Wright

 

My Wright ancestors
GENERATION #1

01. James Wright was born in 1671.  The following is quoted from a book on Quaker ministers:  "James Wright, an elder of the Hopewell monthly meeting, was one of the first settlers in that part of Virginia. He was a sober, honest man, grave in manners, and solid and weighty in his conversation. He was diligent in the attendance of his religious meetings, exemplary in humble waiting therein, and of sound mind and judgment. He was cautious of giving just offence to any one, and was earnestly concerned for the unity of the brethren, and the peach of the church. He appeared, say his friends, concerned him, for some time before his illness, as one who had finished his day's work, and who was waiting for his change. He was 83 years old when he died."  The parents of James have not been confirmed and there are multiple reports on where he was born.   James married Mary Bowater, daughter of John Bowater and Mary Maunder on Feb. 26, 1706 in East Nottingham, Chester, PA.  Note that a Mary Davis is often listed as the mother of John, but Stewart Baldwin in the American Genealogist has determined that Mary Bowater must be the spouse to James Wright Sr. because of their being witnesses at different weddings of both sides of the family and other Bowater being witnesses at weddings of their children.     (Source: Internet)

GENERATION #2

02. John C. Wright, son of James and Mary was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania on January 28,  1716. He removed from Nottingham Monthly Meeting to Monocacy MM in Prince George County, Maryland, where he married Rachel Wells. She was born in Anne Arundel county and was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Wells. Both John and Rachel became Overseers of the Men's and Women's Meetings of Monocacy in 1745. They transferred to Hopewell.  In 1749, with the seven minor children born to them by that time, the Wright's were granted a certificate to Carvers Creek Monthly Meeting in North Carolina. There they became charter members in 1751 of Cane Creek MM in Orange County, NC. They became parents of six more children during their time in NC. According to the Quaker Records from Historic Camden, S. C., by Kirkland and Kennedy, they were present in Camden District by 1760 when John Wright appears as a witness to a deed. The Annals of Newberry mention three more children born to John and Rachel after they removed to South Carolina.  Reportedly, Bush River Monthly Meeting in Newberry County to which the Wright's belonged was established in 1770. However Cane Creek MM records Rachel Wright's transfer to Bush River in 1767. Their presence in SC prior to the time of Rachel's transfer suggests there was no meeting to which they might belong prior to 1767. It may also be presumed that the Wright's were instrumental in the formation of a meeting at Bush River.  During the migration of southern Quakers to the Ohio Valley in the early 1800's, almost all of John and Rachel Wright's surviving children and grandchildren became a part of that movement. A good number of them, particularly the Hollingsworth and Cook descendants, became Hicksites and Wilburites when they separated from the Orthodox Quakers.  John died on Jun 8, 1790 in Bush River, Newberry, SC. (Source: Internet)

The children of John Wright and Rachel Wells as listed in Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quakers are:

1 William Wright (Jan 2, 1736 - 1793 in Orange Co., NC)
   Married Leah Tansey on May 15, 1758
2 Mary Wright (July 24, 1739 in MD - Jan 12, 1789 in Orange Co., NC)
   Married Joel Brooks (1739-1764)
   Children: John, Mary, Elizabeth
3 Joseph Wright (Dec 12, 1740 in MD - Jan 8, 1794 in Newberry, SC)
   Married Charity Wells in 1761  
4 Margaret Wright (Nov 12, 1742 - )
5 Charity Wright (Feb 13, 1745 in MD - Nov 13, 1822 in Clinton Co., OH)
    Married Isaac Cook (1743-1820) - 11 children

"Charity Wright received no formal education, but was influenced by numerous Quaker woman preachers during her childhood.  An accusation in 1760 of sexual impropriety against her resulted in her estrangement from the Quakers for eight years.  Nonetheless, in 1762 she married a Quaker, Isaac Cook, and they had 11 children.  By 1772 the earlier controversy had died down and the Bush Run Meeting commissioned her to be a preacher.  During the Revolutionary War, Cook traveled throughout the South advocating pacifism.  Beginning in 1797 she toured Quaker meetings throughout Europe.  She returned to the U.S. in 1802, and she and her husband established Quaker meetings throughout Ohio and Indiana." - Source: "Charity Cook a Liberated Woman" by Algie I. Newlin (1981).
 
There are a couple pages devoted to Charity in the "Quaker women of Carolina" archived book (pages 22 & 23) linked here.


