Elvira P. Wright1,2

F, #22920, b. circa 1858, d. 13 November 1921
FatherSilas Davis Wright2 b. c 1813
MotherSusan A. Palmer2 b. c 1817

Family

James M. Burroughs b. c 1851, d. 28 Sep 1921
Last Edited6 Jan 2021
     Elvira P. Wright was born circa 1858, daughter of Silas Davis Wright and Susan A. Palmer, in North Carolina.1,3
     She was also known as Viola Wright.4

     Elvira P. Wright married James M. Burroughs, son of William W. Burroughs and Harriet Hamner Turner, on 29 November 1915 in Methodist Parsonage, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina. With J. E. Holden, Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating.

     Elvira was Sarah's sister.4,5

     Elvira P. Burroughs died on 13 November 1921 in Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina,2 and was buried on 15 November 1921 in Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
188023 years of age and living in her father's householdNutbush, Warren County, North Carolina6
1910as Elviran P., 52 years of age, single, and living with her sister and brother-in-lawNutbush Township, Warren County, North Carolina1

Citations

  1. [S5516] "United States Federal Census, 1910," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML9S-H8Q ), entry for James M Burroughs, 1910, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 96, sheet 4B, household 85, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,146, accessed 9 Jul 2016.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 9 Jul 2016, memorial page for Elvira P. Wright Burroughs (1858-1921) at memorial page... Maintained by Tracie Curnell; citing Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina.
  3. [S2989] "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8QN-CYG, entry for James M. Burroughs and E. P. Wright, 29 Nov 1915; citing , Warren, North Carolina, United States, p. , Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 453,661, accessed 9 Jul 2016). No image available as of 16 Jul 2017l.Estimates birth year as 1857.
  4. [S5515] "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F3C4-1B2, entry for James M. Burroughs, 28 Sep 1921; citing Warrenton, Warren, North Carolina, reference fn 645 cn 322, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,892,798, accessed 9 Jul 2016).
  5. [S5766] "North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 6 Jan 2021, entry for James M. Burroughs and E. P. Wright, 1915, Warren County Marriage Licences (1867-1964), image 8503 of 18803; citing original data from the North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. This marriage licence specifically says he is wright and she is colored. At this time, historically, this cannot be correct..
  6. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 21 of 62 ), entry for Silas D. Wright, 1880, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll 985, page 79D, family 172, accessed 6 Jan 2021.

Emma Wright1

F, #26133, b. December 1893
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam J. Wright1 b. 2 Jan 1846, d. 5 Jan 1911
MotherEmma Mariah Turner1 b. 8 Sep 1858, d. 25 Dec 1893
Last Edited17 Feb 2021
     Emma Wright was born in December 1893, daughter of William J. Wright and Emma Mariah Turner, in Tennessee.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19007 years of age and living with her father and stepmotherDistrict 3, Humphreys County, Tennessee2

Citations

  1. [S5503] "United States Census, 1900," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSDM-JK4 ): accessed 17 Feb 2021), Emma Wright in household of William J Wright, Civil District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 2A, family 25, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,579.
  2. [S5503] "1900 US Federal Census," William J Wright, Civil District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 2A, family 25, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,579, accessed 17 Feb 2021 at ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSDM-JK4 ).

Francis Wright1

M, #15296, b. before 1663, d. before 24 June 1713

Family 1

Anne Washington b. c 1661, d. b 11 Mar 1697
Child

Family 2

Martha (--?--) d. b 1738
Last Edited2 Feb 2022
     Francis Wright was born before 1663 in Northumberland County, Virginia Colony.2

     In 1680, he inherited the 1,400-acres tract of land fronting upon the Potomac and flanked by Nomini Bay and Lower Machodoc River from his father "upon which he seems to have placed a sentimental value; for while he acquired and sold other large tracts of land, he passed this original property on to his heir, John Wright. During the thirty-three years he greatly improved it from the almost natural state in which he inherited it. Although he was busy with public affairs throughout most of his adult life, he devoted much of his attention to the development of his acreage. He converted into cash, however, the land which his wife had inherited from her father, Colonel John Washington."

     "On the 1,400-acre plantation Francis Wright built a home frequently referred to as 'the great house.' In this home he lived until the time of his death."3

     Francis married Anne Washington, daughter of Colonel John Washington and Ann Pope, before 8 January 1682/83. They lived on his 1,400 acre plantation on the Potomac at Nomini Bay and Lower Machodoc River.4,5,6,7

     On 8 January 1682/83, upon the petition of Mr. Lawrence Washington with other concern'd in the estate of Coll. John Washington setting forth that his father by his last will and testament did request this Court that they would nominate such men of judgment to devide (sic) such part of his estate in quantity and quality as by the will is soe disposable, the Court order with the consent of Mr. John Washington and Mr. Francis Wright that Capt. John Lord, Mr. Robt. Valx, Mr. Patrick Spence and Mr. Thomas Pope shall upon the last Monday of January make devition of such part of the estate according to the will at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.8

     In his day, "public offices were filled by appointment rather than by election. The ablest and wealthiest men usually were selected as justices. Francis Wright was a justice during most of his adult life. He also served as Sheriff of Westmoreland County on two occasions, being succeeded at one time by his brother-in-law, Captain Lawrence Washington, grandfather of the first President. In those days the sheriff was appointed by the governor of the colony, and the office was considered the highest in the county, attended the court, served all processes, and had the responsibility for all the prisoners."9

     "Lord Culpeper, by royal grant owner of a vast area of land in northern Virginia, chose for his ranger Major Francis Wright at the time when the latter was sheriff of Westmoreland. As a rule the Wrights held their lands in fee simple, and were not subject to the over lordship of the Culpepers and the lords Fairfax. With the exception of one piece of property bought in 1707 by John Wright, from Lady Culpeper and Lord Fairfax, the Wrights were on an equal footing as to their land titles with these "Barons of the Rappahannock and Potomac," who passed much of their time in their castles in England, save that the Wrights owned a much smaller quantity of land. The one piece of land held of the proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia was a small tract acquired because it adjoined the land which John Wright had inherited from his mother?land originally patented by Lestrange Mordant but escheated to the colony and on October 10,1670, repatented to 'Major John Washington, 450 acres at ye head of Nominy River formerly Granted unto Mr L-Estrange Mordant and by him Deserted.10'

     In 1698, he was listed as Major Francis Wright with a troop of 69 men at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.11

     On 11 March 1698, Francis is called "my brother" (which also meant brother-in-law at this time) by Lawrence Washington in his will of this date.12

     On 30 May 1702, "Queen Anne recognized him as 'First Citizen' of Westmoreland County and President of the Justices by a commission to proclaim the death of William III and to proclaim her most sacred Majesty Queen Anne by celebration."13

     On 23 February 1703/4, Francis Wright, Gent., made oath that neither himself nor no other person took up the land due for his transportation of John Lock, Ann Price, Jacob, Danll. Hayly, Anthony Car, Thomas Tayler, Mary Evans, Thomas Mullar (?), Mary Ryle and James Gray. A certificate is granted for 500 acres at Virginia Colony.14,15

     On 23 February 1703/4, Francis Wright Gent. acknowledged a power of attorney to Nathl. Pope (T's 10th great-grandfather) to lease his land he holds in Richmond County.15

     "Francis was one of the founders, a vestryman, and a communicant of the Yeocomico Church. The original building was constructed of bricks burned in a kiln on the grounds in 1706 and was still standing in 1960. After the Revolution and the withdrawal of the English clergy, the church was deserted and unused for many years. It is said to have been occupied by Federal troops during both the War of 1812 and the Civil War and at one time to have been used for the shelter of cattle. In 1906, the two hundredth anniversary of the building of the existing brick church, the Yeocomico Association was formed for the purpose of preserving this House of worship. It was restored to a condition almost like it was known by Francis Wright and his contemporaries. It is said to be the most quaint and the best loved by antiquarians in America. It was the church also of Francis Wright's son, John, while he lived in Cople Parish."

     "This is the fourth oldest complete church in Virginia preceded by Newport Parish in Smithfield 1680, York-Hampton Parish Church (Grace Church) 1697, and St. Peter’s in New Kent County 1701. The original part of the present building can be assigned a date of 1706 according to a dating brick in the south east wall. The north wing was most likely erected circa 1725. It is the second church on this site; the earlier building was a wooden structure of 'oak timbers, sheathed with clapboards.' Curiously, parts of the wooden structure, including a corner post inside the east gable and a portion of a beam were found embedded in the walls. It has been suggested with no real proof that the brick walls were erected around the frame of the earlier wooden one, essentially encasing it. It is far more likely that some wooden elements of the earlier church were re-used in the construction of the present brick edifice."

     "According to local tradition, the church became barracks during the American Revolution and was, like most other Anglican churches in Virginia, abandoned after either the Revolution or Episcopal Church's disestablishment circa 1794. American soldiers reportedly slaughtered animals in the courtyard and used the communion table as a chopping block, although its surface was later restored. By the War of 1812, the church had fallen into ruin and an 'American patrol' used the baptismal fort as a drinking bowl, so that it was carried away and found on a nearby farm. They also allegedly made unspecified repairs to the brick walls."

     "In 1838, when bishop William Meade visited, the church showed evidence of few repairs although the original roof may have been present. In 1844, a local congregation of Methodists sued to take possession of the church, but it legally reverted to the Episcopalians who continue its use as an active congregation."

     "This church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The author John Dos Passos is buried in the cemetery of the church."16

     On 26 June 1706, John Spencer, Gent., was attached to answer Francis Wright, Gent., of a plea why hee with force and arms into the lands of the plaintiff in the parish of Copeley did enter and the soyle thereof did breake and digg upp and the profitts thereof to his own use did convert and the tymber trees thereon growing did fall, cutt down and carry away and the lawfull and quiett proceedings of Francis in surveying his land did stop, obstruct, prevent and hinder to the damage of Francis £50 sterling. The defendant by his attorney pleaded he was not guilty. It is ordered the Sheriff summon an able jury who with Coll. George Cooper, surveyor, who being sworn by one of her Majestie's justices near resideing to the place, doe meet upon the lands in dispute on the third Munday in July next and view, survey and lay out the land according to known, antient and reputed bounds thereof, haveing regard to all elder pattents and other evidences that shall bee produced to them and in case they find the fact to value the damage.17

     He married Martha (--?--) after 1707. The marriage obviously occurred after Anne Washington Wright's death which apparently happened sometime in 1707. Martha's surname has not been proven.18

     On 25 March 1707, "Francis Wright of Westmorld County in the Colony of Virga. Gentl. And John Wright son and heir-apparent of the sd Francis Wright" sold to Thomas Goff of Richmond County, planter, for 5,000 pounds of tobacco, 200 acres in Washington Parish.19

     On 26 March 1707, Francis Wright, Westmoreland County, Gent., and Ann, dau. of Col. John Washington, now wife of Francis Wright, conveyed to Michael Halbert (25 Feb 1686) 100 acres at head of Madox granted John Washington by patent and at his death descending to Ann his dau. John Wright Gent., son of Francis Wright, Gent., disclaim any right to the lands as of this date.20

     On 27 August 1707, Francis Wright, one of the church wardens of Cople Parish made a complaint in court against Rebecca Mallard who had a bastard child by John Sorrell. He demanded security that Sorell would maintain the child.21

     On 27 August 1707, "John Spencer Gent., was attached to answer at May Court 1706 Francis Wright, Gent., of a plea why hee by force and arms into the lands of the plaintiff in the Parish of Coupley did enter and the soyle thereof did break and digg upp and the profitts thereof to his own use did convert and the tymber trees thereon growing fall, cutt down and carry away, and the lawful and quiett proceedings of Francis in surveying his land did stopp, obstruct, prevent, and hinder, and divers other enormities to the plaintiff did doe to his great damage. Francis saith hee is dampnified (indemnified) to the value of £50 stering. At June Court next the defendant by William Robinson his attorney pleaded that the defendant was not guilty of the trespass. It was ordered the sheriff summon a jury who with Col. George Cooper, surveyor, should meet upon the lands and survey the same and in case they found the fact to value the damage. Jury say that John Spencer is a trespasser upon the land of Francis Wright, Gent., 10 shillings sterling. The defendant by his attorneys moved in arrest of judgment and had liberty granted him to assigne errors. At this Court the matter of errors being fully argued, it appeared to the Court the errors assign'd to bee good and allowable in law and such as they could not proceed to judgment for the plaintiff upon the verdict of the jury.

     From which judgment Francis Wright pray'd an appeale to the ninth day of the next Generall Court, entering into bond to appeare and prosecute his appeale.

     Francis Wright and Lewis Markham, Gent. acknowledged themselves indebted to John Spencer, Gent., £500 sterling if Francis fails to appear at the next Generall Court and prosecute his appeale and to pay damages if cast in the appeale"22

     Spencer moved for an arrest of judgement claiming "errors allowable in law" at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony. The judges failed to order the execution of the jury's verdict whereupon the plaintiff, intent upon securing his objective, carried the case to the House of Burgesses of the Colony of Virginia. But, Spencer seems to have lost the desire to meet Francis Wright there.23

     On 5 February 1707/8, "Plt. and John Washington admitted Defendt. in the roome and stead of Thomas Tippett for fifty pounds Sterl. damage as p Plt.'s Declaration is sett forth, Defendt. appeareing att last Court and confessing lease entry and ouster, pleaded Not Guilt, and for tryall putt himselfe upon the Country, and Plt. likewise, and upon his motion an especiall imparlance was granted in the suite till this Court and a Jury being this day impannelled and sworne to trye the issue joyned, by name: Bernard Gaines, Arthur Dye, John Dalton, Job Hamon, Junr., James Ingo, John Rankin, Francis Williams, Francis Stone, Moore Fantleroy, David Berrick, Job Hamon, Senr., William Jenkins."

     The jury brought in a verdict that "Collo. John Washington being seized in fee of foureteene hundred acres of Land in Rappahannock County, since Richmond, whereof the land in dispute part, who by his last Will and Testament in writing gave the same to Anne his Daughter in fee, who intermarryed with Francis Wright, Gent., by whome he had issue, John and we find that Francis Wright did by Deed duely executed convey unto Lawrence Washington two hundred acres thereof being the land in dispute, to him his heires. Now here we pray the advice of the Court that if sd. Washington & his heires may hold the Estate by virtue of the said Deed dureing the life of said Francis then we find for the Defendt., else for the Plt. one shill damage and upon motion of Defendt. the same is continued till next Court to be argued" at Richmond County, Virginia Colony.5

     On 7 April 1708, the jury reiterated its previous statement "wee find that Colo. Jno: Washington being seized in fee of fourteene hundred acres of land in Rappahannock County, since Richmond, whereof the land in dispute is part, who by his Last Will and Testament in Writeing gave the same to Anne his Daughter, in fee, who intermarryed with Francis Wright, Gent., by whom he had issue John, and we find that Francis Wright did by Deed duely executed convey unto Lawrence Washington two hundred acres thereof, being the land in dispute, to him and his heirs. Now here we pray the advice of the Court, that if said Washington and his heires may hold the Estate by virtue of the Deed dureing the life of said Francis, then we find for the Defendt., else for the Plt. one shilling damage, which being read and reard, together with the severall arguments pleaded and inisisted upon, as well by Plt. as by Defendt. in this behalfe the Court upon consideration of the whole matter are of Judgment that Francis Wright named in the Verdict by his Deed in fee made to Lawrence Washington hath forfeited his Estate (as Tenant by the Courtesie) in two hundred acres of land and that Lawrence Washington cannot hold the said Estate by virtue of said Deed dureing the life of said Francis, and do therefore confirme the Verdict and do thereupon order and adjudge that Lawrence Washington do pay unto William Hammett the summe of one shilling damage together with costs of suite als exo and that William Hammett have his terme yett to come and unexpired and that her Majties Writt of Habere Facias Possessionem do issue directed to the Sheriff requireing and comanding him to putt William Hamitt into the quiet and peaceable possession of the land."

