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Sept. 21, 2011 -- Brindley Mountain Park receives $10,000 grant

-Ruth B. Cicchetti, 84 of Plymouth, Mass, died February 3, 2008. Born November 2, 1923 in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Howard) Brindley. She served her country as a WAVE in the US Navy during WWII. She married William J. Cicchete, Sr., on October 31, 1949. William died in 1998. They lived in Dedham where she was a member of the American Legion. They later moved to San Marcos, CA for 12 years. She is survived by two sons: Richard H. (Phyllis) Cicchetti, Sr., of Plymouth and William J. (Tiffany) Cicchetti of Washington State and two daughters: Frances Maddocks of California and Lisa (Charles) Elliott of Colorado. She also has a brother, William Brindley of California and a sister Catherine (Coleman) Conroy. She was the loving grandmother of nine grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 141 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. Private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's associater.

Former judge, killed in plane crash. Former Morgan County Circuit Judge Thomas Coggin died early today
(Monday, July 24, 2006) when the small plane he was flying crashed near the Hartselle Municipal Airport.

Coggin crashed nose-first onto private property at 3090 Celestial Drive, a few hundred yards from the Hartselle airport, police said. Hartselle Police Lt. Justin Barley said Coggin took off from the Cullman Airport between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. and Hartselle police got reports of the crash at 8:02 a.m.

Congratulations to Joe Brindley
who won th Wedgwood plate commemorating the bicentenary of the completion of the Trent and Mersey Canal in England 1777-1977. The plate is a tribute to its two leading pioneers James Brindley, Chief Engineer and Josiah Wedgwood, Treasurer. Joe's name was drawn at the fall meeting held at the Constituion Village in Huntsville, Alabama.

Lt. Col. Gary Winston Brindley, United States Air Force (Ret.), of Birmingham, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at the age of 71. The family will receive friends Friday, June 17, 2005, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with a graveside service to follow at 3 p.m. in Morris Cemetery, Morris, Alabama. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Morgan's @ Gardendale Funeral Home. Click here to view death notice and sign guest book in the Birmingham News.

The book James Brindley by Christine Richardson. Priced at £29.95, it is available from Waterways World Ltd; Burton on Trent, Staffs, England; tel 01283 742 970, or email

"I have read it and judge it to be the best book, so far, devoted solely to James Brindley. It contains 36 b/w photos and 40 2 color maps."
-- Gordon Brindley author of Brindley Genealogy

Sydney Layne Carter
Beth Carter's baby was born 2/26/04, at 10:50 a.m. at Decatur General Hospital. She weighed 6 lb. 9 oz.and was 201/2 inches long. Surprisingly she was born on her due date! Both Beth and Sydney are doing fine. Beth's mother is Carol Sullivan Souther,daughter of Irene Brindley Sullivan.

Parker T. Brindley
BRINDLEY, PARKER T., age 87, of Birmingham, passed away on January 18, 2004. He was a member of Huffman Methodist Church. He was retired from Lamson & Sessions Bolt Co. after 48 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Frances Brindley; daughter, Kay McDaniel; grandson, Todd McDaniel; and brother, Gary Brindley. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel with Rev. Rick Owen officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2004. Ridout's Trussville Chapel directing. <>
Published in The Birmingham News on 1/20/2004.

Florence Simmons
SIMMONS, FLORENCE, age 83, of Birmingham, died January 8, 2004. She was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Simmons; son, Richard Simmons; brother, Huell Brindley; and sisters, Era Bryant and Eva Little Williams. Survivors include daughter-in-law, Barbara Simmons; grandchild, Carla Templin; brothers, Parker Brindley, Gary Brindley; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 12 Noon at Ridout's Roebuck Parlor, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. E. L. Mullins officiating. Ridout's Roebuck Chapel directing.

Eunice Frances Brindley Grimes

Funeral services for Eunice Frances Brindley Grimes, 94, of Fairview will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Welcome Baptist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Holly Pond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Grimes died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at the home of her son, Harold Grimes. She was born in Morgan County on Dec. 6, 1909, to Albert Sidney and Eliza Frances Johnston Brindley. Living most of her life in the Fairview community, she graduated from Fairview High School in 1928, attended beauty school in Centre and opened Grimes Beauty Shop in Fairview in 1935. She operated the shop for 62 years. Mrs. Grimes was a member of the Dripping Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served in several offices of that organization, including regent. She was also a charter member of the Brindley Historical Society and was a great-granddaughter of Mace Thomas Payne Brindley, who settled the Simcoe area and for whom Brindley Mountain is named. She was a member of Welcome Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hoyt Grimes; brother, John Brindley; and a grandson, Jerry Michael Maddox.

