Michael, I am interested in the information you have on Jefferson's father, Leonard.I have the following information on Jefferson BRIGHTWELL of Meigs County, TN:
Born c. 1841 in TN; is listed as age 29 on the 1870 FC of Meigs county, TN; farmer
Listed w/ Nancy BRIGHTWELL, head of household, age 55 on 1850 Meigs County, TN FC; Jefferson is the youngest child and is listed as age 11--which would make his date of birth more likely circa 1839.Other child listed is Matilda C., age 12.
The timing suggests that Jefferson is the youngest child of Leonard and Nancy BRIGHTWELL.Leonard died circa 1839.Meigs county court records dated Tuesday, 2 July 1839 indicate Nancy is the Executrix of last will and testament of Leonard BRIGHTWELL, deceased.I have seen one source indicating that this Leonard (not Leonard Lemuel)was born circa 1800.Wife Nancy born circa 1795.I have not yet been able to ascertain who Leonard's father was.I also have a suspicion that this Leonard may have been a James or Gains Leonard?I am struggling to find anything on this Leonard.
1830 Rhea Co., TN census records list Leonard BRIGHTWELL, p. 368 as follows: Males1 < 5 25-10 110-15 130-40Leonard Females 3 < 5 15-10 110-15 115-20 130-40Nancy
1840 Rhea County, TN FC Nancy and 1 male < 5 and 2 females 5-10
Jefferson's Siblings: 1.William E.b. 23 Dec 1819; md. Martha EADES(?)He fought w/ other brothers in 7th AR Confederate Infantry; traveled to same counties w/other BRIGHTWELLs below, so suspect he is firstborn of Leonard; also owned land adjacent to others in Stone County, AR; 7 children I know of. 2.Leonardb. 1820; possibly married Drusilla BLACKWELL; owned land Izard county, AR (Index to the Tract Books for Izard and Stone counties in AR); 3 children known. 3.Elginb. TN circa 1822/3; md. 1/Eliza ARMSTRONG; md. 2/Mary Jane HOUSER, Meigs County, TN.In Meigs County in 1850, but in 1860, was in Independence County, AR.Was TN Volunteer in 1847; fought in 7th Confederate Infantry; 13 children known; lived until 1898 4. Gainumb.c. 1823/4 in TN; md.1/ Nancy WALKER; md.2/ Nancy A. HOUSER in Meigs County, TN.Went to AR in 1850's; fought (captain) 7th AR Confederate Infantry and 8th cavalry/musician in the 5th TN Volunteers; farmer; died late 1860's of typhus; wife died around the same time; 9 children known; youngest children went to live with other relatives upon parents' deaths.My husband's direct line. 5.Daughters of Leonard and Nancy include Sally- b. 1825, Milly Ann-b.c. 1825, ? Lucinda, Lety B./Letta-b.c. 1834-6, and Matilda C.-b.c. 1837/8. 6.Jefferson BRIGHTWELLb.c. 1839; md.1/ Nancy J. GAMBLE; md.2/ Mahaley ARMSTRONG; md.3/ Margaret Jane WHITMORE; md.4/ Juda (Judy) CLEVENGER; remained in Meigs Co., TN until just before the 1900 census when he was found in AR.Only have 4 children listed so far:Nancy Jane(with Nancy GAMBLE), md. John CLEVENGER on 26 May 1886 as his second wife; (with Juda) Mary E.- b. Jun 1872, James K.- b. Oct 1879, Jefferson B.- b. Sep 1886.Nancy, his mother, living with him in 1870, Meigs Co., TN; also in home 1870-Letta and Martin; Letta probably Lety B. and her son, Martin BUNCH.
I sure hope this information helps.I am looking forward to learning more about Leonard, b.c. 1800.Who is Leonard's father?This is the great mystery!