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I was glad to see your posting. I think the best way to trace lines are by netwotking with each other. There is a site on the Tennessee State Genforum page, under Smith County that has the Smith County census records for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860 and maybe more by now. It's under Smith Countywebsite. In the 1850 census there's an Elijah, age 32, Nancy age 21 and Harriet J. age 1. They all have Tennessee as place of birth. In 1860 the name is spelled a couple of different ways, depending on who was taing census. Many entries under Brindles, this is the same as Brindley, etc. Stephen Brindley, father of Elijah Brindley, born in 1864 (Elijah was my Great Grandfather) had brothers. Also, I believe the Stephen Brindley, who I later found in Grainger County/Jefferson County in the late 1780'3 and 90's records at the Tennessee State Library, was the father of the Stephen Brindley, born in 1812 in Chestnut Mound/ Buffalo Valley area of Smith County. I have not found the connection on paper yet. I have been searching for the DeRosset marriage, as this is the name listed for the 1812 born Stephen's mother. Confusing, I know. Be sure and check this website! and thanks for your info. Linda