Jacob Brinley & Eleanor Sappington

Family Group Record                 0064
Husband's Name   Jacob Brinley
 Born:           1800    Place: Jefferson County, Kentucky
 Died:       Aft 1860    Place: Cherokee County, Texas (census)
 Married:                Place: 
 Married: 27 Feb 1842    Place: Hempstead County, Arkansas (BB-356)
 Spouse:         Jane (Wingfield) Jacobs
 Married: 25 Dec 1856    Place: Smith County, Texas (A1-216)
 Spouse:         Rhoda (unknown) Powell
 Father:         Mathias Brinley
 Mother:         .......
Wife's Name      Eleanor Sappington
 Born:           1802    Place: 
 Died:       Aft 1840    Place: Pike County, Arkansas (census)
 Father:         John Sappington
 Mother:         Jemima Fowler
 1. Sex Name
     F  Cintha (Cynthia) Brinley
        Born:       Abt 1829    Place: Clark (Pike) County, Arkansas
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married: 09 Feb 1855    Place: Cherokee County, Texas
        Spouse:  Hugh B. Hamilton
        Married:                Place:
        Spouse:  N.W. Townes
 2. Sex Name
     F  Nancy E. Brinley
        Born:       Abt 1831    Place: Clark (Pike) County, Arkansas
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married: 25 Dec 1856    Place: Cherokee County, Texas (C-283)
        Spouse:  Jackson Williams
 3. Sex Name
     M  John Sappington Brinley
        Born:       Abt 1835    Place: Pike County, Arkansas
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married:                Place:
        Spouse:  Mary .......
 4. Sex Name
     M  Stephen L. Brinley
        Born:           1838    Place: Pike County, Arkansas
        Died:                   Place: 
        Married:                Place: 
 5. Sex Name
     F  Mary Elizabeth Brinley
        Born:    14 Mar 1840    Place: Pike County, Arkansas
        Died:    13 Jun 1916    Place: Paris, Lamar, Texas
        Married: 02 Dec 1865    Place: 
        Spouse:  William Wynne Stell (Doctor)
                Moved to Cherokee County, Texas 1845-1846
Sources of Information: Census Records: Clark County, Arkansas 1830; Pike
County, Arkansas 1840; Cherokee County, Texas 1850; Pike County, Arkansas
Tax Lists, 1834-1845; Hempstead County, Arkansas Wills, Marriages, Estrays,
Preemptions, etc., Book BB, page 356-357; Cherokee County, Texas Marriage
Book C, page 283; Marriage Records of Cherokee County, Texas 1846-1875,
Ogreta Wilson Huttash, 1970, page 44.
The following is an official list of the Justices of the Peace elected by a
joint session of the General Assembly of the Territory of Arkansas, on the
7th day of November, 1829.

Clark County, Missouri Township: Noah Reeder, Isaac White, William Kelley,
Jacob Brindlee (Brinley), Washington Sorrels.
Arkansas Gazette, March 23, 1830.
                    Clark County, Arkansas Census 1830
Schedule of the whole number of persons within the division allotted to
Jacob Barkman.

Head of Household              Males                    Females

    Missouri         00 05 10 15 20 30 40 50 60    00 05 10 15 20 30
    Township         04 09 14 19 29 39 49 59 69    04 09 14 19 29 39

Jacob Brinley         0  1  1  0  1  0  1  0  0     1  0  0  0  1  0
                               Ferry License
                             January Term 1832

Wednesday morning, January 11th, 1832. Court met pursuant to adjournment,
present, as before.

On motion, it is ordered that Jacob Brinley have leave to keep a ferry
across the little Missouri River, by producing the sheriff's receipt for
two dollars, a tax imposed on said ferry, and entering bond with sufficient
security in the penal sum of one hundred dollars, conditioned as the law
directs, and that the following rates of ferriage be received at said
ferry, to wit:

For each four wheeled wagon or carriage, one dollar and fifty cents; one
dollar for each two wheeled cart or carriage; for each person 12 1/2 cents;
for each horse &c. 12 1/2 cents; and 6 1/4 cents for each head of cattle,
hog, and sheep &c.
Clark County, Arkansas, Circuit Court Minutes, January Term 1832.
                       Land Entry Records: Arkansas
    Jacob Brinley; Land Office, Little Rock, Arkansas; Certificate 315:
    E1/2-NE1/4, Sec. 18, Twp. 9S, Rng. 23W, 80 acres; October 26, 1831.

