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Ineresting DNA Results
Posted by: Robert Grant (ID *****4175) Date: August 19, 2004 at 19:29:54
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Dear List,

The parents of John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter) have not as yet been determined.

The parents of 1767 (year of death) Francis Wright of Amherst County, Virginia, (place of death) have also not as yet been determined.

However, I have just received notice that the Wright DNA site at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~magellan/dna/Wright_DNA.html will soon post results that show that the 12 marker DNA sequencing of two descendants of John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter) match with one mutation the sequencing of two descendants of 1767 Francis Wright of Amherst County, Virginia.

With this DNA sequencing, we now know that John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter) and 1767 Francis Wright of Amherst County, Virginia, were probably related and probably fairly closely in time, although the sequencing of markers 13 to 25 will be needed to refine that proximity
in time.

As additional material of interest, I offer the following:

1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, Virginia, had sons Francis Wright, Jr., Charles, and John.

The son Francis Wright, Jr., was an adult in 1697 and moved from Lancaster County in about 1718. 1767 Francis Wright first appeared in Louisa County in 1742. Louisa County was formed in 1742 from Hanover County. I have speculated that Francis Wright, Jr., and 1767 Francis Wright might be the same person, but have not yet been able to document that connection.

The son John Wright has been identified as 1730 John Wright of Goochland County, Virginia, who married Elizabeth Meredith. The land of 1730 John Wright of Goochland County, Virginia, was south of the James River in Goochland County. The land of John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter) was north of the James River in Goochland County. Both John Wrights named one of their sons Francis Wright.

1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, Virginia, might have had a brother John Wright, based on John Wright acting as the appraiser of 1690 Francis Wright's estate. That John Wright was possibly described in Lancaster County court records as a bricklayer and/or plasterer (they might be two different John Wrights and might be father and son). John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter) was, of course, a carpenter. The similarity of trades is suggestive.

Obviously, more research is required to determine whether there is any connection between 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster County, Virginia, and 1767 Francis Wright of Amherst County, Virginia, and John Wright (Lancaster County, Virginia, Bricklayer or Plasterer) and John Wright (Goochland County, Virginia, Carpenter), but I thought other researchers would find all of this of interest.

Best wishes,

Robert N. Grant
15 Campo Bello Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RNGrant@grantandgordon.com


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