Andrew Wyette BRINKLEY Blanche Lenora BRINKLEY Forrest Lee BRINKLEY Horace L BRINKLEY Willis Perry BRINKLEY Letha BRINKLEY Mollie Mae WHITESELL Etta Adline SCOTT Marian J WALLER Martha Leora BRINKLEY Reuben Cole BRINKLEY William Franklin BRINKLEY Mollie Mae BRINKLEY Frances Leah HILL Mini tree diagram
Jeffie Clarence BRINKLEY

Jeffie Clarence BRINKLEY1,7,2,3,4,2,5,8,6,9,10

28th Nov 18891,2,3,4,2,5,6 - 29th Feb 19643,4

Life History

28th Nov 1889

Born in Waxahachie, Ellis, Texas.1,2,3,4,2,5,6

13th Jul 1913

Married Mollie Mae WHITESELL in Her name on the marriage record is spelled Whitsell.13

5th Oct 1914

Birth of son Willis Perry BRINKLEY in Texas.7,11,12

about 1916

Birth of daughter Letha BRINKLEY in Texas.7,11

3rd Mar 1934

Married Etta Adline SCOTT in Roby, Fisher, Texas.5,10

before 1935

Divorced from Mollie Mae WHITESELL in Texas.11

10th Jun 1957

Married Marian J WALLER in Orange County, California.9

29th Feb 1964

Died in Los Angeles County, California.3,4


  • 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 Farmer Rents
    Brinkley, F L W F Apr 1867  33 Married 16 years 9 children 6 living  TN NC NC
    Brinkley, Jeffie C  W M Apr 1889  10 TX TX TX

    Jeff married Mollie Mae Whitsell or Whitesell.  Her name on the marriage record is spelled Whitsell.  But in a couple of genealogies that have her maiden name, it is Whitesell, with no documentation.

    Jeff Brinkley
    Spouse's Name Mollie Whitsell
    13 Jul 1913  Parker County, Texas
    --  "Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," ref 4 p 86, index, FamilySearch, accessed 28 Jul 2014,

    1920 Federal Census, Parker County, Texas, 12 January, Weatherford Ward 1, District 61, page 10A, 207 Ft Worth Street, Hse #177, Fam #208
    Brinkley, Jeff C Head Rents M W 29 TX TX TX Laborer, Railroad
    Brinkley, Mae  Wife F W 24 TX TX TX
    Brinkley, Willis P Son M W 5 TX TX TX
    Brinkley, Letha  F W 3 TX TX TX

    Several genealogies reports his first name as Jefferson, which we would expect for the common name Jeff.  Note that he is reported as Jeffie in the 1900 census, at 10 years old.  However, Jeff himself reports his name as Jeffie even in formal situations like his Draft Registration and Social Security records.  This also the name on his California Death Record.  The following genealogy reports no wife.

    Jefferson Clarence Brinkley
    Birth 28 Nov 1889 in  Ellis County, Texas
    Death 29 Feb 1964 in  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    Andrew Wyette Brinkley 1862 - 1935
    Frances Leah Hill 1863 - 1921
    --  Douglas, etc,

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Jeffie Clarence Brinkley
    Residence Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
    Birth 28 Nov 1889 Waxahachie [Ellis County], Texas
    Employed as Section Hand, Texas and Pacific RR, Weatherford, Texas
    Wife and two children
    Medium Height, Stout Build, Grey Eyes, Light Brown Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 Parker County, Texas
    Signed Jeffie Clarence Brinkley

    In 1937, Jeffie applied for a Social Security Number.  This record courtesy of Elsie Ward Jones granddaughter of Elsie, through my cousin Marion Mixon.

    US Social Security Account Application
    Jeffie Clarence Brinkley
    Rt 1, Hawley, Texas, Unemployed
    Age 47, Born Nov 28, 1889 Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas
    Father Andrew Wyatt Brinkley
    Mother Francis Leah Hill
    White Male
    5 July 1937  Signed J C Brinkley
    SSN 462-10-2970

    In 1940, Jeff's wife has a different name.  Etta is his second wife, reported by one or two genealogies as Etta Adline Scott.  Her mother is living in their home.  From his first wife's entry in the 1940 census, we learn that she was already living in Cooke County with their two children in 1935.  They probably divorced about 1932 or 1933.  I cannot find the family in the 1930 census.  I note that his census report here says he was still living in Jones County in 1935.

    1940 Federal Census, Jones County, Texas, 3 April, Precinct 1, District 127-2, page 2A, Hse #23, Rents
    Brinkley, Jeffries C Head M W 50 Married Grade 4 b Tennessee Rural Jones Texas in 1935 Farmer Laborer [b abt 1890]
    Brinkley, Etta Wife F W 55 Married Grade 6 b Texas Rural Jones Texas in 1935 [b abt 1885]
    Scott, Sarah Mother-in-law F W 80 Grade 4 b Alabama Rural Jones Texas in 1935 [b abt 1860]

    Following up on that, my cousin Marion Mixon reports a marriage record for Jones County in 1934.

    Texas Marriage Record
    Fisher County #613
    J C Brinkley and Mrs Etta Beasley
    Married 3 Mar 1934 Fisher County, Texas
    by Carl C Wilson, County Judge
    License 3 Mar 1934 Roby, Fisher County, Texas

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Jeffie Clarence Brinkley
    Residence Anson, Jones County, Texas
    Birth 28 Nov 1889 Ellis County, Texas
    Wife Etta Brinkley, Rt 1, Anson
    Employer R I Foster, Anson, Jones, Texas
    Signed J C Brinkley

    After his divorce from Etta, he moved to California.  In 1957 he married again, to Marian Waller (Fisher).

    California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959
    Jeff C Brinkley
    Age 67, Estimated birth year abt 1890
    Marriage 10 Jun 1957 Orange, California
    Spouse Marian J Fisher (Marian J Waller)
    Spouse Age 61

    In the newspaper announcement of the wedding, it looks like her name is Wallen.  But the California record says Waller.

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Jeff Brinkley
    Born 28 Nov 1889
    Died Feb 1964
    SSN 462-10-2970 issued Texas (Before 1951)

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    Jeffie C Brinkley
    Gender Male
    Birth Date 28 Nov 1889
    Death 29 Feb 1964 Los Angeles County
    Social Security #462102970


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