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Brink Family of Vermont, Ill, and California.

Journal by Bluesteve32

I am looking for the Ancestors of Washington Perry brink, founder of Brink's Inc. His father was Horace Wright Brink (b. 1800) and grandfather was William (Oliver possibly) Brink (b 1769) of Vermont. Perry Brink left Vermont by 1859 to Chicago to start Brink's Chicago City Express.

William's father may have a Joel Brink and he may have shortened the name from de Brink, van de Brink , or something similar.

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on 2008-07-11 19:12:47

Bluesteve32 , from Arcadia, CA, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2008. is researching the following names: BRINK, MORGAN, PETERMAN and 30 other(s).

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by djlewis on 2010-05-11 16:11:06

My grandmother was Avis M Brink, daughter of Walter Horace Brink -son of Merritt Brink- son of Horace Wright Brink, all of Vermont.

by Bluesteve32 on 2010-05-12 04:52:53

Was Walter Horace Brink's mother Ellen Bird?

Whatever the case we are cousins. Since HW Brink was my g-g-g-g-grandfather, depending on how many generations, it is probably 5th cousins or 4th cousins once or twice removed.

Do you happen to have any info on anything prior to Horace W Brink and I would love to update your part of the family and share anything with mine.

FYI, Horace Agustus Brink, Washington Perry and Merrit (I have his middle name as Alonzo) Brink's brother did serve in the 4th Vermont for 4 years during the Civil War.

by djlewis2010 on 2010-07-05 17:36:57

Hello cousin,
Walter's mother was indeed Ellen Bird. I have not been able to prove that William Brink Sr is his father but it seems likely since they show up next to each other in the 1830 census. My grandmother Avis was one of nine and she gave birth to eight children. I believe there are still a few Brinks in the Bethel, Vt. area that are her family.

by Bluesteve32 on 2010-07-06 00:13:34

by Bluesteve32 on 2010-07-06 00:39:13


It appears that you are my dad's fourth cousin and my fourth cousin, once removed. If I got all the relationships straight. ;)

According to DNA, my dad (which means I do as well) does go back to the Ulster County, NY Brink that originally came over about 1650 from the Netherlands.

Now if William Brink was born in 1790, his name would not show up on the 1790 Census because they only named male heads of household, and he may have been too young. Then again, he may not have been in Vermont during that Census.

There is a Joel Brink that is named in my family's records recorded by my great grandfather, which could be William's father or his name could very well have been William Joel Brink.

I was looking at some Ulster County possibilities, trying to match, but need some more information. There has been a suspicion that William's father may have been a Loyalist (Tory) during the Revolutionary War and that is how they ended in Vermont, which would not surprise me that a bit of time in Canada could very well have happened.

It seems that the only relatives with the Brink surname that I have, originate with Horace W Brink, since my dad, my brother, and our sons (four of them total) carry the Brink surname from the original founder of the Brink's company.

by djlewis2010 on 2010-07-07 14:55:12

I see we are both on so we can exchange info there as well. My sister and aunt did do some visiting a few years ago with the Bethel, Vt Brinks, she is supposed to send me some info on them.

by jennysage on 2010-11-12 18:20:09

Avis Brink was my father's sister. My grandfather was Walter Horace Brink.

by gclodgo on 2012-01-01 13:32:31

My husbands line of Rogers in vermont ties into the Brink family. I think one of the Brinks married a Rogers in the 1800's? Does anyone have a Rogers in their Brinks?

by Bluesteve32 on 2013-06-05 16:48:42

gclodo, we have Rugars/Rugers/Rogers from Plattsburgh, NY. They all start at Gideon Rugar (1753-1808), who was a soldier of the Revolution, and married Mary Ferris (1753-1848) who was from Ferrisburgh and/or Rutland Vermont, and they do have some of their children seem to use Rogers as a surname. Elizabeth, John, Sarah, were their childern and they lived in Plattsburgh. John's daughter was Sarah Ann Ruger (that's how they spelled it) is my g-g-g-grandmother. However, Sarah Rogers is listed as one of Gideon and Mary's children. If those names look familiar, there most likely is a connection.

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