Delia's Genealogy Blog has a page devoted to Charity Wright Cook here.
6 Rachel Wright (Nov 10, 1747 - )
7 John Wright (Dec 12, 1748 - )
8 Sarah Wright (Dec 23, 1749 - )
9 Hannah Wright (Sep 27, 1751 - )
10 James Wright (May 28, 1753 in SC - Oct 9, 1812 in OH)
  Married Sarah Haworth in 1774
11 Susannah Wright (Sep 27, 1755 in NC - Jul 20, 1830)
  Married Isaac Hollingsworth (1737-1809) - 10 children
12 Elizabeth Wright (Dec 15, 1756 - )
13 Nathan Wright (See Below)
14 Thomas Wright (Aug 8, 1761 - )
15 Kezia Wright (1763 - )
16 Isaac Wright (Jun 13, 1764 in Newberry Co., SC - Feb 20, 1844 in New London, Howard Co, IN)
  Married Susannah Haworth (1766-1844)
GENERATION #3

03. Nathan Wright, son of John and Rachel was born on October 7, 1758 in Orange, North Carolina. 

Nathan was married out of the order in 1778 and is in the Bush River MM records for that event on 1778,7,25. He got a certificate to Hopewell in 1793. His wife's name has been listed as Nancy, Elizabeth and Sarah Jay. It is not known for sure which one he was actually married to. It is still believed that he only had one marriage.  He is likely the Nathan Write listed in the 1790 census for the 96th District, Newberry Co., SC living in the same area as Big John Coats (p. 79). He was over 16, had 2 sons under 16 and 4 females in the household.   (Source: Linda J. Coate)

He married Sarah Jay, daughter of William Jay and Elizabeth.  Nathan died after 1805 in Newberry County, South Carolina. 

The children of Nathan and Sarah are:

1 William Wright (Abt. 1778-1781 in Bush River, Newberry, SC - 1870 in IN) Source
   Married Mary Mills on Oct 30, 1800 in Newberry, SC
   1. John Mills Wright
   2. Nathan Wright (Abt. 1805 in SC - 1870 in IN)
       Married Abigail Coppock (Dec 28, 1805 in TN - 1881)
       1850 Census , 1860 Census
             1. Aaron Wright (Abt. 1832 in OH - ) : 1850 Census
             2. William Wright
(Abt. 1834 in OH - ) : 1850 Census
             3. John Wright
(Abt. 1836 in OH - ) : 1850 Census
             4. Jacob Weight (
Abt. 1838 in IN - ) : 1850 Census
             5. David Wright
(Abt. 1841 in IN - ) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census

             6. James Wright
(Abt. 1843 in IN - ) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census
             7. Robert Mills Wright (1846 in IN - 1920 in Orland, Glenn, CA) Bishir Website link
                 1850 Census , 1860 Census , 1870 Census , 1880 Census , 1910 Census , 1920 Census
                 Married Sarah Elizabeth Bisher (Jan 17, 1852 in IN - Jan 24, 1929 in Orland, Glenn, CA)        
                        
1. Alice Jane Wright (Aug 29, 1872 in IN - 1937) : 1880  Census
                             Married Earnest Potts (Dec 23, 1871 - Sep 23, 1923) on Jul 3, 1910 in Maury, TN
                         2. Minnie Mae Wright (Sep 2, 1874 in IN - Oct 28, 1933 in CA) : 1880  Census
                        
