Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Richard Wright

Male 1730 - Bef 1785  (< 55 years)


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  • Name Richard Wright 
    Born 1730  Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef Feb 1785  Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I000414  Tree1
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 

    Father Philbert Wright,   b. Bef 1689,   d. Aft 1731, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years) 
    Mother Ester Becraft,   b. 18 Nov 1695, All Hallow's Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jun 1738, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 43 years) 
    Married 3 Dec 1712  Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01644  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann MNU Wright,   d. Aft 1764, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1751  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin Wright,   b. 1752, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1837, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Peter Wright,   b. 1754, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1821, Harrison County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Richard Wright,   b. 1757, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1833, Davidson County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. John Wright,   b. 1759, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 42 years)
     5. William Wright,   b. 25 Mar 1761, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between May and Sep 1840, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Evans Wright,   b. 1762, Halifax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Jan 1848, Macon County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 86 years)
     7. Amos Wright,   b. 1764, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1846, Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     8. Philbert Wright,   b. 1768, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1855, Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 21 May 2019 
    Family ID F00184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a member of the N.C. militia. Certificate of his military record is preserved.

      === This family is researched by Shirley Gragg

      DNA testing places Richard Wright d. NC as the son of Philbert Wright & Esther Becraft.

      RICHARD WRIGHT, SR. 1726-1785 HOWEVER, Richard has no baptismal record identifying him as a son. The ‘identification’ came about as a result of DNA done on direct line-all- MALE descendants of Philbert Wright, b. 1719. His and the male lineage of Richard have the exact same DNA - thus identifying them as family. There was no other Right/Wright family in Ann Arundel County, Maryland at that time

      Jeff Wright, Coordinator of the Wright DNA Project: July 31, 2010;

      The best theory is that he was 1738 Philbert Wright -- this is based on circumstantial evidence of time and place. The same results could occur if some or all of these lines descend from a brother, uncle, or father of 1738 Philbert. But, given no evidence has been found to put forth an alternative theory, then the remaining LIKELY ANCESTOR was Philbert. This is PROOF "within reasonable certainty", NOT proof 'beyond all doubt"........ I have updated my diagram of this family which can be found at: http://www.wright-dna.org/trees/1784RichardWright201008.pdf ....... Until the time comes that other evidence alters this theory, it's the best working theory we have."

      Married Abt 1751 Frederick County, Maryland: Ann [surname unknown] b. Abt 1730; d. ABT 1785 • Rowan County, North Carolina

      Children

      1. Benjamin Wright, b. 1752, Frederick County, Maryland; d; 4 OCT 1837 • Trader's Point, Marion County, Indiana

      2. Peter Wright, b. 1754, Halifax County, Virginia; d; OCT 1821 • Harrison County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location

      3. Richard Wright, b. 1757, Halifax County, Virginia; d. JUNE 1833 • Davidson County, North Carolina

      4. John Wright, b. 1759, Halifax County, Virginia; d. aft 1800, Rowan County, North Carolina

      5. William Wright, b. 25 Mar 1761, Halifax County, Virginia; d. MAY- SEP 1840 • Jackson County, Indiana

      6. Evans Wright, b. 1762, Halifax County, Virginia; d. BEF 20TH JAN 1848 • Macon County, Missouri

      7. Amos Wright, b. 1764, Orange County, North Carolina ; d. 14 OCT 1846 • Washington County, Indiana

      8. Philbert Wright, b. 1768, Rowan County, North Carolina ; d. 31 JUL 1855 • Washington County, Indiana


      The most authoritative document i have found of their children "Loomis Families in America" gives a whole different set of children than the pedigree"Baltimore Co. Families", 1659-1759, by Robert W. Barnes:

      WRIGHT, PHILBURD, had two sons, both of whom went to North Carolina where they served in the Rev. War; PHILBURD, Jr. moved to Orange County, NC; RICHARD, d. c. 1786 in Rowan County, NC. Ref: Waters, Margaret R. Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana. 2 vols. in 1 (1949, 1954) Repr. Baltimore: 1970.

      He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War as a member of the N.C. militia. Certificate of his military record is preserved.

      Richard, Sr. was never married to an ‘Abigail Wigerly - total folklore.

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