James Wright History
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The James Wright History has been well documented.
The Wright Family was among one
of the first to settle in America,
we have this line proved to 1671
lineage starts with James Wright born in 1671
and first found in
Nottingham Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
It is said that he is from
descendants of Yorkshire, England.
The Quaker movement
started in England,
our root ancestors came to Pennsylvania (Hope)
and then moved
to Virginia (Monocacy),
moved to South Carolina (Bush River),
Tennessee (Greene Co.),
Ohio (Grant Co.),
Indiana and then Iowa.
James Wright sailed from Bristol as part of "Penn's
Fleet" in 1682.
He was taxed in Chester Co., Penn. 1718-1726.
He moved his
family briefly to Monocacy, Maryland, and to Hopewell, Virginia with a company
of Quaker settlers.
From a book on Quaker ministers come the following on
"An elder of 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 conversations."
Continuing our Wright history; He was diligent in the
attendance of religious meetings,
exemplary in humble waiting therein, and of a
sound mind and judgment.
He was cautious of giving just offence to any one,
was earnestly concerned for the unity of the brethren, and the peace of the
He appeared, say his friends, concerning him, for some time before his
as one who had finished his last day's work, and who was waiting
for his change.
James Wright History
James Wright History
He was a distinguished minister of Friends, and with
Hopewell Monthly Meeting traveled widely in the exercise of
He sustained much loss at the time of the French and Indian War
and with his wife Mary was the object of much concern
of the Meeting For
Sufferings in Philadelphia,
which issued instructions that one=fifth of the
money sent at that time
for relief of Friends in the ravaged district
out for the Use of aged Friends James Wright & His Wife."
At the same time the clerk of Hopewell Monthly Meeting
refers to them as follows:
"Also our ancient Friends James Wright and his Wife
are much reduced
being driven from their Habitation and unable to Labour for a
From "Immigration of the Irish Quakers" note
shows the James Wright
was appointed by the New Garden Monthly Meeting to
write Marriage Certificates for friends of Nottingham MM.
James Wright of the James Wright History, witnessed the will of Josiah Ballinger
He and Mary witnessed the will of John Nicklin on October 10, 1750
along with Sarah Pickering. Mary wrote her will on May 8, 1763 that was proved
In it she names her sons, Thomas, James, Isaac, and John;
daughters, Mary Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann and Sarah Pickering,
and grandson, Thomas Wright, son of Thomas and Esther Wright.
James Wright got married in about 1708.
has been shown that his wife is Mary Bowater or Mary Davis.
history shows his wife Mary, my research
points me completely
to Mary Bowater whom was born February 12th, 1688 or 1689
in Stepney Parrish, Steeplefields, near London, England.
The James Wright History got much
James Wright and Mary Bowater had 11 children
Mary born June 3rd, 1708, Hannah on January 24th, 1710,
February 14th, 1713, Elizabeth on November 23rd, 1714,
John on November 4th,
1716, James on November 8th, 1718,
Thomas on January 14th, 1720, Isaac on March
Ann on January 1725, Sarah on March 15th, about 1729 and Lidia on
August 31st, 1730.
The colony settled along what was known as the Great
a road that wound its way through the Shenandoah Valley into the
The Colony was located near the present day town of Benton, Virginia.
In early May of 1754 a young British army officer named George Washington,
visited the Colony accompanied by a famous Indian Chief named Half King,
braves and a British army force of 150 men. George Washington,
the father of our
country, was on his way to engage the
French and their Indian allies to set the
French and Indian War in motion.
Two years later, in Mary of 1756, Britain almost absent mindedly,
got around to
declaring War on France. The French retaliated with a vengeance,
after wave of well armed Indian warriors into the Shenandoah Valley,
men, women and children which directly affected our Wright history.
A big tragedy for our James Wright history; In 1759
Quaker Colony where the Wrights lived was attacked
and James and his wife were
killed and scalped.
Soon after, John Wright, his Wife Rachel, and their
children, in frustration and grief,
moved to a Quaker Colony near present day
Greensboro, North Carolina.
It was at this point the Quakers established the
first college in North Carolina.
The College still exists and is called
It is just one of many institutions of higher learning found by the
Quakers in early America.
James and Mary Wright had 11 children, the 5th oldest
was John C. Wright born November 4th, 1716.
To learn more about our Wright History
and continuing the story of John C. Wright click on the link below.
B. November 4th, 1716
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