     At the previous court session, "an Ejectione Firma depending in the Court betweene William Hamitt Plt., and John Washington, admitted Defendt., in the roome and stead of Thomas Tibbetet for fifty pounds Sterling damage by meanes of the Defendt.'s ousting Plt. from one messuage, one garden, one Orchard, four hundred acres of Marsh, five hundred acres of Pasture, five hundred acres of woodland, one Barne, one tobbo. house" at Richmond County, Virginia Colony.24

     How many thousands of acres of land were held by Major Francis Wright is unclear, but that he held large tracts on leases which he rented to others, in addition to being the actual owner, with his son John, of about 2,000 acres is demonstrated by a list of ejectments suits.23

     On 26 May 1708, a suit of ejectment by William Hopewell against John Spendall was filed, for "one messuage, one dwelling house, two Tobacco houses, one garden, two orchards, three hundred acres of woodland and one hundred acres of arable Land & fifty acres of pasturage in the demise (conveyed by lease for a stated period) of ffrancis Wright, Gentl." 'The tenant in possiion (sic) Mr Samll. Chamberlin, being duely served with a copy of the pltfs declaracon by John Wright Gentl. (Francis' son, probably acting as the sheriff's deputy) as appeared by his Oath." Similar execution also was effected upon two other properties with buildings, in the occupancy of Jeremiah Spurlin and William Paine, both being "of the demise of ffrancis Wright, Gentl." The latter had acquired of William Hopewell these pieces of land for the term of four years, upon which others had entered, or claimed the right of occupancy, but had failed to pay the dues to the county; hence, at the request of Wright, Hopewell had to clear others from the property.25

     On 28 July 1708, Francis Wright was present on the bench when another warrant of ejection was issued regarding another estate of Two messuages, four dwelling houses, six Tobaco houses, two gardens, four orchards, five hundred acres of land , 200 acres of woodland, 100 acres of arable, 100 acres of march & 100 acres of pasture in Cople parish in the demise of ffrancis Wright Gentl., unless Robert Scout, the tenant in possession, appears at the next county court to confess Lease Entry and Ouster and insisonly on the mere mise (liberty of entry upon or temporary occupancy of the property for a payment) of the premises then judgement to pass for the Pltf. And her Majesty's Writ of habere facias possessionem (a writ of execution in ejectment) to bee awarded.26

     On 21 February 1708/9, Francis, and John Wright (his son), Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Gent., conveyed to Thomas Robins, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, planter. Lease and release for 1,000 lbs. tobacco, 200 acres in Washington Parish which Francis Wright and Ann his wife, then sole owner of the land, sold to William Booth, dec'd. Ann died before legally conveyed. William Booth had no right to the same, and is now the estate of John Wright, son and heir of Ann . . . land of Thomas Marshall.18

     On 7 October 1709, Francis Wright and John Wright of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Gent., conveyed to John Washington of Washington Parish in said co., late of Stafford Co., Gent., a parcel of land containing 171 2 acres in St. Mary's Parish, RC . . . in consideration of 8,999 lbs. of tobacco. Witnesses: John Champe, Jos. Belfield, Nath: Pope.27

     On 30 August 1711, THIS INDENTURE made (this date) BETWEEN ffrancis Wright of the parish of Cople in the County of Westmorld on the One part, and ffrancis Spencer in the pish (sic) and County aforesaid on the other part. WITNESSETH that Whereas Richard Wright father of the aforesaid Wright formerly (to Witt) the 18"1 (?) day of August in the Yeare of Our Lord 1662 sold and conveyed Over unto Nicholas Spencer esqr. Father of the aforesaid ffrancis Spencer a certaine tract of Land lying scituate on Nomony Bay Containing nine hundred acres of land more or less Contained in certaine bounds in the said Deed menconed, which said Land was the Just right and inheritance of Ann, the daughter of Coll John Mottrom, and wife of the said Richard, and mother of the said ffrancis Wright; and forasmuch as the said Ann did not Joyne in the said sale nor was any party to the said deed, nor did not pass her right in the said land as the law requires, and that by meanes thereof the same is descended & come to the aforesaid ffrancis Wright as heir at Law to his mother; therefore, he the said ffrancis Wright as well for and in consideracon of the sum of Seven thousand pounds of good sound merchant Tobacco in Cask to him in hand by the said ffrancis Spencer already paid and satisfied, (etc.), hath given granted released (etc.) ... (vizt) BEGINNING at a marked white Oake standing on the maine branch of King Copssco Pond at the head thereof by the road side that leads from the house of the said Wright to the said Spencer's, runin thence a straight Course to a marked red Oake standing by a swamp or branch that issueth out of Armsb/s Creek, and near the now dwelling house of Samll Chamberlin, and thence down the said swamp Cover Creek to the head line of the whole dividend of land of the aforesaid Wright or Mottrom, thence along the said head line and the water Courses of Nominy Bay to the mouth of King Copssco Pond, and up the said Pond according to the meanders thereof to the first menconed beginning white Oake....TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (etc)....forever (etc.)...Sealed and delivered in presence of D. McCarty, Nath. Pope.
               ffrancis Wright (Seal.)28

     Francis Wright, while sitting as President of the Court in 1712, was again honored by the (acting) Governor of Virginia with an appointment as sheriff, twenty years after he first held office.

     "At A Court held for
the sd. County the 25th day of June 1712 Prsent ffrancis Wright Andrew Munroe Burdtt Ashton John Chilton Benja Berryman Henry Ashton Richd Watts Joseph Bayly Gentl. Justices &c Court Proclaimed...
Wright Sworn Sheriff, ffrancis Wright gentl. Produced into Court a Comission from under the hand of Alex. Spotswood Esqr her Majties Lieut: Governr of Virga appointing him Shriff of Westm'ld County during her Majties pleasure. And having first Entered into bond According to Law for his faithfull management of the office of Sheriff he took the oath of Sheriff of the County aforesaid ccordingly

     Wm Davies being appointed by ffrancis Wright Gentl. As under sheriff of the County of Westmorld accordingly took the oath of under sheriff of the county aforesd
Joseph Weekes being appointed by ffrancis Wright Gentl. As under sheriff accordingly too the oath of undersheriff of the County of Westmorld."

     Note: Wm. Davies, or Davis, was father of Gerrard Davis who married Anne, only daughter of Sheriff Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright.29

     There follow numerous entries by which Francis Wright, as sheriff, was commanded to attach various persons who, not appearing to defend themselves, and no bail being returned by the sheriff, conditional order passed against the sheriff; and attachments were granted him against the defendants' estates returnable according to law. This indicates that Sheriff Wright trusted men to obey the summons he served upon them, whereas he had authority to arrest and hold them for bail in civil actions; but they abused his leniency.

     The office of sheriff was the most profitable in Westmoreland, but one must consider that Mr. Wright probably left many of its functions to his deputies; it may have been because of their slowness of action that certain defendants disappeared, thereby causing the sheriff to be proceeded against for damages by certain plaintiffs. Hening's Statutes of Virginia, II, page 146,' states some of the sheriffs sources of income in early colonial times. Outside of the work of the justices and clerks of the county the sheriff was responsible for nearly all of the official business of Westmoreland. He had to give a heavy bond, tat the oaths of loyalty to the king, and sign the Test" to show that he had no belief in the doctrine of transubstantiation. One of Sheriff Wright's duties was to appear before the Colonial Assembly of Virginia with a full report of all collections of assessments and fees imposed for the support of such officers as the governor and secretary. To him also was paid the whole amount of the quitrents; he was obliged to serve all subpoenas, make all arrests, sue out attachments, execute writs, to receive the annual taxes, and to distribute them according to the orders of the county commissioners; also, he was obliged to attend every meeting of the county court for the purpose of receiving and executing the justices' orders.

     He had sometimes the option of releasing a prisoner on bail. Another duty was to call the people together to cast their votes in an election for the House of Burgesses; he also proclaimed the accession of a new monarch; and announced publicly at the courthouse, when the people were assembled on a court day, the annulment of an act of assembly by the veto of the monarch.23

     On 7 November 1712, A member of the House moving for Leave to bring in the Petition of Francis Wright Sheriff of Westmoreland Leave was accordingly given and the same being presented to the House was Read Praying that he may be Admitted to Amend his Return of the Writtt for Election of Burgesses for the said County of Westmoreland by his under Sheriff he being Sick and unable toTravell. And ye House being Informed that one William Davis his under Sheriff Attended at the Door. Ordered that the said under Sheriff be brought into the House and that he be directed to amend the Said Return, who being brought in And having Amended the Return of the Said Writt withdrew And Thereupon Ordered That the Said Sheriff be discharged paying Fees.

     We may note the appreciation and sympathy of the colonial legislature of Virginia toward Sheriff Wright as expressed in its order that he "be discharged paying Fees" into the colonial treasury, doubtless partly in consideration of his action in voluntarily sending to the capitol his under-sheriff to make a correction in the election return previously forwarded. Francis Wright did not live to complete his term as Sheriff, but was able to carry out the collection and disbursement of taxes for the year 1712.30

     On 27 November 1712, Upon Mocon of ffrancis Wright, gentl. Shriff of this county the colleccon of the sd County Levy for this present year is granted him. Major Henry Ashton and Mr John Chilton assumeing to be his Securities for his due & true payment of the same according to proporccon. And it is ordered that each Tythable person in this County do pay him the Sum of thirty pounds of Tobo, and in case of their Refusall, that he make distress as the law directs. And that he pay each Creditor in aforesaid County his just Share & proporcon as the same is raised and Levyed on his behalfe.30

     Francis Wright was closely related to Charnock Cox, brother of Martha, viz.:
When, early in 1713, Samuel Damorvel sued Charnock Cox and the sheriff, Francis Wright, Gent., was thus expected, in serving the summons, to effect the arrest and require bail for the release of the defendant, as was usual, Sheriff Wright did not arrest and obtain a bail bond to assure the appearance of Cox to answer Damorvel and to satisfy a possible verdict against the defendant. Doubtless, these two brothers-in-law, Wright and Cox, knew, between themselves, that they could depend upon each other, regardless of what may have been their ideas as to the merits of the Suit. The sheriff took a chance. Ordinarily he ran but little risk in so doing with his wife's brother. Singularly, however, the sheriff died before the suit was tried. Thus Damorvel, the plaintiff, found himself without a hold upon the defendant. His recourse, therefore, was to claim damages against the estate of the deceased sheriff, Francis Wright; and the new sheriff, John Sturman, Gent., served upon the administratrix the notice of the action for damages against the said estate. No further record appearing, the case was otherwise disposed of.23

     On 27 May 1713, Francis' last recorded official act: Damorvel vs Nup vie P. Cox. (Vs former sheriff per Cox) It was Comanded ffrancis Wright gentl. Late Sheriff of the said County that he should Sumon Charnock Cox to answere Sameul Damorvel of a Plea on the Case for Eighteen hundred thirty eight pounds of Tobacco due by acct. And the Sheriff returned cepi corp. But for the Defendt failed to appeare and noe baile being returned, Upon Mocon of the said Plaintiff Condiconall order passed against the said Sheriff According to Law And upon the Sheriffs Mocon an attachment is granted him against the defendt's Estate Returnable according to Law.31

     Francis Wright died intestate before 24 June 1713 in Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony. His last appearance in the court order book was 27 May 1713. On 24 Jun 1713, his widow appeared in court to acquire letters of administration on his estate.

     Because he died intestate "all his real estate fell to John Wright, his elder son, under the right of primogeniture, which prevailed in Virginia prior to the Revolution. Richard Wright, son of Francis and Martha Cox Wright, received nothing directly from his father; but he was given an estate in land by John Wright, his half-brother."

     He may have died at the former home of his grandfather, Col. John Mottrom, at Chickacone, sometimes known as Coan Hall.2,32

     Francis was buried "in an enclosure on his own estate in Lower Machodoc (probably near the great house)."33

     "Under the laws of Virginia this burial ground of the Wright family could not be sold by any Wright or Wright heir when selling the land surrounding it. The living descendants of the last Wright family owners of the estate still own the burial ground and have the right of entry to it. It is also illegal, no matter how neglected the burial plot may have become, for any interments or the gravestones to be removed, or for the ground to be plowed for any purpose of cultivation by any owner of the estate, on which the burial ground is locatged, since the last Wright heir sold that surrounding estate, minus the burial ground."23

     His estate was inventoried on 7 August 1713 at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony, The Inventory of Major Francis Wright, gent., "made in obedience to order of 24 June 1713. Appraisers sworn before Majr. Henry Ashton. No total valuation; includes four Negroes vaued at £82 and lists items in Mrs. Wright's chamber separately.
          Denll. Tebbs
          Wm Chandler
          John Awbrey
          Account of wht things forgott and out of the way at the appraisement

     29 Jul 1713 Returned.
          Supplemental inventory: includes tobacco ship't on board the Biddeford Merchant. apt. Collins and bills of ladeing taken in Mr. Jno. Wrights name per Capt. Jno. Bushrod."34

     On 28 March 1717, William Cheamley, surviving executor of the estate of George Downing late of the Island of Barbadoes, dec'd obtained a judgement against John Howell and Martha his wife Adm. of the Goods & Chattells that were of Francis Wright, gentl. dec'd for 78 pounds 8 shillings sterling due him on balance of acccounts between the said Downing and Wright, thus disclosing that he latter carried on trading with the West Indies.35

Citations

  1. [S2975] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, abstractors. Virginia Court Records: Deed & Will Abstracts of Northumberland County, Virginia 1662-1666 (McLean: R. &. S. S., 1993), pages 34-35; citing page 114.
  2. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 189.
  3. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 71; accessed 16 Aug 2011 . Mr. Frost states that the information on the Wright and related families for four generations comes from "Some Descendants of Richard Wright, Gentleman of London, England, and Northumberland, Virginia," published in 1919 Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1, pages 127 and 177 and from "the Washington-Wright Connection and Some Descendants of Major Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright, published in three volumes in 1923 as The Washington Ancestry . . and Forty Related Families." Both the article and the book were written by Charles Arthur Hoppin a genealogist of note.
  4. [S3026] Headley Jr., Robert K., compiler. Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia 1649-1800 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2003), page 254. . Now online at Ancestry.com.
  5. [S3647] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, abstractors. Virginia County Court Records: Richmond County, Virginia Orders 1707-1708 (McLean: The Antient Press, 1997), page 66, citing Order Book No. 4, 1704-1708, page 333.
  6. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 28.
  7. [S5633] Wilkerson, Eva Eubank, compiler. Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia, 1655-1900 (Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson, 1953), page 244; says marriage occurred in 1687, citing Deed Book 7, page 419.
  8. [S3207] Dorman, John Frederick, abstractor. Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book 1675/6-1688/9: Part Three 1682-1684 (Washington: J. F. D., 1985), page 10; citing page 269.
  9. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, pagse 71-72; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  10. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Deeds, Patents, Accounts, Depositions, &c, from 1668 to 1677, page 77.
  11. [S3213] King, George Harrison Sandford. "Virginia Militia Officers, 1698," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 49, no. 4 (Oct 1941): page 307.
  12. [S2988] Coldham, Peter Wilson, abstractor. American Wills Proved in London, 1611-1775 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), page 74, citing PROB 11/458/186.
  13. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 72; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  14. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189, citing Westmoreland DWP, 1707-1709:4-7.
  15. [S3202] Dorman, John Frederick, abstractor. Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book 1698-1705: Part Four 1703-1705 (Washington: J. F. D., 1978), page 20; citing page 219 a.
  16. [S5455] "Yeocomico Church", contributed by Wikipedia, online at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeocomico_Church , accessed 3 Apr 2016, website address verified 30 Jul 2019.
  17. [S5763] Dorman, John Frederick, compiler. Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book, 1711-1713, Part Four (Falmouth Virginia: JFD, 1992), page 48; citing Order Book, page 31, 26 Jun 1706.
  18. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189-190, citing Westmoreland County DWP, 1707-9:174-175.
  19. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Deeds & Wills, No. 3, p. 4.
  20. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189, citing Westmoreland DWP, 1707-1709:26-27 and pages 3-4.
  21. [S3203] Dorman, John Frederick, abstractor. Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Bk 1705-1721: Part Two 1707-1709 (Falmouth: J. F. D., 1991), page 12-13; citing page 68.
  22. [S3203] Dorman. Westmoreland Co., VA Order Bk. 1707=1709, pages 15-16, citing pages 70a-71a.
  23. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information.
  24. [S3647] Sparacio. Richmond Co., VA Orders 1707-1708, page 75-76, citing Order Book No. 4, 1704-1708, page 344.
  25. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Orders &c., 1705-1721, page 109.
  26. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Orders &c., 1705-1721, page 99d.
  27. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 190, citing R (presumably Richmond) C Deed Book 5:153-4.
  28. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Deed & Wills, No. 7, page 230.
  29. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Orders, &c., 1705-1721, page 185d.
  30. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information. citing Westmoreland Orders, &c., 1705-1721, p 200d Court of 27 Nov 1712.
  31. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information. citing Westmoreland Orders, &c., 1705-1721, p 214.
  32. [S5763] Dorman. Westmoreland Co., VA Order Book 1711-1713, Part Four, page 81, citing Westmoreland County Order Book, 1705-1721, page 216.
  33. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 190, citing a deed executed by his eldest son, John.
  34. [S3664] Dorman, John Frederick, abstractor. Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Wills No. 5, 1712-1716 (Washington: J. F. D., 1989), page 40, citing pages 200-202.
  35. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007; citing Westmoreland Court Orders, &c, 1705-1721, pages 295d and 310.
  36. [S3024] Sparacio, Ruth and Sam, abstractors. Deed Abstracts of Richmond County, Virginia, 1701-1704 (McLean: The Antient Press, 1991), see pages 11-12 for the full deed abstract in Deed Book 4, 2 May 1705 to 2 Feb 1708 on pages 11a-13a; his father states that John is his son and agrees to the sale.

John Wright I1

M, #15293, b. between 1682 and 1685, d. before 1730
FatherFrancis Wright2 b. b 1663, d. b 24 Jun 1713
MotherAnne Washington3 b. c 1661, d. b 11 Mar 1697

Family

Dorothy Awbrey d. b 1730
Child
Last Edited14 Mar 2022
     John Wright I was born between 1682 and 1685 in Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony, "on his father's 1,400-acre estate fronting the Potomac River."1,4

     This source says he patented 250 acres in 1691, as well as 107 acres in the same year at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.5

     "He attained legal age on or before August 20, 1703,"6 meaning he was born before 1685, but other legal documents seem to indicate between 1682 and 1685. "Among the documents implementing arrangement (to reduce the chances of future complications, jealousies, expectations prior to Francis' second marriage) were those by which John Wright I generously honored certain transactions involving his mother's estate which occurred before he was of legal age."3,7

     John married Dorothy Awbrey circa 1705. John was possibly between the ages of 20 and 23 when he married Dorothy.8

     On 5 September 1705, John Wright, of Westmoreland County, Gent. conveyed for £250 Sterling to Francis Thornton one tract of land containing 1,000 acres being part of a patent granted to Major John Washington for 1,700 acres dated 1 Jun 1664. The said 1,000 acres beginning at the easternmost side of the land that was sold to William Freake and next to Wm. Williss's, thence running north a straight course to the line of the said patent, thence west along the several courses of said patent until it comes to the land that did belong to Freak and now in the possession of John Hawkford and Thomas Tippett, thence along the said land 409 poles including the plantation called and known as Harrison's Plantation . . . within the Parish of St. Maryes in Richmond County. This was acknowledged in Court 5 Sep 1705 and recorded on the 11th.

