Reuben Cole BRINKLEY Gary BRINKLEY Living BRINKLEY Joyce Faith BOGARD Bessie Lee JACKSON Mini tree diagram

Reuben Wyette BRINKLEY2,3,4,5,6,9

22nd Feb 19171,2,3,4,5,6 - 1st Feb 19827,8,4,5,6,9

Life History

22nd Feb 1917

Born in Parker County, Texas.1,2,3,4,5,6


Resident in Justice Precinct 3, Baylor, Texas.5

21st Dec 1941

Birth of son Gary BRINKLEY in Odessa, Ector, Texas.5

1st Feb 1982

Died in Taylor County, Texas.7,8,4,5,6,9

4th Feb 1982

Buried in Westover Cemetery, Westover, Baylor County, Texas.4

Other facts


Married Joyce Faith BOGARD


Birth of son Living BRINKLEY


  • Reuben Wyette Brinkley , born in February 1917 was the only child of Bessie Lee Jackson Brinkley. Reuben's mother died in January 1918, when he was less than a year old. After her death his father moved into the household of Reuben's grandparents in Baylor County, Texas.  Here is the 1920 census report of the family.

    1920 Federal Census, Baylor County, Texas, 8 January, Justice Precinct 3 (near Westover), District 13, page 1B, Hse/Fam #5
    Brinkley, Andrew W Head  Owns M W 57 Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Section Foreman, Railroad
    Brinkley, Frances L  Wife F W 56 TX TX TN
    Brinkley, Reuben Cole Son M W 23 Widowed TX TN TX Barber
    Brinkley, Mollie M  Dau F W 19 TX TN TX
    Brinkley, Martha  Mother F W 75 Widow TN US US
    Brinkley, Reuben W Grandson M W 2yrs10mos TX TX TX

    In 1930, we find that Reuben Wyette's father has remarried and they have moved to Houston, where his father is a Baptist minister.  He is enumerated with his stepmother and two younger sisters.

    1930 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas, 5 April, Houston, District 23, page 5A, 1302 Tabor Street, Hse #101, Fam #102
    Brinkley, R C Head Rents $27.50mo M W 23 First Married at age 20 TX TX TX Baptist Minister
    Brinkley, Vera P Wife  F W 28 First Married at age 24 TX AR TX
    Brinkley, Reuben W Son M W 13 TX TX TX

    Family sources reported that Reuben died in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas.  But the Texas Death Index reports that he died in Taylor County.  It would appear Coleman was his residence at the time of death.  It appeared he was in the hospital in Abilene (Taylor County), north of Coleman, when he died.  This was confirmed in a Seymour news article, an excerpt of which was available on a summary from

    "REUBEN W. BRINKLEY Mr. Reuben W. Brinkley. age 64, of Coleman and formerly of Seymour, passed away Monday. February I, at 8:00 p.m. in an Abilene Hospital. Funeral services will be held from Calvary Baptist Church..."
    --  Seymour Baylor County Banner, Seymour, Texas, 4 Feb 1982,

    One Brinkley family genealogy reports that he was buried was in the Westover Cemetery in Baylor County, Texas.

    Reuben Wyette Brinkley
    Born 22 Feb 1917 in Parker, Texas; Died 1 Feb 1982 in Coleman, Coleman, Texas
    Reuben Cole Brinkley (1896-1957)  Vera Pearl Russell (1902-) [Stepmother]
    Spouse Joyce Faith Bogard (1917-)
    Children David Reuben Brinkley (1930-), Gary Brinkley (1941-2000)
    1917 22 Feb Birth Parker County, Texas
    Age 3 Residence Justice Precinct 3, Baylor, Texas 1920 United States Federal Census
    Age 13 Residence  Houston, Harris, Texas 1930 United States Federal Census 1982 1 Feb Age: 65
    Death Coleman, Coleman, Texas; burial Westover Cemetery, Baylor, Texas
    --  Williams/Brinkley/Mason/Vaughn Family Tree,

    The Westover Cemetery entry has the date of death as 4 Feb, which must be the burial date.  Sources cited above report his death on 1 February 1982.

    BRINKLEY, REUBEN W.  GRANDSON/FRANCES BRINKLEY  birth 2/22/1917  death 2/4/1982  buried WEST SECTION

    The Social Security Death Index reports Reuben's address at the time of death as Coleman, Texas.  The Texas Death Index reports he actually died in Taylor County.  Perhaps he died in an Abilene hospital.

    Social Security Death Index
    Reuben Brinkley
    Born 22 Feb 1917
    Died Feb 1982
    Last Residence Coleman, Coleman, Texas 76834
    SSN 454-12-0375 issued Texas (Before 1951)

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Reuben Brinkley
    Death 1 Feb 1982 Taylor County

    I find that the Westover Cemetery List reports his death date as 4 February 1982, while the Death Index says 1 February.  I wonder if the Westover date is the date of burial?  I assume that the date in the cemetery list is the date of death as reported on the gravestone.  In a few cases I have found these are wrong.

    I found that a family source also reports death date as 4 February, following the Westover entry, apparently.  I am reporting death according to the date in the Westover list.


  • 1. Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, Baylor County, Texas
    • 8 January, Justice Precinct 3 (near Westover), District 13, page 1B, Hse/Fam #5
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas
    • 5 April, Houston, District 23, page 5A, 1302 Tabor Street, Hse #101, Fam #102
  • 4. Westover Cemetery (Westover, Baylor, Texas) Register
    • Name: Name:;;
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
    • Williams/Brinkley/Mason/Vaughn,
  • 6. Marion L Mixon, Bearden-Langston Genealogy
  • 7. Social Security Death Index
  • 8. Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000
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