    Jacob Brinley; Land Office, Washington, Arkansas; Certificate 177:
    SE1/4-SE1/4, Sec. 18, Twp. 9S, Rng. 23W, 40 acres; January 29, 1834.

    Jacob Brinley; Land Office, Washington, Arkansas; Certificate ----:
    E1/2-SE1/4, Sec. 7, Twp. 9S, Rng. 23W, 80 acres; January 13, 1836.

    Jacob Brinley; Land Office, Washington, Arkansas; Certificate 1629:
    NE1/4-SE1/4, Sec. 18, Twp. 9S, Rng. 23W, 40 acres; January 13, 1836.
     The dates are the date of purchase and patents were issued later
Cash Entry Certificates, Little Rock and Washington, Arkansas Land Office,
Washington National Records Center, National Archives Branch, Suitland,
       G.W. Featherstonhaugh at Jacob Brinley's Ferry and Residence
           Little Missouri, Pike County Arkansas, December 1835
                            A Traveler's Visit

In the morning I pursued my journey, and, coming to the little Missouri,
found the waters much abated, and no ferryman within sight. I remembered
that the house was at some distance from the river, and could not be seen
from it, so taking a horn which I found suspended from a tree for the
purpose, I blew in vain for at least half an hour. Nobody coming to ferry
me across, I was reduced to the necessity of attempting to ford the river,
which was accomplished with great inconvenience; for Missouri having a
great aversion to passing streams, and not knowing the direction of the
ford, which was in an oblique line, I got completely wet. On reaching the
house I found two vulgar and very stupid white women, and a negress; being
a little out of humor I immediately began to reproach them with not sending
somebody down to point out the ford, when the old negress said she had told
"Miss" Brindley, her mistress, ... that it would be best to let her go down
and see who was blowing the horn, but that she said, "She reckoned it was
no matter, she allowed they would find the way across somehow or other."
Upon this I said some very severe things to the ... lady, and begged she
would never be so inconsiderate again, as it might be a child on horseback,
or an invalid incapable of assisting himself. She seemed sensible of her
fault, for she said if I would eat something I should have nothing to pay
for it.
Excursion through the Slave States, (Travels In America), from Washington
on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico; with sketches of popular manners
and geological notices, by George William Featherstonhaugh. Reprinted by
Negro Universities Press, New York, 1968. Chapter XXXV, page 126-127.
               Letter of John Speer to The Arkansas Gazette
Clark County, November 1, 1836.

Mr. Editor - Pleased to give the following statement an insertion in your 

Jacob Brindley, of Pike County, who lives at the ferry on Little Missouri, 
has maliciously propagated, rumored, and charged me with harboring a 
certain Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, (who has been charged with the 
murder of John M. Dickson, of Pike County).

Some most infamous individual, taking advantage of the sudden flight and 
absconding of Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, from this County, 
personated him at my house in order the better to accomplish his homicidal 
or furtive design. The same individual has exhibited himself at and about 
my house, at all times of the night, striking on the fence, whistling in 
chargers, and making various other noises and pranks, which caused me, 
together with my neighbors, to believe that the above-named murderer of 
John M. Dickson was at my house, until contradicted and ascertained by the
following statements:

This Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, was seen and met by John W. 
Williams, a highly respectable gentleman who lives on the Military road 
seven miles from Washington, Hempstead County, on the road seven miles from 
Golconda, Illinois, the 22nd. day of August last (on his way from this 
country). The said Eli Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, was seen also by Wiley A. 
Berry, of Livingston County, Kentucky, William Berry, and Nathaniel Gray, 
of the same County, six hundred miles from this County, about the last of 
August; not withstanding, this other base rascal, who was essaying to pass
himself, for some malicious design, for Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, 
was seen on the 28th. of August by Elijah Kelley near my house, and by 
Samuel Hasley, and by Amos Wilson on Wednesday night the latter part of 
August; and on Thursday following by Moses Guice; on Friday, by Dr. Long, 
(who) told Jacob Brindley, that this supposititious (sic) individual had 
been seen by many persons, and that he did not believe it was Eli Kerr, and 
that several men were watching and lying in wait for him and that I wished 
him either taken or killed.

