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John Wright b.c. 1715 & wife Frances of Orange Co., VA
Posted by: Beverly Golden (ID *****7535) Date: January 30, 2004 at 15:49:10
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This is my file on John Wright b.c. 1715, of Orange County Virginia and his wife Frances. This is a compilation of the work of many researchers whom I've tried to name where appropriate. I'm sure I've made many errors and would appreciate hearing from anyone who has better information. My apologies especially to anyone who has already corrected me and whose changes I failed to make! I have sometimes gotten behind on working on the family tree and many times have simply gotten confused. Please contact me again.

John Wright
Born: c. 1715?, possibly in St. David Parish, King William County, VA. Was of age in 1759, so born 1738 at latest.

Religion: During this period, the Anglican church was established in Virginia and everybody was required by law to belong and to attend weekly services.

Married c. 1740?, possibly in St. David Parish, King William County, VA, to Frances.

Died:       Will dated 30 Aug 1823, St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA

Father:       The only Wright on the 1704 King William County Quit Rent Roll (of taxable landowners) was a Thomas Wright with 225 acres. There was also a Thomas Wright on the neighboring King and Queen County 1704 Quit Rent Roll with 300 acres. This may or may not have been the same person. These were the only landowning Wrights mentioned in either county. A Thomas Wright died in Orange County in 1735 and mentioned in his will his wife Frances, son Thomas, son Richard, and “all my children”. It’s possible that our John’s father was Thomas Wright, but I haven’t found any definite connection.

Mother:       unknwon

Occupation: Tobacco planter. John was a successful tobacco planter (using slave labor) who was able to deed tracts of land to his children later in life.


Frances _______

Born: c. 1730, possibly in St. David Parish, King William County, VA.

Died:       After Apr 1777 (when she deeded land to her children), in St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA.

Father:       unknown

Mother:       unknown

Occupation: Plantation mistress.


Children:
              
* 1. Wright, William b.c.1740?, King William Co.?, VA. [Parents give him 200 acres in 1765, so he must have gotten married about then or come of age.] On ancestry.com, his birth date is usually given as 1729 due to some early land records involving his father John and a William Wright. This William much later received the deed, but could there have been an Uncle William? It’s hard to believe our William was so old. He died in 1832.]
m. 1st c.1765, Orange Co., VA, to Mary Bledsoe, daughter of George Sr. and Lucy Bledsoe.
m. 2nd 11 Aug 1787 to Rachel Perry, daughter of Pierce and Mary Perry.
d. Will dated 21 Jul1832, Orange Co., VA. Estate settled 1830. Payments made from estate in 1835.
William was a Capt in the Orange Co., VA militia during the Revolution. Named as their son in a land deed granted to him by John and Frances. Had 16 children (see separate file for details):
1) Nancy b.c. 1770 m. George Rhoades
2) George Bledsoe b.c. 1770 m. Sarah Beasely, daughter James & Ann (Reynolds) Beasely.
3) Lucy b.c. 1773 m. Richard Rhoades.
4) Larkin b.c. 1774 m. 1st Lucy James and 2nd Nancy Sebree (probably daughter of John and Mildred (Johnson) Sebree.
5) John b.c. 1776 m. Caty Faulconer?, daughter John.
6) Frances b.c. 1780 m. John Sleet, probably son of James Sleet.
(children by Rachel)
7) Elizabeth b.c. 1788 m. 1808 to Thomas Thornton
8) Alexander P. b. 1788 m. 1808 to Betsy Jones?
9) Elender b.c. 1793 m. 1813 to Andrew Newman
10) Susannah b.c. 1793 m. 1813 to Gorah Waugh, son of George Lee and Elizabeth (Boston) Waugh.
11) Mary b.c. 1796 m. 1816 to William A. Moore.
12) Jane b.c. 1806 m. 1826 to 1st cousin Larkin Herndon
13) Malinda b.c. 1806 m. 1826 to Daniel Thornton.
14) Leandy b.c. 1808 m. 1828 to Moses Bledsoe son of Moses and Anne (Perry) Bledsoe.
15) Samuel b.c. 1810 m. 1834 to Susan Hughes.
16) William Madison b. 1811 m. 1840 Lucy Ann Sleet (maybe daughter of John and Frances (Wright) Sleet m. 1800?)
              
