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George Brinley fonds
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- Brinley, George, d. 1809
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2 cm of textual records
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George Brinley was the fifth and youngest son of Col. Francis Brinley of Roxbury, Massachusetts. He married Mary Wentworth (1743-1819) on 29 October 1765. He was forced to leave the United States with his brother Thomas when they were proscribed as Loyalists by the state in 1778. During that same year George and his wife, Mary, moved to Nova Scotia. His wife's sister was Lady Frances Wentworth, wife of the Governor of Nova Scotia, Sir John Wentworth (1737-1820). In 1797, he was appointed Commissary-General for His Majesty's Forces in British North America, holding the office until at least 1808. He died at Halifax in 1809.
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Fonds consists of correspondence received by Brinley from family and acquaintances in England and Nova Scotia. Includes letters from his sons Thomas and Wentworth, daughter and son-in-law Mary and Charles Moody, relative Edward Brinley, and friends and colleagues including General Needham. Letters pertain to Brinley's post as commissary-general, personal and family news including references to Governor and Lady Wentworth, service in the military, and events in Europe including opinions on the Napoleonic War campaign.
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Donated by the estate of Susan Almon of Halifax, November 1958.
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Brinley family papers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Special Collections and University Archives (MS 161)
Information about the family of George and Mary (Wentworth) Brinley can be found in Wentworth Genealogy, English and American / John Wentworth. [1878.] Boston : Little, Brown & Co. (Nova Scotia Archives Library call no. CS W481 - Volume 1 - p. 529-530).