Since Dr. Long had that conversation with Jacob Brindley, that villainous 
individual has not been seen nor heard at my house or about my plantation. 
The said Jacob Brindley has used every exertion in his power, by his base 
culumnies, to injure my standing and reputation; and by his multifarious 
lies, fabrications, and equivocations, has left no dubiousness on the mind 
of the public as to that individual who attempted to pass for Eli W. Kerr, 
in order to evade justice in the execution of his murderous design,
detraction or villainy.

For evidence you will see the following certificates.

                                 John Speer
                      Certificate of John W. Williams
I, John W. Williams, of the County of Hempstead, Arkansas, do hereby 
certify, that, on the 22nd. day of August, 1836, whilst on my way home from 
the State of Kentucky, I met, in the road, a few miles from Golconda, 
Illinois, a certain E.K. Williams, who committed a murder on the body of 
John M. Dickson, on the 2d. day of July last, in the County of Pike, and 
that he was then on his way from this country.

                               J.W. Williams
               Affidavit of William Berry and Nathaniel Gray
This day, personally appeared before me, Isham Clement, a Justice of the 
Peace, in and for the County of Livingston, Kentucky, William Berry and 
Nathanial Gray, both citizens of said County, (who, being duly sworn, 
depose and say), and, on or about the 1st. day of September, 1836, E.K. 
Williams, as he called himself, when in Arkansas, was in the said County of 
Livingston, Kentucky, at the said Berry's and Gray's house.

Sworn to, and subscribed before me, this 2d. day of October, 1836.

                            Isham Clement, J.P.

Attest: Nathanial Gray, William Berry.
Commonwealth of Kentucky,
Livingston County.

I, James L. Dallam, Clerk of the Court for the County and Commonwealth 
aforesaid, do hereby certify, that Isham Clement, whose name is attached to 
the foregoing certificate, is, and was, at the time of signing the same, a 
duly qualified and commissioned Justice, within and for said County; and as 
such, full faith and credit are due and should be given to all his official 

Given under my hand, this 3rd. day of October, 1836.

                          James J. Dallam, Clerk.
                        Affidavit of Wilie A. Berry
I, Wilie A. Berry, of Livingston County, Kentucky, do hereby certify, that 
I am personally acquainted with a certain Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, 
the individual who is charged with the murder of John M. Dickson, of the 
County of Pike, Arkansas; and that some time in the latter part of August, 
in the present year, I saw the said Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, in 
Livingston County, Kentucky, and was informed by him, that he had come
directly from Arkansas.

                               Wilie A. Berry

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th. day of October, 1836.

                             J.W. Williams, J.P.
              Certificate of Elijah Kelley and Samuel Hasley
We the undersigned, do certify, on the night of the 28th. of August, or 
about that time, we were in the company of John Speer, at his dwelling 
house, watching for E.K. Williams, murderer of John M. Dickson, and near 
about twelve o'clock of said night, we saw a man appear three times, in the 
distance of eighty yards, as nigh as we can guess, and from the action of 
the person we saw, we think he either wanted to see some one privately, or 
to steal, rob, or murder.