Survivors include two sons, Harold (Jimmie) Grimes of Baileyton, Clarence "Stan" Stanfield of Atlanta; daughter, Dorothy Lytle of Baileyton; nine grandchildren, Karen Kittle, Jeff Lytle, Ramona Swindall, Fancy (Mark) Motherway, Barbara (Dennis) Koehler, Jean (Jeff) Duffy, Julie Grimes, Jackie (Anthony) Garlowich, Jamie (Richard) Fallin; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Henry Wayne Brindley   
Funeral for Henry Wayne Brindley, 32, Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Williams-McCrackin, burial in Lawrence Chapel Cemetery. Visitation 6-9 tonight. Mr. Brindley died Dec. 20, 2003. He was the husband of Jennifer Brindley.

Giving an aging church a new breath of life was one of two projects that garnered the Pulaski-based Brindley Construction Group the annual award for Excellence in Construction competition, sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. more>>

Congratulations to Carol Ann McDowell who WON the 250th Commemorative Brindley Mill Plate.

New Offices of BIHF for 2003-2005:

Joe Brindley - President

Mary Elizabeth Brindley Howard - V-Pres.

Nancy Brindley - Recording Secretary

Karen Watson - Corresponding Secretary

Dr. Hugh Payne Brindley - Treasurer

Helen Brindley - Historian

Harold Brindley -Parliamentarian

James Brindley - Chaplain

Harry Grimes - Chaplain

Betty Jane Brindley Chalfant - International Liaison - USA

Peter Brindley - Liaison - Wales, UK

John Williams - Liaison - England, UK

Katherine Swann - Liaison - Australia

Van Buren Brindley's Battle Flag ­ In April of this year, I visited to Confederate Museum in New Orleans to view Van Buren Brindley's battle flag that was restored by the BIHF in 1992. I did not see it on display and asked the curator where I could find it. I was upset to discover that the flag along with four other historical flags were damaged when the museum was flooded during a construction project. The woman who performed the original restoration had removed the flags to prevent any further damage. I have emailed the museum to find out what can be done to re-restore the flag. I hope to have more information at the meeting.

Memorial Hall Saved! I also learned that the Confederate Museum and it's collection of Civil War artifacts were in danger of being evicted from Memorial Hall after 112 years on continuous operation. In fact, prior to burial, Jefferson Davis laid in state at Memorial Hall for one and a half days, and more than 60,000 people came to pay their respects. Because of a question over ownership, Tulane University was claiming ownership of Memorial Hall and wanted to use the building for a modern art museum. An agreement was finally reached on August 21, 2003 and The Confederate Museum will obtain ownership of the Memorial Hall building. You can read more about the Confederate Museum and the ownership controversy at

Olivia Grace Brindley made her grand entrance into this world at 5:17 p.m. on 10/10/03; She is the daughter of Elliot and Ashley Brindley.

Elliot Brindley sings with the band at the Arab Senior Center in Arab, Alabama.

Olivia Anne Patterson made her grand entrance into this world at 8:15 a.m. on 3/31/03, weighing in at 7 lb. 4 oz. and 191/2 in. She is the daughter of Patrick and Jennifer Southern Patterson. Her great-grandmother, Irene Brindley Sullivan, is the great-grand-daughter of Mace Thomas Payne Brindley, Olivia Anne is a seveth generation Alabamian!

William Bradford Huie/Alabama Collection Week
Snead State Community College - April 13-17, 2003

The First Annual William Bradford Huie/ Alabama Collection Week at Snead State will promote public understanding and use of humanities in a focus of Alabama literary heritage and support of contemporary Alabama writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, and journalism. Click here for a pdf brochure of events.

William Bradford Huie's parents were John Bradford "Brad" and Margaret Lois Brindley Huie of Morgan County Alabama.