2. Wright, Frances b.c. 1750? St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA.
m. 1st? to a Mr. Lancaster? The land deed she & William Pecher bought in 1777 from her parents was delivered to a Benjamin Lancaster in 1795. If he were her son and had just come of age would have been born c. 1774. [But see children of John son of William below. Was this Benjamin Lancaster the husband of Frances Wright son of John (son of William?).
2nd? by 1777, Orange Co., VA, to William Pecher, b. 1744 in St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA. He died c. 1819.
d. After 1819.
Frances' husband William Pecher was named in a land deeds sold to him by John and Frances; however, no relationship was given. He was also named in land deeds along with William Wright. His will was dated 27 Dec 1819, Orange Co., VA.
Possible child by hypothetical first husband:
Benjamin Lancaster (1795 received the land deeded to Frances and William Pecher).

[from Bob Peecher's info]
One of the main things that made me think that Frances Peacher might be a Wright was that the Alexander Wright that married Lucy Peacher (William and Frances' daughter) was appointed the administrator of William and Frances' estate after the original coadministrators William, Jr., and Edmund Peacher both died in 1829 and 1830. This, despite the fact, William and Frances' son, Alexander, lived next door. In addition, Alexander and Lucy were paid out of the estate for the care of Frances. She died in either late 1833 or early 1834. William died December 27, 1819. It was curious to me that Alexander and Lucy would care for her with 3 sons living very close. I think this lends some factual consideration to the idea that Frances was a Wright and probably closely related to Alexander Wright.

From some family records, I have a birth date for Frances Peacher of 6 August 1749, a marriage date for her and William of 1 March 1763. I also have a birth date of William as 1744. All births, deaths, and marriage took place, according to the records, in St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, VA. I have not found any independent verification of the birth or death of either William of Frances.

William used the surnames Pitcher and Peacher in early records. He did not begin to use Peacher until about 1780 and I have found records that using Pitcher until after 1800. Some were corrected at a later date to Peacher. For some reason William and Frances' daughters used Pitcher until they were married. There is one branch of the family in Southern Indiana that still uses the surname Pitcher.

1. Edmund Peacher (their son) died in Spotsylvania County 18 March 1839.

2. William Peacher, Jr., (their son) died in Orange County in October 1831; not in Missouri. It was his descendants who moved to Missouri along with the descendants of both Rueben and Jonathan Peacher.

3. Alexander Peacher married Nice or Nicy Brightwell 7 Sep. 1824 in Spotsylvania County. He was born in Orange in 1785 and died in Orange 17 July 1869. This is from his death certificate in Orange. He had no will as far as I can determine.

4. William and Frances' daughter Lucy ( born about 1789) married an Alexander Wright in Spotsylvania County on 9 April 1820 by Jeremiah Chandler. I have a copy of the return. As near as I can determine, all the children of John and Frances Wright used the same series of names for their children. Thus, we have lots of Johns, Williams, Alexanders, etc.

5. William and Frances had two Daughters that married Bledsoes. Susanna/Sukey (born 1 Sept. 1779) married John Bledsoe on 14 Dec. 1809 in Orange. John was born 1773 and that is all the information I have on him.

6. Joanna Peacher ( born about 1792) married George Bledsoe (III ?) 23 Dec 1811. George was born about 1779/1780. He died sometime after 1850.

I think the Bledsoe's were brothers with their father being George Bledsoe, Jr.

