Benjamin Franklin HILL Andrew Wyette BRINKLEY Blanche Lenora BRINKLEY Forrest Lee BRINKLEY Horace L BRINKLEY Jeffie Clarence BRINKLEY Martha Leora BRINKLEY Reuben Cole BRINKLEY William Franklin BRINKLEY Mollie Mae BRINKLEY Margaret Emily DOBBS Mini tree diagram
Frances Leah HILL

Frances Leah HILL8,3,6,4,5,6,7

24th Mar 18634 - 12th May 19211,2,5,7

Life History

24th Mar 1863

Born in Cass County, Texas.2,3,4,5,6,7

(most likely)

Mar 1867

Born in Tennessee.4

(less likely)

20th Sep 1883

Married Andrew Wyette BRINKLEY in Cass County, Texas.3,4,6

4th Sep 1884

Birth of daughter Blanche Lenora BRINKLEY in Texas.2,4,9,10

2nd Feb 1886

Birth of son Forrest Lee BRINKLEY in Dofford, Erath, Texas.11,12,8,13,14,15,16,10,17

Feb 1887

Birth of son Horace L BRINKLEY in Texas

28th Nov 1889

Birth of son Jeffie Clarence BRINKLEY in Waxahachie, Ellis, Texas.4,18,19,20,18,21,22

15th Jun 1892

Birth of daughter Martha Leora BRINKLEY in Texas.3,4,23,19

16th Apr 1896

Birth of son Reuben Cole BRINKLEY in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas.3,5,24,25,26,27,4,28,18,29

3rd Oct 1898

Birth of son William Franklin BRINKLEY in Texas.4,17

14th Jul 1900

Birth of daughter Mollie Mae BRINKLEY in Parker County, Texas.3,26,10

before 1910

Death of son William Franklin BRINKLEY.3

12th May 1921

Died in Round Timber, Baylor, Texas.1,2,5,7

after 12th May 1921

Buried in Westover Cemetery, Westover, Baylor, Texas.1,2


  • A couple of family genealogies report information on Frances LeahHill.

    Frances Leah Hill
    Birth 24 Mar 1863 in Cass County, Texas
    Death 12 May 1921 in Roundtimber, Baylor, Texas
    Parents Benjamin Franklin Hill 1826-1901
    Margaret Emily Dobbs 1840-1892
    Marriage 25 Sep 1883 to Andrew Wyette Brinkley
    --  Williams/Brinkley/Mason/Vaughn Family Tree,

    This source reports a different marriage date from another familysource that comes to us from Molllie Mae Alexander, who says FrancesLeah married Andrew Wyette Brinkley on 20 September 1883.

    "Andrew Wyette Brinkley, born April 14 1862  in Dyer Co Tenn.  FrancesLeah Hill born March 24 1863 in Cass Co Tex.  They were married Sept20th 1883 in Cass Co Tex."
    --  Mollie Mae Brinkley Alexander Family Notes

    This report conflicts with the census report of 1900, were Fannie Leahreports she was born in March 1867 in Tennessee.  The birth inTennessee is interesting.  A genealogy of the Hills reports thatBenjamin Franklin married both his wives in Cass County, Texas.  Hissecond wife, Emily Margaret Dobbs, was Fannie Leah's mother.

    In 1900, Fannie Leah and her husband Andrew Wyette Brinkley wereliving next door to widowed Benjamin Franklin HIll and three youngerchildren.  All these children are reported as born in Texas.  I cannotdetermine where Mollie Mae got the birth date of 24 March 1863 forFannie Leah.  But it matches the birth date given in the Williamsgenealogy cited above.

    1900 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas, 4 June, Grandview,District 64, page 4A, Hse/Family #63
    Brinkley, A W Head W M Apr 1862  38 Married 16 years TX TX TX FarmerRents
    Brinkley, F L W F Apr 1867  33 Married 16 years 9 children 6 livingTN NC NC

    We know birth dates and places are often wrong in the census.  Theoddest thing about the census is that Fannie Leah reported she wasborn in Tennessee.  The age of 33 that she reports, however, matchesthe birth date reported in the census, which makes the birth date in1867 seem viable.  But we find that in 1910, Fannie is reported as 47years old, matching a birth year of 1863!

