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Richard Brinn of Macon, Georgia

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Re: Richard Brinn of Macon, Georgia

Posted: 1507820339000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Brinn, Massengale, Caison
I am related to the Brinns through my ggrandmother, Harriet "Hattie" Ellen Brinn (1846-1935), Richard Brinn's daughter and the wife of Andrew Murray Massengale. Below is information about the Brinns published privately in a book my family has passed down since the early 20th century. There is no supporting documentation, only whatever accounts the families provided. One glaring error stands out already in this story: Richard died July 26, 1865, months after the Civil War ended, NOT during Sherman's wartime march. Of course, Union soldiers were still in the area at that time for postwar Reconstruction occupation.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone with additional information about the Brinns, especially if you have primary sources related to Richard's murder. Thanks much.


(ANDREW MURRAY MASSENGALE) married, on December 3, 1874, Hattie Ellen Brinn, born December 25, 1846, the daughter of Richard and Frances (Caison) Brinn. Her father, Richard Brinn, was born in Pantego, Beaufort County, North Carolina., August 27, 1796. He married, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Spetember 21, 1832, Frances Caison, born January 4, 1815. She died September 27, 1873.

Richard Brinn came from North Carolina to Augusta, Georgia, in 1829, and was an outstanding architect and the builder of many of the business blocks in Macon. He died in Macon, Georgia, and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Macon. While too old to serve in the Confederate Army, two of his sons served bravely in the Southern cause. Richard Brinn himself, although not a soldier, really gave up his life for the Southern cause. His death occurred at the time of Sherman's famous march to the sea, when Richard Brinn's beautiful house had a Union guard, granted by General Sherman, around it. On the night of the fatal happening there had been a wedding reception in the neighborhood and, leaving early, Richard Brinn was attacked in front of his own home. He died the next morning, having recovered consciousness long enough to state he had been knocked in the head and robbed by Union soldiers.

His home, which stood on Tatnall Square, was subsequently purchased by Congressman James Blount who owned it when it was razed by fire. The children of Richard and Frances (Caison) Brinn were: 1) Georgia Virginia, married Rev. James Munroe Armstrong. 2) John. 3) Thomas Howard, died unmarried. 4) Mollie, married Alfred Scarborough. 5) Hattie Ellen, married Andrew Murray Massengale. 6) Richard Hooker, married Annie Smith. 7) Loula, married Edward W. Waterhouse.
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