3. Glenada Wright (Sep 8, 1878 in IN - Feb 10, 1935 in OR) : 1880  Census
                            
Married Arthur L. Templeton (1873- Apr 9, 1942) on Dec 18, 1895
                            
1. Hazel Mae Templeton (Feb 11, 1898 in OR - Nov 19, 1955 in OR)
                                
Married Edward Henry Spoo (Oct 7, 1888 in MN - Nov 5, 1955 in OR) in 1915
                                
1. Willis Edward Spoo (Jan 29, 1916 in OR - Jun 7, 1989 in AL) : 1940 Census
                                     Married Edna Irene Crawford (1915-1999)
                                     1. Beverly A. Spoo (Abt. 1936 - ) : 1940 Census
                                     2. Thomas Edward Spoo (1940-2007)
                                 2. Arthur R. Spoo (1918-2011)
                                 3. Robert Leroy Spoo (Feb 3, 1922 in CA - Oct 14, 1995 in NV)
                                 4. Gerald Spoo (Nov 9, 1933 - Nov 16, 1933)
                         4. Ida Vern Wright (Mar 3, 1882 in IN - Apr 13, 1882)
                         5. George Lee Wright (Oct 23, 1885 in IN - 1963) : 1920 Census
                             Married Elizabeth A. Rogers (1889-) on Jan 10, 1907  
                         6. Robert William Wright (Aug 10, 1886 in IN - 1963) : 1920 Census
                             Married Aletha Linebarger (1896-) on Apr 16, 1916
                         7. Mack Donald Wright (Jun 2, 1888 in IN - Feb 22, 1957 in CA) : 1920 Census

                           
 Married Amy B. Pratt (Nov 19, 1889 in IA - Aug 8, 1977 in CA)
                             1. Lester Herbert Wright (Jul 20, 1911 in OR -  Sep 5, 1999 in NV)
             8. Nancy I Wright (Abt. 1849 in IN - ) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census
   3. James Anderson Wright
   4. Sarah Wright
   5. Mary Wright
   6. Rachel Wright
   7. Sophia Wright
   8. Martha Wright
2 Right Wright (Abt 1793 in Bush River, Newberry, SC - Aft 1850 in Spartanburg Co., SC)
   Married Malinda Hilborn (abt 1796 - )
   1850 Census
   1. Elijah Wright (1828 in Spartanburgh Dist., SC - July, 1863) Married Eliza B. Timms
          
1850 Census
          
1. Joseph Preston Wright (Dec 31, 1862 - ) Married Laura V. Thomas
          
2, 3, 4 - (3 children - all died in July, 1863 of fever)

   2. Daniel Wright (May 13, 1830 in SC - Feb 15, 1906 in SC)
Married Elizabeth Spillers
           1850 Census , 1860 Census , 1880 Census
           1. William Henry Wright (Mar 13, 1857 in SC - Jul 26, 1933 in SC)
               Married Delena Robinson (1860-1917)
               1860 Census , 1880 Census , 1910 Census

                      1. Minnie Wright
                      2. Effie Wright
                      3. William Arthur Wright (Jun 11, 1883 in Yancey, NC - Feb 23, 1963 in SC)
                          Married Mary Etta Ballew (1892-1973) - 7 children
                      4. Vallie Lee Wright (Nov 10, 1888 in Yancey, NC - ) : 1910 Census
                      5. Essie Wright (Abt 1894 in NC - ) Married Joseph Williams (abt 1889-) : 1910 Census
           2. John M. Wright (Jun 8, 1862 in Yancey, NC - Oct 30, 1941 in Pickens Co., SC)

               Married Mary Ballew (1869-1928)
               1880 Census , 1900 Census , 1910 Census , 1920 Census
                      1. Gertrude Elizabeth Wright (Jan 22, 1885 in NC - Jul 18, 1954 in Greenwood Co., SC)
                              1900 Census

                          Married William Edward Snider (1883-1946) - 7 children
                      2. Jacob Woodard Wright (Jun 13,1888 in NC-Jan 26,1968 in Chesnee, SC)
: 1900 Census
                          Married Sue Etta Center (1893-1953) - 12 children
                      3. Lula Wright (Dec 21, 1892 in NC - Feb 16, 1977 in Easley, Pickens Co., SC)

                              1900 Census

                          Married Thomas Cleveland Richard (1889-1976) - 7 children
                      4. Ella Elizabeth Wright (Mar, 1895 in SC - Nov 4, 1927 in Clinton, Laurens Co., SC)

                               1900 Census, 1910 Census

                          Married Barney Nelson Cooper (1888-1952) - 7 children
                      5. Claude Allen Wright (Jul 8, 1896 in SC - Sep 19, 1975 in Greenville Co., SC)

                               Married Stella Hughes (1897-1958)   - 3 children  
                               1900 Census , 1910 Census , 1920 Census

                      6. Willie Carver Wright (Jan 10, 1900 in Pacolet, SC - Jan 28, 1985 in Easley, SC)

                               1910 Census , 1920 Census

                          Married (1) Ada Jane Fortner (1899-1983) - 2 children
                          Married (2) Mary Ann Renner (1900-1935) - 6 children
                      7. Lottie Bell Wright (Oct 18, 1904 in Greenville Co, SC - Aug 17, 2002 in SC)