                               Elijah Kelley
                               Samuel Hasley

October 8th., 1836.
                               To The Public

A certain "Major" John Speer, who keeps a house of entertainment in Clark 
County, near the Antoine Bridge, on the road leading from Little Rock to 
Red River, in order to get into a newspaper controversy with me, or to give 
the public a specimen of his very extraordinary talents for writting, (sic) 
has published, in the Arkansas Gazette, a lengthy and windy communication, 
over his own signature, dated November 1st., 1836, in which he charged me 
with having "maliciously propagated, rumored, and charged" him with 
harboring (his brother-in-law) Eli W. Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, who stands 
charged with the crime of murder, in Pike County; which communications has 
attached to it the certificates of certain persons, certifying that the 
fact of Williams, alias Kerr, have been seen, after the perpetration of the 
crime above mentioned, in the States of Illinois and Kentucky. The said 
communication also charges some person with endeavoring to personate the 
said Williams, by "striking on the fence, whistling in chargers, and making 
various other noises and pranks, at and about the house of the said John 

Not wishing to trouble the public with my grievances about the above named 
communication, I would barely remark, that circumstances as strong as holy 
writ, establish the fact of John Speer having harbored the said Eli W. 
Kerr, alias E.K. Williams, "at and above" his house, after the perpetration 
of the murder above named; and the "suppositious individual" mentioned in 
said communication, who endeavored to "personate" said Williams, at and
above the house of said John Speer, is generally believed to have been the 
servant of this John Speer, or some other person induced to come there for 
him, for the purpose of screening him from the charges of harboring said 
Williams. Circumstances go strongly to show this fact to every unbiased 
mind. I have never "maliciously charged" John Speer with the commission of 
an act. I have spoken of the affair in common with those whom I have heard 
conversing on the subject, but not with the view of injuring him. He has no 
laurels that I wish to take from him. His reputation, whatever it may be,
he is welcome to enjoy.

I would barely remark, in conclusion, that this Major John Speer has 
admitted that E.K. Williams, alias Kerr, ate at or near his house, after 
the commission of the murder mentioned in his communication. This 
admission, therefore, puts him at issue with his communication. Add his 
admission, therefore, to the circumstance of a stolen horse being found in 
his possession, and it will show whether he is the man he has cracked 
himself up to be, in his garbled communication, or not.

                              Jacob Brindley

Little Missouri, Pike County, Arkansas, 1st. December, 1836.
                         For The Arkansas Gazette

Mr. Editor - I notice in your paper of the 13th. of the present month, a 
publication over the signature of one Jacob Brindley, of Pike County, 
bearing the date the first of the same month, in which he denies any 
purpose of doing me injustice, at the same time making as false assertions 
against me as ever were made against a man, when he charged me with having 
harbored E.K. Williams, and of having the horse, (stolen by Williams), in 
my possession, if he had stated that I arrested the horse in his 
possession, and informed the proper person of it, who was authorized to 
receive him, he would have stated the truth.

The fact of my having taken the horse from the possession of the thief, can 
be proven by a gentleman by the name of Swink, living at Judge Barkman's, 
and the fact of me having sent word that I had taken possession of a horse, 
supposed to be stolen, can be established by Moses Grize (Guice), who lives 
with Col. Wilson. This took place on the 15th. or 20th. of July last - and 
he was personated at my house in the later part of August last.

The charge of this having been done by my servant, or at my request, that I 
might not be suspected, is one of the vilest things I have ever seen or 
heard of. If it was done through my influence, (and not through 
Brindley's), why did that villain stop on the very same day, that Dr. Long 
told Jacob Brindley of, the danger that Williams was in? The evidence and 
circumstances all go strong against Brindley himself.

Now, Mr. Jacob Brindley, a word or two with you, and I am done. Your false 
assertions against me, make it my duty to call your attention to a few 
facts in regard to your being a man of truth. 

Did you not, some time previous to the expiration of the preemption law, 
swear before Almighty God, that there did not exist a preemption on a 
certain tract of land. I allude to the tract of land on which Francis 
Bittick has his farm, - and did you not deny in the presence of James Ward, 
Senior, that you were sworn at all? - and after denying that you were 
sworn, did you not admit to the same person that you were sworn, but did 
not take the oath prescribed by law? Now sir, if there was no preemption, 
why did you deny swearing at all?

