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Thomas Bright family of Seneca, McHenry County,IL
Posted by: Sue Langley (ID *****2580) Date: March 16, 2010 at 22:33:48
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Looking for anyone researching this family and more info about their origins in England.

Our Bright Family was in Seneca and Marengo for 50 years at least. Thomas and Ellen Bright lived on the "Bright Homestead" as it was referred to in one obit for a family member.

1850 Seneca, IL
Thomas Bright, 52, b 1798 Farmer England
Ellen, 44, b 1806 England
William Bright, 24, b 1826 England
Thomas, 14, b 1836 NY
Ellen Bright, 12, b 1838 NY
Rosena Bright, 10 b 1840 NY

1860 Seneca
Thomas Bright, 59, b 1801(or 1798) England
Ellen Bright, 53, 1807
Thomas Bright, 24, b 1836, NY
Julia Bright, 13, b 1847 England (not a child of Thomas & Kate)

Note: Julia Bright appears as a domestic, age 25 in NYC, Ward 18 in 1870

1870 Seneca
Thomas Bright, Jr, 35, b 1835, farmer, NY
Kate, 28, b 1842 NY
Mary, 2, b 1858, IL
Charlie, 6/12 b 1860, IL
Thomas, 70, b 1800, England
Ellen, 63, b 1807, England

1880 Marengo Village, IL
Thomas Bright, 45, b 1835, NY
Kate E Bright, 36, 1843, NY
Mary M Bright, 11, b 1859, IL
Charles F Bright, 9 b 1870, IL
Harry U Bright, 6, b 1874, IL
Clarence Bright, 4 b 1876, IL
Jennie M Bright, 2, b 1878, IL

Note: Ellen Bright lived with a daughter Rosena Bright Warren & John Franklin Warren, also in Marengo, IL. She died 1887, Mchenry Co Hist Soc.

1900 Marengo, IL
Thomas, 61, Jan 1839, NY Eng Eng, windmill manufacturer, married 30 yrs
Catherine E, 53, Nov 1846, NY, NY, NY, married 30 yrs
Charles, 28, b Feb 1872, IL, NY, NY, tubular wells
Jenny, 21, b Apr 1879, IL, NY, NY

Note: Jennie married Clarence Coonrad and had a son Clifton. They moved to Texas. She died in 1953 in Dallas, TX

I would like to find obits for Ellen Bright and Thomas Bright which might tell where they were born and who their parents were, and more about any of the family

Thanks, Sue
suewylan at

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