Here is some early Bowater and Wright info, from my own files on the family....
"Who were the parents of Mary Bowater, wife of James Wright?"
It is my current understanding that Mary Bowater was the daughter of John Bowater (1630-1704/05) and his second wife, Mary Maunder ((ca. 1649 - 1704/05). This is based on the research of Stewart Baldwin which he summarized in mailings to Quaker-Roots in 1997 and 2000. This research was published in the Genealogical journal: "The American Genealogist". Vol. 75, no. 1 (January 2000) and no. 2 ( April 2000). The published article had the title: John and Thomas Bowater and their Sister, Mary (Bowater) Wright, Early Immigrants to Pennsylvania."
John Bowater, Sr. was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. His father was William Bowater. John Bowater, Sr. married first (ca. 1650) Ann. who died in 1679. They had at least two children: John Bowater, Jr. and Thomas Bowater. John Bowater, Jr. married Frances Corbett. Thomas Bowater m/1 Sarah Edge. Thomas m/2 Frances, whose maiden name may have been Lamb. John Bowater, Jr. and Thomas Bowater both immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1680's, settling within the limits of Chester Monthly Meeting. John Bowater, Jr. appears to have been prominent in the early history of Middletown Meeting, near resent-day Lima, PA.
John Bowater, Sr. married, in 1685 in South London, Mary Maunder (1649-1704/5), daughter of Edward Maunder. John Bowater, Sr. and Mary Maunder had two children, Jonathan Bowater who died in infancy, and Mary Bowater(1688-1764). John Bowater, Sr. died in Southwark (South London) in England. Especially in his later years, he became a noted minister among Friends.
Mary (Bowater) Wright seems to have come to the Delaware Valley area soon after the deaths of her parents in England. She married James Wright ca. 1708, and they moved from the limits of Chester MM to Nottingham Meeting on the Pennsyvlania/Maryland border, then to Monacacy Meeting in southwestern Maryland, and then to the vicinity of Hopewell MM, near Winchester, VA, where they both lived to be elderly, evidently being considered Friends of ability wherever they resided.
James Wright (father of Ann Wright McCoole)[a family member of mine] was originally from Chester Co, PA, and a member of the New Garden MM where he was appointed the meeting recorder in 1721. He lived in East Nottingham twp, where he paid taxes from 1718 through 1726. In 1701 he married Mary Bowater of Manoaken, MD,. James’ wife is often thought to be a Mary Davis, but this seems to have been disproven by Stewart Baldwin in "The American Genealogist", July/Oct. 1997 issue. Mary was a Bowater based on multiple pieces of evidence. Mary Wright's birthdate is listed in Feb. 12, 1689 in Hopewell Quaker records. This is off by a 1 day from being Mary Bowater's actual birthdate in English records if the 1689 date is interpreted as 1688/1689. As an orphaned young woman, Mary Bowater was received on certificate from England to live near her brother, Thomas in the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting records dated 28 4th month 1706. This is the only time she is mentioned in this country under her maiden name. By 26 11th mo 1708/9 in Philadelphia records Mary condemned her marriage as contrary to discipline. This record coincides with the estimated marriage date for Mary and James Wright. Although the Quaker records were destroyed for the time period of their marriage, later marriage records of Mary and James Wright's children include many Bowater relatives as witnesses and do not include any Davis relatives. Mary and James Wright were also listed in the relatives column for her brother, Thomas Bowater's daughter's marriage. Lastly, they have a grandson named Bowater.).
Sometime after 1727, when James was released from the position of recorder for the New Garden MM, the family moved to the Monacacy River area of Frederick Co, Md, but was in Orange Co, VA (now Fredrick) by 1736, when he signed a petition to build a road. He received a Fairfax grand for 161 acres adjacent to his son James Wright, Jr., and 194 acres, located on Va 739 (Apple Pye Ridge), and Highway 672 (Braddock’s Rd) about 4 miles North of Winchester, Va. His will was proved in Frederick Co in March of 1760,. I, James Wright of Opeckan in the county of Frederick and colony of Virginia being aged, but of a sound and well diposing mind and memory do make this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and disanulling all other wills that have heretofore been made or done by me. First, my will is that my body be decently buried and all my just debt and funeral charges I leave to be defrayed at the discretion of my executrix hereinafter mentioned. Secondly, I give bequeath and demise unto my son Thomas Wright the land plantation wheron I now dwell with all the buildings and improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging the which I bequeath and demise to the proper use and behoff of him, his heirs and assigns forever, it being 194 acres of patent land and he to be in full possession therof during his natural life. I also give and bequeath unto my wife all my goods and chattels and all my personal estate wither for a comfortable maintenance during her life or else to dispose among her children as in discretion she shall think fit or when and where she shall think fit only paying to our ten children each of them five shillings Virginia currency viz: John, James, Isaac, Lydia Wright, Mary Ballinger, Hannah Ballinger, Martha Mendenhall, Elizabeth Matthews, Ann McCool, and Sarah Pickering. Lastly, I ordain and constitute my loving and well beloved wife, Mary Wright, sole executrix of this my last will and testament witness my hand and seal, dated Opeckan aforesaid this 14th day of this 8th month, October, 1751. Signed: James Wright Be it further remembered that I would have no appraisement upon my goods. Be it further remembered that there is 160 acres of land lately surveyed at the south side of the above said tract 60 whereof I add to the side tract lying along the said land the which I demise as above to my son Thomas Wright, this before sealing acknowledgement. In the other 100 acres I leave to my wife's disposal after my decease as also the 300 acres lately surveyed lying by Thomas Thornburgh, upon Middle Creek. Signed: J. Wright I would have no appraisement upon my goods, witness my hand and seal this 30th day of April, 1753.
Wife Mary died before 1764 when her will was proved. THE HISTORICAL RECORDS OF OLD FREDERICK COUNTY VA,by Kerns says “Wright, James b 1675 d 15th day 5th mo, 1759, Frederick Co, Va. James was a Quaker minister. His wife Mary and he were among the first settlers in Opeckon Settlemant, in 1735, Old Orange Co, Va.”
Mary ‘s will; I, Mary Wright, of Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia, being aged and sickly but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disanulling all other wills that have heretofore been made or done by me. First, my will is that my body be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral charges that I leave to be defrayed at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. Secondly, I give and bequeath and demise to the proper use and behalf of him the said Thomas Wright his heirs and assigns forever. Thirdly, I give and bequeath all and singular of my wearing apparel unto my seven daughters, vis., Mary, Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lidia to be equally divided among them. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Pickering, one brass mortar. Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wright all and singular of my stock and household goods. I also will that what money remains after my decease, from the land sold on Middlefork is to be equally divided among my ten children, vis. James, Isaac, Mary Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lydia and John. Lastly, I ordain and constitute my well beloved daughter, Mary Ballinger, Jesse Pugh and William Pickering sole executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 5th day of the 8th month, 1760. Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Mary Wright to be her last will and testament in presence of us. Signed: Mary Wright Witness: Elizabeth Powell, Elinor Rogers, Susanna Bevin. (This was proved March 6, 1764 in Frederick Co., VA)
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