And did you not state a falsehood, between Col. J. Wilson and James Ward, 
concerning a load of salt sent by Col. Wilson to Ward. Now, sir, if you are 
not guilty of the above charges, Mr. Ward is your neighbor and will acquit 

Were you not, sir, called on by Samuel Hasley for having made too free use 
of his name? And did you not deny the facts in the most positive terms, and 
did not the said Hasley call on John McLaughlin, and prove positively that 
you did use the words denied by you - and did you not contradict 
McLaughlin? - or was your plea that you were in a state of insanity? Now 
sir, if you are not guilty, these are men of truth and will do you justice. 
If you fail to clear up these charges, your base statements will not be

                                 John Speer

Little Rock, December 23, 1836.

A more striking exemplification cannot be found of the folly and weakness 
of human passions, than the correspondence which has been carried on in 
this paper in the shape of advertisements between John Speer and Jacob 
Brindley, Esqs., one of Pike County, and the other of Clark County. They 
have been endeavoring to persuade the world, (each other), that they are 
the most corrupt mortals alive, when in fact we have no better citizens in 
the country than both of them. They ought from shame, to discontinue the 
affair where it stands.
Arkansas Gazette, July 26, 1836; August 2, 1836; November 15, 1836;
December 13, 1836; December 27, 1836; January 24, 1837. Early History of 
Pike County, Arkansas, compiled and published by Pike County Heritage Club, 
1978, reprinted by Pike County Archives and History Society, Murfreesboro, 
Arkansas, page 46-51.
                  To the Editor of the Arkansas Gazette:

SIR - In a recent number of your paper, "John Speer" has published a
communication, purporting to be an answer to my defence, published in your
paper a short time since, but which is in fact an evasion of the issue
between us. Knowing himself to be guilty of the charges which are against
him, and which he has so solemnly and equivocally denied, he now seeks to
shield himself from public indignation and contempt, by charging me with
the commission of acts, which are as derogatory to the character of a
gentleman as those of which he himself is guilty. I am at all times
prepared to defend myself successfully against the poisoned tongued
slanderer. I am well known to the citizens of the county in which I reside,
and nothing that John Speer can say, will have any effect upon that
community. He is a common disturber of the peace and quite of the
neighborhood in which he lives - a news carrier, a yellow-tongued
slanderer, a defamer of private character, and a man destitute of the
attributes of a gentleman. In relation to the slanderous charges he has
published against me, I have only to say, that I can settle my own affairs
with my neighbors without his officious interference. The charge of my
having sworn about Bittick's pre-emption claim, is false and destitute of
truth. If this man Speer can say the same in relation to all the oaths
which he has taken about pre-emption claims, he must be a fortunate man. I
have no disposition to expose his character, or to prefer charges against
him. If I had, perhaps I might say something about good fat beeves, which
would make John Speer feel a little curious.

But to the horse story. On the night that the traveler's horse was stolen
from my stable, John Speer has admitted that he was at my ferry until a
late hour of the night, and from there, he went to Mr. Thomas Milson's and
stayed the balance of the night. After this, the stolen horse was found in
the possession of John Speer.

If this is not strong evidence of his guilt, I am much mistaken. I again
repeat, that it is generally believed that John Speer did procure his
servant, or some other person, to personate Williams, alias Kerr, the
murderer of Dickson, at and about his house, in order to give him a chance
to make his escape, and to screen him from the punishment which the law had
meted to his offence; and I have no doubt that through the low cunning and
management of John Speer, that the murderer of Dickson made his escape from

                               Jacob Brinley

Little Missouri, Pike co., Jan. 13, 1837.
Arkansas Gazette, January 24, 1837, Volume 18, Number 6.
                      Pike County, Arkansas Tax Lists

     Jacob Brinley    1834-1845
     Mathias Brinley  1834-1839
     Benonia Brinley  1843-1844
Pike County, Arkansas Tax Lists, Microfilm, Arkansas History Commission,
Little Rock, Arkansas.
                     Pike County, Arkansas Census 1840
Schedule of the whole number of persons within the division allotted to
Richard L. Wilson.

