William Wright, 1707-1776, of Augusta Co., Virginia

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      William Wright gives his age as 68 years, on 7 June 1775 when he made his will (Augusta Co, VA, Will Book 5, p 476). The will was proved on 20 Aug 1776 by John Black and on 18 Mar 1777 by the second witness: Walter Davis. In the will William Wright names his sons (named in this order): Samuel, John, William, James and Alexander. The latter two are called "youngest." He mentions, but does not name, four daughters and a wife. His wife and son, Samuel, are to be his executors. He mentions the legacy that his wife received from her father. Samuel refused to execute the will. James and Alexander received the home place where William Wright and his wife lived. This latter bequest provides important links to the future and the past of the family.

      On 16 August 1791, James Wright with his wife, Elizabeth, and Alexander Wright of Augusta Co., Virginia, sons and devisees of William Wright deceased, sell 260 acres given to them in their father's will. The deed includes the chain of title to the land back to the deed from John Holmes to William Wright in February 1748. Thus we know that the William Wright who died in 1775-1776 in Augusta County, VA, was living in Augusta Co. in 1748. (Augusta Co., VA, Circuit Court Deeds, 1-A:35-36).

      Margaret, wife of William Wright:

      On 14 July 1791, Margaret Wright, widow of William Wright, deceased, and Elizabeth Wright, wife of James Wright, both released their right of dower to this land. This was done in Bourbon Co., Kentucky. (Augusta Co., VA, Circuit Court Deeds, 1-A:36-37). We have now learned the name of William Wright's widow, Margaret, and a strong presumption that James and Elizabeth Wright and Margaret moved to Bourbon Co., KY.

      On 4 July 1745 John Malckom made his will, signing it with his mark. In the will he names sons: George and John; daughters: Eleanor McNelie and Margaret Wright; grandson, William Wright; and wife Margaret. The will was proved 20 Aug 1761. The witnesses were Andrew Scott, Thos. Scott, and Silas Hart. (Chalkley, III:66, Augusta Co., Wills, 3:81). This will is the basis on which some people say that William Wright married Margaret Malckom (Margaret Malcolm), but notice that the will only says that Margaret married a Mr. Wright and had a son William.  The birth of William Wright's son, William, is thought to have been in the 1750s, long after John Malckom made his will.  Margaret Malckom could just as well have married the other William Wright in Augusta County who was dead in 1755 (see the next paragraph).

      On 22 Aug 1755, Alexander Wright is appointed administrator of the goods, chattels, and credits of William Wright deceased. (Augusta Co., Will Book 2, page 116). This William Wright was dead in 1755 and therefore could not be the William Wright who made his will in 1775 and bought land in 1748. Is this Alexander Wright the person named as one of the youngest sons in the 1775 will? Almost certainly not. Alexander Wright, administrator in 1755 had to be 21 years old or older, i.e., born in 1734 or earlier. The Alexander named in the 1775 will had at least three older brothers meaning that his oldest brother would have been born around 1725 or earlier when the William Wright (died in 1775-1776) was 18 years old.  This administration establishes that there is another William Wright and another Alexander Wright in Augusta County in the 1750s.  There is no evidence that the two Williams or that the two Alexanders are related.

      Although the evidence from John Malckom's will is weak that William Wright married Margaret Malckom, the following scenario suggests that this is a possibility.  First, William Wright's will names his son Samuel first in the list of sons and appoints Samuel executor suggesting that Samuel was his oldest son surviving in 1775 when William made his will.  The published list of baptisms by Rev. Craig lists Samuel as the first child of William Wright to have been baptized, followed a year later by the baptism of a second Samuel.  Presumably, the first Samuel died and William and Margaret named the next son Samuel also.  Based on unverified family Bible records, the Mathews family considers that the wife of William Mathews was Mary Wright, daughter of William.  William and Mary (Wright) Mathews had a child born in 1754.  Mary (Wright) Mathews must have been born in the early 1730s.  According to William Wright's will, he was 68 years old in 1775 and therefore born about 1707.  The first recorded baptism for Samuel Wright is in 1743 when William was about 36 years old.  Typically, we would expect him to have married and started a family ten or more years prior to the baptism of Samuel.  Yet the second Samuel baptized in 1744 is almost certainly his oldest son living in 1775. 