     Additionally, Francis Wright, father to the within mentioned John Wright, acquitted his rights to the land.9

     "TO ALL CHRISTIAN people to whome these presents shall come, I, John Wright of the County of Westmoreland Gent. Send Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting this fifth day of September in the yer of our Lord 1705, No know yee that I the said John Wriht for and in Consideration of the Sume of two hundred and fifty pounds Sterl. By ffrancis Thornton in hand paid (etc)...Do give grant sell (etc)...unto the said ffrancis Thornton...one Messuage tenement or Tract of Land Containeing one Thousand acres being part of a patent formerly granted to Majr. John Washington for seventeen hundred acres of Land dated the first of June Ano Domini 1663 bounded by land sold to William ffreake, Wm Wallis's land in in (sic) possession of John Houxford and Thomas Tippitt, including the plantation called by the name of Andrew Harrison's plantation--Scituate ....within the Parish of St. Maryes in the County of Richmond...
(Witnesses:)
George Tayler
Alex Doniphan
John Wright (Seal)
Acknowledged in Richmond County Court by the within named John Wright Sept. 5, 1705. Recorded Sept. 11,1705 wch acknowledgement Wm Thornton son of the said ffrancis Thornton in behalfe of his said ffather did Receive.
[Page 13] TO ALL to whome these presents shall come: Know yee that I ffrancis Wright father of the within mentioned John Wright having good Right title and Interest by the Courtesie of England to all and singular the within mentioned Lands sold by my Son John Wright... to ffrancis Thornton, do .... Acquit all m Right (etc.) of the within mentioned Lands to the said ffrancis Thornton (etc)... I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this fifth day of September 1705.
WRIGHT (Seal)
(Witnesse:)
George Tayler
Allexa Doniphan
(Acknowledged & recorded as aforesaid.)

     In addition to the deed John Wright also gave a bond of 1,000 pounds sterling to the said "ffrancis Thornton of the County of Stafford" to further secure the title, as did also Francis Wright in 200 pounds." at Richmond County, Virginia Colony.10

     In 1707, he patented 61 acres at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.5

     On 25 March 1707, "Wright's } This Indenture made the 25th day of March 1707 in the fifth year of the
Sale To } reign of our sovereign Lady Ann by the Grace of God Scotland France Goffe } and Ireland Queen, defender of the faith &c and in the year of our Lord 1706 Beetween Francis Wright of Westmorld
County I the Colony of Virga. Gentl. and John Wright son and heir-apparent of the sd Francis Wright of the one part and Thomas Goff of Richmond County, planter, of the other part... for five thousand pounds of tobacco and cask....sell (etc)....that tract of land which hath ben already laid out and surveyed by one Mr Horton Late of Westmorld County dec'd, by the order of the said Francis Wright... adjoining upon land of Wm Boothe in Washington Parish in the County of Westmorld....200 acres with all houses etc. Francis Wright
John Wright (Seal) Thomas Sorrell (Seal) Geo; Eskridge (Seal) Proved in court 26 March 1707

     Colonel George Eskridge, the witness to this deed, was an intimate friend of the Wrights and Washingtons; it was for him, it is said, that Augustine Washington (nephew of Major Francis Wright) named his immortal son George. Eskridge was the guardian of Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. It appears that in 1707 Major Francis Wright and his son, John, were adjustng their affairs preparatory to, or following, some important events, for they settled all outstanding claims they and others had to some lands and sold other lands. One event was the second marriage of Francis to Martha Cox [surname unproven]; the other was the marriage of John to Dorothy c1705."11

     On 26 March 1707, "Francis Wright, Westmoreland County, Gent., and Ann, dau. of Col. John Washington, now wife of Francis Wright, conveyed to Michael Halbert (25 Feb 1686) 100 acres at head of Madox granted John Washington by patent and at his death descending to Ann his dau. John Wright Gent., son of Francis Wright, Gent., disclaim any right to the lands as of this date."12

     On the same date: "Too all Christian people to whome these presents shall come I, Jno. Wright of Westmorld County well knowing that a certain tract of land lying on or near Appamattux Creek was formerly sold by my father Francis Wright to Thomas Robins of the said County as by the said Francis deed in the said County Court may more fully appear and the considerations on the part of the said Robins well and truly performed, But my late mother the then wife of the said Francis not acknowledging acting and doing as on her part ought to have been done by means whereof the said Tho: Robins in his right & title to the said land hath not been secured and confirmed as he ought to have been and the said Robins having sold part of the said land to Robert Frank of the aforesaid County as Pr. A deed of the said Robins in the said County Court acknowledged more fully may appear. Now know ye that I ye. Said John Wright in conscience knowing yt. The said Robert Frank (for such part of the land as by ye: said Robins to him acknowledged) ye: said land ought to have and to hold, doe hereby exonerate, acquit discharge.... Ye: said Frank his heirs &c of and from all manner of right title or interest which I my heirs have might or could have to said land by virtue of any right or Inheritance or other right or title whatsoever.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seaven hundred and seaven.
               John Wright (Seal)
Test. Alex: Thompson, Wm. . . .ton.13

     On 25 May 1707, Jno. Wright, of Westmoreland County, knowing that a tract near Appomattox Creek was formerly sold by my father Francis Wright to Thomas Marshall, 200 acres, but my mother the then wife of Francis Wright, not acknowledging, do disclaim interest by right of inheritance.14

     On 15 October 1707, "MARGURITTE LADY CULPEPER Thomas Lord ffairfax and Catherine his Wife Proprietors of ye Northern Neck of Virga:
To all to whom this present Writing shall come send Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting: WHEREAS John Wright of ye County of Westmoreland upon his Suggestion of a Certain Quantity of Land belonging to us in ye sd County which is not Yet Granted. Did on the twentieth day of August one thousand seven hundred & three Otaine a Warrant from our office for Laying out the Same. And having now Returned a Survey thereof under the hand of Mr Thomas Thompson surveyr,-
KNOW YEE therefore that we, for & in Consideracon of ye Composicon to us Paid & ye Annuall Rent hereafter Reserved have Granted...(etc)...unto ye sd John Wright sixty one acres of Land Scituate Lying & being in ye fforrest of Nominy in ye County of Westmoreland---VIZT, Beginning at ye South Eastermost Corner of L'Estrange Mordants Patent now belonging to ye sd John Wright & (bounded by lands of Capt. Hutt, Charles Smiht, and Wm Hardich) TOGETHER with all Rights Members & appurtenances thereunto belonging Royall Mines Excepted & ye full third part of all Lead, Copper, Tinn, Coals, & Iron Mines that shall be found thereon... YIELDING and PAYING to us, our heirs or Assignes yearly....on ye feast of St. Michaell ye Arch Angell (Sep 29) ye fee Rent of one Shilling Sterling for every fifty Acres of Land hereby Granted...GIVEN at our office in Lancastr County within our sd Proprietory under our Seale.
Wintness our Agent and Attorney, fully Authorized thereto Dated ye fifteenth Day of October in ye Sixth Year of ye Reign of our Sovereign Lady ANNE by ye Grace of God of England Scotland ffrance & Ireland, Queen, Defender of ye ffaith &c. ANNOQ DOM: 1707."15

     On 21 February 1708/9, Francis, and John Wright (his son), Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Gent., conveyed to Thomas Robins, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, planter. Lease and release for 1,000 lbs. tobacco, 200 acres in Washington Parish which Francis Wright and Ann his wife, then sole owner of the land, sold to William Booth, dec'd. Ann died before legally conveyed. William Booth had no right to the same, and is now the estate of John Wright, son and heir of Ann . . . land of Thomas Marshall.16

     On 7 October 1709, Francis Wright and John Wright of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Gent., sold to John Washington of Washington Parish in said co., late of Stafford Co., Gent., a parcel of land containing 171 2 acres in St. Mary's Parish, RC . . . in consideration of 8,999 lbs. of tobacco. Witnesses: John Champe, Jos. Belfield, Nath: Pope.17

     In 1713, John inherited the entirety of his father's estate by right of primogeniture, his father dying intestate.

     John Bushrod was the guardian of Richard Wright, half-brother of John Wright. Francis Spencer was first cousin of John Wright, eldest son and heir of Major Francis Wright, and may be conceived as having served in the interest of John Wright. Richard Kenner's estate was appraised by the said John Wright in 1718. John Awbrey was perhaps great-uncle of John Wright, and represented him in the appraisal. When Richard Kenner bought land of Francis Atwell (a relative of the Awbreys through the marriage of John Awbrey's daughter, Keziah, to Atwell), Susanna, wife of Francis Atwell, chose the said John Awbrey in 1718 as her friend to represent her in court under a power of attorney. William Chandler was a relative of the Awbreys, for whom the said John Awbrey named a son Chandler Awbrey, who bequeathed to the three Atwells. John Wright also was chosen, as a friend of the Atwells through their relationship to his mother Dorothy Awbrey's uncle, John Awbrey), to appraise the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Atwell. These relationships are all made clear by the Westmoreland records, and are mentioned at this moment to illustrate the personal relations with John Wright of these men who helped to settle the estate of his father, Major Francis Wright.18

     On 29 September 1714, "John Wright, Gent., of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, son and heir of Francis Wright, late of same, Gent., decd, to my loving brother Richard Wright, son of my father Francis Wright. For natural love and affection conveyed 300 acres in Lower Machotique Neck. . . mouth of a cove issuing out of a small creek commonly called the Flooding or Oshter Creek . . up the meanders of the cove to a small branch at the head thereof lying on the north side of the plantation where Thomas Appleyard last lived, commonly called the old plantation and up the said branch (crossing the horse path down the neck to Wright's plantation) . . up a small discent (sic) of swampy ground . . . back line of the land late of Coll. John Mottrom, decd, but now in the occupation of John Wright . . . down Mottrom's line to a small creek known by the name of Barrs's Creek and issueth into Oshter Creek . . . along the meanders of the creek to the mouth of the cove. . . including the old plantation together with the plantation whereon Wm Hazlerigg is now seated . . . part of the same tract of land whereon I now live which formerly was the right and inheritance of John Mottrom . . . houses, out houses, orchards, fences, gardens . . . My wife Dorothy shall relinquish her right of dower.
                J: Wright

     Acknowledged by John Wright, Gent. Youell Watkins by a power from Dorothy, wife of John relinquished the right of dower.
On 22 Sep 1714, Dorothy Wright, wife of John Wright of Cople Parish,Westmoreland County, Gent. . . have constituted my good friend Youell Watkins of the county aforesaid my attorney
          Wit: Wm (his mark) Rice, Jno. (his mark) Mucknockells
          29 Sep 1714. Proven by John Mucknockells " at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.19,20

     In 1718, he appraised the estate of Richard Kenner. Subsequently, when Richard Kenner bought land from Francis Atwell (a relative of the Awbreys through the marriage of John Awbrey's daughter, Keziah, to Atwell), Susanna, wife of Francis Atwell, chose the said John Awbrey in 1718 as her friend to represent her in court under a power of attorney.18

     On 22 February 1720, when (he) became a justice in Westmoreland County, his oath was administered by his first cousin, Augustine Washington, who was also on the bench at the time. Incidentally, it was exactly twelve years before the birth of Augustine Washington's famous son, George Washington."3

     In 1723, he sold the plantation he had inherited to Henry Lee who gave him in exchange a 1,000 acre estate located between Powells Run and Nepasco Creek near the Potomac River, Stafford (now Prince William) County.21

     Evidently he foresaw the slowness in growth of Westmoreland and the rise to prosperity and superior position of the new counties, then unformed, fifty to eighty miles up the Potomac River. To him goes the credit of having the courage to move into Prince William County, not perhaps to his own advantage, but certainly to the benefit of his posterity.18

     "John Wright I succeeded his father as attorney, sheriff's deputy, surveyor, vestryman, and judge. Although he is always on record as a 'gentleman' and maintained excellent social position, his public career seems to have been overshadowed by both that of his father, Francis Wright, and that of his son, John Wright II. There are reasons to believe that he was a better sportsman than farmer or merchant and more pleased with entertaining than in advancing his political or private fortune. After having sold a number of smaller tracts of land, he finally in the summer of 1723 sold the remainder of his estate and moved fifty miles up the river. His new location was between Powel Run and Neapsco Creek, near the Potomac River and near the present town of Dumfries at Prince William County, Virginia Colony. The area was then a part of Stafford County but soon afterward became Prince William County of which Dumfries is now the county seat. It was a 1,000-acre plantation which he bought from Henry Lee to whom he sold his own estate in Westmoreland County. The move appeared at the time to be a backward step for the Wright family; but it was a good move for his children, since the new home became the center of greater progress. Years later Henry Lee, seeing that it was he who had moved in the wrong direction, repurchased about two-thirds of the Wright estate from John Wrght I's son, Francis Wright, who, through the right of primogeniture had inherited it from his father. It then became known as Leesylvania."1

     John Wright I died before 1730 in Prince William County, Virginia Colony,22 and was buried in Prince William County, Virginia Colony. No will has been found if any existed, but his death is confirmed by the extant index of the missing Liber K, page 269 mentioning the inventory of his estate being presented, accepted and ordered recorded by the court in 1729 or 1730. In accordance with the Virginia laws of primogeniture, where heirs of his estate would have been his widow (for her life), the eldest son (Francis) or the second son (John), and the executor either his wife or eldest son. All three were of legal age at his death, and thus heirs in their own right.23

     Then, who is the John Wright Deceased whose estate administration was granted to Allan Macrae and James Doughas with John Graham as security on 23 Sep 1755?21

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 73-74; accessed 16 Aug 2011 . Mr. Frost states that the information on the Wright and related families for four generations comes from "Some Descendants of Richard Wright, Gentleman of London, England, and Northumberland, Virginia," published in 1919 Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1, pages 127 and 177 and from "the Washington-Wright Connection and Some Descendants of Major Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright, published in three volumes in 1923 as The Washington Ancestry . . and Forty Related Families." Both the article and the book were written by Charles Arthur Hoppin a genealogist of note.
  2. [S3024] Sparacio, Ruth and Sam, abstractors. Deed Abstracts of Richmond County, Virginia, 1701-1704 (McLean: The Antient Press, 1991), see pages 11-12 for the full deed abstract in Deed Book 4, 2 May 1705 to 2 Feb 1708 on pages 11a-13a; his father states that John is his son and agrees to the sale.
  3. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 73; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  4. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 192.
  5. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 201.
  6. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner, dated 7 Aug 2007, containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Virginia Land Office, Richmond, Northern Neck Grants, Book 3, page 169.
  7. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland Deeds, Patents, Accounts, Depositions, &c, from 1668 to 1677, page 77.
  8. [S2976] "Washington Family", contributed by Virginia Sanders Mylius, email at gmylius @charter.net, online at http://oursoutherncousins.com/washington.html , website address verified 20 Jun 2019, accessed 20 Aug 2011; her surname may have been Veal.
  9. [S3024] Sparacio. Richmond Co., VA Deed Abstr, 1701-1704, pages 11-12 for the full deed abstract in Deed Book 4, 2 May 1705 to 2 Feb 1708 on original pages 11a-13a.
  10. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Richmond County, Deed Book 4, p lld.
  11. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland County, Deeds and Wills, No. 4, page 4.
  12. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189, citing Westmoreland Deeds & Wills, 1707-1709, 1-3.
  13. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Westmoreland County, Deeds & Wills, no. 4, page 3.
  14. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 192, citing Westmoreland County Deeds & Wills, 1707-1709:26-27.
  15. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information, citing Virginia Land Office, Richmond, Northern Neck Grants, Book 3, page 169.
  16. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189-190, citing Westmoreland County DWP, 1707-9:174-175.
  17. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 190, citing Richmond County Deed Book 5:153-4.
  18. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information.
  19. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189, citing Westmoreland Order Book 1705-21:252 and Westmoreland County Deeds & Wills 1712-1716:332-6.
  20. [S3664] Dorman, John Frederick, abstractor. Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Wills No. 5, 1712-1716 (Washington: J. F. D., 1989), page 74, citing pages 332-36.
  21. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 29.
  22. [S3360] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, abstractors. Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Prince William County, Virginia (1753-1757) (McLean: R. & S. S., 1988), page 79, citing Order Book 1754-1755, page 317.
  23. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, pages 192-192.