Head of Household              Males                   Females

    Missouri         00 05 10 15 20 30 40 50 60   00 05 10 15 20 30
    Township         04 09 14 19 29 39 49 59 69   04 09 14 19 29 39

Jacob Brinley         1  1  1  1  1  0  1  0  1    1  1  0  1  0  1
                              Marriage Record
State of Arkansas
County of Hempstead

I, W. Bolls, an acting justice of the peace in and for the Township of
Missouri in the County and State aforesaid, do certify that one the 27th
day of February 1842 at the dwelling house of William Wingfield in the
Township of Ozan, the rite of matrimony was celebrated by me, between Mr.
Jacob Brinley of Pike County aged forty years, and Mrs. Jane Jacobs of
Hempstead County aged twenty-five years.

Given under my hand this 1st day of March 1842. W. Bolls, J.P.

Filed and recorded March 12th A.D. 1842. S.T. Sanders, Clk.
Hempstead County, Arkansas Wills, Marriages, Estrays, Preemptions, etc.,
Book BB, page 356-357.
                    Cherokee County, Texas Census 1850
Schedule 1. Free inhabitants in Division No. 19 in the County of Cherokee,
State of Texas enumerated by me, on the 27th day of September, 1850. J.M.
Becton, Ass't Marshal.

  56-56    Jacob Brinly            50  m     Farmer         Kentucky
           Jane                    33  f                    Illinois
           Bening                  29  m                    Missouri
           Nancy E.                19  f                    Arkansas
           John                    15  m                    Arkansas
           Stephen                 12  m                    Arkansas
           Elizabeth               10  f                    Arkansas
           Jacob                    5  m                    Arkansas
           Allis                    3  f                    Texas
           Wallace               9 mo  m                    Texas
           W. Jacobs               16  m                    Arkansas
           John Jacobs             13  m                    Arkansas
U.S. Federal Census, Cherokee County, Texas 1850. National Archives
Microfilm Publication M-432, Roll 909.
From: MrsJanis@aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 03:08:13 EDT
Subject: Jacob Brinley 0064
To: a0009792@airmail.net

... I have been doing research on the Powell family for some 20+ years and
just wanted you to know Jacob Brindley married James G. Powell's widow,
Rhoda Powell, on 25 Dec 1856 in Smith County Texas. Rhoda is my husband's
ggg grandmother ... Janis Garner
From: a0009792@airmail.net
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2000 08:08:13 CDT
Subject: Jacob Brinley 0064
To: MrsJanis@aol.com

... Thank you for contacting me ... This would be for Jacob Brinley born
about 1800 in Kentucky? From memory, the 1860 census, it appears Jacob is
again without a wife. If Rhoda was married to ... Jacob of Cherokee County,
Texas ... did she die before 1860? ... David
From: MrsJanis@aol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 12:22:08 EDT
Subject: Rhoda Brindley
To: a0009792@airmail.net

... Rhoda Powell's first husband, James G. Powell died in 1854. I have
copies of all of his estate papers. Jacob Brindley was Rhoda Powell's
attorney. I also have Rhoda Powell and Jacob Brindley's marriage
certificate. There are also papers at Rusk in the Cherokee Co. courthouse
pertaining to James G. Powell's estate. I have read them all, but to date I
have not made copies. In these papers it states that Jacob and Rhoda
Brindley were still alive in 1861. I do not know why I am yet unable to
find Rhoda in any 1860 Census. 

Rhoda and James G. Powell came to TX from Montgomery, AL about 1850 and had
eight children. Four of them were minors when James G. Powell died in 1854.
The papers at Rusk indicate that Rhoda turned over guardianship of the two
youngest children to her son John W. Powell who was living back in 
Montgomery, AL. I suppose it is possible that Rhoda may have gone back to
AL and died there, but I cannot find any evidence of this ...