      The discussion in the previous paragraph presents the possibility of two children having been born prior to 1745.  First is Mary, future wife of William Mathews.  Mary could have been born about 1733.  The second possible child is the William Wright named as Margaret (Malckom) Wright's son in John Malckom's will.  This son, William Wright may have been born between 1735 and 1741.  He was alive in 1745 when John Malckom made his will.  But he would have been deceased by 1752 when William and Margaret have another son whom they name William.  In his 1775 will, William Wright mentions but does not name his four daughters.  Two daughters were baptized in the 1740s by Rev. Craig.  Presumably Mary was born in the early 1730s.  A fourth daughter could have been born in the same 1735-1741 time period allotted to the birth of the first son named William.

      Children of William and Margaret Wright (based on the discussion in the preceding paragraphs):
           i.  MARY WRIGHT, b ca 1733 in Ireland; m WILLIAM MATHEWS.
          ii.  WILLIAM WRIGHT, b ca 1735-1741; d ca 1745-1752.  John Malckom names a grandson, William Wright, in his will dated 1745.
         iii.  daughter WRIGHT.
         iv.  SAMUEL WRIGHT, bp 14 Feb 1743.
          v.  SAMUEL WRIGHT, b 8 April 1744; m MARY MITCHELL.
         vi.  JEAN WRIGHT, bp in Augusta Co, VA, 25 May 1746.
        vii.  ELIZABETH WRIGHT, bp in Augusta Co, VA, 23 May 1748.
       viii.  WILLIAM WRIGHT,e b ca 1752; m SARAH.
         ix.  JOHN WRIGHT, m MARGARET McKETTRICK.
          x.  JAMES WRIGHT, b ca 1751.
         xi.  ALEXANDER WRIGHT, b 1756 (or 1758).

      Land transactions of William Wright:

      The land that William Wright bought in 1748 from John Holms was described as 260 acres surveyed to James Mills and sold to Robert Wilson and John Holmes. The land was bounded by the Beverley Manor patent line, on the east by Andrew Black, on the north by William Robinson, and on the east by John Wilson (Augusta Co., deeds, 1:515-516). This land matches the description of part of a 660 acre tract of land on the Beverley Patent Map in The Tinkling Spring (Howard McKnight Wilson, 1954). The map show that Joseph Mills was the original grantee in 1739. William Robinson was the original grantee of land north of the 660 acres. The remaining 400 acres of the 660 acre tract appear to be the land conveyed 25 Aug 1752 by John Wilson to Joseph Tees on South River, Shanandore; Beverley Manor line, part of 660 acres deeded to John's father by Joseph Mills, 24 June 1742. (Chalkley, III:307).

      The Beverley Patent Map shows a William Wright as the original grantee in 1749 of two tracts approximately 9 miles northeast of the above 260 acres. The two tracts are 270 acres and 155 acres respectively on Long Meadow run and made a corner with Wm. Johnston's land.. William Wright acquired this land from William Beverley on 28 Feb/1 Mar 1749 (Augusta Co., Deeds 2:609-613). On 27 Feb 1749 (the day before), William Wright had sold William Beverley 413 acres in Beverley Manor (Augusta Co., Deeds, 2:608). This 413 acres matches the description of two tracts (156 and 269 acres) William Beverley had sold to William Johnston, 22 Feb 1749 (Augusta Co., Deed Book 2:472-473) that made a corner with William Wright's land. William Wright acquired the 413 acres from William Beverley in 1740 prior to Augusta County being organized. A reasonable explanation of these confusing transactions involving adjacent tracts of land is that William Beverley had conveyed title of the wrong land to William Wright in 1740 (Wilson, p 419). On 22 Feb 1749 William Beverley sold the same land to Wm. Johnston and a few days later discovered that he had conveyed title to the same land twice. Hence William Wright conveyed title back to William Beverley to the 413 acres making the previous transfer to William Johnston valid and William Beverley conveyed to William Wright title to the correct two tracts (270 acres and 155 acres) correcting the 1740 error.

