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Updated November 11, 2003

The Brindley International Historical Foundation was organized November 14, 1992 in Decatur, Alabama. Founder and Charter President was Betty Jane Brindley Chalfant. BIHF was founded in memory of her father Thomas Bradford Brindley and Miss Mabel Brindley, author of "The Old Stagecoach Road". Meetings convene twice a year in the Spring and Fall. Dues are 10.00USD per year per member or maximum 25.00USD for an entire family household. One former President was Mr. James Brindley of Blountsville, AL. His name is the same as the great Canal Builder of England, James Brindley, also known as the First Civil Engineer of England , responsible with others for starting the Industrial Revolution in England. He worked with Josiah Wedgewood and the Duke of Bridgewater, and he was considered by Dr Cyril Boucher, who walked all of his over 300 miles of canals, a true genius.
BIHF has traveled to England on four occasions to visit the James Brindley Mill in Leek, Staffordshire, England and Brereton Hall, the ancestral home of the family at Sandbach, Cheshire near Nantwich, England. In 1272, Isolda Brereton married Lord Gilbert de Stoke and their son took the family name of Brindley, from the lands nearby. BIHF traveled to England, Wales and Ireland July 17-30, 2002 to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the James Brindley Mill. Fifty dinner guests were present at the James Brindley Mill Board of Trust Commemorative Dinner on July 19, 2002 held at the Rudyard Hotel. On Saturday, July 20, everyone gathered at The Mill. Mill Boards and Periphery were subscribed to Thomas Bradford Brindley # 21 and Robert M. Brinley.
Current research is for RICHARD BRINDLEY, born abt 1740, who may have come to America with his family as steerage passengers through Georgia. His known sons are FRAZIER BRINDLEY(found alive in Hawkins Co, TN. 1821), GEORGE, ROBERT, AND STEPHEN BRINDLEY. Frazier Brindley qualifies our family for FIRST FAMILIES OF TENNESSEE as he was appointed Constable in Jefferson Co. TN in 1793. Tennessee became a State in 1796. Richard Brindley may have had a brother William Brindley together in Washington Co. TN in late 1780's. FRAZIER BRINDLEY married PHOEBE RIGGS c 1794 with first son ASA RIGGS BRINDLEY born September 3, 1795 in TN, and second son MACE THOMAS PAYNE BRINDLEY born February 10, 1801 in Franklin CO, Georgia. Mace Thomas Payne Brindley married Nancy Stewart Hanby, daughter of GEN Gabriel Hanby, who served on the Constitutional Convention that formed the State of Alabama in 1819. We believe Richard Brindley had a land grant by the Loyal Land Co of 80 acres on the North Fork of the Holston River(Gate City, VA.)in 1774. Botetourt Co VA TAX Lists show 1700-1777 James Brindley and Richard Brindley.One record shows Richard Brindley as an "assignee" of James Brindley. Richard's wife is unknown; maybe a "Frazier". Richard Brindley's father could be a William Brindley. A (CAPT)William Brindley came "out of America" into Georgia, likely Savannah, in 1705. The Newport Historical Society refers to them as Privateers or Merchantmen. They came to Newport abt 1631-1651. Earliest families in Newport were Brindley, Paine, Pelham and Arnold. The Brindleys owned ships. A William Brindley was in Newport, Rhode Island in 1694, who sold a home to Thomas Paine, the son-in-law of Governor Caleb Carr of the Colony of Rhode Island. Francis Brindley was married to Hannah Carr, another daughter of Gov Caleb Carr.This strong link cannot be ignored, because of Mace Thomas Payne Brindley. Francis Brindley and family were founders of Trinity Church in Newport, RI. and also, King's Chapel in Boston, MA. COL Francis Brindley had a George and a Robert Brindley in his descendancy. Lawrence Brindley (Albemarle Sound)is a brother of Thomas Brindley, Auditor to King Charles I.
"Whereas ye be of a singular fate to'v been born a BRINDLEY, ye shall ever concerne on my heritage and take care that each generation yet to come shall know thee and thy an
Betty Jane Brindley Chalfant

6206 Bridlewood Lane

Brentwood, Tennessee 37027-4904

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