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Re: Keziah Gillenwater & Robert Wright 1809
Posted by: Robert Grant (ID *****4175) Date: April 28, 2007 at 10:35:58
In Reply to: Keziah Gillenwater & Robert Wright 1809 by Marie Bartholomew of 898

Marie,

My records list this Robert Wright as Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County, Virginia). He married Keziah Gillenwaters as his second wife. Attached below is some material on this couple taken from my work Sorting Some of the Wrights of Southern Virginia, Part V: Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County):

Excerpt:

On October 6, 1808, at Campbell County, Virginia, D.B. 8/615 George Wright gifted one acre of land to his father Robert Wright for his life and the life of his wife if he married:

"October the 6th day of 1808. Articles of Agreement between George Wright of the County of Campbell and State of Virginia of the one part and Robert Wright of the same County and State of Virginia of the other part is such that I the said George Wright to give and grant to my father Robert Wright one acre of land, Begining on William Walkers land my loin where it crosses my Spring branch, runing North on Walkins loin and up my spring branch so as to enclude one acre with the previledge of the spring for using water to the said Robert Wright during his life, and if he should quit a wife the same previledge is to extend to her during her life if she should reequire it, for which I do bind myself my heirs Exors. Admrs. and assigns in the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia unto the said Robert Wright his heirs & Given under my hand & seal the day above written.

Teste,                            George Wright
Robert Wright Junr.
Valentine Flowers
William Walker.

At a Court held for Campbell County January 8th 1810.

The within agreement was proved by the oath of Valentine Flowers a witness thereto. And at a Court held for the said County the 9th day of April following the same was further proved by the oaths of Robert Wright Junr. and William Walker and ordered to be recorded.

                            Teste
                            Ro. Alexander, C.C.C."

The text of this deed indicates that Robert Wright's wife had died prior to the date of the deed of October 6, 1808.

The marriage record of Robert Wright and Keziah Gillenwaters was dated on October 12, 1808, at Campbell County, Virginia:

"This will Certify that I am perfectly willing to be Married to Robert Wright Senr Given under My hand this 28th Septr 1808

Test                            Kezia Gilanwaters
Thomas Jones


Know all men by these presents that we Ro Wright & Thomas Jones are held and firmly bound to William H. Cabell esqr. Govenor of the state of Virginia in the sum of one hundred & fifty Dollars to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Govenor or his successors we bind Our selves our heirs Executors and Admrs Jointly and severally firmly by these presents Sealed & dated this 10th Day of October 1808

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a Marriage Shortly intended to be had & Solemnized between Robert Wright & Kissiah Gulliwaters

If therefore there be no legal cause to obstruct the same then this obligation to be Void otherwise to remain in full force & Virtue

Sealed & Delivered)       Robert Wright
in presence of        )              his
                     Thos X       Jones
                            mark
Tese John Alexander D.C."

This was probably the marriage of Robert Wright, Sr. (Campbell County), based on the following circumstantial evidence. As set forth below, the 1810 Census listed Robert Wright with a wife over 45 years of age, reflecting Robert Wright, Sr.'s marriage. In addition, the Personal Property Tax Lists for Campbell County listed Robert Wright, Sr., in 1809, 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, and 1816. Although other Robert Wrights were listed in this period, only Robert Wright, Sr., and 1818 Robert Wright, the son of 1805 Thomas Wright, were listed consistently. And finally, as set forth below, in 1815 at Amherst County Deed M/667 Robert Wright and Keziah (Gillenwaters) Wright of Campbell County sold land inherited from her brother, indicating their residence in Campbell County at that time. Together, this evidence indicates that this was the marriage of Robert Wright, Sr. (Campbell County).

. . . .

On June 17, 1815, at Amherst County, Virginia, D.B. M/667 Robert Wright and Keziah (Gillinwaters) Wright of Campbell County sold 120 acres of land inherited from her brother Tomas Gillinwaters:

"This Indenture made this seventeenth day of June in the year Eighteen hundred and fifteen & in the year of the commonwealth the thirty ninth between Robert Wright & Keziah his wife late Keziah Gilinwaters and James Gillinwaters of the County of Campbell of the one part; and Elisha Gillinwaters of the County of Amherst of the other part, witnesseth that the said Robert Wright and Keziah his wife & James Gillinwaters, in consideration of the sum of one dollar lawful money of this commonwealth to them in hand paid by the said Elisha Gillinwaters at or before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained and sold and by these presents do & each of them doth bargain and sell unto the said Elisha Gillinwaters his heirs & assigns, all right title and interest which we have or in any manner coming to us as legatees of our decd. Brother Thomas Gillinwaters to a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Amherst adjoining the lands of James Dillard, Robert Grant, Larkin London and others containing one hundred & twenty acres more or less together with all the houses and other appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any manner appertaining to said land together with all the personal estate which our brother Thomas Gillinwaters died possessed of. To have & to hold the said tract of land with the tenements hereditaments & all and singular other the premises herein before mentioned or intended to be bargained & sold unto the said Elisha Gillinwaters his heirs and assigns forever, to & for the only use and behoof him the said Elisha Gillinwaters his heirs and & assigns forever. And the said Robert Wright and Keziah his wife and James Gillinwaters for themselves & their heirs the said land the and either personal Estate as aforesaid unto the said Elisha Gillinwaters his heirs & assigns free from the claim or claims of them the said Robert Wright and Keziah his wife and James Gillinwaters, or either of them their or either heirs & of all and every person claiming under them. In witness whereof the said Robert Wright and Keziah his wife and James Gillinwaters have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed and deld       )       Robert Wright
in the presence of       )       Keziah Wright
Robert Grant              )              his mark
Lewis Johns              )       James X       Gillinwaters
William Early              )

