I still do not have PROOF that Samuel Brightwell was a son of Reynold Brightwell & 2nd wife Drucilla Almand but I believe he was.I still see numerous reports on the internet that say he was a son of Barnett Brightwell & Mary Guill-but that is DEFINITELY WRONG.
Generation No. 1
1.SAMUEL1 BRIGHTWELL was born Bet. 1780 - 1784 in VA, and died Bet. 1842 - 1849 in Clarke Co GA.He married (1) BETSY MOON 1803 in Prince Edward Co VA, daughter of PLEASANT MOON.He married (2) FRANCES BERRY 29 August 1809 in Oglethorpe Co GA, daughter of WILLIAM BERRY and SUSANNAH (TAYLOR?).She was born Abt. 1793 in Oglethorpe Co GA, and died November 1872 in Walton Co GA.
Census: 1820 Oglethorpe Co GA; 1830 Jackson Co GA; 1840-1860 Clarke Co Ga; 1870 Morgan Co GA
Children of SAMUEL BRIGHTWELL and BETSY MOON are:
i. MOSES2 BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1803, Prince Edward Co VA; d. 1880, Newton Co GA; m. MARGARET "PEGGY" PHILLIPS, 1841, Newton Co GA; b. Abt. 1811, GA; d. Aft. 1880.
Notes for MOSES BRIGHTWELL:
Moses was listed on the 1824 Oglethorpe Co GA tax list; bought land in Clarke Co Ga in 1830; sold it in 1832; bouhgt land in 1835 in Newton Co Ga .I am NOT sure that he was Samuel Brightwell's son.
Census: 1840-1880 Newton Co GA.
ii. ARCHIBALD RUNNELLS BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1804, Elbert Co GA; d. 1878, Prince Edward Co VA; m. HARRIETT HILL, 1835, Prince Edward Co Va; b. Abt. 1814, VA; d. Aft. 1870, VA.
Notes for ARCHIBALD RUNNELLS BRIGHTWELL:
Listed on the 1824 Oglethorpe Co GA tax list.Moved to Virginia between 1829 & 1835.
Census: 1840 Lunenburg Co Va; 1850 Charlotte Co VA; 1860 Prince Edward Co VA
Children of SAMUEL BRIGHTWELL and FRANCES BERRY are:
iii. MARTHA2 BRIGHTWELL, b. Bet. 1810 - 1815, OglethorpeCo GA; d. Bet. 1840 - 1850, Clarke Co GA; m. JOHN WOOD, 02 June 1831, Clarke Co GA; b. GA; d. Bet. February - March 1883, OconeeCo GA.
Notes for MARTHA BRIGHTWELL:
Clarke Co GA Superior Court Records--
Aug 1837:John Wood vs Martha Wood-libel for divorce
Martha was listed as head of household in the 1840 Clarke Co GA census with 3 children.
John Wood remarried in 1839 to Fannie Kelley.In 1850, Elizabeth & William were living with their father; Mary Ann was living with her maternal aunt, Susan Brightwell Hannay
Notes for JOHN WOOD:
John & Fanny Wood were listed on the list of paupers in Oconee Co GA in May 1882;records (Mar 6 1883) show that Nathan T Elder was paid for making a coffin for John Wood.Fanny was still on the pauper list in Jan 1884.
iv. MARSHALL F BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1813, OglethorpeCo GA; d. April 1870, Bartow Co GA; m. MARTHA HATCHER, 1844, DeKalb Co GA; b. Abt. 1829, SC; d. 28 March 1921, Bartow Co GA.
Notes for MARSHALL F BRIGHTWELL:
Census:1850 not found, 1860 Cass Co GA; 1870-1920 Bartow Co GA
Listed in the 1841 & 1842 Clarke Co GA tax digest
v. WILLIAM BARNETT BRIGHTWELL, b. 30 December 1816, OglethorpeCo GA; d. 15 December 1899, Fulton Co GA; m. (1) MARY ADALINE CAIN; b. Abt. 1822, GA; d. Bet. 1880 - 1886, Fulton Co GA; m. (2) DELILAH HOLCOMB-REED; b. 22 November 1834; d. 14 February 1926.
Notes for WILLIAM BARNETT BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850 DeKalb Co GA; 1860-1880 Fulton Co GA
Buried in Brightwell Cemetery, near Dunwoody, Fulton Co GA (unmarked)
vi. FRANCES SUSAN BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1822, Oglethorpe Co GA; d. Aft. 1880, Walton Co GA; m. JOHN HANNAY, 1841, Clarke Co GA; b. 1798, Scotland; d. Bet. 1847 - 1849, Clarke Co GA.
Notes for FRANCES SUSAN BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850-1860 Clarke Co GA; 1870 Morgan Co GA; 1880 Walton Co GA
vii. MARY J BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1825, GA; d. April 1880, McWhorter, Douglas Co GA; m. WILSON LUMPKIN DAVENPORT, 1847, Clarke Co GA.
Notes for WILSON LUMPKIN DAVENPORT:
Census:1850-??, 1860 Cherokee Co NC; 1870 Cobb Co GA; 1880 Douglas Co GA; 1900-1910 Carroll Co GA.
He remarried in 1881 Coweta Co Ga to Emily Grimes.He was a Methodist ministor.
viii. CALENDER BRIGHTWELL, b. 21 June 1827, GA; d. 04 May 1872, Fulton Co GA; m. WILLIAM BELL, Clarke Co GA; b. Maine; d. Bet. 1850 - 1860, GA.
Notes for CALENDER BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850 Murray Co GA; 1860-1870 Fulton Co GA
Buried Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton Co GA
ix. HARRIETT BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1829, GA; d. Aft. 1860.
Notes for HARRIETT BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850-1860 Clarke GA
Listed as "insane" in 1860 census
x. OPHELIA BRIGHTWELL, b. Bet. 22 January 1831 - 1836, GA; d. 18 August 1892, Cobb Co GA; m. IRVIN L ROBERTSON, 03 June 1858, Cass (Bartow) Co GA; b. 11 June 1831; d. 23 October 1893.
Notes for OPHELIA BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850 Clarke Co GA; 1860 not found; 1870-1880 Cobb Co GA
Buried Kennesaw, Cobb Co GA
xi. AMANDA CAROLINE "CARRIE" BRIGHTWELL, b. Abt. 1833, GA; d. 1903, Cobb Co GA.
Notes for AMANDA CAROLINE "CARRIE" BRIGHTWELL:
Census: 1850-1860 Clarke Co GA; 1870 Morgan Co GA; 1880 Walton Co GA; 1900 DeKalb Co GA
Buried Kennesaw, Cobb Co Ga