Ann Williams1

F, #15282, b. circa 1735, d. October 1825
FatherJonas Williams1 b. 1682, d. 1749
MotherHonour (--?--)1 d. 1774

Family

John Wright III b. c 1731, d. 30 Oct 1789
Child
Last Edited30 Jul 2018
     Ann Williams was born circa 1735, daughter of Jonas Williams and Honour (--?--).1,2

     Ann married John Wright III, son of John Wright II and Elizabeth Bronaugh, in 1753.1

     On 15 August 1793, an additional inventry of the estate of John Wright deced was retd by Ann Wright the exx & ordered to be recorded at Surry County, North Carolina.3

     On 12 October 1794, "Ann Wright, Executrix to the Estate of John Wright deceased, conveyed to Samuel Roberts, for 20 pounds, specie, 120 acres of land in Surry County, on a small branch known by the name of Pole Branch waters of North Hunting Creek." Signed by Ann Wright
Stephen Wood
John Stephens.4

     On 25 January 1795, "Ann Wright conveyed to James Rotan for 22 pounds specie, 129 acres on the water of Hunting Creek." Signed by Anne Wright
Thomas Wright
James Wright.5

     Ann Wright died in October 18251,6 and was buried in Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery, Hamptonville, Yadkin County, North Carolina.6

Tax Rolls

DatePropertyLocation
1795862 acres with 2 polls7

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 76; 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. [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.
  3. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Surry County Minute Book 1793, at Dobson, North Carolina.
  4. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Surry County Deed Book F, page 146, at Dobson, North Carolina.
  5. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Surry County Deed Book F, page 251, at Dobson, North Carolina.
  6. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 32.
  7. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner, citing Filed Paper, County Clerk's Office, Dobson, North Carolina.

Jonas Williams1

M, #15283, b. 1682, d. 1749

Family

Honour (--?--) d. 1774
Child
Last Edited19 May 2019
     Jonas Williams was born in 1682.2

     Jonas Williams married Honour (--?--). I have not been able to find a marriage record on either FamilySearch or Ancestry.com as of 23 Sep 2018.1,2

     He lived at Westmoreland County, Virginia.2

     Jonas Williams died in 1749.
     Find A Grave does not have a burial listing for him as of 19 May 2019.2

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 76; 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. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 31.

Honour (--?--)1

F, #15284, d. 1774

Family

Jonas Williams b. 1682, d. 1749
Child
Last Edited23 Apr 2019
     Honour (--?--) married Jonas Williams. I have not been able to find a marriage record on either FamilySearch or Ancestry.com as of 23 Sep 2018.1,2

     Honour Williams died in 1774.
     Find A Grave does not have a burial listing for her as of 23 Apr 2019.2

     No further information is available at this time.

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 76; 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. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 31.

John Wright II1

M, #15285, b. circa 1707, d. before 27 February 1792
FatherJohn Wright I2 b. bt 1682 - 1685, d. b 1730
MotherDorothy (--?--)3 d. b 1730

Family

Elizabeth Bronaugh d. Feb 1792
Child
Last Edited20 Jan 2019
     John Wright II was born circa 1707, son of John Wright I and Dorothy (--?--), 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 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. Based on the work of Dr. Justin Glenn, historian for the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants.
  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. This site consists of data submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery internments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and many times supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included.
  23. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 75; accessed 16 Aug 2011, who claims in died in Prince William County. Provides the copied text.

Elizabeth Bronaugh1,2

F, #15286, d. February 1792
FatherJeremiah Bronaugh2,3,4

Family 1

Waugh Darnall b. bt 1684 - 1689, d. 7 Jul 1726

Family 2

John Wright II b. c 1707, d. b 27 Feb 1792
Child
Last Edited20 Jun 2019
     Elizabeth Bronaugh married Waugh Darnall in 1705.2,5

     Elizabeth married John Wright II, son of John Wright I and Dorothy (--?--), after 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.1,2,6,7

     On 23 March 1740, it was her brother, Jeremiah Darnall (except other researchers believe he was her son), who conveyed to her husband, John Wright II, 236 acres in Prince William County, Virginia Colony.8

     Elizabeth Wright died in February 1792 in Prince William County, Virginia,9,10 and was buried in Pine View Estate Family Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia.10,11

