I came across some information about Alexander Brightwell that may be of interest to others.(He was the administrator of the estate of my ancestor John W. Lumpkin, who died in 1818 in Stewart Co., Tenn.I have been researching the Lumpkins.)
There is a Chancery Court record in Wilson Co, Tenn. (Chancery Book 1840-1842, pp. 33-39, 10 Mar 1840) involving a case between Alexander Brightwell vs. Isham F. Davis and wife Sarah.This court record says that Alexander married Sarah Carter, then a widow, in 1807 in Prince Edward Co., Va. It also says that her maiden name was Curd.I have not seen her maiden name correctly listed anywhere else to date.Some sites have her maiden name as Lumpkin, presumably because John W. Lumpkin signed the marriage bond for Alexander Brightwell and Sarah (Sally) Carter.
The court record goes on to say that she died on 28 Oct 1838, and had been in bad health since the spring of 1838.The Brightwells had no children, and Sarah Davis, defendant in the suit, was a niece of Sarah Brightwell.
While I'm at it, I'll address another issue.John W. Lumpkin's wife was Elizabeth, and I have not been able to find out her last name.I thought she might be a sister of Alexander Brightwell, but I haven't found any information to confirm this.There are many links between the Brightwells and Lumpkins, however, in Prince Edward Co., Virginia as well as Wilson and Stewart Cos., Tenn.These include the following:
Prince Edward Co., Va
John W. Lumpkin was one of the appraisers of the estate of Reynold Brightwell (May 1806) John W. Lumpkin was security for Alexander Brightwell's marriage bond (3 Aug 1807) Obediah Lumpkin (brother of John W.) married Rhoda Brightwell, daughter of Charles Brightwell (14 Apr 1808) Charles and Barnett Brightwell were 2 of the appraisers of the estate of Ann Woodson Lumpkin, mother of John W. and Obediah Lumpkin (15 Oct 1810)
Stewart Co., Tenn
John W. Lumpkin bought 1000 acres of land on the Tennessee River in 1812, then sold 400 acres of it to Alexander Brightwell in 1815.This is where Brightwell operated his ferry. Alexander Brightwell was named administrator of the estate of John W. Lumpkin in Nov 1818.
In both Stewart Co. and Wilson Co., Tenn, there was extensive litigation between Alexander Brightwell and the heirs of John W. Lumpkin over the estate of the latter.
Finally, Obadiah Lumpkin's second wife was named Elizabeth, and others have speculated she may have been the widow of his brother John W.I find this quite plausible, as Obadiah eventually became the guardian of John W.'s minor children.
If anyone has additional information about Elizabeth, the wife of John W. Lumpkin, or knows of further links between the Brightwells and the Lumpkins, please let me know.