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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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   Name: Richard Wright Sr103 
   Born: c1730
   Died: 1784-85
  Place: Rowan County, North Carolina
 Buried: 

The gravestone for Richard's son, William, states his parents were R and N Wright. Since the names Nancy and Ann were often interchangeable (I believe Nancy would have been the nickname) I tend to believe that wife Ann, mentioned in Richard's will, was indeed the mother of William, if not of all his children. Some researchers state that he was married to Nancy Davis but, so far as I know, no real evidence exists.

Will of Richard Wright Sr

In 2009 I received a several-generation copy of Richard Wright's will, as recorded in the Rowan county clerk's office, from Michael Wright of Jackson County, Indiana. The mark, at left, is taken from that. A few months later, Shirley Gragg sent a copy she received from the North Carolina State Archives. It is this document--most likely the original entry--that Sandra Stanton refers to: "When the [Rowan] county clerk had entered the will in the county records she or he left out two lines. The original will was finally uncovered at the NC Archives by a Wright researcher from here in San Diego. Of course the son [Evans] that had been missed just happened to be [our] ancestor."

I think we can be reasonably certian as to how the notion of Richard Wright "middle initial" erroneously came about. It's too bad that so many "genealogists" are so careless in their interpretation of documents..

The following trascription was lifted from Herbert Arkin's website. It's in sore need of revision.

From the office of Clerk Superior Court, Rowan County, Salisbury, North Carolina, in Will Book C, page 207.

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Wright Senr. of the County of Roan & State of North Carolina being through the abundant goodness and mercy of God tho weak in body Yet of a sound and perfect understanding & Memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament, and desire it to be Received by all as such. As for my burial I desire it to be decent without pomp or State at the discretion of my dear Wife and as to my worldly Estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin [Wright] Two hundred Acres of land lying on the Waters of Deep River in Randolph County, Including the plantation whereon he used to live & I give to my son Peter Twenty Shillings & I give to my Sons Richard & William an Entry of land containing 226 Acres lying in Randolph County on the Waters of Uary to be divided equally at their own discretion. I give to my son Amus One hundred Acres of land including the house wherein he now lives & the price of a new Saddle and Bridle & I likewise give to my son William a feather Bed and furniture & and I give to my son Evins a milch cow a feather bed and furniture and the price of a good saddle and Bridle. I give to my son John a cow and Calf or the Value thereof in Gold or Silver & I give to my son Philburd a Horse Bridle and Saddle and a Cow and feather Bed and furniture at the age of Twenty One . or at his Mothers discretion and this plantation where I now live at his Mothers decease or Marriage and I give to my dear and loving Wife Two hundred Acres of land lying on deep River where I formerly used to live in Randolph County to sell at her discretion and likewise all my moveable property that I possess and if she marries, two thirds of the Estate is to be divided equal amongst the Children and if she dies without marrying, the principle Estate is to be divided equal amongst the all my children. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of September; Anno Dom: 1784

Witness present Bis
Richard X WRIGHT (Seal)

His
Wm X Wright
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His
Evins X WRIGHT
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Richard Wright, Jr.
James MORGAN Junr.
The will was probated Feb 8, 1785 by Evans Wright and James Morgan Junr. His widow, Ann, and William Wright qualified giving bond of 200 pounds with James Morgan as security.

Richard Wright's Ancestry

Genetic genealogy has dispelled at least two Wright myths and have brought us much closer to the truth of Richard Wright's ancestry. DNA has disproved that he was a son of Daniel and Eleanor (Benton) Wright--a tidy and long-accepted connection that is simply not correct. Likewise, DNA has disproved that Richard was a descendant of William Wright, of the John Washington family. On the other hand, it has shown that Richard was closely related to Philbert Wright, baptized 1719 in Maryland, a son of Philbert Wright and Esther Becraft. More information about the genetic evidence can be found at Patrilineal Descendants of Philbert Wright.

Following is a county history biography of Grant Wright, the transcription having been lifted from http://www.geocities.com/macase1961/Briogra2.htm#grantf. See also the article that Grant wrote about Richard's son, William Wright.

"CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA ITS PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES AND INSTITUTIONS" By Warder W. Stevens. With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. Illustrated 1916 B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana

GRANT F. WRIGHT, of Washington township, Washington County, Indiana, is of pioneer stock and is one of the excellent farmer of this section. He was born on July 3, 1868, on the farm where he now resides with his father, PHILBIRD MARION WRIGHT. Philbird Marion Wright was born in September 17, 1832, and is the youngest of three children born to ELI and ELIZABETH (BOWER) WRIGHT. Eli Wright was born on September 5, 1795, and was the son of PHILBIRD and MOLLY (SEARS) WRIGHT. Philbird Wright was born on March 29, 1768, and was the son of RICHARD WRIGHT, who came to America from England in the early days. He had five sons: WILLIAM, PHILBIRD, AMOS, RICHARD, JR., and HUGH. Amos had five sons also, who were all ministers and noted for their ability. Their names were JOHN, PETER, JOSHUA, LEVI and AMOS, JR. John Wright was one for the forters at Ft. Hill, and one of his children, ELVIRA, was born in the fort in 1813, and lived her entire life within sight of the fort. She had three brothers and one sister; DAVID, RANSOM, JACOB and NANCY. Jacob Wright preached the dedication sermon at Ft. Hill on October 1, 1860. Philbird Wright, son of Richard Wright, who was the first of his family to settle in America, married MOLLY SEARS and they located on the farm once owned by HARRY DENNY but now in the possession of HENRY ROBERTS. Molly (Sears) Wright was born on February 13, 1776. They were the parents of eleven children: NANCY, born on February 13, 1794; ELI, September 5, 1795; EVANS, July 18, 1797; SARAH, September 14, 1799; BARBARA, November, 1801; ELIZABETH, November, 1803; KATHERINE, January 5, 1805; DELILAH, born on February 10, 1809; JOHN, ABSALOM, CELIA (RATTS) and POLLY. The mother of these children died on September 10, 1830 and her husband married ELIZABETH BECK on November 15, 1832. Philbird Wright immigrated to Indiana from North Carolina about 1809.

Eli Wright and his wife, Elizabeth (Bower) Wright were the parents of three children: ADAM H., who died in 1901; CAROLINE, wife of JAMES BREWER, who died in 1898, and PHILBIRD MARION. Eli Wright built and operated one of the first grist-mills in the township. He died of cholera on June 14, 1833, and his wife, in 1847. Philbird Marion Wright received his education in a log school house, located about two miles south of Salem, Indiana, and later became a school teacher. The school which he attended had a large fireplace and the seats were split logs. His first teacher was PROF. JAMES G. MAY. Philbird Marion married ELIZABETH WISEMAN in 1863 and they became the parents of two children, CORA, who died in 1903 and GRANT, who now resides with his father. The mother died in 1905. Philbird Marion Wright has lived on his present farm for more than sixty years. His wife was born on August 21, 1831, in Washington county, Indiana, and was the daughter of JACOB and POLLY (RATTS) WISEMAN. Her marriage was solemnized on May 28, 1863. Jacob Wiseman was a native of North Carolina and it was there that he was married to MARY MAGDALENE RATTS. He was a music teacher. They became the parents of these children; JAMES, HENRY, NEWTON, MARY, ELIZABETH, SARAH, AMANDA, MARGARET, MALINDA and several more who died in infancy.

Grant Wright was reared on the farm where he now lives with his father, Philbird M. Wright, and was educated in the township schools. Also in the graded school at Salem, Indiana, and in May's academy. He is an active Democrat and a member of the Church of Christ at Ft. Hill Chapel. The farm which he cultivates consists of two hundred and sixty-seven acres, fifty acres of which are in timber. This farm is known as "Riverside Farm" and is situated in an excellent location. Cora, the sister of Grant Wright, who was born on September 22, 1872, and who died on July 2, 1903. During her lifetime she was recognized as a writer of attainment and contributed to many newspapers and magazines. She was a cultured writer and her death interrupted what promised to be a career in field of literature.