      Do we have two different William Wrights now living in Beverley Manor? One owning the two tracts, 270 acres and 155 acres and the second owning 260 acres on South River? On 26 Feb 1750 William Wright joined by his wife, Margret, sold the 270 acre tract to William Johnson (Augusta Co., Deeds 3:350-351) and on 22 May 1750 William Wright joined by his wife, Margaret, sold the 155 acre tract to Wm. Logan (Augusta Co., Deeds 3:754). Thus in 15 months William Wright had sold the two tracts of land on Long Meadow Run. On 19 March 1770 William Logan and wife Isabella sold the 155 acre tract to Samuel Wright (Augusta Co., Deeds 18:215-217). Then on 16 Aug 1785 Samuel Wright and wife Mary, sold the 155 acres to Zechariah Johnston (Augusta Co., Deeds 25:159).

      William Wright with wife Margaret sold the 270 and 155 acre tracts in 1750. William Wright who made his will in 1775 had a wife Margaret. The two Margarets may not have been the same person. So this is not sufficient to prove that the William Wright selling land on Long Meadow Run in 1750 was the same man as bought the 260 acres in 1748. However, the William Wright who bought the land in 1748 and made his will in 1775 had a son Samuel and in 1770 a Samuel Wright bought the 155 acres William and Margaret Wright sold in 1750. A coincidence, but a coincidence that suggests that the Samuel Wright may have bought the land because of some tie he had to it. It is possible that the William Wright who bought the 260 acres in 1748 did so because it was better land than the 270 acre and the 155 acre tract he already owned. He then tried to sell the original farm and did so in 1750 after clearing up the title with William Beverley in 1749. William's son, Samuel Wright, starting out on his own, took advantage of the opportunity to repurchase the land he remembered from his childhood. I believe that the same William Wright made all these transactions.

      Information on Samuel Wright
      Augusta Co., VA, Deeds 25:159.  16 Aug 1785, Samuel Wright and wife Mary, sold 155 acres of land Samuel bought in 1770.  This is the last entry for Samuel Wright in the Augusta Co. records.  He probably moved at this time to Bourbon Co., KY, with his brother James and next appears in the Bourbon Co. records buying land in March 1793 (see below).

      (Chalkley, III:120 - Will Book 4:444). In will of John Mitchell, farmer, dated 14 Feb 1771. He names wife Elizabeth. Plantation hired (?) from his mother by verbal will; third son, John; fourth son, James, executor; youngest daughter, Elizabeth, eldest son, Thomas; eldest daughter Elenor Wilson; second son, Robert; second daughter Mary Right. Proved 20 Aug 1771. Witn: John Tate, Andrew Moore, Thos. Wilson.

      Bourbon Co, KY Deed B:324.  Samuel Wright of Bourbon Co bought land on the waters of Huston's Creek, recorded March 1793.  Samuel Wright, Sr. of Adams Co, OH, sold this land in a deed signed by him and his wife Mary, 7 Apr 1810.  (Bourbon Co, Deeds G:1539)

      Hannah Scrutchfield, daughter of Mary Scrutchfield, was apprenticed to Samuel Wright for housewifery, 23 July 1794 (Bourbon Co, KY, deeds C:71).

      Information on William Wright, son of William who made his will in 1775 in Augusta
      There is much confusion with respect to the identity of this son William.  He has been confused with a William Wright who made his will in Bourbon County, KY, in 1802.  Others claim that William Wright who died in Highland County, OH, is the son of William Wright of Tinkling Spring.  Here is what I have been able to glean.  Descendants of the William Wright who made his will in Bourbon County in 1802 state that records in Bourbon Co, KY, and Berkeley Co, VA, show that William was farming in Frederick/Berkeley Co, as early as 1754.  I have not verified the references they supplied, but if true this is inconsistent with the claim that this William is the son of the William Wright who made his will in Augusta in 1775.