Citations

  1. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), 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 . 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. [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, 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. Based on the work of Dr. Justin Glenn, historian for the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants.
  3. [S3176] Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. "Bronaugh Family," William and Mary Quarterly, Series 1, vol. 7, no. 4 (Apr 1909): page 236; this has to be the right Jeremiah.
  4. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 29.
  5. [S3000] "Descendants of Doctor David Darnall", contributed by Bryan J. Darnall, email at e-mail address, online at https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/d/a/r/Bryan-J-Darnall/GENE2-0001.html , uploaded 6 Sep 2011, accessed 31 Jun 2014, site verified as active 18 Jun 2019, Provides date. site has some documentation.
  6. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 195-6, believes she was the daugher of Waugh Darnall basing this solely on the work of Hoppin which was incorrect.
  7. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29, gives year as bet. 1727-1729.
  8. [S2968] Frost. Frosts & Related Families, page 74; accessed 16 Aug 2011.
  9. [S3000] "Descendants of Doctor David Darnall," online https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/d/a/r/Bryan-J-Darnall/GENE2-0001.html .
  10. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29, says she died c1789.
  11. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 20 Jan 2019, memorial page for Elizabeth Bronaugh Wright (1702-1792) at memorial page... Maintained by Larry Mabra; citing Pine View Estate Family Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia. This site consists of data submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery internments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and many times supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included.

Waugh Darnall1

M, #15287, b. between 1684 and 1689, d. 7 July 1726

Family

Elizabeth Bronaugh d. Feb 1792
Last Edited18 Jun 2019
     Waugh Darnall was born between 1684 and 1689 in St. Mary's County, Maryland Colony.2

     Waugh married Elizabeth Bronaugh, daughter of Jeremiah Bronaugh, in 1705.3,4

     Waugh Darnall left a will dated on 2 June 1726 in King George County, Virginia Colony.

The Will of Waugh Darnall

     "I leave to my son Jeremiah Darnall the tract of land on where I live. That tract of land lying on Cedar Run may be divided between my daughters Ann Darnall and Margaret Darnall and their heirs forever.
     I likewise desire that my five negroes with issue may be equally divided between my wife and my children.
     I likewise desire that my Father and Mother may have equal maintenance with my children under the Disposal of Thomas Stone.
     Likewise desire that my Father and Mother with my wife and children may live on this plantation.
     Likewise I desire that if the Lord be pleased to call my wife to him that Thomas Stone may be sole Executor over my children.
     Likewise I desire that all my goods and chattels may be equally divided between my wife and children.
     This is my last will and testament this [date] as witness my hand & seal.
     Likewise I desire if Thomas Stone should die that my children should be brought under the family of Bronaugh.
     Witnesses: Charles Travers
     Timothy (his mark) Sulivan                 (signed) Waugh Darnall."5,6

     Waugh Darnall died on 7 July 1726 in King George County, Virginia Colony.
     Find A Grave does not have a memorial page for him as of 1 Feb 2019.2

     His estate was probated on 7 October 1726 in King George County, Virginia Colony. At a Court held for King George County on Friday the 7th day of October Anno Dom:: 1726
     The last Will & Testament of Waugh Darnall, deceased, was presented into Court by Elizabeth his widdow (sic) and Executrix who made oath there to and the same was proved by the oaths of Charles Travers and Thomas Stone and admitted to Record.

     This will is recorded in the lost King George County Will Book No. 1 which was taken from the Court House during the Civil War. In 1914, it was found in New York.

     When Waugh Darnall died in 1726 the land he mentions in his will as laying on Cedar Run was in Stafford County, however, it fell into Prince William County upon its formation from Stafford County in 1730. Years later the boundaries came into dispute and a copy of the will of Waugh Darnall was certified to the Prince William County Court in 1790. It remained of record in Prince William County Land Causes 1789-1793, page 359. Subsequently, a copy was published in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, vol. 20, page 169.2

     His estate was inventoried on 27 January 1726/27 at King George County, Virginia Colony, The items valued and totaled, 199, 3 Shillings, and 7 pence, including a negro man, negro lad, negro woman and child, one orphan boy 5 years to serve, one mulatto girl, one mulatto boy 5 years to serve. Eight items were added later.2

