Lynn, It has been over a year since I visited this site.I have pages from a old (date ?)history of the George Cleaver Brightman family, taken from George C's family bible and reprinted from the Commonwealth of Mass abstracts.It documents the tale of George C's journey to Goliad, TX.(A neighbor who was a genealogist gave these to me back in the '80's, but they are devoid of title/publisher info.)I would be glad to send copies of these pages to you.If you recognize this document, and are already in possession of them; I would be greatful for the reference info to attach to them.
My Wm Brightman journeyed from RI to LA, where his daughters were born; and then on to Goliad, where dau Elizabeth m. Stephen F Minton, a Goliad TX Ranger.I have never found an "absolutely definitive" document to tie Wm as George's brother and Thomas's son.