Yes! David; Most definatly Edward Jr , son of old Edward was the one who Adopted the orphans and gave them the Gandy name, I have fairly good proof that they were the children of Edward And Temperence Atkinson Gandy' daughter Elizabethwho married one of the Whiddon /Whitton boys who lived nearby. Why I dare not say but mostly likey he was killed in war and Elizabeth died from a disease. And the Gandy Grandparents adopted them.
Now, I believe a Brinkley is being skipped by some researchers and have given Old Brinkley, Edward Jr's brother , too many wives. Now, Edward Jr's own son, Amos had a son John and I bet he had a son Brinkley also. I believe John may have had a son , Brinkley in that generation plus my Brittain Sr. most likely had a Brinkley as didthe other brothers of Edward Jr , Brinkley Sr and Brittain Sr. People have over looked them because of the research of the Brinkley lines and Edward Jr and Amos's lines is so well known and publicized.
Plus, our old Emphius (sp) Gandy did NOT go into N. J. that was another line who must be related to old Edward Gandy Sr.. Our Emphius came south too with rest of that Gandy linage according to research I have recently done. He must have had a family also with his brothers given names unless he had all daughters. He served in Rev. War with someone from N. J. and was a witness for the man's Rev War pension application but did not live in N. J. Please, Keep in touch. Blessings; Evelyn