Clowdus Research Reunion

Judy Clowdus-Huntington is hosting a Clowdus research reunion with a memorial service honoring Pvt. George D. Cloudus on June 20-22, 2003 in Oneonta, Alabama. You can contact Judy for more information at

BIHF member Ed Summers has opened the Hartselle Military Museum in Hartselle, Albama.

The Hartselle Military Museum and Foundation
109 Hickory Street SE.,
Hartselle, Alabama 35640-2547
telephone: (256) 773-7271
cell: (256) 227-7308
cell: (256) 466-1940

Web Site:

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 1am to 5pm on Sunday
There is no entry fee but donations are appreciated.

Gene Brindley Horton of Decatur died March 10, 2002. She taught school 4812 years, most at F.E. Burleson Elementary School. She was first president of the Morgan County Democratic Women's Organization and was a delegate to the National Education Association convention.

Friends and Descendants of Johnson's Island have purchased of 17.1 acres of Johnson's Island on Friday, October 4, 2002. The National Trust has put us on their web site today. Be sure to check it out!!

Gabriel LaFayette BRINDLEY
was a 2nd Lient. of the TN., Co E and was recorded as a prisoner of War at the Johnson's Island Prisoner of War Depot located in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio. He arrived at the prison on May 1, 1862 and was transferee on August 1, 1862. He was captured at Island 10 on April 8, 1862. He was sent to Vicksburg.

They will be sending out a newsletter to those that have contributed to our efforts, and encourage all of you to consider a donation at this time. They need to raise an additional $315,000 in the next three years.

Friends and Descendants of Johnson's Island
David R. Bush, Ph.d., Director
3272 County Road 175
Clyde, Ohio 43410
FAX: (419)448-2236

Johnson's Island Web Site:
Archaeology Magazine:

Big Foot on Brindley Mountain?

Report # 3028  (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, August 21, 2001.
Daylight sighting by lady while her husband was clearing trees

News coverage of the BIHF Trip to England in July 2002


BG Bert Chalfant, husband of BIHF president Betty Jane Brindley Chalfant, won his re-election to the Williamson County Commission in Tennessee! Bert has served on the commission for the past 16 years.

The Whole Backstage in Guntersville, Alabama presents Wave Me Goodbye, the new musical by Herbert Appleman, New York playwright. The play is based on the novel The Americanization of Emily by Alabama author William Bradford Huie who is a descendant of Mac Thomas Payne Brindley. The play will run from August 30 to September 8, 2002. Call 256.582.SHOW for reservations. There web site is located at

I like the way Herbert Appleman has written the play, especially the music. I think Bill would approve!
-- Martha H. Huie (Mrs. William Bradfor Huie)

Cora Beatrice Brindley

HARTSELLE -- Funeral for Cora Beatrice Brindley, 83, of Somerville will be Friday March 10, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Pines Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen Smallwood and the Rev. Harvel Smith officiating.

Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Brindley died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Crestwood Medical Center. She was born Feb. 18, 1919, in Morgan County to Carroll Betha Brindley and Cora Lee Self Brindley. She was the widow of Bill Brindley. She was a member of Pines Baptist Church and a founding member of the Friends Helping Friends organization. She also was a member of the Brindley International Historical Foundation.

Survivors include four sons, Vann Brindley of Valhermoso Springs and Harold Brindley, George Brindley and Jimmy "Frankie" Brindley, all of Oden Ridge; two daughters, Cora Vaughn of Decatur and Mary Wimbs of Somerville; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Please be advised, that the Brindley Mill has launched its own website to coincide with its 250th anniversary celebrations. The Website address is . Go take a look!

Spring 2001 - Spring 2003 BIHF Officers

President - Betty Jane Brindley Chalfant

Vice-President - Joe Brindley

Secretary - Nancy Brindley

Corresponding Secretary - Kay Watson

Treasurer - Harold Brindley

Historian - Helen Brindley

Chaplains: James Brindley and Harold Grimes

Parliamentarian - Dr. Hugh Payne Brindley

International Liaison - USA - Terry Wade Teal

International Liaison -UK - Peter Brindley

New Casey Cousin Found!

Wilson Casey, holds two world records listed in the Guinness Book of Records!

* Longest Trivia Broadcast
* Longest Radio Broadcast by an Individual

His father is Woodrow Wilson Casey !