      DNA evidence conclusively proves that the William Wright who bought land in Highland County, OH, in 1811, is he son of William Wright who made his will in 1775 in Augusta County, VA. See my discussion on this webpage.

      I found an abstract of the Bourbon County will of William Wright in Kentucky Court and Others Records, compiled by Mrs. Harry Kenneth McAdams, 1929, Vol. II, p 27. The will was dated 17 Oct 1802 and proved July 1806. That suggests that he probably died in 1806.  The will was recorded in Will Book C, p 149. He names his wife, Martha; Sons: Robert, John, Hugh, James, William, Samuel, and Thos; and daughters: Hannah Melvin (oldest), Mary Stewart, Margaret Hendrix, Elizabeth Leer, Sally Hannah, and Jean Champ. He also names sons-in-law: David Leer, and Joseph Hannah. Witnesses were Samuel Black, Tilghman Hickman, and Wm. Black. This list of 13 children including 6 married daughters suggests that he lived a long life. Allowing for the daughters to reach adulthood and marry would mean that the youngest child may have been born about 1780 and allowing for the birth of a child every two years, places the oldest child born about 1755. This is consistent with the report that he was farming in Frederick/Berkeley Co, VA, in 1754, but again would not fit well if he were the son of the William Wright who made his will in Augusta Co, in 1775.

      While the Rev Craig's baptisms listed in Wilson show four children of Wm. Wright. The index to the book lists the following other Wrights on this Wright baptismal page: James, Margaret, Hugh, and Mary. The name Hugh is not a common as the other names, but all four of the names in the index that are missing from the baptismal page are names mentioned as children of William Wright in his 1802 Bourbon County will. Rev. Craig's original journal needs to be located to determine what baptisms were actually conducted and who the parents were.  In the time-span covered by the journal, it is improbable (impossible?) for one Wm. Wright to have had eight children born. On the same page as the Wright baptisms, the baptism of children of Robert Young are reported.  Among these children of Robert Young are Mary, James, Margaret and Hugh. The index does not include a listing for Mary, Margaret or Hugh Young on this baptismal page and the baptismal page includes another person named James. Probably some children surnamed Young are listed in the index as being surnamed Wright or some children surnamed Wright are listed on the baptismal page with the surname Young.

      In the Historical Scrapbook, Bourbon Co, KY, est. 1785, published in Paris, KY, 3-6 Sep 1939, is a list of names taken from a tablet in memory of Revolutionary Patriots. The table was unveiled at Bourbon Co, Courthouse, 4 June 1927. On the list was "William Wright." As many as four different William Wrights can be identified as being in Bourbon County prior to 1802, so the specific identity of this William Wright is unknown.

      In his will dated 7 June 1775 the elder William Wright left his son William 40 pounds. The elder William Wright names his sons in the following order (which I take to be the order of their ages): Samuel, John, William, James, and Alexander. Samuel's baptism is recorded by Rev. Craig at Tinkling Spring in 1743 and Samuel is named executor of the will. As stated above Samuel had previously purchased the family's first land in Augusta County. These items with respect to Samuel imply that he is the oldest. In the will, James and Alexander are said to be the youngest sons. That leaves John and William to come between Samuel and James. William left increasingly larger bequests to his sons in the order the sons are named in his will. That is the youngest two sons received the largest bequest while the eldest, Samuel receives one dollar and a brown "strate" coat. John received a cow, calf steer and "wane shute of blue close." Presumably the older sons had already received a portion of their inheritance.

      Nell Blumel in an email to me in 1998 said that the younger William was to pay for some land from the 40 pound bequest he received from his father. I did not pick this up when I read the Augusta County records. But William did buy some land at this time. On 6 May 1776 William bought 106 acres on the Grate (Great) River from Andrew Kinkead and his wife Jane. Both parties to the deed were residents of Augusta County. Witnesses to this deed were William Kinkead, William Meteer, and John Wright. (Augusta Deeds, 21:297). On 5 June 1785, William Wright and his wife Sarah of Augusta County sold 104-1/2 acres on the Great River of the Calf pasture. William signed his name while Sarah made her mark to the deed. (Augusta Deed, 24:285).