John Wright II1

M, #15285, b. circa 1707, d. before 27 February 1792
FatherJohn Wright I2 b. bt 1682 - 1685, d. b 1730
MotherDorothy Awbrey3 d. b 1730

Family

Elizabeth Bronaugh d. Feb 1792
Child
Last Edited25 Jan 2022
     John Wright II was born circa 1707, son of John Wright I and Dorothy Awbrey, in Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony. "He was born in 'the great house' built by his grandfather on the Lower Machedoc Peninsula on the Wright plantation.4,5

     Circa 1723, he moved to Prince William County when his father moved from Westmoreland County to Powell's Run.4

     John married Elizabeth Darnall, daughter of Jeremiah Bronaugh, after 2 June 1726. Elizabeth was the widow of Waugh Darnall when she married John Wright II, not Darnall's daughter as Charles Arthur Hoppin argues in his 1871 three-volume Washington Ancestors of McClain, Johnson and Forty Other Colonial American Families.6,7,8,9

     In 1731, he was chosen a justice [in L].10

     "John Wright I, who had received all his father's and his mother's landed estate through the right of primogeniture, gave his half-brother Richard an estate in land; but his elder son, Francis, was not so generous with respect to his full brother, John Wright II. After his father's death Francis Wright proceeded to turn th 1,000-acre estate into cash by two sales - one in 1739 and the other in 1741, when he sold the remaining two-thirds of it to Henry Lee. . . These transactions by his older brother forced John Wright II to leave the family home created for them by their father."1

     On 23 March 1740, he purchased 236 acres from Jeremiah Darnall in Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, about twenty [?] west of Dumfries, moving there in 1741.1

     In 1741, he moved about twenty miles west of Dumfries to Prince William County, Virginia Colony.4

     "John Wright II was a lawyer, vestryman, and a judge at the time of his removal, or soon afterwards, and so continued for thirty years. Why did he locate so far away from the courthouse? The reason undoubtedly was that he had married Elizabeth Darnall whose family lived nearby.1

     By 1743, he was justice of the peace at Prince William County, Virginia Colony. Later he was a captain of militia there.11

     On 25 July 1751, he was Sheriff of Prince William County, Virginia Colony.11

     On 27 July 1753, John Wright gent took the Oaths appointed by Act of Parliament to be taken and repeated and Subscribed the Test as also the oath of a Justice of peace in Common Law and Chancery at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.12

     On 25 October 1753, he sat as a Gent. Justice alongside Thomas Harrison, Bertrand Ewell and Henry Peyton at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.13

     On 28 March 1754, he again took the Oath as Justice of peace at Common Law and Chancery at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.14

     On 25 August 1755, John again took the Oath as Justice of the Peace at Common Law and Chancery at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.15

     On 26 April 1756, John Wright, Joseph Blackwell and John Churchill gent refuse to qualify theselves as Justice at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.16

     On 23 November 1756, he was again sitting as a Justice in the Court at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.17

     On 4 April 1759, John Wright II served his last day as justice in Prince William County. On the following day, April 5, he became a justice in the new county of Fauquier County, Virginia Colony.18

     He performed civil service during the Revolution and retained his title of captain either in an administrative post or in an honorary sense as late of 1778.10,11

     John Wright II left a will dated on 1 June 1785 at Hamilton Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia, in which he he left his son James "my land lying on the east side of the run, being part of the tract of land whereon I now live in the County of Fauquier" - slaves; to his granddaughter, Betsey Wright (daughter of James) he left a slave; to his daughters, Mary and Rosamond Wright, "the plantation whereon I now lie and all the land I hold lying on the West side of the side run above mentioned - to be divided between the two as they can agree. In case of their death, without heirs, to go to so James" - slaves - household furniture and livestock; to son, James, slaves, household furniture and livestock; To sons, William and John, 20 shillings "the reason why I have left my two sons no more is that I gave them both land which they sold; daughter, Elizabeth Parlow, "should she every apply that then my executors pay her £15 out of my estate; Wife, Elizabeth, to have all estate above mentioned during her life and then divided as directed. He named his son, James, and daughters, Mary and Rosamund, as executors. Signed John Wright. Witnesses: George Maddox, John Nelson, Francis (X) Latham, Wm. Kernes.19

     Thus, he lived to see his second cousin, George Washington, elected president on 4 Feb 1789.11

     On 2 October 1790, he gave a deposition in the case of Darnall v. Turberville, giving his age as 'Ninety years and upwards' at Prince William County, Virginia.11

     John and Elizabeth lived on their estate, Pine View, for fifty years and buried two of their daughters and one, if not two, of their sons in its private burial ground.1

     John Wright II died before 27 February 1792 in Fauquier County, Virginia,20 and was buried in Pine View Estate Family Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia.
     "His long life was a repetition in a more extended way of the careers of his father and grandfather. He was the seventh judge, the sixth military officer, the second sheriff, and the seventh 'gentleman' successively in the American history of his ancestry. His great-great-grandfathers were Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Pope, gentlemen and justice, and Colonel John Mottrom, gentleman, justice and burgess of the Colony of Virginia; his great-grandfathers were Colonel John Washington, gentleman, justice, and burgess, and Captain Richard Wright, gentleman and justice; he was second cousin of George Washington, first President of the United States; his grandfather Major Francis Wright was a justice and sheriff, while his father, John Wright I, was a justice in Westmoreland County and a founder of Prince William County.

     The records describing him as Captain indicate that as a young man he received training in the colonial militia of Virginia and that upon his appointment as a judge in the county court he automatically became a captain in the militia. The record of his commission is lost, but in no sense should his captaincy be taken as an honorary title."21,22,23

     His estate was probated on 27 February 1792 at Fauquier County, Virginia, proven by the oaths of George Maddux and William Kerns. James Wright made oath and with Thomas Keith as his security, was granted a certificate to obtain probate.19

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 74; accessed 16 Aug 2011 . Mr. Frost states that the information on the Wright and related families for four generations comes from "Some Descendants of Richard Wright, Gentleman of London, England, and Northumberland, Virginia," published in 1919 Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1, pages 127 and 177 and from "the Washington-Wright Connection and Some Descendants of Major Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright, published in three volumes in 1923 as The Washington Ancestry . . and Forty Related Families." Both the article and the book were written by Charles Arthur Hoppin a genealogist of note.
  2. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 73-74; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  3. [S2976] "Washington Family", contributed by Virginia Sanders Mylius, email at gmylius @charter.net, online at http://oursoutherncousins.com/washington.html , website address verified 20 Jun 2019, accessed 20 Aug 2011.
  4. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 195.
  5. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 29, gives year as c1700.
  6. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 74, saying incorrectly she was the daughter, not the widow, of Waugh Darnall, according to more thorough research by Anne Reed Ritchie; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  7. [S2976] "Washington Fam.," online http://oursoutherncousins.com/washington.html , accessed 20 Aug 2011, pointing out that the work which proved John Wright II married Elizabeth Bronaugh, daughter of Jeremiah Bronaugh, was done by Anne Reed Ritchie in publications dated 1973, 1979 and 1982.
  8. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 195-6, believes she was the daugher of Waugh Darnall basing this solely on the work of Hoppin which was incorrect.
  9. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29, gives year as bet. 1727-1729.
  10. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29.
  11. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information.
  12. [S3360] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, abstractors. Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Prince William County, Virginia (1753-1757) (McLean: R. & S. S., 1988), page 11, citing Minute Book 1752-1753, page 218.
  13. [S3360] Sparacio. Prince William Co., VA Order Bk. Abstr, 1753-1757, page 17, citing Minute Book 1752-1753, page 304.
  14. [S3360] Sparacio. Prince William Co., VA Order Bk. Abstr, 1753-1757, page 23, citing Order Book 1754-1755, page 4.
  15. [S3360] Sparacio. Prince William Co., VA Order Bk. Abstr, 1753-1757, page 73, citing Order Book 1754-1755, page 271.
  16. [S3360] Sparacio. Prince William Co., VA Order Bk. Abstr, 1753-1757, page 94, citing Order Book 1755-1757, page 66.
  17. [S3360] Sparacio. Prince William Co., VA Order Bk. Abstr, 1753-1757, page 119, citing Order Book 1755-1757, page 250.
  18. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 75; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  19. [S1002] Gott, John K., abstractor. Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia Wills, Inventories and Accounts 1759-1800 (Virginia: J. K. G., 1972), page 208; citing Will Book 2, pages 219-220.
  20. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 75; accessed 16 Aug 2011, who claims in died in Prince William County.
  21. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29, says she died c1789.
  22. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 20 Jan 2019, memorial page for John Wright, Jr (1712-1792) at memorial page... Maintained by Larry Mabra; citing Pine View Estate Family Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia.
  23. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 75; accessed 16 Aug 2011, who claims in died in Prince William County. Provides the copied text.

John Wright III1

M, #15241, b. circa 1731, d. 30 October 1789
FatherJohn Wright II2 b. c 1707, d. b 27 Feb 1792
MotherElizabeth Bronaugh3 d. Feb 1792

Family

Ann Williams b. c 1735, d. Oct 1825
Child
Last Edited25 Jan 2022
     John Wright III was born circa 1731, son of John Wright II and Elizabeth Bronaugh, in Prince William County, Virginia Colony. "He appears to have been born upon the (thousand-acre) estate of his grandfather, John Wright I, between Powell's Run and Neapsco Creek, near the Potomac River, in Prince William County, about the time that county was formed from Stafford County. His grandfather had moved there from 'the great house' in Westmoreland County eight or nine years previously."4,5,6

     On 27 November 1752, "The Sheriff pursuant to the Act of Assembly in that case made and provided returns to the Court here the Ensueing Pannell of the Grand Jury . . . John Wright and twenty others, who being sworn and charged as well to Enquire as true presentment make of all Treasons, Misprisions of Treason, Felonies, Murders, and all other Crimes and Misdemeanors committed perpetrated or done with the said County . . . " at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.7

     John married Ann Williams, daughter of Jonas Williams and Honour (--?--), in 1753.4

     After 1753, "he seems to have lived for a while upon the estate of his mother-in-law, Honor Williams, which adjoined the Wright estate and which he managed in Fauquier County, Virginia Colony.4

     On 26 February 1753, "at a Court held [this date] at Prince William County, Virginia Colony. Ordered that John Wright, Joseph Hudnall, John Frogg or any two of them view the most convenient way for a Road from Bevereleys Ford into the Rolling Road that leads from Hedgmans Quarter to the Marsh Bridge and report to the Court their proceedings."

     (Note: a rolling road was one over which tobacco was rolled to a seaport in very large casks having a rim of larger cicumference at each end. The outer edges of which rims served as wheels upon the ground.)

     (No date provided) The report of John Wright and John Frogg, Gent. Being returned upon their Viewing a way from Beverleys' Ford to the Road leading from Hedgman's Quarter to the Marsh Bridge. The Rolling Road commonly called Jone's Rolling Road is hereby Established, and for the Future to be deemed and taken a public way."8

     At the Court on 22 April 1754, Ordered that Augustine Jennings, John Wright, George Wheatly, and Morgan Darnall of any three of them, being first sworn, Inventory and Appraise the Estate of John Smith in Current money and that the Executor return the same to the Court at Prince William County, Virginia Colony.9

     An intense personal rivalry developed between John Wright and Augustine Jennings as to which man should become the major of the Fauquier military forces, prior to which both gentlemen were appoined to act together with the former's brother-in-law, Wheatley, and relative, Morgan Darnall, by the court of which Wright's father was one of the justices.10

     On 14 April 1755, a petition from John Wright the Younger for a Servant Man named Samuel Gray who was sent to the Expedition on the Ohio was presented in Court at Prince William County, Virginia Colony, and ordered to be certified to the General Assembly.11

     On 30 October 1762, John sued his mother-in-law and her other son-in-law, Thomas Withers, in Fauquier County, charging that they were wasting the estate which his wife, Ann Williams Wright, by the will of her father, Jonas Williams, should receive at her mother's death.10

     Before 25 April 1764, "he was again living on his father's estate. On the day before this date, he received a gift of 116 acres from his father. Overnight, he changed his mind and asked for a gift in money instead. The exchange was made to the displeasure of his father, John Wright II, who had wished that his son remain on the land."4

     On 13 July 1766, the law suit against his mother-in-law seems to have been settled out of court and the mother-in-law then sued Thomas Withers with John Wright III as a witness in her behalf. All differences between John Wright III and his mother-in-law seem to have been fully reconciled; and he returned to the Williams estate, devoting himself to its needs until he moved farther north in Fauquier County to land he bought for himself in 1772."4

     "Meanwhile, (he) had engaged in general surveying and in military activities with the hope of being promoted from captain to major in the Virginia militia. He never did attain the majorship."

     However, by 1771, he was Captain of the Fauquier County Militia.12

     On 17 May 1771, "he was commissioned as official surveyor of Fauquier County. At that time William and Mary College was vested with the power of such appointments and commissioned him as follows:      'Under the hands of President and Masters of College of William and Mary, [this date], Surveyor of Fauquier County, Virginia.' His age (40) suggests that he took an examination from its faculty rather than that he attended as a student."4

     On 24 October 1774, "John Wright III sold his Fauquier County estate and departed soon afterwards with his family for their new home in Surry County (now Yadkin county), North Carolina. . . . Since there were no grants of land in Surry County by the State of North Carolina prior to 1778, John Wright III appears to have helped himself to land, entered the fact with the entry take, and applied later for a survey and grant. He acquired large tracts of land in southeastern Surry County which later became a part of Yadkin County. Several of the later acquisitions of land seem to have been for development by members of his large family of eighteen children; but this foresight on the part of John Wright III did not prevent a number of his children from migrating westward as will be seen later. For a number of years John Wright III and his neighbor John Elsberry had control of taxation in Surry County. Elsberry wrote out the lists of taxable property, and John Wright III assessed the estates."

     He became a Baptist. "It's possible that "his leaving the Episcopal church may have had some effect upon his social life even in associations with close relatives and may have contributed to the causes of his removal to North Carolina."13

     John Wright III moved his family to Buck Shoals Township, Surry County, North Carolina Colony, circa 1775 .14,12

     He performed his Military Service circa 1776 in Smith's Company, 4th North Carolina Regiment during the Revolution, as proven by a letter signed by H. F. McCain, the Adjutant General, in 1817. He served as a private, despite his previous service in Virginia as an officer. His length of service seems to have been relatively short, judging from a quotation from the 1849 diary of John Wright III's granddaughter, Nancy Riley Clark: 'While serving in the war, he took a violent cold that settled in his lungs and eventually caused his death.'".15,16,17

     In September 1777, the Roster of the Continental Line shows he was Omitted in this month.1819

     By 1779, he owned five separate tracts of land in Surry County.12

     On 29 June 1782, No. 928: Bruce & Hunter granted to John Wright the sum of £9-4-6; Interest -19-3 to 26 Mar 1784 for a total of £10-3-9.20

     John was an organizer of 'Petty's Meeting House" where he was ordained a deacon 10 Jun 1783. The church, which subsequently became the Flat Rock Baptist Church, still holds services in Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Its old "Minute Book" contains much genealogical information on this large WRight family, and has survived with a copy kept in the Wake Forest University library in Winston-Salem.12

     In 1787, (Return of) Richard Goode, Sheriff of Surry: No. 740, J. Wright, Principal £1:16. Interest £0-7-6.21

     No. of Certificate No. 1516; To whom Issued- John Wright; Am't. of Principal - £16-4-8; Am't of interest allowed - £3-14-4.22

     On 12 November 1787, he was sworn in as an attorney, as one of fifteen men appearing in Court in at Surry County, North Carolina. Among the other fourteen lawyers to appear that day was 21 year-old Andrew Jackson, future seventh president of the United States.23,12

     No. 1061. John Wright, principal £9:9 - interest, £1-2-10.

     The Secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission certified that the Salisbury District in North Carolina, referred to above embraced the county of Surry, for which region of Surry, Salisbury was the county seat until Surry became created in 1770 a county with inferior judicial powers; Salisbury continued thereafter for many years to be the seat of the superior judicial and military jurisdiction and authority over the county of Surry, etc.24

     John Wright III left a will dated on 8 October 1789 at Surry County, North Carolina, in which he names his daughters: Elizabeth Arnold, Nancy Elliott, Agatha Elsbury, Amelia Martin, Lucretia Petty and Frances Reiley each of whom received 20 shillings. His son, Thomas Wright, received 30 acres which is a part of his plantation. His son, Daniel Wright, received 20 shillings. His son, John Wright, received 200 acres adjacent Lewis Eliott and Christian Leatherman. Daughter Sally Wright received a mare. Sons, William and James Wright received 40 acres on Deep Creek adjacent Thomas Jacks with William to have part where his father now lives with his wife having possession during her life. This adjoins Saml Arnold. The 320 acres adjacent John Stab and John Elsberry to be sold with the amount divided between his daughters: Rosey, Patsy, Polly (Peggy is drawn through), Sukey (written in above). Surveyor instruments to be sold to buy a horse for the estate. His wife, Anne, is to have everything else, after her death to be divided among his children: Nancy (line drawn through), Sally, Suckey, Peggy, Polly, William, James, Williams, Rosey & Patsey Wright. He named his wife and son, John, as executors. Witnesses: Elizabeth Longino, William Eliott.
The Will of John Wright


     As it is necessary men should settle their affairs of life before they leave this mortal life, therefore I make this my last Will and Testament. I gave to my daughters Elizabeth Arnold, Nancy Eliott, Agatha Elsbury, Amelia Martin, Lecretia Petty, and Frances Reiley, all of them twenty shillings each
I give to my son Thomas Wright thirty acres of land which is part of his plantation.
I give to my son Daniel Wright twenty shillings.
I give to my son John Wright two hundred acres of land adjoining Lewis Eliott and Christian Weaterhman's land including the field he now has a crop on & feather bed.
I give to my daughter Sally Wright one bay mare and saddle.
I give to my son William Wright & James Wright four hundred acres of land lying on deep Creek adjoining Thomas Jack's land to be equally divided between them.
I give to my son Williams Wright two hundred & twenty acres of land on which I now live but not to possess but one hundred during my wife's life and that to include the field on the south side of the muster ground branch that runs through the plantation bounded on Samuel Arnold's land. It is my will and desire that the three hundred and twenty acres of land I own adjoining John Stab and John Elsbery should be sold and the value to be divided between my daughters Rosey, Peggy and Polly Wright ten pounds value each.
My will is that the sun/eying instruments be sold to buy a horse for use of Estate.
It is my will and desire that my loving wife Anne should have and possess all the rest of my estate together with the plantation I now live on save the hundred acres mentioned and left to son Williams during her lifetime and after to be divided amongst my children whose names are underwritten, namely Nancy [though her name seems to be crossed out] Sally, Sucky, Peggy, Polly, William, James, Williams, Rosey, and Patsey Wright.
I appoint my beloved wife and son John executors to my last will and testament given under my hand I seal in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-Nine and the eighth day of October,
               (signed by:) John Wright
Test: Elizabeth Longino
     William Elliott.25,12

     Nancy Riley Clarke, John's granddaughter recorded in her 1849 diary that 'while serving in the war he took a violent cold that settled on his lungs and eventually caused his death.'

     She also left this record of his passing: ". . . while on his death bed he suffered much, but bore it all with Christian patience and was perfectly resigned to the will of God. When dying, and gone to all appearance, had ceased to breathe, his wife screamed out of anguish of her heart. She could not give him up. He opened his eyes and said, 'my dear, it is you that keeps me here.' His oldest son then took his mother out of the room and begged her not to make a noise. He (John) then closed his eyes in death . . . "12

     The diary in its transcribed entirety can be found online at http://www.theheritagelady.com/diary-nancy-riley-clarke-salt-1846/.

