The first Brinsmead migration to the Americas probably occurred in 1630
when two Brinsmeades arrived in New England. There names at the
outset were spelt Brinsmeade, but this changed over time, as was
the case in those days, and the family name in America ended as Brinsmade.
There is no doubt they are the same people. More
information on this early Brinsmead/Brinsmade line is on a separate page
There were several more recent migrations to the USA. All can be
traced back to the Brinsmead family from St. Giles in the Wood,
Devon, England. This page provides a summary of the various
Brinsmead descendents in America, with links to more detailed pages
for the larger groups.
William Brinsmead Snr:
William came to America with his two young
sons, William and Henry. William Snr. died soon after and the
young boys were sent for adoption to middle America. Henry
died in an accident at a young age, while William joined the Army
and founded what is now the largest contingent of American
Brinsmeads. More about William
Brinsmead Snr., William Junior and Arthur.
William Brinsmead Jnr:
Jnr. joined the US Army as a young man and rose through the ranks to
become Chief Musician. He married Andrea Ingebristsen and together
they had ten children. They settled in the Seattle area. Now into
the fifth generation, there are about 200 descendents of William and
Andrea; by far the largest family grouping in America.
More about William Jnr. and Andrea's
Reginald was a grandson of John Brinsmead,
the piano maker. After studying agriculture, he visited
California and then returned to settle on an orange grove in
Riverside, California where he married and where some of his
descendents still live. More about
Thomas Henry Brinsmead:
Brinsmead was born in England in 1875. He travelled through Canada
trying to gain admission into the US. After three years he
left Canada for Hawaii where he settled and raised a family.
More about Thomas Henry Brinsmead.
Henry (Harry) R. Brinsmead:
Brinsmead was born in Australia but emigrated from there to Reno
Nevada in the City's early days. He married and raised a
family, running a photography studio and an automotive garage.
More about Harry R. Brinsmead.
Ellen (Ella) M. Brinsmead:
Brinsmead was the daughter of William Snr. who left her in England
for several years rather than bringing her to America with William
and Arthur. She eventually left England and settled in Iowa,
where her brothers were living, and then married Dr. Lewis L. Baker.
The couple had one son. More about Ella
Sister Beatrice Brinsmead:
Brinsmead was born in North Devon. Her father was Henry
Brinsmead and her mother Mary Penhorwood. Her mother died the
year after she was born, and her father emigrated to Ontario,
Canada. We know little else of Beatrice except that, in 1930, she
lived a Sister in the Convent and Academy of the Sacred Heart in St.
Louis, Missouri, where she died in 1943.
Kenneth H. Brinsmead:
Brinsmead was the son of Alfred Charles Brinsmead and Violet Baker,
born on October 6th, 1928.
He left England and moved to New York in 1960 with a son and
daughter who have since married and raised families in the United
States. Kenneth died of cancer in May, 1971.