      Note also that if William is younger than Samuel, with Samuel being baptized in 1743, and Rev Craig's journal including baptisms through 1749, then William would probably be born after 1750. That means that William could not be the grandson, William Rite mentioned in John Malckom's 1745 will and William of Tinkling Springs wife, Margaret, was not Margaret Malckom. Of course, the possibility exists that William and Margaret had an earlier son named William (born before Rev. Craig's baptismal journal began), this son being the one named by John Malckom, and this son died within a few years following John making his will in 1745. William and Margaret subsequently named another son William, as they had done after the first Samuel of the baptismal records died.

      On 18 Oct 1811 Alexander Wright of Bourbon Co, KY bought 759-3/4 acres in Highland Co. At the same time James Wright of Highland Co, bought 384 acres and Wm. Wright, Jr. of Highland Co, bought 250-3/4 acres. On 21 Oct 1811 Wm. Wright, Sr, of Highland Co, bought 280 acres. The sellers in each case were the same people. (David N. McBride, Records of the Recorder's Office of Highland Co, OH (1805-1850), 1969, p 1).

      William and Sarah Wright are buried in Fall Creek Cemetery, Liberty Twp, Highland Co, OH. According to McBride's Cemetery Records, he d 21 May 1829, aged 77th year. Sarah d 18 Nov 1835, age 84th year. (David N. McBride, Cemetery Inscriptions of Highland County, Ohio. 1954, p 269).

      James Wright in his will dated 16 Dec 1833 names as his executor, William Wright, son of my brother William. This will was proven in Highland County 19 June 1835. (David N. McBride, Wills, Administrations, Guardianships and Adoptions of Highland County, Ohio (1805-1880), 1957, p 19.)

      The children of William and Sarah Wright of Highland Co, are identified in a suit filed 30 Jan 1850. Robert Preston Wright vs Margaret Wright, etal, calling for a partition of the land. Plaintiff alleged that William Wright, dec'd, his father died seized of the whole interest in 250-3/4 acres on which decedent resided, and an undivided one-half interest in 280 acres on which John M. Wright, dec'd resided. The defendants John Milton Wright, Alexander Newton Wright, Sally Lucinda, wife of Daniel Buntain and James Washington Wright, an idiot, are all children and heirs of William, dec'd. Margaret is the widow of William, dec'd. William, dec'd was the brother of John M., dec'd, and of Sarah who owns the remaining undivided one-half interest in the 280 acres. (David N. McBride, Common Please Court Records of Highland County, Ohio (1805-1860), 1959, p 211)

      From Caldwell's Atlas of Adams Co., OH, 1797-1880. The ancestors of Samuel M. Wright were natives of Ireland. His great-grandfather married in that country, but at an early day, he, with his family emigrated to America, and settled in Virginia. At what time he came to this country we don't know, but it was before the revolutionary war, for several of his sons took part in that struggle, serving in the continental army. Some of them were at Cowpens. This great-grandfather and his wife both died and their names are forgotten, and the names of but few of their children are now remembered, five of these sons, however, came west about 1787. They settled somewhere between Paris and Lexington, Kentucky. They lived there some twelve years, then all removed to Ohio, three of them, James, William and Alexander settled in Highland Co. Another one, Samuel settled in Cherry Fork, Wayne Township, near North Liberty in 1799. The other son, John, settled about a mile north of Decatur, Brown Co. John married Margaret McKittrick, before leaving Virginia.

      James Wright of Highland Co, OH, in his application for a Revolutionary War pension dated 16 July 1834, stated that he fought at the Battle of Cowpens. He also states that the was born in Augusta Co, VA in 1758. (Microfilm of Revolutionary War Pension Records, R11889). Alexander Wright of Highland Co, who died in 1819, is accepted by the NSDAR as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. (DAR Lineage Books).