     John Wright III died on 30 October 1789 in Surry County,26,27,28 and was buried in Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery, Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina.
"He may have been buried on his own land. If not, he probably was buried in the church yard of the Flat Rock Baptist Church, known then as Petty's Meeting House, more than a mile to the east of the Wright estate, or in the yard of the much closer Elsberry Chapel. The latter chapel was founded near the ford of a branch of the North Fork of Hunting Creek by John Elsberry, John Wright's neighbor and his daughter, Agatha's, father-in-law. These and other landmarks used to designate the location of the Wright homestead fall with the boundaries of the present Hamptonville Community, of western Yadkin County."26,29      John Wright III was born, son of John Wright II and Elizabeth Bronaugh. It now appears that John Wright may not have been buried in Flat Rock Cemetery where he preached and helped found the church. There are indications he was buried on his farm in Yadkin County.30

     His estate was probated in May 1790 at Surry County, North Carolina, by the oath of William Eliott and recorded in this court.25

     His estate was inventoried with the return presented to the court by Ann Wright, witnessed by S. Wood, and recorded in court on 6 August 1790 at Surry County, North Carolina.31

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 81; accessed 15 Aug 2011 . Mr. Frost states that the information on the Wright and related families for four generations comes from "Some Descendants of Richard Wright, Gentleman of London, England, and Northumberland, Virginia," published in 1919 Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume 1, pages 127 and 177 and from "the Washington-Wright Connection and Some Descendants of Major Francis and Anne (Washington) Wright, published in three volumes in 1923 as The Washington Ancestry . . and Forty Related Families." Both the article and the book were written by Charles Arthur Hoppin a genealogist of note.
  2. [S1002] Gott, John K., abstractor. Abstracts of Fauquier County, Virginia Wills, Inventories and Accounts 1759-1800 (Virginia: J. K. G., 1972), page 208; citing Will Book 2, pages 219-220.
  3. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 74; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  4. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 76; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  5. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 31 giving a date of bith of c30 Oct 1731.
  6. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 15 Nov 2020, memorial page for JohnWright (1735-1825) at memorial page... Maintained by Indigo Falls; citing Wright Family Cemetery, Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Says he was born 30 Oct 1728 in Prince William County, Virginia with no documentation at all.
  7. [S230] Drewa, Vernon, "Email, Vernon Drewa," e-mail message from e-mail address to Toby Turner, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Prince William County Court Record Book, 1752-1753, page 76.
  8. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Prince William County Court Record Book, 1752-1753, page 97 and 164.
  9. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Prince William County Court Record Book 2, page 37.
  10. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner.
  11. [S3360] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, abstractors. Virginia County Court Records: Order Book Abstracts of Prince William County, Virginia (1753-1757) (McLean: R. & S. S., 1988), page 60, citing Order Book 1754-1755, page 220.
  12. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Dr. Justin Glenn, Registrar, National Society of the Washington Family Descendants 2 Feb 2005.
  13. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 77; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  14. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 198.
  15. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, pages 77-78; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  16. [S3822] Membership application of Nellie Marie McCafferty, applied to Daughters of the American Revolution on John Wright (III). National No. M94197, Ancestor No. A130877, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of the Registrar General, Washington, D. C., citing War Department, The Adjutant General's Office, dated 27 Aug 1917.
  17. [S3823] Membership application of Olive Cochran, applied to Daughters of the American Revolution on John Wright (III). National No. M129343, Ancestor No. A130877, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Office of the Registrar General, Washington, D. C., quotes from Nancy Riley Clark's diary about him taking a violent cold that settled on his lungs, eventually causing his death.
  18. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing The Records of North Carolina, volume XVI, page 1182.
  19. [S3823] Membership application, Olive Cochran, National no. M129343, National Society DAR, gives as a reason for his being omitted, the violent cold he caught.
  20. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing North Carolina, Revolutionary Army Accounts, volume No. I (rebound), new page no. 1: "an Account of Specie certificates Paid into Comptroller's office by John Armstrong, Entry Taker for Land in North Carolina.
  21. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing North Carolina, Revolutionary Army Accounts, volume No.VIOI (rebound), page 1: "A List of Certificates to be paid to the Comptroller for the Taxes of 1787 including those due from the years 1784, 1785 and 1786," new page 7.
  22. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing North Carolina, Revolutionary Army Accounts, volume No. XI (rebound), new page 55: "List of Certificates paid into Comptroller's Office by Charles Bruce, Commissioner of Confiscation, Salisbury District."
  23. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 31.
  24. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing North Carolina, Revolutionary Army Accounts, volume No.VI, page 598 "Hillsborough, Treasury Office. A List of Certificates paid into the Treasury on Acct. of the Taxes."
  25. [S3031] Linn, Jo White and Clark, Edith Montcalm, abstractors. Surry County, North Carolina Will Abstracts, Vols. 1-3, 1771-1827 (Salisbury: J.W.L., 1974), page 77; citing Will Book 2, page 160a.
  26. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 78; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  27. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 32.
  28. [S3822] Membership application, Nellie Marie McCafferty, National no. M94197, National Society DAR, citing Thomas Wright's pension file no. 11889 in support of which claim he filed the original page of the Wright Family Bible bearing the record of the death of his father.
  29. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 32, provides burial location.
  30. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for JohnWright (1735-1825) at memorial page.... See Ann Williams Wright for the burial details.
  31. [S3031] Linn and Clark. Surry Co., NC Will Abst, 1771-1827, page 79; citing Will Book 2, page 172.
  32. [S2981] Hickerson, Thomas Felix. Echoes of Happy Valley: Letters and Diaries Family Life in the South, Civil War History (Chapel Hill: T. F. H., 1962), page 175, calling him Capt. John Wright . Thomas Felix Hickerson was Kenan Professor Emeritur, University of North Carolina.

John M. Wright1

M, #23184, b. circa 1809

Family

Jane H. Davis b. c 1820
Child
Last Edited16 Nov 2020
     John M. Wright was born circa 1809 in Virginia.2

     John M. Wright married Jane H. Davis on 10 March 1838 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
186051 years of age. Also enumerated with him were: Martha A. age 21; Amasa P, male, age 17; Salley B, age 11; and Milley, age 3Regiment 98, Mecklenburg County, Virginia2
Farmer with real estate valued at $6,000 and personal property worth $40,000 (benearth this was written "est of A D Wright $6,000 and $40,500")2

Citations

  1. [S234] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850," database, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Nov 2020, entry for John M. Wright and Jane Davis, 1838, Mecklenburg County.
  2. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 16 Nov 2020), John M Wright, 1860, REement 98, Mecklenburg, Virginia; citing page 33, family 892, FHL Microfilm 805,362.
  3. [S2945] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRSV-MQP, entry for Stephen P. Read and Mary Wright, 03 Oct 1866; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia, reference n 37; FHL microfilm 2,048,462, accessed 29 Jul 2016).

Laban Wright1

M, #14839, d. before 27 July 1795

Family

Child
Last Edited27 Jan 2021
     It is possible that his mother was Mary (--?--) Wright who left an inventory/appraisal; (I did not get the date. Her husband may have been James Wright who left an inventory/appraisal. at Brunswick County, Virginia.2

     Laban Wright left a will dated on 29 May 1795 in Brunswick County, Virginia. He named his mother and brothers, John Wright and Rubin Wright as well as making John Wright the administrator of his estate.3

     Laban Wright died before 27 July 1795 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
     Find A Grave does not have a burial listing for him as of 23 Jan 2019.3

     His estate was probated on 27 July 1795 in Brunswick County, Virginia.3

Tax Rolls

DatePropertyLocation
1782on Lewis Parham's List with 8 white souls and one black soulMecklenburg County, Virginia4

Citations

  1. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," typed manuscript, Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, received via email 17 Mar 2011.
  2. [S3434] Brunswick County, Virginia Will Books, vols. 4-5, 1761-1795, FHL Film 0,030,634, microfilm of original records at the Brunswick County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Virginia, Mary Wright [?] inventory/appraisal entry, Will Book 5 (#3 on roll), page 650; James Wright inventory/appraisal entry, Will Book 5 (#3 on roll), page 525.
  3. [S3434] Brunswick Co., VA Will Bks. 4-5, 1761-1795, FHL Film 0,030,634, Laban Wright will entry, Will Book 5 (#3 on roll), page 624.
  4. [S3796] "Mecklenburg County, Virginia 1782 Taxlist of Lewis Parham", contributed by Joy Fisher, email at e-mail address, online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/mecklenburg/census/1782/1782tax04.txt , uploaded 29 Jun 2008, website address verified 13 Jul 2019.

Lucretia Wright

F, #13010, b. 7 July 1765, d. 16 August 1842
FatherJohn Wright III1,2 b. c 1731, d. 30 Oct 1789
MotherAnn Williams3 b. c 1735, d. Oct 1825

Family

William Eli Petty b. 13 Mar 1764, d. 26 Sep 1834
Child
Last Edited13 Mar 2022
     Lucretia Wright was born on 7 July 1765, daughter of John Wright III and Ann Williams, in Fauquier County, Virginia Colony.4,5

     Lucretia Wright and William Eli Petty moved with her parents to Surry County, North Carolina Colony, circa 1775 .6

     Lucretia, 17, married William Eli Petty, 18, son of William Petty, on 25 January 1783. It is believed they married in Surry County, North Carolina where they each were living at the time.7,8,9

     They and William Eli Petty moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina.10

     Circa 1817, they moved to a location near New Market, Madison County, Alabama.3

     On 30 May 1835, Lucy Petty appeared in court as the widow of her husband, a Revolutionary War pensioner:
     Know all men by these presents that I Lucy Petty of Madison County in the State of Alabama, widow and relict of William Pettey a Revolutionary Army Pensioner of the United States, do hereby constitute and appoint Theophilus Lacy my true and lawful attorney, for me and in my name to receive from the Agent of the United States for paying pensions in Decatur, State of Alabama, the pension of the said William Petty from the 4th day of September 1833 to the 26th day of September 1834, due to me in consequence of the death of said William Petty. Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of May 1835.
     Sealed and delivered
     in presence of                       Lucy (her mark) Petty
     Danl H. Petty

The State of Alabama
     Madison County      Be it known that on the 30th day of May 1835 before the subscriber a justice of the peace in and for said county, personally appeared Lucy Pettey, above named and acknowledged the foregoing power of attorney to be her (?) and deed. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year last above mentioned.
                     John J. Coleman J. P.

     I Richard B. Purdon, Clerk of the county Court of Madison County in the State of Alabama certify that John J. Coleman is a magistrate as above, and (torn) signature, purporting to be his, is genuine.
     In Testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my seal of Office and subscribed my name this 1st day of June in the year 1835
                 Rich B. Purdom, Clerk of County court of Madison County, in the state of Alabama.

The State of Alabama
     Morgan County      Be it known that on the 16th day of June 1835 before the subscriber a Justice of the peace in and for said county, personally appeared Theophilus Lacy the a attorney named in the foregoing power of attorney and made oath that the same was not given by reason of any sale, transfer or mortgage of the pension, or arrears of pension wherein authorized to be received by him.
                           Thos. Lacy
Sworn and subscribed the day and year last above mentioned before me
               (unreadable signature)
     Signature of the Magistrate (John J. Coleman J. P. ) Jur. peace

The State of Alabama
     Madison County      I, Richard B. Purdom, Clerk of the County Court of the County and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that John J. Coleman is a Justice of the peace in and for said County, Duly commissioned and qualified: that his commission was dated on the 23rd day of March 1835, and will expire as soon after the first Monday in March 1838, as his (?) shall be duly qualified and that his signature above written is genuine.
                 Given under my hand and the seal
                of said county this 1st day of June 1835.
                      Richd B. Purdom Clerk.11

     Lucretia Petty died on 16 August 1842 at age 77 in Madison County,12,13,5 and was buried at Petty Gravesite, Madison County, Alabama,
     "Beside it (her husband's stone) is another with the inscription:
          'IN MEMORY OF LUCY PETTEY, BORN JUL. 7, 1765, DIED AUG. 16, 1842.'.14

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1840with one white female between 70 and 79 (herself); one free colored person under 10; two male slaves under 10; one male slaves between 24 and 35; one male slaves between 36 and 54; and, one female slave between 24 through 35. There were a total of five slaves and the household held a total of seven personsMadison County, Alabama15

Citations

  1. [S2981] Hickerson, Thomas Felix. Echoes of Happy Valley: Letters and Diaries Family Life in the South, Civil War History (Chapel Hill: T. F. H., 1962), page 175, calling him Capt. John Wright . Thomas Felix Hickerson was Kenan Professor Emeritur, University of North Carolina.
  2. [S3031] Linn, Jo White and Clark, Edith Montcalm, abstractors. Surry County, North Carolina Will Abstracts, Vols. 1-3, 1771-1827 (Salisbury: J.W.L., 1974), page 77; citing Will Book 2, page 160a.
  3. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 32.
  4. [S3034] Chumbley, George W.. "Middle Tennessee's Unpublished Bible Records: Pettey Family Bible," Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History, vol. 9, no. 4 (Spring 1996): page 172, quoting from page 678 of the family Bible. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Together with the Apocrypha. Translated out of the Original Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By the Special Command of his Majesty King James I, of England. Philadelphia: Printed and Published by Mathew Carey, No. 122 Market-Street, 1812. The accuracy of the transcription was compared and found to be a true copy of Connie McKay, Notary Public, whose commission expires 10/28/80. This bible was formerly owned by Daniel Harrison Petetey and copi8ed in 1959 by Mrs. Ida Stimpson Miller of Dallas about a year before her death at 88. Mrs. Miller was Daniel Harrison Pettey's granddaughter.
  5. [S3843] "Tennessee Bible Records", contributed by Tennessee State Library and Archives, online at https://tnsos.net/TSLA/Bibleproject/ , website address verified 13 Jul 2019, accessed 28 Jul 2014.
  6. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 198.
  7. [S2966] William Petty, pension application S17016; digital images, (NARA: Washington, D. C.), online at https://www.fold3.com/image/25902022: downloaded 14 Aug 2011) page 14, imaged from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives microfilm publication Record Group 15, Series M804, roll 1921. Citing Affidavit of Lucy Petty.
  8. [S3034] Chumbley. "Pettey Family Bible", page 172, quoting page 677 of the family Bible.
  9. [S3843] "TN Bible Recds.," online https://tnsos.net/TSLA/Bibleproject/ , accessed 28 Jul 2014.
  10. [S2986] Pettey, Harry, Medlin, Dorothy and Parks, Vivian. The Pettey's of East Texs (Longview: H.P., n.d.), page 40.
  11. [S2966] William Petty, pension application S17016, https://www.fold3.com/image/25902022, |pages 14-15. Citing Affidavit of Lucy Petty.
  12. [S3034] Chumbley. "Pettey Family Bible", page 172, quoting from page 679 of the family Bible.
  13. [S3035] Anonymous. "Alabama Genealogical Records Committee DAR Records 1928-1929: Bible Record of Zachariah Pettey," Navarro Leaves and Branches, vol. 28, no. 1 (February 2005): page 16, citing page 117 on Alabama Genealogical Records Committee DAR Records.
  14. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 27 Feb 2012, memorial page for Lucy Petty (1765-1842) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by judy chapman, maintained by judy chapman; citing Petty Gravesite, Madison County, Alabama.
  15. [S1026] "1840 United States Federal Census," Madison County, Alabama, Role 13. Page 139, image 45, line 11, Lucretia Petty household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M704. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.

Martha Wright1,2

F, #810, b. circa 1780, d. 7 August 1845
FatherAustin Wright2 b. bt 1745 - 1749, d. b 21 Dec 1829
MotherSarah Lark3 d. b 1 May 1806
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Stephen Turner b. 18 Jun 1777, d. 20 Jun 1841
Children
Last Edited8 Feb 2022
     
The Issue of Martha's Surname

     Although most family historians list her surname as Granderson, based on her son's name, Joy Turner Luke believed her surname to have been Revis, based on her tombstone.

     Joy Turner Luke wrote: "Since in those days people usually married someone from the general region where they lived, Pete and I visited the courthouses and libraries in Granville and in Warrenton (which at different times were the county seat of the area where the Turners lived in North Carolina). I searched through local family records, church records, etc., but I found no mention of Granderson or Sanderson family. I also looked for regions or small towns that had either of those names but found nothing. Of course, this did not prove anything. . . . " She goes on to explain how she came to visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery outside Drewey, North Carolina, which contains the remains of those reburied when Kerr Lake was created. "We went there and after walking through the section I thought that the grave markers all said 'Unknown;' however, Pete found four graves that had names on the copper plate that was fastened to the small stone. One was Stephen Turner, one was Martha Revis Turner, the third was Harriet Turner Borroughs (sic) and the last was William Burroughs. The copper had turned green and it was impossible to get a good photograph, but we returned the next year and were able to get a photograph that is barely legible. . . Martha Revis Turner's grave was marked as Grave 4, Cemetery 87. Stephen Turner's was Grave 3, Cemetery 87. Harriet and William were graves 1 and 2 in the same cemetery." She goes on to explain that after comparing maps from the Corps of Engineers at Kerr Dam to old maps, she believes that the area was at Dick's Branch. "The original land bought by Terisha Turner, and lived on by Stephen Reuben Turner, was west of the stream but through the years the family bought several pieces of land on the east side of the stream. . . . The difficulty is that 'Revis' is a name that could be Reeves, Reaves, Rives. So far I have not found other people with the Revis name in the area nor a Rives daughter with the name of Martha in the right time period. . . . "4

     At one point, several Revis/Reavis family researchers thought Martha might be one of the unnamed daughters in that line. However, extensive research proved she was definitely not a member of the Revis/Reavis family. So far, I have not found any mention of a 'Martha' in the voluminous Rives documentary evidence. If they hadn't kept such good records, I might have assumed that Martha was one by birth or marriage. As Sandy Bolick (a descendant of Martha's daughter, Harriet Turner Burroughs) points out, Revis could have been her middle name which might have been her mother's maiden name. However, we now know her mother's name to have been Sarah Lark.

     Mrs. Luke points out that the family did not always limit themselves to family names so Granderson could have come from elsewhere. It is my current belief that, indeed, it did. I believe the name came from that of a famous revivalist, Rev. Charles Grandison Finney, to whose name I was pointed by Sandy Bolick of North Carolina. Given than her husband, Stephen, was a minister and probably influenced by Finney, it seems likely this was the derivation of her son's name.

     Vernon Drewa photographed the tombstone of Charles Granderson Turner and found that the middle initial looked like a 'C' which could have been caused by natural weathering of the stone or by accident.

