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

Francis Wright

Male 1710 - 1742  (~ 32 years)


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  • Name Francis Wright 
    Born Mar 1709/10  Lower Machodoc Peninsula, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 1742  Prince William County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I032361  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 

    Father John Wright,   b. Abt 25 Feb 1684/85, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 28 May 1734 and 1738, Leesylvania, Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Dorothy MNU Wright,   b. Abt 1685, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 1706  Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15111  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Massey,   b. 19 Mar 1719/20, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1752, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 31 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1737  St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Wright,   b. 1738, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1771, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Dorothea Wright,   b. 1740, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1782, Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     3. Frances Wright,   b. 1742, Alexandria, Fairfax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Feb 1784  (Age > 42 years)
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F15313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Prince William County, Virginia Will Book Liber C, 1734-1744; (John Fredrick Dorman); Pages 376-377.
      Will of Francs Wright, dated 29 March 1742
      Francis Wrigjt of Prince William County being very sick and weak
      Unto my wel beloved wife Ann Wright her choice of half that tract of back land to settle on durnig her natural life and' being now apprehensive that my beloved wife is pregnant and if it should prove a boy the other half of the back land I give into him and after his mother's decease the whole tract of land to fall to him. But in case it should prove a girl the whole property of the land to belong to my beloved wife'during her natural life a-nd aftewards to be eqally divided betw-een my three daughters if the last should prove a gir. In case any of them should die without any such heir (lawfully begotten] to the next heir at heir.
      My will is that my beloved wife should peaceably posess al1 that appertaineth unto me during her natural life except if she should marry and then to possess all untill my children are of age to choose their Guardians.
      My will is that after my beloved wifes decease that my negros, stock and household goods be equally divided amongst my children and the heirs lawfully begotten of their bodies.
      I do hereby appoint my true and trusty friends Moses Linton of Prince William County and Sigismund Massey of Stafford County executors and my beloved wife elecutrix of this my last will and testament during her widowhood but no longer.
      wit:
      Jane (X) Calvert
      Moses Linton
      Jno. Bryan
      27 Sept. 1742. presented in Court by Ann Wright executrix.
      proved by the oaths of Moses Linton and Jane Colvert, witnesses.
      Pages 377-78. Bond of Ann wright, Thos Young and Daniel French unto William Fairfax, Esq., justice. For 5
      7 Sept. 1742, Ann Wright is extx. of Francis Wright dec.
      Ann Wright
      Thomas Young
      Daniel French
      17 Sept 1742. Ack and adm to rcord.
      Pages 37S-80. Inventory of Francis Wright estate made in obedience to order of 27July1742
      16 Oct. 1742. Moses Linton
      William Davis
      John Copher
      25Oct 1742 Ret and adm to record
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      Name: Jo Anne Mackby
      Email: jamackby@qx dot net
      NOTICE: For those who do not know: the Wright-WASHINGTON descent ends with Francis Wright and Anne Massey, as they had only daughters. DNA research on this Wright family has disproven any further descent from John Wright of Ploughland, Co. York d. 1540 through the Washingtons.
      Col. Francis Wright's descent through his 2nd wife Martha Cox does continue today. If you are a male Wright descendant through Francis Wright and Martha Cox you can still qualify for DNA testing.
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      Prince William County, Virginia Deeds {June Whitehurst Johnson}: Liber D; 1738 - 1740; Pages 127-131.
      May 27, 1739. Francis Wright of Parish of Hamilton Pr. Wm., planter and Ann Wright his wife to Benjamin Grayson of same....for sum of 100 lbs....333 a....being 1/3 part of 1,000 a. formerly sold by Henry Lee unto John Wright dec. father to Francis Wright dated June 5, 1725....corner to land of Burbidge at Muscle Island deeds of lease and release.
      Frans. Wright, Ann (-) Wright
      Wits: Thos. Harrison Jr., Will Dent, Moses Linton, John Turley. Rec'd. of Benjamin Grayson sum of 100 lbs.
      At court May 28, 1739 Francis Wright and Anne his wife acknowledged this release.
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      Prince William County, Virginia Deeds {June Whitehurst Johnson}: Liber D; 1738 - 1740; Pages 132-136.
      May 27, 1739. Benjamin Grayson of Pr. Wm., Gent. and Susanna Grayson his wife to Francis Wright....100 lbs....711 a...formerly gr. Benjamin Grayson by deed from the Proprietors Office dated Aug. 2, 1731....on br. of n. fork of Bull Runn on ridge joyning upon br. of Elk Licking Run....deeds of lease and release.
      Benja. Grayson
      Susanna (S) Grayson
      Wits: Thos. Harrison Jr., Will. Dent, Moses Linton, John Turley. Rec'd. of Francis Wright sum of 100 lbs.
      At Court May 28, 1739 Benjamin Grayson and Susanna his wife acknowledged this release.

