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Brinley Family Migration

In the 1700's the spelling of the Brinley name was not Brinley or Brindley but was German, with Brinley and Brindley a common translation of what ever the name was.  Today there are 3 different spelling of our family which is Brinley (most of us), Brinly (mostly Louisville, Ky) and Brindley in Oregon.  The Brindley group descend from the Missouri Brinley's.

When Jacob died in 1785 the family was still in York / Adams County, Pennsylvania.  By the 1890's family members started migration west with family members moving westerly into Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

By 1804 some of the Brinley's from Kentucky and Indiana were in Missouri.  Before the middle 80's the Missouri group had expanded into Arkansas and many were in Texas about the same time the Civil War started. 

From Texas several of the families moved back to Missouri and some went on to Arizona and California. 

Today there are members of this family in almost all of the 50 states with a few well known Brinley's.

Jacob Brinley and Eve Hoke (the first to Pennsylvania) had a son John who moved to Indiana about 1800 and married Elizabeth Doups.  Their 8th child, George married a Hoke (Mary Catherine) as did his grandfather, and this starts our best know family group.

George and Mary's son, Joseph Preston was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and had a son Floyd John in 1897.  By 1920, Floyd John was working for the US, Ertymslogist, Experimental Station in Greeley, Colorado.

The worlds First Successful Heart Transplant by Dr. Jenkins and assisted by F. J. Brinley

Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield, Ohio 14 March 1936

Scientist Tells of Transferring Hearts of Fish

The transfer of a living heart from one fish's body into another has been successfully attempted at the George Washington university by Prof. George Bain Jenkins.

He told of keeping transplanted hearts living in embryos of sea minnows for from eight to ten days. "The hearts slow down a little at first but after an hour they usually resume their normal speed", he said.

The achievement resulted from three years of effort by Dr. Jenkins and Prof. F. J. Brinley of the North Dakota Agricultural college. Attending surgeons at the George Washington university alumni clinic said the feat was the first of its kind and opened wide medical possibilities.

Son of Floyd John was
Floyd John Jr.

Floyd John Jr. is listed many times the "Who Is" books in the 1980's and the 1990's.  Here is just one of the many articles written about him.

For years Brinley was instrumental in helping to lead NINDS's extramural division. From 1979 to 1982, he was head of the institute's Neurological Disorders Program - a large extramural research program that supported studies on a broad spectrum of diseases and disorders. In this role, he was in charge of guiding the institute's research grants, contracts and fellowships that supported basic research in areas such as developmental disorders, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, convulsive disorders including epilepsy and sleep research, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders, infections, neuroendocrine disorders and neurotoxicology.

In 1982, when the program was divided into two smaller components - the Division of Convulsive, Developmental, and Neuromuscular Disorders (DCDND) and the Division of Demyelinating, Atrophic, and Dementing Disorders - he became director of DCDND. Later, in 1995, the divisions were reorganized and Brinley became director of the Division of Convulsive, Infectious, and Immune Disorders - retaining oversight of the epilepsy, sleep, and neuromuscular disorders research grants, adding multiple sclerosis and AIDS grants, and losing developmental disorders grants, which became part of the fundamental neuroscience division. In 1999, he was named associate director of infection and immunity, with special interests in HIV-1 infection and prion diseases.

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Brinley earned his bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College in 1951, and his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1955. He then interned at the Los Angeles County General Hospital until 1956. He first came to NIH in 1957 as a senior assistant surgeon in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology - a lab jointly run by NIMH and NINDB (now NINDS). He left in 1959 to continue graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his Ph.D. in biophysics in 1961.

He began his professional career at Hopkins in 1961, serving as an assistant professor of physiology, and as an associate professor in 1966. Before coming to NINDS in 1979, Brinley taught at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as a professor of physiology.

Despite his busy schedule at NINDS, he continued to impart his knowledge to others by serving as a visiting professor of biophysics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1981 to 1995.

Throughout his career, Brinley has received numerous accolades and honors including awards for his service and participation in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corp. For many years he was commander of the NIH disaster medical assistance team.

He has memberships in many professional societies including the Society of General Physiologists, the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Biological Chemists, and has served on the editorial boards of such journals as the Journal of Neurophysiology, Cell Calcium, and Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

Today Floyd John IV is a doctor in Minnesota.