Brinkley Family History

Caroline JenkinsAge: 80 years18311911

Name
Caroline Jenkins
Given names
Caroline
Surname
Jenkins
Note: It seems the Piety Brinkley on the 1860 census may be the step sister of Wiley Brinkley shown as Sop…
Birth between 1831 and 1839
Note: I cannot explain the wide range of birthdates for Caroline. For some reason it appears she did not know when she was born. She seems to have been born between 1831 and 1839, most likely in Tennessee.
MarriageWiley E. BrinkleyView this family
yes

MarriageWilliam PashleyView this family
yes

Census 1850 (Age 19 years)

Note: A search of the 1850 US Census only shows 4 "Caroline Jenkins" living in TN. 1: Polk, TN Born ABT 1839 TN. 2: Carter, TN Born ABT 1847 TN. 3: Taylorsville, Johnson, TN born ABT 1835 NC. 4: Lauderdale, TN born ABT 1840 SC.
Birth of a daughter
#1
Laura Jane “Jane” Brinkley
1858 (Age 27 years)
Census July 24, 1860 (Age 29 years)
Address: Lick Mountain Township
Note: The Piety Brinkley listed in this census has not been 100% verified as our Caroline yet; however, she appears to be our Caroline Brinkley. She may also be Sophiah P. Brinkley a younger step sister to Wiley. It is unclear.
Death of a husbandWiley E. Brinkley
after July 24, 1860 (Age 29 years)

Cause: Civil War ??
Birth of a son
#2
James Wesley Brinkley
March 26, 1861 (Age 30 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam RifeLaura Jane “Jane” BrinkleyView this family
January 10, 1874 (Age 43 years)
Marriage of a childStephen Clark IILaura Jane “Jane” BrinkleyView this family
Type: Religious marriage
August 4, 1878 (Age 47 years)
Census June 4, 1880 (Age 49 years)
Marriage of a childJames Wesley BrinkleyJerusha Hadley TowellView this family
April 7, 1884 (Age 53 years)
Death of a husbandWilliam Pashley
February 2, 1888 (Age 57 years)
Address: Home
Cause: Pneumonia
Death of a daughterLaura Jane “Jane” Brinkley
1894 (Age 63 years)
Burial of a daughterLaura Jane “Jane” Brinkley
1894 (Age 63 years)
Greene, Indiana, USA
Latitude: N39.14780 Longitude: W87.06420

Cemetery: Campbell Cemetery
Census June 13, 1900 (Age 69 years)
Census May 5, 1910 (Age 79 years)
Death November 28, 1911 (Age 80 years)
Burial November 29, 1911 (1 day after death)
Cemetery: Pisgah Church Cemetery
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Unknown Jenkins
mother
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Birth

I cannot explain the wide range of birthdates for Caroline. For some reason it appears she did not know when she was born. She seems to have been born between 1831 and 1839, most likely in Tennessee.

Census

A search of the 1850 US Census only shows 4 "Caroline Jenkins" living in TN. 1: Polk, TN Born ABT 1839 TN. 2: Carter, TN Born ABT 1847 TN. 3: Taylorsville, Johnson, TN born ABT 1835 NC. 4: Lauderdale, TN born ABT 1840 SC.

Census

The Piety Brinkley listed in this census has not been 100% verified as our Caroline yet; however, she appears to be our Caroline Brinkley. She may also be Sophiah P. Brinkley a younger step sister to Wiley. It is unclear.

Name

It seems the Piety Brinkley on the 1860 census may be the step sister of Wiley Brinkley shown as Sophiah P. Harris on the 1850 census living with his family. Sophiah Piety Harris. I am not sure how this could link to Caroline.

I wonder without any proof if Wiley managed to survive the war when his unit was captured and sent to Andersonville. Maybe he is really William Pashley. Maybe Piety changed her name to Caroline. I am not sure if I will ever know.

Name

Caroline Pashley's Death Certificate lists her maiden name as Jenkins.

Name

Johnson Funeral Home Records indicated James Brinkley was the son of Caroline Jenkins who was born in Tennessee.

Note

Orphaned at an early age. Caroline and Zerelda Cole were placed in a Catholic convent by their guardian (their mother's brother) James M. Lindsey of Stamping Grounds, Kentucky. Carline married arount the year 1846 or 1847. Her husband was a high ranking officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was killed during the Civil War. Caroline fled for her life to Missouri with her two children James and Jane. A slave hid her and her children under some straw in an old wagon when Union troops were there. Within a day or two he took them by wagon(still hid) as far as the Mississippi River. They were met there by Frank and Jesse James, her nephews. They sank the wagon to the bottom of the river and crossed over to the other side where another horse and buggy were waiting for them. They were escorted to Clay County, Missouri. They were given the name of Brinkley at that time. Her daughter, Jane, was my Grandmother -- JJ. (Unverified Story)