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. [S3000] "Descendants of Doctor David Darnall", contributed by Bryan J. Darnall, email at e-mail address, online at https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/d/a/r/Bryan-J-Darnall/GENE2-0001.html , uploaded 6 Sep 2011, accessed 31 Jun 2014, site verified as active 18 Jun 2019. site has some documentation.
  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, 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. Based on the work of Dr. Justin Glenn, historian for the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants.
  4. [S3000] "Descendants of Doctor David Darnall," online https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/d/a/r/Bryan-J-Darnall/GENE2-0001.html . Provides date.
  5. [S3181] Sparacio, Ruth & Sam, compilers. Virginia Court Records: Abstracts of Land Causes Prince William County, Virginia 1790-1791 (McLean: The Antient Press, 1992), pages 44-45; citing Waugh Darnall will (undated) was recorded in King George County Court on pages 359-360, May 1791.
  6. [S3183] Hopkins, William Lindsay, compiler. Some Wills from the Burned Counties of Virginia and other Wills not listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800 (Richmond: W. L. H., 1987), page 71; citing Tyler, vol. 20, page 169; King George County Will Book A-1, 1721-1752; and, Prince William County Land Causes, 1789-1793, page 359.

John Wright I1

M, #15293, b. between 1682 and 1685, d. before 1730
FatherFrancis Wright2 b. b 1663, d. bt 28 May 1713 - 24 Jun 1713
MotherAnne Washington3 b. c 1661, d. b 11 Mar 1697

Family

Dorothy (--?--) d. b 1730
Child
Last Edited17 Sep 2018
     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 (--?--) 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 [Sea]
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]
[Witnesses]
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 Frances to Martha Cos; 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...(ect)...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."6

     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.15

     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.16

     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.17

     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.18,19

     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.17

     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.20

Evidently he foresaw the slowness in browth 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 hiim 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.17

     "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,21 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.22

     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?20

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. Based on the work of Dr. Justin Glenn, historian for the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants.
  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. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 189-190, citing Westmoreland County DWP, 1707-9:174-175.
  16. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 190, citing Richmond County Deed Book 5:153-4.
  17. [S230] Drewa. Email, dated 7 Aug 2007 containing an ahnenfatel of Stephen W. Turner with this information.
  18. [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.
  19. [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.
  20. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 29.
  21. [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.
  22. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, pages 192-192.

Harden N. Thornton1

M, #15294, b. circa 1820
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherMoses Thornton1 b. bt 1773 - 1775, d. Jun 1860
MotherSarah Turner1 b. 27 Mar 1781
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Locky A. Dollar b. c 1823
Last Edited1 Jul 2020
     Harden N. Thornton was born circa 1820, son of Moses Thornton and Sarah Turner, in Virginia.2,3

     Harden N. Thornton married Locky A. Dollar on 24 January 1840 in Maury Couonty, Tennessee.4,5

     On 3 August 1847, I Moses Thornton of the County of Pittsylvania
do make this my last will and testament as follows:

First I give to my wife Sally during life
all that portion of my land lying on the East Side of the Henry Road, on
which I now reside together with one third of my slaves for life. Also
one third of all other personal property owned by me and such portion of
my household and kitchen furniture as she may desire all of which she may
take at the appraised value.

Secondly I desire my Executor hereinafter named
to sell all the balance of my land except that held by my wife to convey
the same and divide the proceeds thereof equally among my seven children
and to divide the balance of my slaves and personal property (after allowing
my wifes portion) equally among them. Such division of my slaves to be
made either in kind or by sale as may be desired by my children or a majority
of them.

In the division of my estate among my children
I desire and direct the following advancements heretofore made to be accounted
for vis:

My son Wiley Thornton to account for $228.78,
my daughter Susan, wife of Turner Gosney for $233.00; my
daughter Mary, wife of John Thornton for $229.50; my son
Leonard H. for $29.23; my son James E. Thornton for $58.25;
my son Harden N. Thornton for $69.22; my son Presley D. Thornton
for $567.20.

Thirdly after the death of my wife Sally I give
the portion of my estate held by her for life to be equally divided among
my aforesaid children. The land above designed for my wife is all that
part my land lying on the East side of the road leading from Col. Joseph
Martin's in Henry towards Danville.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son
Wiley Thornton my Executor. Witness my hand this 3rd day of August 1847.
(signed) Moses (X) Thornton
Witness: William M. Tredway, Ezekial Giles, Greenberry Thornton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
186044 years of age. Also enumerated with him were the following provisional children: Moses F., 19; James R., 17; Virginia E., 15; Joseph H., 7Southern District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia4
Farmer with real estate valued at $505 and personal property worth $5,1004
187055 years of age. Only his inferred son, Joseph H., 18 is living with Harden and his wife. A farmhand, Edward Dare, age is also living within his householdSubdivision North of Dan River, Chatham PO, Pittsylvania County, Virginia6
Farmer with real estate valued at $3006
188060 years of ageTunstall Mag. District, Pittsylvania County, Virginia2
Farmer2

