James Toliver JACKSON Effie Elizabeth JACKSON Reuben Cole BRINKLEY Reuben Wyette BRINKLEY Betty Telitha JACKSON George Jerome JACKSON Marie L JACKSON Bobbie J JACKSON Jewel JACKSON Eliza Jane TATE Mini tree diagram
Bessie Lee JACKSON

Bessie Lee JACKSON8,9,2,4,6

27th Jul 18961,2,3,4,5,6 - 14th Jan 19186,3,7

Life History

27th Jul 1896

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

22nd Feb 1917

Birth of son Reuben Wyette BRINKLEY in Parker County, Texas.10,11,12,13,14,5

14th Jan 1918

Died in Seymour, Baylor, Texas.6,3,7

Pulmonary Tuberculosis for about 1 year, Contributory: childbirth about 11 months ago

14th Jan 1918

Buried in Woodmen of the World Cemetery, Seymour, Baylor, Texas.6

Other facts


Married Reuben Cole BRINKLEY


  • 1900 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas, 6 June, Justice Precinct 1, District 64, page 3A, Hse/Fam #46
    Jackson, James T  Head W M  Mar 1872  28 TX TX GA Farm Laborer Can't read or write
    Jackson, Eliza J  Wife W F  Mar 1874  24 TX GA GA Can read and write
    Jackson, Effie  Dau W F  Jan 1894  6 TX TX TX
    Jackson, Bessie  Dau W F  Jun 1896  3 TX TX TX

    1910 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas, 22 June, Weatherford Ward 1, District 66, page 8A, 912 N Rusk St, Hse #160, Fam #161
    Jackson J T  Head M W [no age] 2nd marriage Married 0 years no birth info Rents Home
    Jackson Lizzie (Griffith) Wife F W 23 1st marriage Married 0 years 0 children TX TX TX [b abt 1887]
    Effie Jackson Dau F W 16 US US US [b abt 1894]
    Bessie Jackson Dau F W 14 US US US [b abt 1896]

    The Mixon-Brinkley genealogy compiled by my cousin Marion Mixon reports the main facts of Bessie Lee's life as follows.

    Bessie Lee Jackson
    Birth 27 JUL 1896 in Parker CO., TX, Death 14 JAN 1918 in Baylor, Texas
    Parents William D Jackson 1862-1899, Eliza Jane Tate 1873-1908
    Spouse Ruben Cole Brinkley 1896-1957
    Son Ruben Wyette Brinkley 1917-1982
    --  Marion Mixon, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/12166079/person/-321973201

    Since Bessie was born in 1896, and James Jackson did not marry Eliza Jane Tate Jackson until 1899, Jim is not her father, but her stepfather.  Family sources indicate that Bessie and her older sister Effie, born in 1894, are the daughters of Jackson's brother William D Jackson, the first husband of Elizabeth Jane Tate.  The family sources report he died and she married James Toliver Jackson both about 1899.

    Thus it seems the census should have reported these girls as step-daughters of Jackson.  Perhaps he had already adopted them by the time of the 1900 census.  Eliza Jane died in 1908 and in 1909 James married Lizzie Griffith, thus Effie's stepmother, reported in the 1910 census above as the wfe of J T Jackson.

    Bessie had borne only one child, Reuben Wyette Brinkley, about 11 months before her death in 1918.

    Death Certificate of Bessie Lee Jackson Brinkley
    Bessie Lee Brinkley
    Born July 27, 1896, Texas
    Died January 14, 1918 Seymour, Baylor County, Texas
    Father Will Jackson, mother Eliza Tate, both born Texas
    Ocupation Housekeeper
    Cause of Death Pulmonary Tuberculosis for about 1 year, Contributory childbirth about 11 months ago
    Informant A W Brinkley
    Burial Seymour [Woodmen of the World] Cemetery 14 January 1918, undertaker W H Gray.

    Note that the date of burial reported on the certificate is the same as the date of death.  A curious entry occurs here.  The informant for Bessie Lee's information for the death certificate is reported as R W Brinkley, which would seem to mean Reuben Wyette Brinkley.  But this is Bessie's son, who was only one year old at the time of her death!  This must be an error for R C (Reuben Cole) Brinkley, her husband and Reuben Wyette's father.

    The Texas Death Index gives its normal, terse report:
    Bessie Lee Brinkley
    Death 14 Jan 1918 Baylor County
    Certificate #97


  • 1. Personal Letters
  • 2. 1900 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 6 June, Justice Precinct 1, District 64, page 3A, Hse/Fam #46
  • 3. Ancestry Trees
    • Marion Mixon, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/12166079/person/-321973201
  • 4. 1910 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas
    • 22 June, Weatherford Ward 1, District 66, page 8A, 912 N Rusk St, Hse #160, Fam #161
  • 5. Marion L Mixon, Bearden-Langston Genealogy
  • 6. Texas Death Certificate
  • 7. Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000
    • 1918, Certificate #97
  • 8. Personal Letters
    • Letter #8
  • 9. Marion L Mixon
  • 10. Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997
  • 11. 1920 Federal Census, Baylor County, Texas
    • 8 January, Justice Precinct 3 (near Westover), District 13, page 1B, Hse/Fam #5
  • 12. 1930 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas
    • 5 April, Houston, District 23, page 5A, 1302 Tabor Street, Hse #101, Fam #102
  • 13. Westover Cemetery (Westover, Baylor, Texas) Register
    • Name: Name: http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Baylor/cemetery/Westover.html;;
  • 14. Ancestry Trees
    • Williams/Brinkley/Mason/Vaughn, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/49994/person/-560147787?ssrc=&ftm=1

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