Re: John Brightwell 1880 Tennessee--Father Born NC.
My records show John H.(Hayden)Brightwell,born 1826 in Tennessee.Married to Sarah F. Thompson, born 1833 in Tennessee.
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Father to John H. is Leonard Brightwell, born abt 1779 in NC or Virginia.Died before 02 July 1839 in Meigs County Tennessee.
Married to Nancy Elizabeth Wilson, born bet 1793-1795 in NC.Died bet 1870-1880 in Meigs County, Tennessee.
James Brightwell and Sally (LNU) were parents of Leonard.
I have no documentation for any of this and haven't really had time to do research.At least it gives you a direction to go.