                               1910 Census , 1920 Census

                          Married Robert Clifton Lollis (1907-1955) - 5 children
                      8. Furman Franklin Wright (Nov 5, 1906 - Feb 28, 1983)

                               1910 Census , 1920 Census

                          Married (1) Beatrice Hill (1908-1927)
                          Married (2) Susie Marie Kernells (1906-1996) - 2 children
                      9. Bessie Laura Wright (Nov 9, 1909 in SC - Dec 15, 2002 in Anderson Co., SC)

                               1910 Census , 1920 Census

                          Married (1) Thomas Leroy Taylor (1903-1981) - 3 children
                          Married (2) Thomas Cleveland Manley (1913-1995)
                    10. Horace Wright (Feb 9, 1912 in Greenville Co, SC - Aug 12, 1976 in Pickens Co., SC)

                               1920 Census

                          Married Ellen Victoria Hostetler (1915-1987)   - 5 children
                    11. Ralph G Wright (Aug 1, 1914 in Greenville Co, SC-  Dec 5, 1954 in Anderson Co., SC)

                               1920 Census

                          Married Margie C. Adams (1921-1970)   
                    12. Nellie Francis Wright (Jul 24, 1918 in Greenville Co, SC- Oct 4, 1940)
: 1920 Census
           3. Lena Wright (Abt. 1861 - ) : 1880 Census

   3. Isaac Wright (1832 in SC - Dec 1862 in TN) Died of a disease in the war : 1850 Census
   4. Levi Wright (July 15, 1838 in SC - Mar 28, 1905 in AL)
       Married Georgia Ann (Jan 1845 in AL - )
     
 1850 Census , 1860 Census age 23 , 1900 Census age 62
   5. Sarah Wright (Apr 28, 1838 in SC - Apr 29, 1920 in SC) Married a Brown : 1850 Census
   6. Rebecca Wright (1840 in SC - Aft. 1850) : 1850 Census
   7. Mark Wright (1840-1841)
3 Mary Wright (Abt 1798 in Bush River, Newberry, SC - Aft 1860)
   Married Unknown Brooks ( - aft 1860)

After 1840 nothing is known about Charity Wright except her children were then under the guardianship of a "Mary Brooks" as listed on the 1850 Census .  Mary Brooks would later appear on 2 1860 censuses (Ohio and Indiana ) living with Jane Marshall's family.

Possible matches: (1798-Nov 25, 1870); wife of Christian Brooks

4 Charity Wright (See Below)
GENERATION #4

04. Charity Wright, daughter of Nathan and Sarah was born on June 10, 1801 in South Carolina.  We can help to establish that Charity's parents are Nathan Wright and Sarah Jay by a letter written on November 5, 1841 by Right Wright to sisters Mary Brooks or Charity Marshall (Page 1, Page 2, translation analysis document), images and analysis used with permission by Ronald E. Toops.  Charity married William Marshall abt. 1817 in South Carolina.  Her family moved by covered wagon to Miami County, Ohio by 1825.  The cause of William's death in 1837 at age 38 is unknown.  The following year Miami County Records show that Charity was in court regarding William's will.  The 1840 Newton Township Census shows Charity and oldest son John as head of households.  It accounts for all of Charity's children on it.  After 1840 nothing is known about Charity except her children were then under the guardianship of a "Mary Brooks" as listed on the 1850 Census .  Mary Brooks would later appear on 2 1860 censuses (Ohio and Indiana ) living with Jane Marshall's family.

I descend from their son Thomas Marshall who married Rhoda Furnas.

  

Surnames that married into my Wright family

BOWATER

JAY

MARSHALL

WELLS


Wright Documents
Right Wright letters and analysis (posted with permission by Ronald E. Toops)
Page 1, Page 2, translation analysis document

   

Migration pattern of my Wright family
VA -- PA -- NC -- SC -- OH

   

My Descent From The Wright Line

Generation Father Mother
9 James Wright (1671-) Mary Bowater (1688-1764)
8 John C. Wright (1716-1790) Rachel Wells (1720-1771)
7 Nathan Wright (1758-) Sarah Jay (1761-)
6 William John Marshall (1799-1837) Charity Wright (1801-)
5 Thomas Marshall (1822-1870) Rhoda Furnas (1824-1906)
4 William Frank Marshall (1845-1909) Nancy Emily Crewse (1860-1936)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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