We just got back from a convention in Kansas City, MO, and I'm catching up on my email.
You ask about the relationship of Hopkins Brite to Albertus and Patience Hopkins Bright. Hopkins Brite (1) was the son of Albertus and Patience. There followed several other boys named Hopkins who were related to the first Hopkins. I do not know the birth date of Hopkins Brite (1) but he died in Meade County, Kentucky, in 1825. He married Nancy ? who, after the death of Hopkins, married Benjamin Gresgby (Grigsby?) in 1830.
Let me answer your questions as best I can, in the order you asked:
1]Could it be that Hopkins was a brother to Albertus, or did he go by another name? The same is true of Dennis.
The answer to this is neither. There are several males with the name Albertus/Albert in consecutive generations and the same is true for the name Denis as well as the names Tobias and Hopkins. Continue on for the rest of this answer.
2]...in Shelby County, KY, Daniel Brite married Polly Ford (dau. of Eliash) on Sept. 23, 1812. Dennis married Polly Ford (dau. of Elisha) on the same date. How does all of this fit into the family history?
I have no record of a Daniel Bright/Brite in my mother's books nor in my own notes. I do have Dennis marrying Polly Ford. I have not looked into this couple but you might try the Ford Family Forum, message #6132. I can't guarantee the the info given in it, but it might be a jumping off point for you.
3]I can account for Hopkins Bright (born 1808) and some of his descendents, but I am having difficulty tying in Hopkins with his ancestors.
If you are starting with Hopkins (b. 1808), you need to go back at least one generation. Your man is Hopkins (2). He is the son of of Hopkins (1), son of Albertus and Patience and married to Nancy ?.Dennis (1) m. Polly Ford was also the son of Hopkins Brite (1) and Nancy ?. Hopkins (2) and Dennis (1) were brothers and the grandsons of Albertus and Patience.
I would be happy to continue this conversation, but I need to unpack and settle in at home again. If you would like, we could continue this privately. I hesitate to put facts that I have not verified on the Forum...they tend to take on a life of their own, true or not! Let me know what you think.