I have been to the Virginia Archives.I found lots of tidbits but I didn't find the thing I really wanted-PROVEN parentage of Samuel Brightwell.I did find out that my previous theory that Samuel was a son of Barnett Brightwell & Mary Guill is wrong.I now have him listed as a son of Reynold Brightwell & Drucilla Allmand. Below are some of the changes & additions to my first posting:
Children of Reynold Brightwell & his two wives:
1)Charles Brightwell (SR) (1756-1847) md Nancy _____.When his son William Brightwell (JR) died in 1861, his death record gave his parents as Charles & MARY.Is that a mistake? Or was she Nancy Mary? Or was Charles previously married to a Mary before he married Nancy?? 2)Barnett Brightwell (SR) (b.pre.1762-d.abt.1830) md Mary Guill (d.abt.1836) 3)Nancy Brightwell (b.abt.1767-d.aft.1839) md Anderson Brightwell. 4)Elizabeth Brightwell (b.pre.1774-d.(1789-1794)) md William Guill.I believe she is the mother of Byrd Guill (b.abt.1791VA-d.abt.1826TN) 5)William Brightwell (b.abt.1779-d.abt.1831) md Mary Young (b.abt.1785-d.30 Nov 1861) 6)Samuel Brightwell (b.1780-1784VA--d.1842-1849Clarke Co GA) md a)Betsy Moon b)Frances Berry.Most descendants lived in Georgia.Son Archibald Runnels Brightwell (1805GA-1878VA) went back to Prince Edward Co VA 7)Lucy Brightwell (b.pre.1790) md 1811 Pr.Edw.Co.VA to Samuel Thackston.In 1828, an inventory was done on the estate of Samuel Thackston and Lucy Thackston was administrator; in 1829 another inventory was done on the estate of Samuel Thackston and Shepherd Thackston was administrator--does that mean that Lucy had died?? 8)Oney (NOT Amy) Brightwell (b.pre.1785) md 1806 Pr.Edw.Co.VA to Robert Martin.But before she married him, she had Obadiah Brightwell in 1805.Obadiah died in 1860 in Campbell Co VA and his death records gives his parents name as "Oney Brightwell".