      While the reference to Caldwell's Atlas must be used with care, some of the information can be substantiated. James Wright's pension application confirms that he fought at the Battle of Cowpens. Samuel M. Wright's great-grandparents refer to William and Margaret Wright of Augusta Co, VA. They were immigrants, either from Ireland as stated or possibly directly from Scotland as some claim. William and Margaret's sons sold their land in Augusta Co between 1784 and 1791 and moved to Kentucky. Samuel, John, William, James, and Alexander moved to Ohio between 1799 and 1811. Samuel settled in Cherry Fork, John near Decatur, and William, James, and Alexander in Highland Co, OH.

      My conclusion is that there is substantial support identifying the William Wright, Sr, who in 1811 buys land in Highland Co, OH, as the son of the William Wright who made his will in Augusta Co, VA, in 1775. At this time there is no evidence to support the claim that the William who made his will in Bourbon Co, KY, in 1802 is the son of the William Wright who made his will in Augusta Co, VA, in 1775.

      Information from The Tinkling Spring, by Howard McKnight Wilson (The tinkling Spring and Hermitage Presbyterian Churches, Fishersville, VA, 1954).

      Page 25. It is clear from the Tinkling Spring membership list of 1744 that there were seventy-seven heads of families in that church alone, before the Augusta County Court was set up and began recording deeds in 1746, but only forty-seven held titles to lands they occupied.

      The congregational list for the three districts of Tinkling Spring, as it is compared with the map of Beverley Manor lands, provides a mental picture of the grouping of these settlers on the streams.

      William Wright's district of eighteen families was on Long Meadow Run and included the Hutchisons, Johnstons, Frazers, Thompsons, Hendersons, Kerrs, McCunes, Skiillerns, Palmers, Moodys and others.

      Page 84. The old minute book of the South Side of this congregation, following the title page, sets forth the first recorded action of the people, with the signatures of many of them. Wm. Wright was one of the signers, 14 Aug 1741.

      Page 86. In the first list of church officers which was made prior to 1748, Willm Wright is listed as a commissioner.

      Pages 91-92. On minutes dated 11 Jan 1744/5, Wm Wright is also listed as a commissioner. The same on 23 March 1746/7.

      Page 145. In September of 1754, upon complaints from the Augusta frontier, Dinwiddie turned his attention to protecting frontier settlers by ordering Captain Andrew Lewis and forty or fifty men to march immediately the Augusta County frontier; there Colonel Patton was to direct the defense so as to make it effective against "the Incursions of small Parties of Indians, and I suppose, some French." William Wright, Ensign, Tinkling Spring's schoolmaster, was to accompany Captain Lewis on his return to Augusta. Early in 1755 Ensign Wright was ordered to remain "at the Fort You lately built (from Robert Dinwiddie, The Official Records of Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Virginia, 1751-1758, I:315-17, 499-500) while Captain Lewis was ordered to Winchester.  [Note:  The compiler has not verified this account in Dinwiddie.  Does Dinwiddie specifically identify the William Wright, Ensign, as Tinkling Spring's schoolmaster, or is that an interpretation by Wilson?   Since there were two men with the name William Wright in Augusta County, the compiler  recommends that the Dinwiddie records be verified on this point.]

      Pages 176,178. On 6 Aug 1765 and 6 Nov 1770, Wm Wright is listed as a member of the session.

      Page 212. The James McClure family were charter members of the church and pioneers in education, having the earliest school building of record in old Augusta County. The second son of James and Agnes McClure was Andrew, born in Ireland about 1720, who settled adjacent to his father between Tinkling Spring and Woods Gap and married, about 1742, Eleanor Wright, presumably of the same family as William Wright, the Tinkling Spring officer.

      Pages 222-223. The William Johnston families settled on Long Meadow Run and became, in 1740, charter members of the Tinkling Spring Church. The letter of transfer from West Nottingham, Maryland, appears, for some reason to be dated 1747 instead of 1741. About 1747 Mr. Johnston's name appears in the church minutes as an elder. On Sunday, September 26, 1742, the Johnston parents presented their son, Zechariah, Rev. John Craig baptized him. He grew to manhood under the ministry of Mr. Craig. The Johnston children secured their early schooling, no doubt, from "William Wright, School Master" who was an adjoining settler on Long Meadow Run, also a charter member of Tinkling Spring and a fellow church-officer, serving as a commissioner with the duties of a present day deacon.