     It has been suggested that Revis might be a middle name. I think this extremely unlikely. As most serious genealogists know, middle names were extremely uncommon in the American colonies until after the Revolution. They are found in "aristocratic" families, such as the Lees of Virginia, but were not employed by "regular" folk. Beginning around 1800, middle names began to be used - to the relief of family historians and genealogists. Sometimes, descendants appear to have added a middle name to a forebear, probably to help define that particular person. For example, my William Thomas never signed his name or was referred to by civil authorities as anyone other than "William Thomas." However, later generations added "Madison" as a middle name - - - probably in large part to differentiate him from the jillions of other William Thomases.

     After considerable study, I am confident her surname was Wright, based on the only marriage bond in the relevant North Carolina or Virginia counties that fits, as well as the will of her father, Austin Wright. It must be noted that she is not designated as a widow on the bond. The final proof in determining her parentage was finding the will of her father, Austin Wright, in which he names her Martha Turner. It is important to note that the Wright surname is found multiple times in the sale of the items from Susannah Hamner Turner's estate and that her father performed two marriages of Wright men in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Stephen has another daughter, Rebecca, whose middle name of Mitchel has not been explained either.

     As for Martha Revis Turner' grave, it seems obvious it has to belong to Stephen's wife, but where does the name Revis originate? Without the discovery of her grave, we would not have realized that there was a problem with Martha's last name because most sources refer to her as Martha Granderson/Sanderson, based solely on her son's middle name.

     I found it interesting that her mother-in-law allotted very little space to Martha in the Susannah Hamner Turner Bible. She only refers to Martha as being the wife of Stephen where elsewhere she noted surnames of wives. The names of two of Stephen's children have been lost due to tearing of the old Bible. One daughter is unnamed, but I believe this to be Jane. Only Rebecca Mitchel is specifically named in it. Of course, Susannah was quite old at this point, had probably turned the bible over to her grandson, Stephen H. Turner, as well as dying before Charles Granderson was born. Fortunately, we have Stephen's will which mentions some of his children by name.

     The following is a copy of page 11 of Susannah Hamner Turner's bible:
          "(badly torn area) on frida the seven
          (badly torn) year of our lord 1802           [refers to Susan D. Turner]
          (badly torn)ter of Stephen turner
          and Mathey his wife was born on monday the
          29 day of october in the year of our
          lord 1804                 [this refers to Jane Turner]
          Rebecca Mitchel Turner Daughter of Stephen
          Turner and Martha his wife was born on
          friday the third of October in the year
          of our lord 1806."5
     Martha Wright was born circa 1780. This is my best guess as to the year of her birth. She also has been reported to have been born between 1766 and 17846, between 1770 and 17807, between 1775 and 17948, and between 1780 and 1790.9

     Martha and Stephen Turner obtained a marriage bond on 11 March 1801 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, with Austen Wright, father of the bride, as security.1,10

     In 1804, Stephen was deposed as part of his father-in-law, Austin Wright's, suit against Richard Russell at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3,11

     On 11 May 1829, she is named Martha Turner in her father's will of this date.2

     On 31 May 1841, she is named in her husband's will of this date.12

     Martha Turner died intestate on 7 August 1845.
     She is described in the Turner family bible as "Martha Turner, consort, of Majah Stephen Turner departed this life on friday 7 of august 1845."13 She was reburied in Mount Auburn Christian Church Cemetery, Manson, Warren County, North Carolina, here her remains were removed when Kerr Lake was built. Martha Revis Turner's original grave was marked as Grave 4, Cemetery 87. Other remains moved at the same time were those of: William W. Burroughs, Stephen Turner and Harriett Hamner Turner.4,14

Citations

  1. [S423] Vogt, John and Kethley, T. William. Mecklenburg County Marriages - 1765-1853 (Athens: Iberian Publishing Co., 1989), page 138; Marriage Bond No. 11. Virginia Historic Marriage Register.
  2. [S3134] Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Books, vol. 10 (p.302-end), 1825-1826, vols. 11-12, 1826-1832, 1837, FHL Film 1,870,863, microfilm of original records and typescripts at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Boydton, Virginia and at the Virginia State Library and Archives at Richmond, Virginia, Austin Wright will, Will Book 12, pages 72-74.
  3. [S2863] Wrght, Lucius. Austin Wright in "1829 (year of death) Austin Wright of Mecklenburg Co., Va. (place of death)", listserve message to Wright Family Genealogy Forum:http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Austin,wright::wright::17887.html, uploaded 6 Sep 2004, accessed 13 Mar 2011, accessed 13 Mar 2011.
  4. [S251] Luke, Joy Turner, e-mail message from (e-mail address) (Sperryville, Virginia) to Toby Turner, dated 10 Apr 1999.
  5. [S548] Stephen and Susanna Turner, Bible of Susannah Hamner Turner (Edinburgh, Scotland: Alexander Kincaid, 1762); Edward Rawles in 1971 and current owner unknown but a digitized copy is available in the NC Archives Digital Repository, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, verified site active 6 Jul 2019, transcribed by Toby Turner on 23 Sep 2009.
  6. [S688] "1810 United States Federal Census," Warren County, North Carolina, Roll 42, page 325, line 43, Stephen Turner household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M252. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  7. [S1026] "1840 United States Federal Census," Warren County, North Carolina, Roll 372, page 31, images 20 and 21, line 7, Stephen Turner household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M704. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  8. [S59] "1820 United States Federal Census," Warren County, North Carolina, Roll 82, page 433, line 5, Stephen Turner household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M33. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015. Their 1820 census image quality was superior to those available on ancestry.com.
  9. [S683] "1830 United States Federal Census," Warren County, North Carolina, Roll 125, page 579, images 7 and 8, line 2, Stephen Turner household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M19. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  10. [S570] Nottingham, Stratton. The Marriage License Bonds of Mecklenburg County, Virginia 1765-1810 (Onancock, Virginia: s.n., c1928), page 52, viewed online on 20 Nov 2020 . Now online.
  11. [S3505] Austin Wright," 1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia," Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 23 Jan 2004, received via email 17 Mar 2011, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 12:251.
  12. [S88] Gammon, David B., abstractor. Abstracts of Wills, Warren County, North Carolina 1779-1844, I (Raleigh: D.B. G., 1995), pages 114, 115; citing Will Book 37, page 532.
  13. [S548] Susannah Hamner Turner Bible, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, page 2; the original has been digitized and is available at the NC Archives Digital Repository at http://digitalstatelibnc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll1&CISOPTR=3054&REC=4
  14. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 21 Feb 2011, memorial page for Martha Revis Turner (c1780-1845), gives the town as Manson and the county as Warren, rather than Vance County as Joy Luke states at memorial page... Maintained by Louise (Homan) Keiser; citing Mount Auburn Christian Church, Manson, Warren County, North Carolina.
  15. [S2172] Kernodle M.A., Peter Jefferson. Lives of Christian Ministers: Over Two Hundred Memoirs (Richmond: The Central Publishing Co., 1909), page 324.
  16. [S548] Susannah Hamner Turner Bible, http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15012coll1/id/7125/rec/1, the original has been digitized and is available at the NC Archives Digital Repository at http://digitalstatelibnc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll1&CISOPTR=3054&REC=4

Mary Wright1,2

F, #12617, b. 3 March 1841, d. 21 June 1897
FatherJohn M. Wright2 b. c 1809
MotherJane H. Davis2 b. c 1820
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Stephen Pettus Read b. 2 Mar 1841, d. 8 Jun 1917
Children
Last Edited20 Mar 2021
     Mary Wright was born on 3 March 1841, daughter of John M. Wright and Jane H. Davis.3
     She also is reported to have been born circa 1843.2

     Mary Wright, 25, married Stephen Pettus Read, 25, son of William Henry Read and Martha Helen Turner, on 3 October 1866 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3,2

     Mary Read died on 21 June 1897 at age 56 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia,3 and was buried in Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Palmer Springs, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3,4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
186019 years of ageRegiment 98, Mecklenburg County, Virginia5
187026 years of ageBoydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia1
188038 years of agePalmer Springs District, Mecklenburg County, Virginia6

Citations

  1. [S672] "1870 United States Federal Census," Mecklenburg County, Virginia, population schedule, Palmers Spring Township, Sheet 14, dwelling 115, family 108, Stephen P. Reid household, digital images, citing National Archives microfilm M593, Roll 1663, page 424B. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online,. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  2. [S2945] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRSV-MQP, entry for Stephen P. Read and Mary Wright, 03 Oct 1866; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia, reference n 37; FHL microfilm 2,048,462, accessed 29 Jul 2016).
  3. [S2265] Moore, Munsey Adams, compiler. Cemetery and Tombstone Records of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, I (Chase City: Munsey Moore Publishing, 1982), page 147.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 20 Jan 2019, memorial page for Mary W. Read (1841-1897) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Margaret Gagliardi, maintained by Margaret Gagliardi; citing Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Palmer Springs, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
  5. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 16 Nov 2020), John M Wright, 1860, REement 98, Mecklenburg, Virginia; citing page 33, family 892, FHL Microfilm 805,362.
  6. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 41 of 47 ), entry for S. P. Read, 18880, Palmers Springs, Mecklenburg, Virginia; citing roll 1378, page 225A, family 366, accessed 20 Mar 2021.
  7. [S3745] Prestwould Chapter (DAR), compiler. Family Records, Mecklenburg County, Virginia (South Hill, Virginia: Prestwould Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution), page 169; citing John M. Wright Bible, 1838-1884, ownership not noted, but records copied by Ellen Read of Palmer Springs, Virginia in the 1960s.
  8. [S6048] "Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 20 Mar 2021, entry for John Wright Read, 20 May 1942, Williamsburg, James City County, State File No. 11622, image 317 of 407.
  9. [S6049] "North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 20 Mar 2021, entry for Stephen Pettus Read, 7 Feb 1941, Smith Creek, Warren County February 1941, Stamped 274, image 14 of 25.

Nancy Wright1

F, #14838
FatherLaban Wright1 d. b 27 Jul 1795

Family

Robert Wright b. b 1762
Child
Last Edited27 Jan 2021
     Nancy Wright and Robert Wright obtained a marriage bond on 16 November 1792 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, with Austin Wright, Robert's brother, as security. Robert is described as 'of Brunswick County.2,3'

     On 14 May 1804, Robert Wright and Nancy Wright, his wife, sold to Donaldson Potter for £129 a tract of unspecified acreage described as 'beginning at a corner Gum in the County line on the Round Hill Branch, thence West on the County line to Corner where (formerly Fields) now line of Samuel Hopkins, jr. intersects the said County line thence by the line of said Samuel Hopkins, Junr., until it Intersects the line of (formerly William Price) now John Hopkins, thence on the said John Hopkins line until it Corners on a line on the Round Hill Branch thence down the Branch as it Meanders to the first Station . . ' This deed was purportedly signed by Robert Wright and Nancy Wright and witnessed by Curby Langford, Joseph F. Speed, Austin Wright, Jr., and Isham Fox."4

     In July 1805, Robert and Nancy sued Austin Wright in chancery which is when they received the right to depose Mary Lark. The case appears to have been settled out of court, as no record it it appears later.5

Citations

  1. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," typed manuscript, Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, received via email 17 Mar 2011.
  2. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6.
  3. [S570] Nottingham, Stratton. The Marriage License Bonds of Mecklenburg County, Virginia 1765-1810 (Onancock, Virginia: s.n., c1928), page 57, viewed online on 20 Nov 2020 . Now online.
  4. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 7-8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12:22.
  5. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 12:439.
  6. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8.

Orby B. Wright1

M, #26134, b. February 1890
Relationship4th great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherWilliam J. Wright1 b. 2 Jan 1846, d. 5 Jan 1911
MotherEmma Mariah Turner1 b. 8 Sep 1858, d. 25 Dec 1893
Last Edited17 Feb 2021
     Orby B. Wright was born in February 1890, son of William J. Wright and Emma Mariah Turner, in Tennessee.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190010 years of age and living with his father and stepmotherDistrict 3, Humphreys County, Tennessee1

Citations

  1. [S5503] "United States Census, 1900," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSDM-JK4 ): accessed 17 Feb 2021), William J Wright, Civil District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 2A, family 25, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,579.

Penecia Wright1

F, #23978, b. 2 July 1868, d. 29 January 1869
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherAdam Wright1 b. 20 Oct 1837, d. 28 Aug 1878
MotherRachel Elizabeth Sowell1 b. 5 Aug 1845, d. 26 Apr 1876
Last Edited2 Dec 2018
     Penecia Wright was born on 2 July 1868, daughter of Adam Wright and Rachel Elizabeth Sowell, in Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas.1

     Penecia Wright died on 29 January 1869 in Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas,1 and was buried in Mofield Cemetery, Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas.1

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 25 Nov 2016, memorial page for Penecia Wright (1868-1869) at memorial page... Maintained by M.S. Taylor; citing Mofield Cemetery, Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas.

Robert Wright

M, #862, b. between 1775 and 1794
FatherRobert Wright1 b. b 1762
MotherNancy Wright1

Family

Rebecca Turner b. 28 Mar 1794
Last Edited2 Jun 2021
     Robert Wright was born between 1775 and 1794, son of Robert Wright and Nancy Wright.2
     He also is reported to have been born in 1793 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3

     Robert and Rebecca Turner obtained a marriage bond on 28 November 1810 in Warren County, North Carolina.4,5

     On 24 February 1812, Stephen Turner gave evidence at Warren County, North Carolina, that Robert Wright, Jr., of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, was entitled to two slaves by virtue of his intermarriage with Rebecca Turner, now Rebecca Wright, formerly of Warren County, North Carolina.6,7

     On 16 March 1812, he was grantee of James Whitlow, Sr. at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.8

     On 15 July 1816, Robert and Rebecca were grantors to Marley Taylor at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.9

     On 14 December 1820, he was grantor to Robert H. Jones, et al, at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.10

     He evidently did not leave a will. I cannot find any further information about him or their children.

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1820with two free white males under 10; one free white male between 26 and 45 (himself); two free white females under 10; and, one free white female between 16 and 26. There appear to have been three male slaves, but the ages cannot be determined due to age of document; three female slaves under 26; and, three female slaves between 26 and 45

     If this is the right man, how can Rebecca be listed as head of household in the same census
Warren County, North Carolina2

Citations

  1. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," typed manuscript, Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, received via email 17 Mar 2011, page 8.
  2. [S59] "1820 United States Federal Census," Warren County, North Carolina, Roll 62, page 439, line 18, Robert Wright household, digital image, citing National Archives microfilm M33. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015. Their 1820 census image quality was superior to those available on ancestry.com.
  3. [S5589] Wright M. D., Lucius. Southside Virginia Wright Families, 1755-1820 (Berwyn Heights, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2014), page 43 . Dr. Wright is a careful researcher who thoroughly documents his work..
  4. [S637] Ingmire, Frances T.. Warren County, North Carolina, Marriage Records 1780-1867 (Athens: Iberian Publishing Company, 1993), Marriage Bond 28.
  5. [S5766] "North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 27 Jan 2021, entry for Robert Wright and Rebecca Turner, 1810, Warren County Marriage Bonds 1779-1873, image 5222 of 5237; citing original data from the North Carolina County Registers of Deeds.
  6. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 9, citing Warren County, North Carolina Court Order Book, page 270, as cited by Christmas-Beattie, Ginger. Warren County, North Carolina Minutes to the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, vol. VII (1810-1813). (Forest Grove, OR: Ancestral Tracks, 2001), page 76.
  7. [S2205] Gammon, David B., abstractor. Records of Estates: Warren County, North Carolina 1805-1833, II (Raleigh: D. B. G., 1989), page 17; citing page 247 in County Court Minutes, August, 1807-May, 1812.
  8. [S5589] Wright M. D.. Southside VA Wright Fams., 1755-1820, page 43; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 14:376.
  9. [S5589] Wright M. D.. Southside VA Wright Fams., 1755-1820, page 43; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 16:253.
  10. [S5589] Wright M. D.. Southside VA Wright Fams., 1755-1820, page 43; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 18:420 commenting further "Robert Wright, Jr. appears on the tax lists in 1813 only, which is certainly consistent with the idea that he is living elsewhere. Without examing the deeds, I cannot tell if the deed to Robert Jones is by this man, or by Robert (Reuben, Reuben) Wright".

Robert Wright1

M, #14832, b. before 1710, d. before 28 April 1783

Family

Mary (--?--) d. b 26 Oct 1794
Children
Last Edited13 Mar 2022
     
The Ancestry of Robert Wright

     There are indications that Robert Wright and his family originally lived in King William County, Virginia Colony. Given the fact that he had an adult son, Reuben, who was born between 1730-1735, it seems likely he was born no later than 1710.2 I don't know what these indications are, but I have not found any records in King William County mentioning this family prior to Robert's appearance in Brunswick County where he is described in a deed as 'of King William County.'
     Robert Wright was born before 1710 in King William County, Virginia Colony.2

     Robert married Mary (--?--). It is unlikely that I'm going to be able to find a marriage record, although I have looked at Brunswick County marriage bonds which only go back to the 1750s.1

     Before 28 March 1774, Robert was one of the purchasers at the estate sale of Phillip Penn dec'd by Thomas Penb admr. Jeremiah Wright was another buyer. Recorded on this date at Brunswick County, Virginia Colony.3

     On 20 February 1777, Thomas Briggs and his wife, Betty, and Robert Briggs and his wife, Ruth, sold 280 acres to Robert Wright, described as 'beginning S . . . line where it corners the Gum Clark [Creek?] thence along his line to corner at Briggs living Black [gum?] thence up this said branch, to head to a corner red oak thence by a line of marked trees to Mathis line thence up the said to the Garden Branch, thence down the said branch to the beginning . . . ' This indenture was witnessed by Reuben Wright, Joshua Wright, and William Walker at Brunswick County, Virginia.4

     On 15 October 1777, "Reuben Wright, 'of King William Co., brought 150 acres in Brunswick County from Thomas Briggs and his wife, Elizabeth, described as 'beginning on beginning at a small hickory on a Branch thence up the meanders of the said branch to a red oak on the same thence south three hundred and eight pole to a red oak on the lin Hensley his line . . . two hundred two poles to his corner on Marthis [Martin?] . . thence by a line of marked trees to the land of M. . . Branch and David H. . . in the said branch to Walker's Line thence along his line to the beginning . . . ' Witnesses to this indenture included Robert Wright, Samuel Briggs and Joshua Wright."5 An abstract of this transaction shows he paid £130 Virginia money for this land.6

     On 15 June 1778, "John Wright bought 101 acres in Brunswick County, from Jonathan Williams and his wife Elizabeth, which was described as bounded by John Williams, Ch. Matthews and William Townsend. The indenture was witnessed by Robert Wright, Robert Kennedy, and Henry Martin.7

     The indenture just prior to the above deed shows Abraham Martin sold 100 acres of land on the north side of Waqua Creek to Robert Kennedy in an indenture witnessed by Thomas Briggs, Henry Martin, and Samuel Stegall.8 This seems to establish a connection between John and Robert, and by implication, with John and Reuben.9

     Robert's name appears on a list of Patriots of Brunswick County, Virginia who rendered services during the Revolution. I believe his son to have been too young to have provided provisions, although he may have served.10

     On 27 March 1780, "Samuel Briggs and Betty Briggs, his wife, and Robert Briggs, and Ruth Briggs, his wife, sold to Richard Lamb 70 acres of land described as ' . . . along the line of William Walker on the north. . . along the line of Robert Wright on the west. ."11 The indenture was witnessed by Thomas Penn, John Allen, Robert Kennedy and David Thomas.