At a Court held for Amherst County 19th June 1815. This Deed was proved in open court by Robert Grant Lewis Johns and William Early three subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                                   Teste"

. . . .

The parents of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) have not as yet been identified. There are two possible Wright lines which may provide an answer.

The first line is that of 1818 Anthony Wright of Loudoun County and his wife Elizabeth (Harris) Wright. One of their sons was 1827 Patterson Wright of Loudoun County and, as will be set forth below, one of the grandsons of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) was 1873 John Patterson Wright of Campbell County. A second son of 1818 Anthony Wright of Loudoun County was 1829 Robert Wright of Knox County, Ohio, who resided in Campbell County in 1790, married Rachel Paxton on November 6, 1791, at Campbell County, continued to reside in Campbell County until 1796, when he moved back to Loudoun County, and named one of his sons Charles Anthony Wright. As set forth above, Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) named one of his sons Charles Wright. A third son of 1818 Anthony Wright of Loudoun County was 1858 John Wright of Loudoun County and, as set forth above, Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) named one of his sons John Wright. And finally, a Robert Wright who married Mary Braden resided in Loudoun County in 1778, 1779, and 1782, but has not been traced further. As set forth above, the first wife of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) was Mary ( ) Wright. The similarity of naming patterns in the two families, including Patterson, Robert, John, and Charles, and the common residence in Campbell County of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) and 1829 Robert Wright of Knox County, Ohio, suggests a connection between the two Wright families and that in turn suggests that Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) may have been the Robert Wright who married Mary Braden and resided in Loudoun County until 1782. However, no documentation to confirm this circumstantial evidence of a connection has yet been found and further research will be required to do so.

The second line is that of 1791 John Wright of Pittsylvania County. One of his sons was Thomas Wright, who was probably 1835 Thomas Wright of Green County, Kentucky, and who married Frankie Shelton and had as one of their sons 1854 Robert Shelton Wright of Washington County, Illinois. The Wright DNA Project at http://www.wright-dna.org/ lists as Kit 13581 the Y-DNA sequence for a descendant of 1854 Robert Shelton Wright of Washington County, Illinois. Also listed are Kits 26984 and 25082 for descendants of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County). The sequences for all three kits are as follow:
       Kit 26984       Kit 13581       Kit 25082

       13       13       13
       24       24       24
       14       14       14
       11       11       11
       11       11       11
       14       14       14
       12       12       12
       12       12       12
        9       12       12
       13       13       13
       13       13       13
       29       29       29
       16       16       16
        9        9        9
       10       10       10
       11       11       11
       11       11       11
       26       25       26
       15       15       15
       19       19       19
       29       29       29
       15       15       15
       15       15       15
       17       17       17
       18       18       18
                11       11
                11       11
               19       19
              23       23
              17       17
              15       15
              18       17
              17       17
              36       36
              37       37
              13       12
              12       12

The high degree of similarity between the three sequences indicates that they had a common ancestor. Family Tree DNA has computed the probability for a common ancestor between Kit 13581 and Kit 25082 as 91.84% within the last 400 years and 77.56% within the last 300 years. However, the line from 1835 Thomas Wright of Green County, Kentucky, needs to be more thoroughly documented and the ancestry of 1791 John Wright of Pittsylvania County has not as yet been determined. The result is that further research will be required to find that common ancestor.

And finally, there is nothing in this information that as yet precludes that common ancestor from also being connected to the first line discussed above, that of 1818 Anthony Wright of Loudoun County. Both lines may end up connected to the family of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County).

From the evidence set forth above and additional evidence set forth below, the children of Robert Wright, Sr., (Campbell County) and Mary ( ) Wright were the following:
1)       George Wright, born between 1765 and July 28, 1769,
2)       Robert Wright, Jr., born before June 24, 1769,
3)       John Wright, born before April 29, 1768,
4)       Leonard Wright, born before May 12, 1779,
5)       Elizabeth (Wright) Giles, born before April 23, 1779,
6)       Probably Susanna (Wright) Burnett, born before January 13, 1779,
7)       Charles Wright, born after July 28, 1769, and before July 28, 1774.

. . . ."

[End of Excerpt]


If you have information on this couple and Robert Wright's descendants, I would be most interested in hearing from you. My material on this Wright line is available on three CDs.

Best wishes,

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


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