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Renita Brendle - 7/13/2000.
Just outside of Morganton, NC on HWY 64 west is a little community known as
Brindletown/Brendletown. It has long dissappeared off the NC road map, but
you can still find it on a printable map by accessing AOL's Mapquest.
In 1828, Sam Martin (almost completely broke) of Connecticut, stopped in
Brindletown, NC at the log home of cobbler Bob Anderson for a shoe repair.
The Anderson family let Sam Martin spend the night. The next morning Sam
Martin noticed flecks of gold in the clay (from nearby Brindle Creek) between
the logs of the Anderson's home. The Andersons and Sam Martin went to Brindle
Creek that same day and panned 3 dollars worth of gold. They then agreed to
be partners for six months. Martin would teach Anderson how to pan for gold,
and in return for the knowledge, Anderson would provide the land containing
gold. Thus, Brindletown became one of the bustling Burke County, NC gold boom
towns . Sam Martin made eighteen thousand dollars. And one day, with his
saddlebags loaded with gold, he climbed into a handsome carriage with black
hat atop his head, clothes no longer patched, but tailored of the finest
broadcloth, and rode out of Brindletown up the Morganton turnpike-making his
historical exit. The Andersons were thought to have frittered away their
sudden riches. Brindletown flourished for a while and then it, too,
dissappeared even from most maps.
The attached photo (Jpeg) file shows what I could find left of Brindletown
today—a gas station, community center, and fire station. Interestingly,
spellings vary from Brindletown to Brendletown on signage.
HERE'S A HISTORY MYSTERY TO SOLVE FOR ALL YOU BRENDLE RESEARCHERS:
In 1775, Burke County did not exist. Its area was then considered Rowan
County. In 1780, Burke County was on the map in NC. We know from tax records
that Johannes "John" Brendel owned land in Rowan County, NC in 1778. And too,
many times his name was also spelled Brendle/Brandle/Brindle. The names
Brindletown/Brindle Creek appear to have been in place long before the NC
gold rush. Could Brindletown/Brindle Creek have gotten their names from our
ancestor, Johannes "John" Brendel? I look forward to your responses.
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