I've recently been researching the Brightwells from Pittsylvania and your posting rang a bell.Below are notes I cut and pasted from various web pages.From these notes I constructed the mini family tree below:
Pittsyvania Co. Marriages 1860-1869 BRIGHTWELL, John T., age 40, widowed, occ Farmer, s/o Jason and Jane G. Brightwell to Louisa C. Walters, age 30, widowed, d/o Nathaniel W. and Martha H. Gardner.11 February 1868. Married by W.R. McDonald. Brightwell, Caroline.................to Abner Farmer FARMER, Abner, age 23, widowed, occ Farmer, s/o George Soyars and Aggie his wife to Caroline Brightwell, age 18, single, d/o George and Jane Brightwell.15 May 1869. Married by W.R. McDonald. Brightwell, Elizabeth................to Silvany Gardner GARDNER, Silvany, (no info given) to Elizabeth A. Brightwell, (no info given).16 October 1861.Married by Reuben B. Rucker. Brightwell, Mary.....................to Richard E. Moore MOORE, Richard E., age 20, single, occupation Farmer, son George and Louisa Moore to Mary J. Brightwell, age 25, widowed, daughter of James and Letsey Adams.18 December 1866. Married by William H. Plunkett. Brightwell, Nannie H.................to Jessee S. Bennett BENNETT, Jessee S., age 21, single, occ Farmer, s/o Jessee and Nancy Bennett to Nannie H. Brightwell, age 18, single, d/o John S. and Sarah Brightwell. 14 December 1865. Married by C.C. Chaplin..
Pittsyvania Co. Mixed Probate Records - Book 11, 1834 -1837 Jason Brightwell
Line. Year/Page. Surname of Deceased Given Name of Deceased Surname of Owner of Deceased Given Name of Owner of Deceased Date of Death Sex White Colored Place of DeathCause of Death Age of Deceased Parents of DeceasedWhere Deceased Born Occupation of Deceased Consort of Deceased InformantDesignation of Informant 1859:46JenningsMartha G17/Jul/1859FTRUEPittsylvania Cnty35Yrs1Mo2DaysJ and J G Brightwell Pittsylvania CntyBird T JenningsB T JenningsHusband 1859:55BrightwellJames D00/Jul/1859MTRUEPittsylvania Cnty Pneumonia70YrsPittsylvania CntyTanningWm C BrightwellSon 1859:55BrightwellSarah16/Jan/1859FTRUEPittsylvania Cnty "60YrsPittsylvania CntyJas. D Brightwell"" 1859:55Negro Boy ChildBrightwellWm C01/Sep/1859MFALSESlavePittsylvania Cnty2MoPittsylvania CntyWm C BrightwellMaster
1840 Census Pittsyvania, So. Dist., Pg 142 1 Jane G. Brightwell 40-49 b. 1791/1800 2 Dau 10-14 b. 1826/30 2 Dau 15-19 b. 1821/25 2 Dau 20-29 b. 1811/20
Here's the conclusion I reached from above info: 1 Jason Brightwell b. Est 1780-1800 d. 1834/37 (probate) m. Jane G. Est 1815-1823 2 John T. b. 1827/8 m. 11 Feb 1868 Louisa C. (Gardner) Walters b. 1837/8 2 Martha G. b. (Calculated) 15 Jun 1824 d. 11 Jul 1859 m. Bird T. Jennings d. Aft 1859