7. Catherine Peacher, another daughter of William and Frances ( born about 1794) married John Landsly 24 Dec 1812.
[end Bob Peecher's notes]

Children of William Pecher as named by Steve Watson (but the age range seems much too broad):
1) Jonathan b.c. 1765 m. Elizabeth Mason.
2) Reuben b.c. 1766 m. Sarah Johnson, daughter Nancy Johnson. (Thomas Johnson wit.)
3) William b. 1772 m. (possibly) Sarah Coleman 1803 Ora. Co., VA. Died 1828 in Howard Co., MO. Other descendants of John and Frances also settled there by that time.
4) Edmund b.c. 1775 m. Lucy Ann Hillman.
5) Alexander b. 1791.
6) Joanna b. 1783 m. George Bledsoe (could this possibly be the son of George and Lucy Bledsoe? Their daughter Mary married John and Frances Wright’s son William as his second wife.)
7) Frances b. 1787 m. Joseph Hillman.
8) Lucy b. 1801
9) Catherine b. 1825 m. John Landsley
10) Susanna b. 1829 m. John Bledsoe

Orange Co., VA wills – pg. 158. 27 Dec 1819.
William Peacher, wife Frances. All children to have share, but daughter Sukey’s share to remain in executor’s hands because of her husband John Bledsoe’s bad conduct to her and her children. Benjamin and William Wright [probably nephews, sons of Capt John Wright] gave bonds.
              
3. Wright, Susanna? b.c. 1750, Orange Co., VA
m. 10 Feb 1774, to Joseph Reynolds, son of Joseph. Susanna may have been a daughter of John and Frances, as Joseph’s and her land adjoined theirs. From ‘Virginia Wills and Abstracts’ by William Everett Brockman: “Josesph Reynolds had son Joseph who married Susan Wright in 1772.”

              
4. Wright, John Jr. b.c. 1753?, Orange Co., VA
m. 1st 5 Nov 1783, Orange Co., VA, to Margaret Jones? surety John Jones, witness Francis Taylor. This 1st marriage is a guess, but both are of St. Thomas Parish, and the John in this marriage record is otherwise unaccounted for.
2nd Sarah, later named in his will.
d. 1823, Orange Co., Va
John was a Capt in Orange Co., VA militia during Revolution. Named as their son in a land deed sold to him by John and Frances.

Orange Co., VA - pp. 121-122
Will of John Wright, Senr. .. I lend unto my beloved wife, Sarah Wright .. (slaves) .. land on which I live .. to my son, William Wright .. to my son, John Wright .. to my son, Alexander Wright .. at his death to be divided between his three sons, John H. Wright, William W. Wright and Thaddeus S. Wright .. to my daughter, Frances Lancaster .. for the support of my daughter, Mary Wright .. my grandsons, Jefferson Wright and Booker W. Wright .. appoint my sons, John Wright and Alexander Wright, executors .. this 30th day of August 1823. In the presence of Richard Richards, Richard Richards Junr., Vivion Quisenberry. Securities William Pecher, Richard Richards, and Thomas Robinson. Penalty $10,000.

pp. 226-227
The estate of John Wright, deceased in account with John and Alexander Wright, executors .. cash paid William Wright, cash paid Thomas Dunaway in right of his wife, Mary Dunaway, John Wright’s part in right of himself, Alexander Wright’s part in right of himself .. settled 20th March 1830 by Richard Richards, William I. Wiglesworth, John W. Sale. Returned into court 26th April 1830.

Children:
1) William (‘son of John’ on 1810 tax list). B.c. 1775? It was probably his daughter who married his nephew Jefferson Wright, as William gave bond:
William's children:
a. Sally b.c. 1808 m. Jefferson Wright 10 Dec 1828, Ora. Co., VA
b. Lucy m. Zachariah Lamb 11 Jan 1820, Madison Co., VA, she a daughter of a William Wright.
"Beth" on family forum gives info:
Pike County Missouri Land Deeds
Volume G, page 93
10 October 1836
"William Wright of Orange County, Virginia
Wife Frances
Daughters: Lucy; Frances; Mary Ann; Sarah; Susan Kinzer, wife of Tureman Kinzer.
Sons: Alexander; Robert; Joshua; Larkin; Washington."