From Queen Anne's Parish Records, Prince George's Co., MD 975.251 K22b Prince George's Co., Church Recs., MD, Vol. 1

Philbert RIGHT md. Ester BYCRAFT 3 Dec 1712

Judy Unsicker says on Rootsweb that

...they had a son Philbert bapt. 1719. R.W. Barnes' (1989) "Baltimore County Families 1659-1759" lists a Philburd Wright (no dates) who had sons Richard and Philbert, both of whom served in the Revolutionary War and moved to NC. Philbert moved to Orange Co., NC2 and Richard d. ca. 1786 in Rowan Co. NC.

Barnes, or one of his research associates, misinterpreted the information from their source, the 1970 reprint and revision of the 1949 "Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana" by Margaret R Waters. After studying the entry, I see that the misreading is understandable. Frankly, the article is a mess. But a careful parsing of the following paragraph reveals that the father of Philburt Wright Sr and Richard Wright Sr is actually not mentioned.

WRIGHT, PHILBURD - p. 37
Philburd Wright, Junior, was the son of Philburd Wright, Sr., who was b. in Baltimore Co., Md; went in 1762 to Orange Co,. N.C. (part later called Randolph Co.) with his (Sr.'s) bro., Richard Wright, Sr. (Richard Wright, Sr., also born Baltimore Co., Md; d. 1786, Rowan Co., N.C.; had a son Philburt Wright, b. 1768, who mov. to Cumberland Co., Ky.; then to Washington Co., Ind., where he made affid. for pens. appl. 1832 of his bro., William Wright, "Roster" p.391). Philburd Wright. Jr.'s chn.: Joshua (disappeared 1815, New Orleans); Caroline Delilah m. John Summey; Sarah m. John Fontz; Mary m. John Beard; Noah b 8-30-1784, Randolph Co., N.C.; d. 7-11-1863, Perry Twp., Marion Co., Ind.; Susannah Parr, d. 10-9-1842 (dau. of Arthur & Mary Morgan Parr, natives of Rowan Co., N.C.); Levi b. 6-12-1790, N.C.; d. near Salem, Washington Co.,Ind.; m. Sarah Wright, b. 8-31-1797, d. 8-19-1834 (cousin; dau. of William & Elizabeth (Morgan) Wright; William a Rev. sold.; "Roster" p.391); Joel b. 2-5-1795, Randolph Co., N.C. (or born 2-5-1793, Stokes Co., N,C.); d. 4-9-1828; m. 9-10-1812, N.C., Sarah Birely, b. 4-30-1789, d. ae. 76; Jesse m. Mary Brown; Elizabeth m. James Rains; Aaron m. Ruhama Sellers; Eli (liv. Wayne Co., Ind., 1893; mar., & a son). Noah Wright to Jeffersonville, Ind., 1808; back to N.C. a yr.; to Washington Co., Ind., 1810; in 1831 to Marion Co., Ind., & sett. in Perry Twp. Levi Wright to Ind. 1810 & sett. near Salem, Ind. Joel Wright to Ind. Terr. 1813 with parents; in Nov. 1815, Joel sett. on W. fork of Whitewater in (now) Wayne Co., Ind.; to Washington Twp., Marion Co., Ind, Dec. 1821. REF: "Ind. Mag. of Hist.", v.36, pp.160-161: Pict. & Biog. Mem. of Indpls. & Marion Co." (1893) pp. 243-244; Sulgrove--"Hist. of Indpls. & Marion Co., Ind." (1884), p. 628.

Margaret Waters was good enough to cite her sources. Unfortunately, each of them is secondary.

J. Campbell says on GenCircles that a "Philbert Wright transported to Va./Maryland in 1663." No source noted. I found this entry from Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists.

Wright, Phil n.a.; VA 1663

In turn, Filby cites Nugent's "Cavaliers and Pioneers," Vol 1, page 512.