    1910 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas, 18 April, Weatherford,District 67, page 4A, 45 Weatherford Street, Hse/Fam #77
    Brinkley, Andrew W Head M W 48 Married 26 years Tennessee TennesseeTennessee Farmer Rents
    Brinkley, Frances L  Wife F W 47 Married 26 years 10 children 6 living TX TN TX
    Brinkley, Laura Mattie Dau F W 17 TX TN TX
    Brinkley, Reuben Cole Son M W 14 TX TN TX
    Brinkley, Mollie May  F W 9 TX TN TX

    We see another change in this census.  Fannie's birth place is nowTexas, and instead of North Carolina, her parents are reported born inTennessee and Texas, the locations we have found in other public andfamily sources.  The child reported previously as Martha L is nowLaura Mattie.  Mattie is the nickname for Martha and the L stood forLaura.  We are uncertain at this point, though, of the order of thenames.  I would venture that the original was Martha Laura.  But ifshe had decided to go by Laura, "Laura Mattie" sounds good.

    We see from the first genealogy cited above that Frances Leah wasliving in Round Timber, Baylor County, Texas, at the time of herdeath.  It is thought that she died at home.  Here is a bit ofinformation about Round Timber, Texas.

    ROUND TIMBER, TEXAS. Round Timber, on Farm Road 2374 near theThrockmorton county line in southeast Baylor County, became the firstpermanent settlement in the county in 1874 when John W. Stevens builta cabin. Col. C. C. (Lum) Mills tried to settle there in the late1850s or early 1860s, but hostile Indians forced him away; he returnedin 1875. The site was named for two round clumps of trees useful forbuilding material. In the mid-1890s the community was moved four milesnorthwest, where it prospered as a trading center for some years. Thepopulation declined to twenty-five in 1940 and ten in 1980. In 1990 itwas recorded as eight. The population was two in 2000.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY: Baylor County Historical Society, Salt Pork to Sirloin,Vol. 1: The History of Baylor County, Texas, from 1879 to 1930(Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1972); Vol. 2: The History of Baylor County,Texas, from 1878 to Present (1977).
    --  William R. Hunt, Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Round Timber,Texas" August 22, 2009)


  • 1. Marion L Mixon
  • 2. Westover Cemetery (Westover, Baylor, Texas) Register
    • Name: Name:;;
  • 3. 1910 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 18 April, Weatherford, District 67, page 4A, 45 Weatherford Street,
  • 4. 1900 Federal Census, Johnson County, Texas
    • 4 June, Grandview, District 64, page 4A, Hse/Family #63
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
    • Williams/Brinkley/Mason/Vaughn,
  • 6. Mollie Mae Brinkley Alexander Family Notes
  • 7. Bible of Frances Leah Hill Brinkley, notes from Forrest Lee Brinkley
  • 8. 1920 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 19 January, Weatherford, District 62, page 17A-B, 123 Wheeler Street,
  • 9. Blanche Brinkley Williams Family Notes
    • Name: Name: scanned format received from Marion Mixon 9 July 2009;;
  • 10. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982
  • 11. 1940 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 27 April, Garner, District 184-14, page 9B, Hse #179, Rents $25
  • 12. 1910 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 22 April, Weatherford, District 66, page 7B, 305 Edna Street, Hse
  • 13. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 14. Ancestry Trees
  • 15. 1930 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 7 April, Weatherford, District 1, page 17A, 305 Edna Street, Hse #156,
  • 16. U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  • 17. Bible of Mollie Mae Brinkley Alexander
  • 18. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 19. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 20. California, Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 21. 1940 Federal Census, Jones County, Texas
    • 3 April, Precinct 1, District 127-2, page 2A, Hse #23, Rents
  • 22. US Social Security Account Aplication
  • 23. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903 1982
  • 24. U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 25. 1930 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas
    • 5 April, Houston, District 23, page 5A, 1302 Tabor Street, Hse #101,
  • 26. 1920 Federal Census, Baylor County, Texas
    • 8 January, Justice Precinct 3 (near Westover), District 13, page 1B,
  • 27. Birth Certificate of Kathaleen Brinkley, State of Arkansas
    • Certificate #12916
  • 28. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 29. U.S., Headstone Applications, 1925-1963
    • Military Headstone Order

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