Since recently moving to Smith Co., TX I have stepped up my efforts to find
where Rhoda died and is buried and to find any of her children's
descendants that may still be living in this area. James G. Powell died in
Falls Co., TX which is southeast of Waco. I do not know why he was there
and the rest of his family was here at that time ... Janis
     Brinley Bulletin Board Subject: Jacob Brinley and Jane Wingfield
Brinley Bulletin Board

Topic: I am researching Jacob
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Last Post: 11 November 2000 08:19

The Jacob Brinley I am trying to identify was born in Kentucky about 1800,
lived Arkansas, married (1) Eleanor and married (2) in 1842 Jane Wingfield
Jacobs, and then moved to Cherokee Co., Texas ...

Mary Elizabeth Brinley, was born March 14, 1840 in Hempstead County,
Arkansas, and died June 13, 1916, daughter of Jacob and Eleanor Brinley,
and wife of Dr. William Wynne Stell (1833-1925) of Paris, Texas.

Her obituary gives some detail as reproduced on the Lamar County Death &
Cemetery Records Web Page: The Paris News, Wednesday, June 14, 1916.

                  Died Suddenly After A Prolonged Illness

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stell, the wife of Dr. W.W. Stell, died suddenly
yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock after a prolonged illness lasting several
years. She had been sitting up and laughing and talking to her husband and
son, Reb Stell, who stepped out in the hall for a few minutes and when they
returned to the room they found her bent forward dead in bed. The immediate
cause of her death is supposed to have been heart failure or a stroke of
paralysis. Before marriage the deceased was Miss Mary Elizabeth Brinley,
and she was born March 14, 1840, in Hempstead county, Ark. Her parents were
Jacob and Eleanor Brinley. She moved with the family to Cherokee county
when she was only three years old. She was married to Dr. Stell Dec 2,
1865. She was converted in early youth and joined the Methodist church of
which she was a consistent member, being a daily reader of her bible when 
physically able to read. She is survived by her husband and three sons and
a daughter, Dr. W.M. Stell of Mexico, Dr. Geo. S. Stell and Reb L. Stell of
Brownsville and Mrs. Nellie Easley of Redding, CA. The youngest son, Reb
Stell was with her when she died. Owing to the long distance which the
others live they will be unable to attend the funeral, which will be held
at the family residence east of town at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev.
W.T. Whiteside, pastor of Lamar Avenue Methodist Church will officiate.

From Rodgers & Wade Furniture Co. Funeral Records in possession of Fry &
Gibbs Funeral Home; Book #9; p. 66; Service # 145; Mary E. Stell; charge to
deceased; ordered by W.W. Stell; date of funeral, 14 Jun 1916; services at
residence, E. Paris, 4:30 pm; Clergyman, Whitesides; Physician, J.M. Hooks;
date of death, 13 Jun 1916, 4:15 pm; Married; age 76 years; interment at 
Evergreen; casket 5/9 $125.00; vault $75.00; car for flowers $2.00; hearse
$10.00; 4 carriages $20.00; coach $6.00; Total $244.00.

Index to TX Death Records 1903-1940, Vol. 46, Sanders thru Volume 54,
Wells: Stell, Marye, 6-13-16, #14837.

From these records we know that Jacob Brinley and wife Eleanor were living
in Hempstead Co. Arkansas in 1840 when Mary Elizabeth Brinley was born.
She moved with the family to Cherokee county, Texas in 1843. 

Hempstead County Arkansas marriage records (Book BB, pp. 356-357) show that
Jacob Brinley married Mrs. Jane Jacobs, daughter of William Wingfield, on
February 27, 1842.

The 1850 Cherokee Co., Texas census shows: Jacob Benley (Brinley), 50, b.
Ky. Jane (Wingfield Jacobs) wife, 33, b. Ill, Bening, 29, b. Mo., Nancy E.
19, John 15, Stephen 12, Elizabeth 10 (Mary Elizabeth Brinley Stell), Jacob
5 (all b. Ar.), Allis, 3, Wallace 9/12 (all b. Tx), Jacobs, W. age 16, b.
Ar, John 13, b. Ar.

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