WALTER GRAINGER, 2000, acs. in the freshes of Rappa. Riv., beg. on S. side of the River about 4 mi. above Nanzimum Towne &c. 26 Sept. 1663, p. 365, (396). Granted to Mr. Thomas Purefoy 13 Mar. 1655, by him assigned to Tho. & Robt. Elliot, sons of Anth. Ellyott & renewed in their names 25 Nov. 1658, by them deserted & granted sd. Grainger by order of court dated herewith & due for trans. of 40 pers: 20 negroes; James Trew, Jno. Jordan, Phil. Wright, Roger Pillips, Jervis Salmon, Fra. Plowman, Fra. Fisher, Wm. Mead, Emil. Umpton, Sarah Waite, Tho. Carier, John Card, Step. Rogers, Charles Smart, Jno. Sims, John Mahew, Rich. Hollis, Eliz. Tatler, Tho. Jones, Jno. Taylor.

I have no opinion as to whether "Phil. Wright" can or should be read Philbert Wright instead of Phillip Wright. But, until we have a better idea, it's only worth noting. Regardless, if there really was a Philbert Wright who arrived in 1663, he'd have probably been too old to have been Richard Wright's father. Could he have been his grandfather? If so, we'd have something like this.

           Philbert Wright?, trans 1663?
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              Philbert Wright, m 1712
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 Philbert Wright   Amos Wright   Richard Wright, d 1784/5
   bapt. 1719                             |
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 Philbert Wright            Philburd Wright   William Wright
   (1750-1833)                     |
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Filbert Wright Jr              Eli Wright
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                           Philbird M Wright

Both the genetic and genealogical record indicate that Richard was Philbert's son.

   260. Richard WRIGHT (c1730-1784/85)
   520. Philbert RIGHT 
   521. Easter BECRAFT (1695-)
  1042. Peter BECRAFT (1657-1716)
  1043. Rebecca
  2084. Peter BECRAFT (1619-)
  2085. Margret CANSFIELD
  4168. George BECRAFT (c1572-)
  4169. Rosamund HULTON (-1624)

Correspondent, Shirley Gragg, pointed out the following entries to me, found at http://files.usgwarchives.org/md/princegeorge/vitals/marriages/marrbir02.txt. This may have been Philbert and Esther's family as of 1722:

Ann Right Born October 11, 1713 Peter Right Born March 31, 1717 Philbert Right Born September 04, 1719 Rebecca Right Born 1722

To my knowledge, primary source material doesn't exist showing that the Philbert Wright of Orange county, NC and Richard Wright were even brothers. However, the name Philbert as a forename is rare. It wouldn't surprise me if it existed only among this particular family of Wrights. But there is some hope to the extent that it's possible to determine through genetics whether Philbert Sr and Richard Sr were brothers. As per the Waters extract, above, Philbert (married Elizabeth Reagan) had the following sons: Joshua, Noah, Levi, Joel, Jesse and Aaron. Certainly, there are still some Y chromosomal representatives alive today. Any potential candidate should contact the Wright Surname DNA Project.

See Patrilineal Descendants of Philbert Wright for more information.


1. Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Published under the direction of Matthew S Quay, Secretary of the Commonwealth. Edited by John B Linn and Wm H Egle, MD., Vol VIII. Harrisburg, 1878.
2. According to "Some Neglected History of North Carolina" by William Edwards Fitch (1905), a Philbert Wright of Orange county, NC signed the 9th Regulator advertisement in 1768. Fitch's source was "Colonial Records of the State of North Carolina, Vol VII, pp. 733-737."
3. Ann's father, William Allen Magee IV, is the source of much of the information she has--all of it found in a Wright family bible, once in the possession of the Baird Family of Norfolk and Richmond, VA.
4. A May 2008 email from Robert Grant points out that this William Wright (born 1809) was not of the John Washington/Francisw Wright line line: 1792 John Wright of Fauquier County, Virginia, was not the son of 1729/30 John Wright of Stafford County, Virginia, or the grandson of 1713 Francis Wright of Westmoreland County, Virginia. We found one documented descendant of 1713 Francis Wright through his second son 1741 Richard Wright of Westmoreland County and one partially documented descendant of 1655 Francis Wright of Yorkshire County, England, the grandfather of 1713 Francis Wright. Their haplogroup is J2, which is different from 1792 John Wright's haplogroup of R1b1b2. This is set out at the Wright DNA Project with listings under 1792 John and 1540 John for the two lines.


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