THRILLED to see your post. I'm descended from Stephen, also, through Elijah's sister, Martha Emeline. She married Isaac Montgomery Robinson, and I'm descended from their daughter Ada (my grandmother).
I'm sorry I don't have any info to help you, though. My aunt did much research in the 60s and 70s, but I've only just recently started trying to do some research, and so far haven't managed to make the DeRossett connection. My aunt is now in a care facility, and my cousin gave me permission to sort through her research papers.
My grandmother recalls overhearing a conversation in which Stephen B. said his mother "was a DeRossett". That all the info we've ever had. From other GenForum postings, I've found that there were a lot of DeRossetts in an area east of Cookeville. (And then there's the community of DeRossett east of Sparta in White Co., which I think was named after a Christopher DeRossett.)
A few years ago when I was in Salt Lake doing research I checked every book on the DeRossetts I could find (and there were several) but couldn't find any connection.
Since I didn't know whether the Brindley/ DeRossett connection was anything more than a family myth, I decided not to use my time "on site" in TN to pursue that line of inquiry.
What information do you have about the Brindley/DeRossett marriage in 1786? Even missing the bride and groom's first names, you have more info that I do. I'd really like to know your source.
I've found the other Brindleys in Smith Co. censuses (Asa, Elijah, couple others) that I have hypothesized to be brothers or cousins. When I went through some of my mom's (minimal) genealogy paperwork I found a note Gramma wrote talking about wives and children of some of these Brindleys, and the info matched what I found in the censes, so that was confirmation to me that my guesses about some of the Brindleys, anyway, was correct.
Last fall I took an extended vacation during which I was in the Cookeville area for 3 days trying, without success, to do some research. (I did track down some cemeteries which I knew to be there.) I accidentally met a distant Brindley cousin in Chestnut Mound, and found that she lives in Buffalo Valley, which I'd never heard of.
Elijah is her great-grandfather, and he's buried in the Methodist Church cemetery in Ch. Md., along with his wife, Mary Etta Smith, who the cousin told me was a full-blooded Cherokee.
My friend and I found Brindley Hollow Road, but didn't go down to the bottom till my new-found cousin told me about the cemetery there. We went down and took photos and chatted with the property owner on which the plot was located. He told us that the previous owner had knocked down all the headstones and tossed them in a stream! After he bought the property, he didn't know the cemetery was there till he cut the tall weeds and found the foundations. Then he contacted some woman (he never told me who, or why she was interested) who hired someone to try to find the headstones and to build a fence around the plot. Not all of the stones were recovered, but we got good photos of the ones that were there.
If you don't have photos I'd be glad to send you copies if you'll give me you snail mail address.
And who is the Stephen Brindley from Ireland that you mentioned?
If you're interested, I'd be glad to share what I have on Martha Emeline Brindley and her descendants. Unfortunately, as I said, no one has anything before Stephen.
Do you have anything on Stephen's wife, Polly/Mary Horton? I think my aunt concluded that her father was William Horton / Hornton, but I haven't yet found anything in her paperwork to tell me why.
Hope to hear from you.
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