According to Cynthia on the Wright family forum, "The William Wright that Beth posted … was the son of John Wright and his wife Sarah. William is mentioned in his father's will, recorded in Orange County in 1823. William possibly went to Missouri with his brother Alexander and 12-14 other families about in the mid 1830's. While Alexander and some of the others requested letters from the Antioch Baptist church to move to Missouri, it is not known if William traveled with them or if he went to Missouri first." [My note: If this William in Pike Co., MO wasn't John and Sarah's son, he may have been William & Mary (Bledsoe) Wright's son Larkin's son by his first wife, Lucy James.]

2) John (‘son of John’ on 1810 tax list). According to Mason, this was the John L. Wright who married Nancy Wright, daughter of John and Susanna Grant Grasty. He also gives their only child as:
Child of John:
a. Booker W. b.c. 1806 m. 25 July 1831 Ora. Co. to Mary Ann Bledsoe, daughter George Bledsoe. [Karl Mason says she was the ward, not daughter of George. According to Mason, he was the ward of Alexander Peacher and that possibly his father and Uncle Alexander were out of the state, possibly in KY, when their father’s will was probated.]

3) Alexander b.c. 1790? Married Betsy Jones 1808. Died 1830. 3 children by 1823:
Children of Alexander:
a. John Henry b.c. 1803 m. 25 Feb 1828 Ora. Co. to Lucy Quisenberry
b. William W.
c. Thaddeus S.
[Info from Cynthia]
Alexander married first Betsy Jones. They had three sons, John Henry, Thaddeus and William. After Betsy's death he married my 3rd great grandmother Agness Robinson. They had sons Simeon Robinson, Alexander Carter, Benjamin, Joseph Parker, and daughter Elizabeth Ann "Betsy". After Agness died he married Priscilla Horn with whom he had a pre nuptual agreement. They separated when Alexander decided to move to Missouri. Priscilla didn't want to leave her slaves nor did she want to take them to Missouri.
The Antioch Baptist Church is in Orange County, VA near Spotsylvania. The church was organized in the early 1800's. Most of its membership was made up of Wrights and their extended families (as is the cemetery.)

There is a book that was written by Mary Churchill Wright a descendant of John and Frances Wright that tells the history of the church and many of its members. The book is "A Church Called Antioch."

Alexander more than likely moved with Larkin Wright and others to Missouri. He didn't stay there long, possibly a year or two then he and his sons moved to Christian Co, KY where they remained until Alexander died in 1864.

4) Frances m. a Lancaster. According to Karl Mason, this was possibly Benjamin Lancaster of Sumter Co., AL.

5) Mary m. Thomas Dunaway. According to Karl Mason, she probably had before her marriage to Thomas:
Child of Mary:
a. Jefferson Wright b.c. 1803 m. 10 Dec 1828 to Sally Wright, daughter William.


              
              
5. Wright, Alexander       b.c. 1750? Orange Co., VA
m.c. 1770? Orange Co., VA, to Frances Haley, daughter of Benjamin & Elizabeth Haley. She died 16 Mar 1815. Haley’s land adjoined father John Wright’s.
d. By 1782?, when he is not listed on Orange Co., VA tax list. Definitely by 1785, when widow remarried.
Alexander is named as their son in a land deed granted to him by John and Frances.

Alexander’s sons are listed in the 4 Oct 1800 will of his father-in-law, Benjamin Haley:

Orange Co., VA, wills:
4 Oct 1800. Benjamin Haley, wife Elizabeth. Granddaughter Elizabeth Gaines, wife of Benjamin Gaines. Grandsons Benjamin, John, & Alexander Wright. Mentions Caty Dear, wife of John. Daughter Franky Guttery. Grandson Benjamin Wright, executor. Witnesses John Herndon, Sr, John Herndon, Jr. Bonds John Herndon and William Wright.

Children of Alexander:

1) Benjamin b.c. 1768 m. 4 Jun 1793 to Ann Herndon (executor of his grandfather’s will). 10 Feb 1808, Orange Co., VA - Alexander married Betsy Jones. Benjamin Ficklen of Frederick Co., guardian of Betsy, consents for her. Surety Edward Holiday. Witness Nancy Jones. Married 10 Feb by Rev. Nathaniel Sanders, Baptist.