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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/kinggeorge/wills/j5250001.txt
      URL title: King George County, Virginia Will - Jeffery Johnson, 1725
      Note:
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      King George County, Virginia Will - Jeffery Johnson, 1725

      Will of Jeffery Johnson:

      In the name of God, Amen. I Jeffery Johnson of the County of King George and the colony of Virginia being weak and knowing that all men is appointed once to die do make,appoint and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. I therefore give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping thru the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain pardon and forgiveness of all my sins & offences & my body to the Earth to be buried after a decent and Christain manner according to the discretion of my executors hereafter named & as for my worldly goods which it hath pleased Almightly God to bless me with all I dispose of in manner and form as
      followeth:
      Imprimis : I give to my son John Johnson the Plantation whereon he nows Dwells with one hundred acres of land belonging to the same to him and his heirs or heir male forever.
      Item: I give to my grandson William Johnson the remaining part of the tract of land after his father's decease to him and his heirs or his heir male forever except forty acres at the upper end of the land which I do give to Francis Wright and Ann, his wife, during their natural lives if they remain on same and after their decease to fall to my grandson William Johnson.
      I do hereby Revoke all Wills,deeds,Testaments,gifts,rights,titles from by or under me made hereto,this being my last Will and Testament and my true intended meaning.
      Witness my hand and seal this 25th day of June 1725.


      His
      Witnesses: Charles
      Morgan
      Jeffery ( O ) Johnson
      Tim
      Reading
      Mark

      The will was probated on October 7, 1726 in King George County by his executor Jeffery Johnson.
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      On July 27, 1741, at Prince William County, Virginia, D.B. E/339 1742 Francis Wright sold to Henry Lee the remaining 667 acres of the land Francis had inherited from his father 1729/30 John Wright, land which Henry Lee had previously sold to 1729/30 John Wright of Stafford County:

      "This Indenture made the twenty Seventh day of July in the fifteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second . . . . Annog Domini One thousand Seven hundred & forty one Between Francis Wright of Hamilton parish in Prince William County planter of the one part & Henry Lee of Cople parish in Westmorland County Gent of the other part Witnesseth that for & in Consideration of the Sum of Two hundred and Sixty pounds Current money of Virginia in hand paid to the said Francis Wright by the said Henry Lee . . . . he the said Francis Wright . . . . doth give grant enfeof & Confirm unto the said Henry Lee his heirs and Assignes for ever all that Messuage or Tenement of Land . . . . containing Six hundred Sixty Seven acres Scituate lying & being in the aforesaid parish of Hamilton & County of Prince William & is bounded or incuded between two Creeks now known & Called by the names of powels Creek & Nyapscoe Creek also binding on a parcel of Land the said Francis Wright sold to Mr. Benjamin Gresham the said Six hundred and Sixty Seven acres of Land being part of One thousand acres of Land Conveyed by the abovesaid Henry Lee to John Wright (father of the aforesaid Francis) in fee Simple as by Deed dated the twelfth day of June annog Domini One thousand Seven hundred & twenty five relation being thereunto more fully & at Large appear & the said John Wright father of the said Francis Wright dying intestate the said Francis Wright as his eldest Son is heir at Law to the said Land . . . .

      Signed Sealed & Delivered Francis Wright
      in the presenceof us
      John Frogg
      R Blackburn
      Wm Elliott.
      . . . .
      At a Court held for Prince William County the 27th day of July anno Domini 1741.

      Francis Wright acknowledged this deed of feofment Livery of Seisin and receipts to be his acts and deeds & Ann the wife of the said Francis being first privatly Examined relinquished her right of dower to the Land by the said deed Conveyed and they are thereupon Admitted to Record.

