Saturday, August 7, 2010

Surname Saturday: James Larkin Arrington and Laura Lee Brinlee

James Larkin “Jim” Arrington
b. 27 Feb 1866, Collin Co., Texas
d. 17 Sep 1962, Collin County, Texas
& Laura Lee Brinlee
b. 17 Jan 1871, Missouri
d. 10 Dec 1937, Anna, Collin County, Texas
m. 1890
|--William C. “Will” Arrington
|----b. Apr 1890, Collin County, Texas
|----d. bef 1920
|---& Dora H. Wren
|----b. 11 Sep 1892, Texas
|----d. 12 Dec 1976, Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas
|----m. 1909
|--Hannah Arrington
|----b. Aug 1891, Collin County, Texas
|--Lillie Marge Arrington
|----b. Oct 1893, Collin County, Texas
|---& Raymond Cooper
|--George Washington Arrington
|----b. 7 Oct 1895, Westminster, Collin County, Texas
|----d. Dec 1977, Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas
|---& Freddie Warren
|----b. 1897, Texas
|----m. 1918
|--Lonnie Bryan Arrington
|----b. 21 Mar 1898
|----d. 9 May 1899
|--Bernice “Bessie” Ann Arrington*
|----b. 9 Jul 1901, Collin County, Texas
|----d. 16 Apr 1952, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
|--& Joseph Benjamin “Joe” Hemphill
|----b. 13 Oct 1898, Hall Co., Texas
|----d. Sep 1967, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
|----m. 1920
|--Bernice “Bessie” Ann Arrington*
|----b. 9 Jul 1901, Collin County, Texas
|----d. 16 Apr 1952, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
|---& Sterner
|--Eugene Grey Arrington
|----b. 12 May 1903, Collin County, Texas
|----d. 20 Dec 1980, Tarrant County, Texas
|---& Beatrice Duckworth
|----b. 1904, Texas
|----m. 1922
|--Margie Arrington
|----b. 1913, Texas
|--Modene Arrington
|----b. 5 Nov 1918, Collin County, Texas
|----d. 29 Jul 1919, Collin County, Texas

Laura Lee Brinlee was the daughter of Hiram Carroll Brinlee, Jr. and Diza Carolina Boone, and James Larkin was the son of George Washington Arrington and Hannah Hendrix. It appears that Laura was born in Missouri, though the sources are divided between Missouri and Texas: earlier censuses indicate Missouri, while later censuses and her death certificate indicate Texas. Her parents were living in Boone Township, Bates County, Missouri at the time of the 1870 census. (Her younger brother, William Leon “Hoss” Brinlee, was born in Texas in 1873.)

Jim and Laura’s daughter Bernice “Bessie” Ann Arrington was apparently killed in a homicide-robbery in 1952.

I would love to share information with anyone related to/researching this family; you can contact me at my e-mail address, which can be found by going to my profile page (there is a link to that page in the About Me section to the left).


  1. Now Greta, you're forcing me to start asking some questions! 2 weeks ago I went to the funeral of my daughter-in-law's father and met a cousin Larry Brinlee, who's new into genealogy research. Now I'll have to contact him to see if he's related to these Brinlees in your post.

  2. Becky - If his last name is spelled Brinlee, I believe he has to be related to me. While there were at some point Brinleys, Brindleys, etc., who spelled it that way for a time, I'm pretty sure our family is the only one that kept that particular spelling. Would love to talk to him if he is one of "my" Brinlees!

  3. Greetings Greta,
    I am Lawrence Luther Brinlee II (Larry). I noticed your ancestor Laura Lee Brinlee of Hiram Carroll Brinlee Jr (aka Dink) and the comment from Becky Jamison, who i've met.
    Hiram C. Jr was my great-great grandfather's brother from Hiram Sr. His name was Richard Mason Brinlee. All five of the Brinlee brothers in Texas served in the Confederacy.
    There has been a DNA project done for your line, an i've heard of your Boone connection.
    Am looking forward to sharing any info i have.
    my email is:
    Regards, Larry