Go visit his site at

According to the EPA Brindley Creek is not polluted! Check it out at the link below.

NASA story by David Brindley

More Brindley Mountain Mentions

Participate in the Twin-Mountain Challenge!

Magellan Mortgage Services, Inc.

Marshall County, Alabama Genealogy page

The new BIHF bumper stickers are here! Show your family pride by placing one on your car. E-mail me at and I will send you one for free! Please include your mailing address so I will know where to send it.

James Henry "Hoyt" Grimes of Baileyton, Alabama died Sunday October 15, 2000 at age 94. Hoyt is married to Eunice Francis Brindley the daughter of Albert Sidney Brindley and Grand Daughter of Van Buren Brindley.

Memorials may be made to:
Hospice of Cullman County
402 4th Ave. NE
Cullman, AL 35055
(256) 739-5185

The newest Brindley

Tera Ashley Kilgo wed Elliot Kenyon Brindley on June 17, 2000 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Brereton Hall for Sale

Submitted by: Peter Brindley
Bangor. Gwynedd. Wales

From The Sunday Telegraph, 26 March 2000

The New Age Elizabethans

Andy Wood juggles the demands of work, the mobile phone and four rowdy children with panache. In his 16th-century mansion in Cheshire he has a perfect Grade I house, with twin octagonal turreted towers and, as a rock music and computer games impresario, he is as inventive and playful as any Elizabethan courtier.

Just as it would have done four centuries ago, his home, Brereton Hall, is made to earn some of its keep. Music groups pile in to record in the studio before joining the family for large,lunches. Romantic weddings take place in the Great Hall, with receptions in the conservatory. In summer the grounds click with cameras as they become the backdrop for photographic shoots of willowy models wearing tweed jackets or not very much at all.

"We bought it for the adventure," says Andy. Three years ago he and his wife, Beverley, had been looking for a prime slice of Prestbury, Aiderley Edge or Wilmslow with seven bedrooms, tennis court and swimming pool. Then they discovered that the Elizabethan dream cost about the same.

"It was in such good condition. It took 12 years to build 400 years ago and was as good as new - none of your cardboard and plastic," says Andy. "We only live once, so what a marvelous adventure to have."

They and their four children, Nicola, Tom, Conor and Ben, opted to settle into the snugness of the converted servants' quarters, the three boys choosing to sleep together, dormitory-style, in one room. "They don't need the other 60-odd rooms here," says Andy. "But I like to think that they have had a unique experience in using the Hall as a cycle track."

The house is admired by history groups for its paneled interiors, minstrels' gallery and magnificent fireplaces decorated with coats of arms. "We sit surrounded by the shields of all the rich neighbours who could be reached by horseback within a day," says Andy.

His company, Chaos Productions, attracts a rather different sort of visitor. "We work with lots of musicians. Stone Roses have been here, and a new band called Immaculate, which is a cross between the Beatles, Manic Street Preachers and Pink Floyd."

"On the other hand, you can walk into the drawing-room and find a grand piano and a soprano working together. It gives the place a Bohemian feel and it is very enjoyable."

His Elizabethan predecessor, the hard-drinking aristocrat Sir William Brereton, who built the Hall, had strong enough royal connections to invite Elizabeth 1 to lay the foundation stone. His very early panelled bedroom and dressing-room are still intact, decorated with elaborate mantel-pieces celebrating illustrious family marriages.

The heads of muzzled bears appear frequently as a motif around the house, and the muzzled bear is a feature of the Brereton coat of arms. The story is that Sir William was interrupted at dinner by his valet and was so angry that he chased him upstairs and killed him.

The King - Charles I - offered him a pardon if he could invent an effective bear muzzle in the space of three days.

Sir William was shut in the Tower for the stipulated time and then brought before a bear, whereupon he flung his newly invented muzzle over its head and escaped unharmed.

The Wood family is ready for another adventure now and are selling Brereton, with its nine principal bedrooms, eight bathrooms, flat, domestic offices, kitchens, banqueting hall and muzzled bears, for £2.75 million through Jackson-Stops & Staff (01625 540340).

What next? "The simple life, an apartment in Soho, in New York, a dairy farm. Who knows?" says Andy.