Scott I have in my notes Serling M. Brinley was born Oct 1848 in Ohio.
Mother Mary Elizabeth Varner and father a Brinley.There were two groups of Brinley's in Ohio during this time. One English and the other German.I would think this would be one of the English Brinley's as I have about 10,000 Brinley's with most of them the German Brinley's and do not have anything else on him.
You probably need to check the descendants from Brinley Station, Ohio.
There is also a posting in ancestry.com with contact information of firstname.lastname@example.org
This posting shows Mary born 25 Jul 1831 in New Holland, Pickaway County, Ohio.