know it has his name on the back, but the photo has been lost now for several years but we are still looking for it.
The names of the brothers are not known to us at present, although I would (cheekily) like to get in contact with (Young)Reginald Brindley who would no doubt know their names.He is my grandmother Marjorie Smith's nee Brindley nephew.