Citations

  1. [S6184] "Wills of Pittsylvania County, Virginia", contributed by Molly Shumate, online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/pittsylvania/wills/wills02.txt , website address verified 30 Jun 2020, Will of Moses Thornton; citing Pittsylvania County Will Book 2, pages 328-329.
  2. [S5336] "1880 United States Federal Census," digital images, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestry.com ( n.p.image 38 of 49 ): accessed 1 Jul 2020), Harden Thornton, 1880, Tunstall, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 397B, family 229.
  3. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 1 Jul 2020), Harden N Thornton, 1860, Southern District, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 371, family 117, FHL Microfilm 805,370. Indicates a year of birth of c1816.
  4. [S5784] "1860 Census," Harden N Thornton, 1860, Southern District, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 371, family 117, FHL Microfilm 805,370, accessed 1 Jul 2020 at ( ancestry.comimage 15 of 252 ).
  5. [S5974] "Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, (Provo, Utah) accessed 1 Jul 2020, entry for Harden N Thornton and Locky A Dollar, 1840, Maury County, Tennessee, No. 341, image 197 of 661; citing original data from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Original data: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.
  6. [S5981] "1870 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, (Provo, Utah) accessed 1 Jul 2020, entry for H N Thornton, 1870, Subdivision North of Dan River, Pittsylvania, Virginia; citing page 337A, family 4862, FHL Microfilm 553,170, image 672 of 788; citing original data from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Presley D. Thornton1

M, #15295, b. 30 May 1819, d. 29 September 1876
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Terisha Turner
FatherMoses Thornton1 b. bt 1773 - 1775, d. Jun 1860
MotherSarah Turner1 b. 27 Mar 1781
ChartsDescendant Chart (Box)

Family

Frances A. Boaz b. 6 Oct 1821, d. 8 Feb 1908
Last Edited1 Jul 2020
     Presley D. Thornton was born on 30 May 1819, son of Moses Thornton and Sarah Turner.2

     Presley D. Thornton, 26, married Frances A. Boaz, 23 on 15 September 1845 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.3

     On 3 August 1847, I Moses Thornton of the County of Pittsylvania
do make this my last will and testament as follows:

First I give to my wife Sally during life
all that portion of my land lying on the East Side of the Henry Road, on
which I now reside together with one third of my slaves for life. Also
one third of all other personal property owned by me and such portion of
my household and kitchen furniture as she may desire all of which she may
take at the appraised value.

Secondly I desire my Executor hereinafter named
to sell all the balance of my land except that held by my wife to convey
the same and divide the proceeds thereof equally among my seven children
and to divide the balance of my slaves and personal property (after allowing
my wifes portion) equally among them. Such division of my slaves to be
made either in kind or by sale as may be desired by my children or a majority
of them.

In the division of my estate among my children
I desire and direct the following advancements heretofore made to be accounted
for vis:

My son Wiley Thornton to account for $228.78,
my daughter Susan, wife of Turner Gosney for $233.00; my
daughter Mary, wife of John Thornton for $229.50; my son
Leonard H. for $29.23; my son James E. Thornton for $58.25;
my son Harden N. Thornton for $69.22; my son Presley D. Thornton
for $567.20.

Thirdly after the death of my wife Sally I give
the portion of my estate held by her for life to be equally divided among
my aforesaid children. The land above designed for my wife is all that
part my land lying on the East side of the road leading from Col. Joseph
Martin's in Henry towards Danville.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son
Wiley Thornton my Executor. Witness my hand this 3rd day of August 1847.
(signed) Moses (X) Thornton
Witness: William M. Tredway, Ezekial Giles, Greenberry Thornton in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1

     Presley D. Thornton died on 29 September 1876 at age 572 and was buried in Murray City Cemetery, Murray City, Calloway County, Kentucky.2

Census and Occupation

DateEnumeration and OccupationLocation
186041 years of age. Provision children listed are: Sarah H. 13; Louisa L., 12; Francis A., 10; Moses J., 8; Joseph R., 6; Winifred, 4; and Josephine V., 2. Also Benjamin M. England, 24, born in VirginiaCalloway County, Kentucky4
Farmer with real estate valued at $3,840 and personal property worth $5,9314