     These deeds establish that Reuben Wright, of King William County, Virginia, Robert Wright, and John Wright all took up residence on Waqua Creek, Brunswick County, Virginia, near the Briggs, Walker, and Kennedy (or Cannady) family in late 1777 and early 1778."12

     Robert Wright left a will dated on 11 August 1781 in Brunswick County, Virginia. Robert appears to have written his own will without benefit of legal counsel. As a result, his sons had problems with it.

The Will of Robert Wright

     "I Robert Wright of Brunswick County do make this my last will and Testament after all my just debts are paid as followeth - I give unto Mary wife one negro man named George one woman saddle one feather bed and furniture.
     Item I give unto my son Robt. Wright one negro woman named Milley and her youngest child Silvia.
     Item I give unto my daughter Jane Featherston one negro girl named Fib to her and her heirs I give unto my son Thomas Wright one Negro man named Daniel to him and his heirs I give unto my son Joshua one Negro boy named Jacob to him and his heirs.
     My will and desire is that where I have given Negroes they shall have _right to keep them. Also my will and desire is the remaining part of my estate be equally divided amongst my wife and children that are now living, the negroes that are not mentioned here I desire may not go out of the family, my desire is that my land should be sold my widow having a third part my desire is that Uriah's children may have an equal part of my movable estate. I give unto son Reubin Wright my two work steers. I do appoint my sons Reubin and Joshua my Executors of this my last will and Testament (this day)
                (signed) Robert Wright"

     Because Robert "neglected to have his will witnessed, the court had to investigate to determine if it was a true holographic will. The usual practice was for two or more of the witnesses to appear in court and swear that they saw the decedent sign the will. The two sons named executors, Joshua and Reuben, declined to perform the duty, which was common for wives, but less so for sons and deferred to an unnamed brother, Austin (Augustine). That they were in favor of this substitution is shown by the fact that another son, Robert, served as security for his brother. The will also implies that there were children who pre-deceased their father." Mr. Wright adds that the fact that Augustine is not named might imply he was a brother, but the data for him makes it clear that he is too young to be anything other than a son. "The will also implies that Robert had at least one brother, Uriah, who had children and to whom Robert must have been close in that he wished Uriah's children to share in his estate."13

     He died before 28 April 1783 in Brunswick County.
     Find A Grave does not have a burial listing for him as of 2 Feb 2019.1

     On 28 April 1783, "On motion of Reubin Wright, Certificate granted him to obtain Letters of Administration on estate of Robert Wright, decd. Bartholomew Ingram and Thomas Penn securities for £2000. William Walker, Richard Lamb, John Haskins, and George Trotter to appraise the estate and the same persons to lay off to the widow her dower" at Brunswick County, Virginia.14

     His estate was probated on 26 May 1783 in Brunswick County, Virginia. "A writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Robert Wright decd. was presented . . . and on examining sundry witnesses the Court are of opinion the same was wholly wrote by said Testator and that same ought to be recorded as his agreed (?) last will and Testament, and the Executors therein named having refused thereto (?) on the motion of Austin Wright and he having given bond with security and taken the oath according to Law certificate was granted him for obtaining Letters of Administration of the said estate with this his will annexed.
     Ex teste Drury Stith CIC"

     Thomas Penn and Robert Wright gave securities in the amount of £2,000 for Austin Wright.15

     "This will shows a number of significant points about Robert Wright. First, he was literate and he apparently drew this will without benefit of counsel, as it does not follow the usual and customary form of wills from this era. Second, he neglected to have the will witnessed, so when his heirs entered the will into court, the Court had to investigate to determine that this was a true holographic will. The usual practice was for two or more of the witnesses to appear in court and swear that they saw the decedent sign the will. Third, the two sons named executors, Joshua and Reuben, declined to perform the duty, which was common for wives, but less so for sons, and deferred to an unnamed brother, Austin (Augustine). That they were in favor of this substitution is shown by the the fact that another son, Robert, served as security for his brother.

     The will also implies that there are children who have pre-deceased Robert. Unfortunately, from a genealogical perspective, he did not take the time to name those deceased children. He also had given slaves to others, and he wished to confirm their ownership of his gift, but he did not list the recipients. The fact that Augustine is not named might imply that he was a brother, rather than a son, but the data for him, (see 1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia) makes it clear that he is too young to be anything other than a son. The will also implies that Robert had at least one brother, Uriah, who had children. He must have been close to them, as he wished for Uriah's children to share in the division of his estate."16

Citations

  1. [S3452] Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Book, vol. 2, 1741-1742, FHL Film 0,030,662 #2, microfilm of original records at the Brunswick County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Virginia, Robert Wright will entry (location of original will), page 438.
  2. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," typed manuscript, Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, received via email 17 Mar 2011, page 4.
  3. [S1220] Bradley Jr., Stephen E., abstractor. Brunswick County, Virginia Will Books, Will Books 4 & 5 (in part), 1761-1780, II (Lawrenceville: S. E. Bradley Jr., 1997), page 35; citing Will Book 4, pt. 1, page 146-(196).
  4. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 1, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Deed Book 13:69.
  5. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 1, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Deed Book 13:67.
  6. [S2830] Bradley Jr., Stephen E., abstractor. Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books, 1776-1787, vol. 6 (Lawrenceville: S. E. B., 1999), page 33; citing Deed Book 13, page 277 (67).
  7. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 1, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Deed Book 13:351.
  8. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 1, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Deed Book 13:350.
  9. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 1.
  10. [S3577] Lane, Rosa Thornton, compiler, Revolutionary Patriots of Brunswick County, Virginia (DAR Library: Col. Charles Lynch DAR Chapter, n.d.), Compiled from records in the State Library, Richmond, Virginia and copied by Flora Allen Lewis. Composed of Patriots who rendered services during the Revolution under the "Commissioners of Provisions" providing supplies for Continental Troops under Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, Gen. Nelson, Gen. Green, Gen. Washington, and others, as well as transporting the sick, provisions and guns with 44 names, including 46 officers.
  11. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 2, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Book 14:74, proved 23 Oct 1780.
  12. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 2.
  13. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, citing the will of Robert Wright in Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Book 2:438-439. Note: I was unable to find this will in Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book 2 OR in the Court Order Books vol. 12-13 which covers the dates 1774-1783 when the will was proven, however, I did find it, as specified above, in Order Book 2.
  14. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 2, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Book 2:138 with the dower being recorded for Mary Wright in Order Book 2:162.
  15. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, pages 2-3, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Book 2:438-439.
  16. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, pages 3-4.

Robert Wright1

M, #14837, b. before 1762
FatherRobert Wright2 b. b 1710, d. b 28 Apr 1783
MotherMary (--?--)1 d. b 26 Oct 1794

Family

Nancy Wright
Child
Last Edited28 Jan 2021
     Robert Wright was born before 1762, son of Robert Wright and Mary (--?--). He appears to be the youngest son, but was able to act as security for his brother, Austin, in 1783, so must have been born before 1762.3

     On 11 August 1781, he is named Robt. Wright in his father's will of this date and left one negro woman named Miller and her youngest child, Silvia.1

     On 26 May 1783, Robert acted with Thomas Penn as securities in the amount of £2,000 for his brother, Austin, to be executor of their father's will.4

     Robert Wright and Nancy Wright obtained a marriage bond on 16 November 1792 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, with Austin Wright, Robert's brother, as security. Robert is described as 'of Brunswick County.5,6'

     On 13 January 1794, William Price sold land to Robert at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.7

     On 19 November 1801, Robert "entered an indenture with Richard Russell and Kirby Langford at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.8

     On 14 March 1803, "Robert of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and Richard Russell of Warren County, North Carolina, and Kirby ("Curby") Langford of Warren County, North Carolina, made and indenture "said Robert Wright is indebted to Richard Russell for £89 14 shillings and 3 pence, this plus the 5 shillings for 172 acres." "The land was described as 'beginning at a corner black gum on the county line on a Branch on Amasa Palmer's Reuben Wright's and Jacob Short's corner, thence west along said county line to a corner on Curb Langford's line, then North along said Langford's line to Lucy Cunningham's corner, then East along said Cunningham's line to a corner pine on Reuben Wright's line, near th head of a Branch thence east along said branch to the beginning; also including one Bed and furniture, one Colt, thirteen head Hogs, all my corn now cribbed, supposed to be 30 barrels, two stack blades, and all my tobacco now hanging in my Barn supposed to be twelve hundred weight.' All of this was sold to Curby Langford with the proviso that if Robert Wright repaid the money, plus interest, before April 1, 1803, he could have the property back, and that if the money was not repaid, then Langford could sell the property, with the excess over the amount owed, plus interest, to go to Robert Wright. Robert Wright signed with a mark, while Russell and Langford signed their names. Witnesses were Presley Hinton, William B. Langley, Thomas Wright, and Sterling Pitchford."9

     On 14 May 1804, Robert Wright and Nancy Wright, his wife, sold to Donaldson Potter for £129 a tract of unspecified acreage described as 'beginning at a corner Gum in the County line on the Round Hill Branch, thence West on the County line to Corner where (formerly Fields) now line of Samuel Hopkins, jr. intersects the said County line thence by the line of said Samuel Hopkins, Junr., until it Intersects the line of (formerly William Price) now John Hopkins, thence on the said John Hopkins line until it Corners on a line on the Round Hill Branch thence down the Branch as it Meanders to the first Station . . ' This deed was purportedly signed by Robert Wright and Nancy Wright and witnessed by Curby Langford, Joseph F. Speed, Austin Wright, Jr., and Isham Fox."10

     In July 1805, Robert and Nancy sued Austin Wright in chancery which is when they received the right to depose Mary Lark. The case appears to have been settled out of court, as no record it it appears later.11

     On 19 November 1809, he was party to an indenture with Richard Russell and Kirby Langford at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.12

     On 16 March 1812, he acquired slaves by deed at Mecklenburg County, Virginia.13

Tax Rolls

DatePropertyLocation
1790with one poll and in conjunction with Reuben Wright and John Wright (tailor)Brunswick County, Virginia14
1791with no taxables and one under 21Brunswick County, Virginia15
1792back to paying one pollBrunswick County, Virginia16
1793last appearance on this tax listBrunswick County, Virginia17
1796with one poll and two slaves, appearing on the same page with Reuben Wright and Austin Wright, his brothersMecklenburg County, Virginia18
between 1797 and 1799is on these tax listsMecklenburg County, Virginia19
between 1800 and 1801he is not listed on the tax rollsMecklenburg County, Virginia20,5
between 1802 and 1805but he disappears after 1805Mecklenburg County, Virginia21,22
1812with one son under 21Mecklenburg County, Virginia23
1813listed with Robert Wright, JrMecklenburg County, Virginia24

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1810the census does not list a Robert Wright in either Brunswick or Mecklenburg County, but does have one listed in Lunenburg County25
1820no Robert Wright is isted in any of the three Virginia counties where he had lived. There is a Robert Wright in Warren County, North Carolina, who is between 26 and 45, and might be Robert Wright, Jr., grandson of this Robert's father. however, it appears that this man, son of Robert Wright, either died without a will or left the area sometime before 182025

Citations

  1. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," typed manuscript, Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, received via email 17 Mar 2011, citing the will of Robert Wright in Brunswick County,Virginia Court Order Book 2:438-439.
  2. [S3452] Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Book, vol. 2, 1741-1742, FHL Film 0,030,662 #2, microfilm of original records at the Brunswick County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Virginia, Robert Wright will entry (location of original will), page 438.
  3. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 4.
  4. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, citing the will of Robert Wright in Brunswick County,Virginia Court Order Book 2:157.
  5. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6.
  6. [S570] Nottingham, Stratton. The Marriage License Bonds of Mecklenburg County, Virginia 1765-1810 (Onancock, Virginia: s.n., c1928), page 57, viewed online on 20 Nov 2020 . Now online.
  7. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 8:376.
  8. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 7, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 11:130.
  9. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 7, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 11:349.
  10. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 7-8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 12:22.
  11. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 12:439.
  12. [S3505] Austin Wright," 1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia," Wright, Lucius F., analysis as of 23 Jan 2004, received via email 17 Mar 2011, page 6, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Court Order Book 11:130.
  13. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Deed Book 14:544.
  14. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Tax List, Upper District, 1790, page 31.
  15. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Tax List, Upper District, 1791, page 66.
  16. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Tax List, Upper District, 1792, page 64.
  17. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Brunswick County, Virginia Tax List, Upper District, 1793, page 66.
  18. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 6, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Tax List, Lower District, 1796, page 32.
  19. [S3505] "1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia," typed manuscript, 23 Jan 2004, page 5, citing Mecklenburg County Virginia Tax List, Lower District, 1797, page 328; 1798, page 49; 1799, page 64.
  20. [S3505] "1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia," typed manuscript, 23 Jan 2004, page 5.
  21. [S3505] "1829 Austin Wright of Mecklenburg County, Virginia," typed manuscript, 23 Jan 2004, page 5, citing Mecklenburg County Virginia Tax List, Lower District, 1802, page 40; 1803, page 46; 1804, page 50; 1805, page 54.
  22. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 7, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Tax Lists, Lower District, 1802, page 40; 1803, page 46; 1804, page 50; 1805, page 54.
  23. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Tax List, 1812, page 52.
  24. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8, citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia Tax List, 1813, page 55. "Unfortunately, Reuben Wright also has a son named Robert, so it is not perfectly clear that this is the same person.
  25. [S2864] "1783 Robert Wright of Brunswick Co., Virginia," analysis as of 15 Mar 2006, page 8.

Sallie Burge Wright1,2,3

F, #12632, b. 1849, d. 1891
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Lewis Henry Read b. 28 Feb 1839, d. 1 Mar 1916
Children
Last Edited21 Mar 2021
     Sallie Burge Wright was born in 1849.4

     Sallie married Lewis Henry Read, 29, son of William Henry Read and Martha Helen Turner, on 3 February 1869 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.1,5

     Sallie Burge Read died in 18914 and was buried in Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Palmer Springs, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.4

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
187020 years of ageBoydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia1

Citations

  1. [S672] "1870 United States Federal Census," Mecklenburg County, Virginia, population schedule, Palmers Spring Township, Sheet 14, dwelling 116, family 109, Lewis H. Reid household, digital images, citing National Archives microfilm M593, Roll 1663, page 424B. ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online,. HeritageQuest moved their census data to Ancestry.com in 2015.
  2. [S3461] "North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994," index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FPZR-RHP : accessed 29 Jul 2016), Charles Lewis Read, 08 Nov 1946; citing Durham, Durham, N. C., v 23A cn 23040, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,909,213.
  3. [S3461] "NC Deaths, 1931-1994," FamilySearch, William Henry Read, 26 Jan 1970; citing Henderson, Vance, North Carolina, 3614, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,983,398, accessed 29 Jul 2016.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 29 Jul 2016, memorial page for Sallie Wright Read (1849-1891) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Margaret Gagliardi, maintained by Margaret Gagliardi; citing Union Chapel United Methodist Church Cemeter, Palmer Springs, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
  5. [S2945] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRSV-3FS, entry for Lewis H. Read and Sallie B. Wright, 03 Feb 1869; citing Mecklenburg County, Virginia, reference n 9; FHL microfilm 2,048,462, accessed 14 Aug 2016).