      Pages 296-297. The Tinkling Spring congregation, like other groups of Scots in old Augusta, were never without instruction for their children, even if it had to be done by parents at home. Tinkling Spring had her William Wright, "schoolmaster," living on Long Meadow Run and a schoolhouse built on James McClure's land before 1747. William Wright lived two and a half miles down the east fork of Long Meadow Run from the McClure schoolhouse. The presence of this school is certified in depositions of a half dozen families of the church, some of whom attended school there in 1747. It seems reasonable to assume, on the basis of distance and relationship, that Mr. Wright's teaching was done at the McClure schoolhouse.

      Page 419. William Wright bought 413 acres of land, 24 July 1740 recorded in Orange County Court Records, Deed Book, III-IX.

      Page 431. William Wright served as an elder with service beginning before 1765 and ending with his death in 1776. Samuel Wright began to serve as an elder before 1778.

      Page 433. William Wright began service as a commissioner before 1 March 1744 and served until he became an elder.

      Pages 438-439. 12 Nov 1744 residents of William Wright's Quarter: William Smith, Georg Hutchison, Willm Hutchison, Robert Palmer, William Thomson, Robert Moday, John Frazer, John Thomson, Willm Jonston, Wiliam Logan, Alex'dr Henderson, Sam'l Henderson, Willm Scileran, Rob't Black, James Cear, Samuel McCune, Samuel Fergeson, William Wright.

      Page 441. 1765-1770, Tinkling Spring Subscribers: William Wright, Lower Quarter South River.

      Page 483. Children of Wm Wright baptized by John Craig (1740-1749):


      Note: The information seems to assume that there was only one William Wright at Tinkling Spring during this entire period from 1740 to 1776, whereas courthouse records indicate that there were at least two.
       

      Information after the Wrights left Virginia.

      Deed Records of Bourbon Co., KY

      Deed Records, Adams Co., OH, 6:488. 7 Apr 1810, deed from Samuel Wright to William Wright. Consideration: $1. This is one of a series of deeds from Samuel Wright to his children. This establishes that William Wright was the son of Samuel Wright.

      Family Bible Record, compiled by Robert D. Craig, Adams County, Ohio Records, Vol. 2, "Bibles and Cemeteries", (1964, Cincinnati, Ohio), p 19, "Wright Family Records."

      William Wright b 21 Mar 1775; d 15 May 1850; married 5 Feb 1801 Jane Thomson, b 14 Mar 1778. Children: Washington b 6 March 1812, Alexander Mitchell Wright b 19 Oct 1819, Original owner of this Bible was Samuel Wright, Adams Co., OH. Present owner, Mrs. Martha Howland, DeLand, FL, daughter of Marion Tweed Wright (1855-1933). Sworn to on 10 Dec 1948 before a notary public, Frances A. Twembly, of DeLand Fla. This Bible record is important because it identifies Washington Wright as the son of William and Jane (Thomson) Wright.

      Birth and death dates of William and Jane Wright confirmed from gravestones in Cherry Fork Cemetery.

      Lillian Colletta and Leslie E. Puckett, Tombstone Inscriptions of Cherry Fork Cemetery, Adams Co., Ohio and Genealogical Gleanings, 1964, page 1. "Historical Sketch of Wayne Township". First settler here was probably Samuel Wright who came from Kentucky in 1799 and located on Cherry Fork,

      Census Data:

      Washington Wright's parents were born in Virginia, however William M. Wright was the son of Washington Wright. The Virginia heritage was so strong in the family almost 100 years after the family had left Virginia that William M. Wright gave the birthplace of his parents as Virginia. In actuality Washington Wright was born in Ohio as he told the census taker.
Updated: 27 August 2008.
 

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