      Test.
      Catesby Cooke Cl Cur"
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      1732-1847 Prince William Co VA Bond Book
      September 27th 1742 (C-377)
      Know all Men by these Presents that we Anne Wright, Thomas Young and Daniel French are held and firmly bound unto William Fairfax Esq. the first Justice in the Commission of Peace for Prince William County for and in behalf and to the sole use and behoof of the Justices of the said County and their successors in the sum of two hundred pounds sterling to be paid to the said William Fairfax Esq. his Executors Administrators and Assigns. To which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us our and every of our heirs, executors and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals dated this twenty-seventh day of September 1742.
      The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound Anne Wright executrix of the last will and testament of Francis Wright deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have, or shall come to the Hands, Possession, or Knowledge of her the said Anne Wright or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her and the same so made, do exhibit into the County Court of Prince William at such time as she shall be thereunto required by the said Court; and the same Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which at any time shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of the said Anne Wright or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to Law; And further do make a just and true account of her Actings and Doings therein, when thereto required by the said Court; and also shall well and truly pay and deliver all the legacies contained and specified in the said Testament, as far as the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, will thereunto extend, and the Law shall charge: Then this Obligation to be void and of none Effect, else to remain in full force and Virtue.
      Sealed, and delivered, in presence of John Bowie Anne (X)Wright SEAL
      Thomas Young SEAL
      Daniel French SEAL
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      Prince William County, Virginia Deeds {Antient Press}: Liber E; 1740 - 1741; pp 339-344
      THIS INDENTURE made the twenty Seventh day of July in the fifteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Second anno domini One thousand seven hundred & forty one Between FRANCIS WRIGHT of Hamilton Prish in Prince William County Planter of one part and HENRY LEE of Cople Parish in WESTMORELAND COUNTY gent Witnesseth that for the sum of Two hundred and sixty pounds Current money of Virginia by these presents doth grant unto the said HENRY LEE his heirs and assignes for ever all that Tenement of land containing six hundred sixty seven acres scituate lying and being in the aforesaid Parish of Hamilton & County of Prince William & is bounded between two Creeks now known by the names of POWELS CREEK & NYAPSCOE CREEK also binding on a parcel of land said FRANCIS WRIGHT sold to Mr, BENJAMIN GRESHAM the said Six hundred and sixty seven acres of land being part of One thousand acres of land conveyed by the abovesaid HENRY LEE to JOHN WRIGHT (Father of the aforesaid FRANCIS) in fee Simple as by Deed dated the twelfth day of June Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred & twenty five & the said JOHN WRIGHT Father of the said FRANCIS WRIGHT dying intestate the said FRANCIS WRIGHT as his Eldest Son is heir at Law to the said Land & all houses and hereditaments whatsoever To Have and To Hold unto the said HENRY LEE his heirs and assignee. In Witness whereof the parties first above named have set their hands & Seals
      in presence of us JOHN FROGG, FRANCIS WRIGHT
      R. BLACKBURN, WM, ELLIOTT
      At a Court held for Prince William County the 27th day of July 1741
      FRANCIS WRIGHT acknowledged this Deed of Feofment Livery of Seisin and Receipt to be his acts and deeds & ANN the Wife of the said FRANCIS being first privately Examined relinquished her right of Dower to the land by said Deed conveyed and they are admitted to Record

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      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=99&last=&g_p=GD&collect ion=NN Grant
      http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=9a&last=&g_p=GE&collect ion=NN Grant
      Title Murdock, Jeremiah.
      Publication 22 July 1732.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: King George County.
      Description: 374 acres adjoining Francis Wright, and the lands of Thornton.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants D, 1731-1732, p. 99, folio (Reel 291).
      Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Grants E, 1736-1742, p. 9a (Reel 291).
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      URL (Click on link) http://lvaimage.lib.va.us/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=9&last=&g_p=GE&collecti on=NN Grant
      Title Murdock, Jeremiah.
      Publication 9 June 1737.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Surveys, 1-6, A-E, reels 312-320.
      Note Location: King George County.
      Description: 374 acres in the counties of Westmoreland, and King George, adjoining Francis Wright, and land of Thornton.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants E, 1736-1742, p. 9 (Reel 291).
      Recorded survey available. Northern Neck Grants E 1736-1742, p. 9a.