James Anderson BRINKLEY George BRINKLEY James Mathew BRINKLEY Robert Clarence BRINKLEY Margaret BURTON Mini tree diagram


about 18681 - before 1876

Life History

about 1868

Born in Dyer County, Tennessee.1

before 1876

Died in Arkansas



  • Robert is a 2-year old in the 1870 census in Dyer County, Tennessee.  There was some confusion in trying to find the documentation for the children in this family and reconciling that with family information.  There was a Robert C Brinkley documented in later censuses matching family information on a Robert Brinkley born in 1876.  He is 4 years old in 1880.  This Robert C is documented as R C Brinkley in the 1900 census in Johnson County, Texas, where we know Brinkley family members moved.  James Anderson married his second wife Martha Garrison in Johnson County.

    My cousin and coresearcher Marion Mixon suggests:
    "The Robert listed born 1868 is a different one than the one born in 1876 and perhaps died, then the other Robert in the 1880 census with the 1876 birth was named after him.  Family records, which I have [contain] no documentation other than census and what others have, shows Maggie died in 1877."
    --  Marion Mixon, Personal email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 6 October 2009

    We have not found any of this family in the 1860 census to confirm any of the missing early details.  The first Robert, reported here in the 1870 census, must have died between 1871 and 1876, if the later child Robert C was named for him.  Robert probably in Arkansas,  The nest child, George, was born in 1870 in Dyer County, Tennessee, as Robert was.  The next child, James Matthew, was born in Green county, Arkansas.

    The second Robert was Robert Clarence, born in 1876, also in Arkansas.  Robert Clarence married and moved to Walters in Cotton County, Oklahoma.  It appears that at the time Robert C died, they actually were living in the part of Walters that is in Comanche County.  Robert Clarence was buried in the Walters Cemetery in Cotton County, Oklahoma.

    1870 Federal Census, Dyer County, Tennessee, 21 July, Civil District 6, Page 33 (scan 99), Hse/Fam #241
    James Brinkly 24 M Farmer b Tennessee
    Maggie Brinkly 22 F b Tennessee
    Robt Brinkly 2 M born Tennessee


  • 1. 1870 Federal Census, Dyer County, Tennessee
    • 21 July, Civil District 6, Page 33 (scan 99), Hse/Fam #241

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