Citations

  1. [S6184] "Wills of Pittsylvania County, Virginia", contributed by Molly Shumate, online at http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/pittsylvania/wills/wills02.txt , website address verified 30 Jun 2020, Will of Moses Thornton; citing Pittsylvania County Will Book 2, pages 328-329.
  2. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 1 Jul 2020, memorial page for Presley D. Thornton (1819-1876) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Craig Thweatt, maintained by Find A Grave, originally creatged by Nia Gray; citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Calloway County, Kentucky. This site consists of data submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery internments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and many times supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included.
  3. [S234] "Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740-1850," database, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., (Provo, Utah) accessed 1 Jul 2020, entry for Presley D. Thornton and Frances A. Boaz, 1845, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT, USA: Precision Indexing Publishers.
  4. [S5784] "1860 United States Federal Census," index and images, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. (ancestry.com): accessed 1 Jul 2020), Presly D Thornton, 1860, Calloway, Kentucky; citing page 280, family 736, FHL Microfilm 803,359.

Francis Wright1

M, #15296, b. before 1663, d. between 28 May 1713 and 24 June 1713

Family 1

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

Family 2

Martha (--?--) d. b 1738
Last Edited19 Sep 2019
     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 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 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 between 28 May 1713 and 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

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  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.
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  32. [S5763] Dorman. Westmoreland Co., VA Order Book 1711-1713, Part Four, page 81, citing Westmoreland County Order Book, 1705-1721, page 216.
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  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.

Anne Washington

F, #15297, b. circa 1661, d. before 11 March 1697
FatherColonel John Washington1,2 b. Feb 1632, d. b 26 Sep 1677
MotherAnn Pope3 b. c 1638, d. 1668

Family

Francis Wright b. b 1663, d. bt 28 May 1713 - 24 Jun 1713
Child
Last Edited29 Jan 2019
     Anne Washington was born circa 1661, daughter of Colonel John Washington and Ann Pope.4

     Anne Washington also is reported to have been born in 1660 in Northumberland County, Virginia Colony.5

     Anne Washington married Francis Wright before 8 January 1682/83. They lived on his 1,400 acre plantation on the Potomac at Nomini Bay and Lower Machodoc River.6,2,4,7

     On 8 January 1682/83, Mr. Lawrence Washington, Mr. John Washington and Mr. Francis Wright who married Mrs. Ann Washington "mutually ageed that debts to any person from the estate of Coll. Jno . Washington, after divition (sic) of the estate, each to beare his part."8

     Anne Wright died before 11 March 1697 in Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.
     She died after property was conveyed but before it could be acknowledged on 26 Mar 1707, between Feb 1685/86 and Mar 1697/98.9,10,5

     Anne Washington was buried in George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Latanes, Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.5

     On 11 March 1697/98, Lawrence Washington left to Ann Writt's (Wright's) children, a man servant or 3,000 lbs. of tobacco when at age 20.11

Citations

  1. [S665] Fothergill, Augusta, abstractor. Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia 1654 - 1800 (n.p.: Appeals Press, 1925), page 14.
  2. [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.
  3. [S2977] "Col. John (G-Grandfather To George) Washington & Descendants", online http://oursoutherncousins.com/Descendants%20of%20JOHN%20WASHINGTON%20&%20ANNE%20POPE.pdf, uploaded 7 Aug 2007, accessed 19 Aug 2011, verified site active 23 Jun 2019.
  4. [S3777] Barr, James Houston. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Pope, c1610-1660 - Ancestor of Washington and Governors (Louisville, Kentucky: J.H.B., 2013), page 28.
  5. [S2702] Find A Grave. Database and images; accessed 29 Jan 2019, memorial page for Anne Washington Wright (1660-1697) at memorial page..., photograph of grave by Karen Simons, maintained by Ron Reid; citing George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Latanes, Westmoreland County, Virginia. This site consists of data submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery internments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and many times supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included.
  6. [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.
  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. [S3188] Beverly, Ralph and Catherine. Colonial Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 3 (Lewes: Colonial Roots, 2007), page 189, citing Westmoreland Order Book, 1675/6 to 1688/9:269.
  9. [S3188] Beverly. Colonial Fams of Northern Neck VA, 3, page 192, citing Westmoreland County Deeds & Wills, 1707-1709:26-27.
  10. [S3777] Barr. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, page 29.
  11. [S2988] Coldham, Peter Wilson, abstractor. American Wills Proved in London, 1611-1775 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), pages 74-75, citing PROB 11/458/186.
  12. [S2968] Frost, W. W. The Frosts and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee (Knoxville: W. W. F., 1962), page 73; 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.