Sarah Wright1

F, #3754, b. circa 1811

Family

Travis Talley b. c 1807
Child
Last Edited16 Jan 2021
     Sarah Wright was born circa 1811 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.2,3

     Sarah Wright married Travis Talley on 15 February 1830 in Warren County, North Carolina.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
185039 years of ageWarren District, Warren County, North Carolina4
186049 years of age. Three Tally children were listed: B. T., age 18, male; H. N., age 13, female; and J. R., age 11, male. the remaining four children have Parrish surnamesWarren County, North Carolina5
Farmer with real estate valued at $4,400 and personal property worth $21,4215
187059 years of ageHawtree Township, Warren County, North Carolina6
Farmer with real estate valued at $640 and personal property worth $5756
188069 years of age and living immediately adjacent to her older son, William and his family. Also living within her household were her son, John R., age 31; and Matilda Lambard, Black, 20, Servant and Badger Davis, Black, 10, ServantHawtree Township, Warren County, North Carolina2

Citations

  1. [S2866] "North Carolina Marriages, 1762-1979," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKJ7-S2JJ ), entry for Travis Talley and Sally Wright, 15 Feb 1830; citing Warren, North Carolina, United States, p. , North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History; FHL microfilm 432,254, accessed 25 Nov 2020.
  2. [S5497] "United States 1880 Federal Census," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:33SQ-GYBZ ), entry for Sarah Tally, 1880, Hawtree, Warren, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district ED 282, sheet 51C, family 243, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0985; FHL microfilm 1,254,985, accessed 17 Dec 2016.
  3. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 16 Jan 2021), Sally Tally, 1860, Warren, North Carolina; citing page 570, family 889, FHL microfilm 803,916. Gives her state and county of birth.
  4. [S5959] "1850 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 16 Jan 20212, entry for Travis Talley, 1850, Warren, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll 648, page 34b, family 437, image 4 of 65; citing original data from the National Archives MIcrofilm Publication M432.
  5. [S5784] "1860 Census," Sally Tally, 1860, Warren, North Carolina; citing page 570, family 889, FHL microfilm 803,916, accessed 16 Jan 2021 at ( ancestry.comimage 96 of 116 ).
  6. [S5981] "1870 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 16 Jan 2021, entry for Sarah Tally, 1870, Hawtree, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll M593_1164, page 485B, family 68, FHL microfilm 552,663, image 10 of 39; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Sarah A. Wright1,2

F, #22921, b. circa 1856
FatherSilas Davis Wright1,2 b. c 1813
MotherSusan A. Palmer1,2 b. c 1817

Family

James M. Burroughs b. c 1851, d. 28 Sep 1921
Last Edited17 Jul 2017
     Sarah A. Wright was born circa 1856, daughter of Silas Davis Wright and Susan A. Palmer, in North Carolina.1
     She also is reported to have been born in 1857.2

     Sarah A. Wright married James M. Burroughs, son of William W. Burroughs and Harriet Hamner Turner, on 7 February 1879 in Hawtree, Warren County, North Carolina.1,2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
191054 years of age, married once for 30 years and having borne 5 children of whom 4 were livingNutbush Township, Warren County, North Carolina1

Citations

  1. [S5516] "United States Federal Census, 1910," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML9S-H8Q ), entry for James M Burroughs, 1910, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 96, sheet 4B, household 85, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,146, accessed 9 Jul 2016.
  2. [S2989] "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8QV-BXJ, entry for J.M. Burroughs and Sarah A. Wright, 07 Feb 1879; citing Hawtree, Warren, North Carolina, United States, p. 1879, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 453,656, accessed 4 Apr 2017). No image available as of 16 Jul 2017.

Silas Davis Wright1

M, #22922, b. circa 1813

Family

Susan A. Palmer b. c 1817
Children
Last Edited6 Jan 2021
     Silas Davis Wright was born circa 1813 in Virginia.2

     Silas Davis Wright married Susan A. Palmer on 20 February 1843 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.3

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
185037 years of ageNutbush, Warren County, North Carolina2
Farmer with real estate valued at $1,5002
188066 years of age and married to Winnie, age 61, also born in VirginiaNutbush, Warren County, North Carolina4
Farmer4

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 9 Jul 2016, memorial page for Elvira P. Wright Burroughs (1858-1921) at memorial page... Maintained by Tracie Curnell; citing Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina.
  2. [S5959] "1850 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 6 Jan 2021, entry for Silas D Wright, 1850, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll 648, page 14b, family 195, image 4 of 16; citing original data from the National Archives MIcrofilm Publication M432.
  3. [S234] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850," database, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc.: (Provo, Utah), accessed 6 Jan 2021, entry for Silas D. Wright and Susan Palmer, 1843, Mecklenburg County.
  4. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 21 of 62 ), entry for Silas D. Wright, 1880, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll 985, page 79D, family 172, accessed 6 Jan 2021.
  5. [S5516] "United States Federal Census, 1910," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML9S-H8Q ), entry for James M Burroughs, 1910, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 96, sheet 4B, household 85, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,146, accessed 9 Jul 2016.
  6. [S2989] "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8QV-BXJ, entry for J.M. Burroughs and Sarah A. Wright, 07 Feb 1879; citing Hawtree, Warren, North Carolina, United States, p. 1879, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 453,656, accessed 4 Apr 2017). No image available as of 16 Jul 2017.

William Wright1

M, #25316, b. circa 1847
FatherSilas Davis Wright1 b. c 1813
MotherSusan A. Palmer1 b. c 1817
Last Edited6 Jan 2021
     William Wright was born circa 1847, son of Silas Davis Wright and Susan A. Palmer, in North Carolina.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
18503 years of ageNutbush, Warren County, North Carolina1

Citations

  1. [S5959] "1850 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 6 Jan 2021, entry for Silas D Wright, 1850, Nutbush, Warren, North Carolina; citing roll 648, page 14b, family 195, image 4 of 16; citing original data from the National Archives MIcrofilm Publication M432.

William J. Wright1

M, #25496, b. 2 January 1846, d. 5 January 1911

Family

Emma Mariah Turner b. 8 Sep 1858, d. 25 Dec 1893
Children
Last Edited18 Feb 2021
     William J. Wright was born on 2 January 1846 in Tennessee.2,3

     William J. Wright, 42, married Emma Mariah Turner, 30, daughter of John Thompson Turner and Susan Elizabeth Box, on 11 December 1888 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.1,4

     He married again after Emma's death which occurred either during or immediately after Emma's birth to a Julia, born in Georgia.3

     William J. Wright died on 5 January 1911 at age 652 and was buried in Box Cemetery, Denver, Humphreys County, Tennessee.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
190054 years of ageDistrict 3, Humphreys County, Tennessee3

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 21 Nov 2018, memorial page for Emma Mariah Turner Wright (1858-1893) at memorial page... Maintained by Patti Lee; citing Box Cemetery, Denver, Humphreys County, Tennessee.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for William J. Wright (1846-1911) at memorial page....
  3. [S5503] "United States Census, 1900," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSDM-JK4 ): accessed 17 Feb 2021), William J Wright, Civil District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 2A, family 25, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,579.
  4. [S6440] "Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950," index and searchable images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8YF-FQG, entry for W. J. Wright and Emma M. Turner, 11 Dec 1888, Humphreys County, accessed 17 Feb 2021).
  5. [S5503] "1900 US Federal Census," Emma Wright in household of William J Wright, Civil District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 2A, family 25, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,579, accessed 17 Feb 2021 at ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSDM-JK4 ).

Mattie Isabelle Wyatt1

F, #25609, b. 26 February 1856, d. 12 May 1943
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Gus Walter Turner b. 7 Jun 1853, d. 22 Jul 1933
Children
Last Edited19 Mar 2021
     Mattie Isabelle Wyatt was born on 26 February 1856. She was the daughter of Richard N Wyatt (1830-1907) and Lou C. Wyatt (1835-1917.)2,3

     Mattie and Gus Walter Turner obtained a marriage license on 7 November 1879 in Ballard County, Kentucky.4

     Mattie Isabelle Wyatt, 23, married Gus Walter Turner, 26, son of Henry H. Turner and Eleanor N. Mabry, on 9 November 1879 in Wickliffe, Ballard County, Kentucky.4

     Mattie Isabelle Turner died of a Brain Hemorrhage on 12 May 1943 at age 87 in Ballard County, Kentucky,2 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery, La Center, Ballard County, Kentucky.
     "Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Turner, widow of the late G.W. Turner, were held Thursday afternoon of last week at 3 o'clock at Mt. Pleasant."

     "Mrs. Turner died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Upshaw, Kevil."

     "Besides her daughter, she is survived by six sons, Cecil Turner, Jackson, Mich; Walter Turner, Paducah; Charlie Turner, Lovelaceville; Hubert Turner, Bandana; Earl Turner, Wickliffe; Dalzell Turner, Cairo, Ill; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Miss Eva Wyatt,Kevil; Mrs.H.H. Whipple, Bandana; and several other relatives."
Ballard-Carlisle Counties, Kentucky Obituaries, 1940-46, page 62.2

     "Mrs. Mattie Turner, 87, Dies at Kevil

     "Mrs. Mattie Turner, 87, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter. Mrs. R. A. Upshaw, of Kevil. She was found dead in her bed by her daughter. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon of last week at 3 o'clock at Mt. Pleasant church, with the Rev. marvin E. Hines, pastor of Kevil Baptist church, conducting the rites. Burial was in the church cemetery."

     "Besides her daughter, she is survived by six sons, Cecil Turner, Jackson, Mich; Walter Turner, Paducah; Charlie Turner, Lovelaceville; Hubert Turner, Bandana; Earl Turner, Wickliffe; Dalzell Turner, Cairo, Ill; two sisters: Miss Eva Wyatt, Kevil; Mrs.H. H. Whipple, Bandana; a brothr, Ed Wyatt, of Kevil; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives."5

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
188024 years of ageWoodville, McCracken County, Kentucky6
190044 years of age, married twenty years and having borne seven children all of whom are livingDistrict 8, McCracken County, Kentucky7
191053 years of age, married thirty-one years and having borne seven children all of whom are livingDistrict 1, Ballard County, Kentucky8

Citations

  1. [S3744] "Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1945," digital image, (Ancestry.com: (www.ancestry.com), accessed 19 Mar 2021, entry for Mattie Isabelle Turner, 12 May 1943, Ballard County File No. 10194, image 109 of 3519; citing original data from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 30 Dec 2018, memorial page for Mattie Wyatt Turner (1856-1943) at memorial page... Maintained by Joyce Petty Adams; citing Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery, La Center, Ballard County, Kentucky.
  3. [S3744] "Death Recds., 1852-1945," digital image, Ancestry.com, entry for Mattie Isabelle Turner, 12 May 1943, Ballard County File No. 10194, image 109 of 3519. Confirms names of her parents.
  4. [S2570] "Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979," index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWRQ-C35, entry for G W Turner and Mattie Wyatt, 9 Nov 1879, Ballard County, page 2, No. 3, accessed 26 Feb 2021).
  5. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 19 Mar 2021, entry for Mrs. Mattie Turner, The Paducah Sun-Democrat (Paducah, Kentucky), 14 May 1943, page 8, image 8 of 12.
  6. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 38 of 42 ), entry for Guss W., Turner, 1880, Woodville, McCracken, Kentucky; citing roll 430, page 242B, family 356,, accessed 19 Mar 2021.
  7. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 19 Mar 2021), George W Turnner, 1900, Woodville, McCracken, Kentucky; citing page 17, family 308, FHL microfilm 1,240,540.
  8. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 19 Mar 2021, entry for Guss W Turner, 1910, Ballard, Kentucky; citing roll T624_463, page 10B, family 212, FHL microfilm 1,374,476, image 20 of 23; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.
  9. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for Cecil R Turner (1880-1957) at memorial page....
  10. [S3744] "Death Recds., 1852-1945," digital image, Ancestry.com, entry for Walter Thomas Turner, 9 Oct 1946, McCracken County, State File No. 22821 (?), Image 2342 of 3685.
  11. [S3744] "Death Recds., 1852-1945," digital image, Ancestry.com, entry for Earl Lenard Turner, 26 Sep 1955, Lovelaceville, Ballard County, State File No. 55 19427, image 1983 of 2567.

Sallie Wyne1

F, #2855, d. 1868
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

John W. Turner b. 1 Sep 1824, d. 9 Jul 1913
Children
Last Edited22 Jul 2021
     She was the daughter of Rev. George W. Wyne.1
     Her surname also is spelled as Winn.2

     Sallie Wyne married John W. Turner, son of Nelson Bailey Turner and Elizabeth Buntin. Not only can I not find a marriage record for them, I can't find her or her father in the 1860 census anywhere as of 12 Jul 2021.1

     Sallie Turner died in 1868, probably soon after her son was born.1

Citations

  1. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, (Ancestry.com: (Provo, Utah), accessed 14 Apr 2021, entry for John W. Turner, Nashville Banner (Nashville, Tennessee), 10 Jul 1913, page 1, image 1 of 14.
  2. [S6039] "Newspapers.com," index and images, Ancestry.com, entry for George Robert Turner, Nashville Banner (Nashville, Tennessee), 30 May 1951, page 1, image 1 of 4.

Adys B. Wynns1,2

F, #26545, b. 19 January 1898, d. 25 November 1900
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherDrew Agustus Wynns1 b. 20 Mar 1863, d. 6 Nov 1912
MotherMartha Matilda Turner1 b. 25 May 1875, d. 22 Sep 1961
Last Edited18 May 2021
     Adys B. Wynns was born on 19 January 1898, daughter of Drew Agustus Wynns and Martha Matilda Turner, in Tennessee.1,2

     Adys B. Wynns died on 25 November 1900 at age 2 in Humphreys County, Tennessee,2 and was buried in Johnson Turner Cemetery, Humphreys County, Tennessee.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1900as Addie and 2 years of ageDistrict 14, Humphreys County, Tennessee1

Citations

  1. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 17 May 2021), Dee Wynns, 1900, Humphreys, Tennessee; citing page 2, family 37, FHL microfilm 1,241,579.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 18 May 2021, memorial page for Adys B Wynns (1898-1900) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by bbarnhill, maintained by bbarnhill; citing John Turner Cemetery, Humphreys County, Tennessee.

Alma Wynns1

F, #26548, b. 1 December 1904, d. 23 December 1988
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherDrew Agustus Wynns1 b. 20 Mar 1863, d. 6 Nov 1912
MotherMartha Matilda Turner1 b. 25 May 1875, d. 22 Sep 1961
Last Edited18 May 2021
     Alma Wynns was born on 1 December 1904, daughter of Drew Agustus Wynns and Martha Matilda Turner, in Humphreys County, Tennessee.1,2

     Alma Wynns died on 23 December 1988 at age 84 in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee,2 and was buried in Wyly Cemetery, Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19105 years of ageDistrict 1, Houston County, Tennessee1

Citations

  1. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 18 May 2021, entry for Dee A Wins, 1910, Houston, Tennessee; citing roll T624_1506, page 3B, family 60, FHL microfilm 1,375,519, image 6 of 17; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 18 May 2021, memorial page for Alma Wynns (1904-1988) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by John T. Rice, maintained by John T. Rice; citing Wyly Cemetery, Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee.

Drew Agustus Wynns1,2

M, #23755, b. 20 March 1863, d. 6 November 1912

Family

Martha Matilda Turner b. 25 May 1875, d. 22 Sep 1961
Children
Last Edited18 May 2021
     Drew Agustus Wynns was born on 20 March 1863 in Tennessee. He was the son of Drew Agustus Wynns (1828-1871) and Rebecca Ann Wynns (1834-1907.)1,3,4

     Drew, 31, married Mattie Turner, 19, daughter of Thomas T. Turner and Martha Trotter, on 28 October 1894 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.5

     Drew Agustus Wynns died on 6 November 1912 at age 492 and was buried in Cane Creek Cemetery, McKinnon, Houston County, Tennessee.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
1880as Drew, 17 years of age and living in his mother's householdDistrict 1, Houston County, Tennessee1
1900as Dee, 37 years of age and married six years. Also living in his household was his mother, Rebecca, born Feb 1835, 65 years of age and widowedDistrict 14, Humphreys County, Tennessee3
Manager, Stove Mill3
1910as Dee, 47 years of age and married fifteen yearsDistrict 1, Houston County, Tennessee6
Farmer6

Citations

  1. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Ancestry.com: n.p.image 3 of 13 ), entry for Drew Wynns in the household of Rebecah Wynns, 1880, Houston, Tennessee; citing roll 1263, page 3A, family 41, accessed 17 May 2021.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 18 May 2021, memorial page for Drew Agustus Wynns (1863-1912) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by LesaK, maintained by LesaK; citing Cane Creek Cemetery, McKinnon, Houston County, Tennessee.
  3. [S5786] "1900 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com ( Provo, Utah): accessed 17 May 2021), Dee Wynns, 1900, Humphreys, Tennessee; citing page 2, family 37, FHL microfilm 1,241,579.
  4. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for Drew Agustus Wynns (1863-1912) at memorial page.... Provides day of birth.
  5. [S2585] "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," index and images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X8YF-KBW, entry for D.A. Wynn and Mattie Turner, 28 Oct 1894; citing Humphrey, Humphreys, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 979,382, accessed 9 Sep 2016).
  6. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 18 May 2021, entry for Dee A Wins, 1910, Houston, Tennessee; citing roll T624_1506, page 3B, family 60, FHL microfilm 1,375,519, image 6 of 17; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.
  7. [S2702] Find A Grave. Memorial page for D A Wynns Jr. (1913-1918) at memorial page....

Drew Agustus Wynns Jr1

M, #26549, b. 1913, d. 1918
Relationship4th great-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherDrew Agustus Wynns1 b. 20 Mar 1863, d. 6 Nov 1912
MotherMartha Matilda Turner1 b. 25 May 1875, d. 22 Sep 1961
Last Edited18 May 2021
     Drew Agustus Wynns Jr was born in 1913, son of Drew Agustus Wynns and Martha Matilda Turner.1

     Drew Agustus Wynns Jr died in 19181 and was buried in Johnson Turner Cemetery, Humphreys County, Tennessee.1

Citations

  1. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 18 May 2021, memorial page for D A Wynns Jr. (1913-1918) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by bbarnhill, maintained by bbarnhill; citing Johnson Turner Cemetery, Humphreys County, Tennessee.

Lillian R. Wynns1

F, #26547, b. 22 February 1902, d. 22 January 1994
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Terisha Turner
FatherDrew Agustus Wynns1 b. 20 Mar 1863, d. 6 Nov 1912
MotherMartha Matilda Turner1 b. 25 May 1875, d. 22 Sep 1961
Last Edited18 May 2021
     Lillian R. Wynns was born on 22 February 1902, daughter of Drew Agustus Wynns and Martha Matilda Turner, in Humphreys County, Tennessee.1,2

     She married Henry Grady Spann (1899-1978.)2

     Lillian R. Spann died on 22 January 1994 at age 91 in Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee,2 and was buried in Wyly Cemetery, Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
19108 years of ageDistrict 1, Houston County, Tennessee1

Citations

  1. [S5973] "1910 United States Federal Census," index and images, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc: (Provo, Utah), accessed 18 May 2021, entry for Dee A Wins, 1910, Houston, Tennessee; citing roll T624_1506, page 3B, family 60, FHL microfilm 1,375,519, image 6 of 17; citing original data from the National Archives & Records Administration.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 18 May 2021, memorial page for Lillian Wynns Spann (1902-1994) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by John T. Rice, maintained by John T. Rice; citing Wyly Cemetery, Waverly, Humphreys County, Tennessee.