2) John b.c. 1770?. m. 23 Jan 1797, Orange Co., VA, to Elizabeth Sebree 1797?. Surety Valentine Johnson. Witness James Taylor.

3) Alexander b.c. 1772? [An Alexander m. Betsy Jones 1808. An Alex m. Malinda Boston 1816. An Alexander m. Lucy Pitcher 1820.]

5 Jun 1792, Orange Co., VA – Benjamin Wright married Ann Herndon. Surety James Herndon. Wit. John Young. Edwin Young and Franky Young, stepfather and mother of Benjamin Wright, consent for him. He is son of Alexander Wright, deceased. Edwin Young married Frances Wright, widow, 19 Dec 1785.

1810 Orange Co., VA, an Alexander (son of William) on 9 Mar. On Apr 2, Benjamin, John, Alexander, and a Thomas (only 1 tithable) are listed next to Caleb Webb and George Rhodes.

              
6. Wright, Elizabeth b.c. 1765, Orange Co., VA [after 1760, as underage at marriage]
m. 19 Apr 1781, Orange Co., VA, to John Herndon b. 1763, Orange Co., VA, d. 1803 Orange Co., VA,. Marriage bond identifies her as a daughter of John Wright, who consents, with William Wright security.
Elizabeth is identified on marriage bond as daughter of John Wright, with surety by William Wright. Father John consents, so she was born after 1763. Elizabeth’s names a son Larkin, as did her brother William.

Children as named by Awiusdi Darnell:
1) John;
2) Reuben;
3) Fielding;
4) Joel;
5) George;
6) Larkin;
7) Nancy.
              


Slaves:
John Wright was a slave owner. He had slaves listed on the 1782 & 1785 tax rolls.

Land deeds:

* New Virginian counties were continually formed during the 18th century. It’s important to keep in mind that just because a person’s county changed, it doesn’t mean he moved (or went very far, if he did move).

Spotsylvania County was formed out of a piece of King William County in 1702.
Orange County, Virgina, was formed out of a piece of Spotsylvania County in 1734.

From ‘Virginia Wills and Abstracts’ by William Everett Brockman:
“The Parish of St. Thomas was the center of the Episcopal aristocrats of Orange…”
“Orange and Culpeper were the homes of Virginia aristocracy, many of which had their American beginning in Gloucester, Essex, King & Queen, and Spottsylvania (counties).”
“Josesph Reynolds had son Joseph who married Susan Wright in 1772.”
“Richard Rhodes who married Lucy Wright and George who married Nancy Wright were heads of this family.” [Both the Wright girls were the daughters of William son of John and Frances, as proved by his will.]
“Capt John Wright had son Benjamin who married Ann Herndon in 1793.” [the marriage bond itself identifies this Benjamin as a son of Alex.]

In 1752, John Wright (of King William County) bought the land in Orange County bounded by Lawyer’s Road upon which they would build their home ‘Spring Hill’ (still standing and in the Wright family as of 1976). The same day, a William Wright (of Dunmore County) bought adjoining land from the same owner. This William may have been John’s brother, as John’s son William was probably still a minor? (and presumably living with him). Nevertheless, the land deed was delivered to John’s son William in 1774. Perhaps the elder William died and left the land to his nephew, or perhaps John acquired it from his brother for his son. [See attachments]

In 1759, John and Frances witness a land sale. John signs his name, but Frances signs with an ‘X.’

1762 a John Wright bought land with Webb, John & George Bledsoe, Smith & others.

Orange County deed book 14 - pp. 25-26
[On margin written: "Del'd to Wm Wright June 1774"
Indenture 26 Sep 1765 between John Wright and Frances, his wife, and William Wright .. all of Orange County .. give unto my Son, William Wright .. 200 acres .. bounded Benjamin Adams, Edwin Fleet, William Fleet, Joseph Reynolds and John Hutcherson ..
Signed John Wright
Witnesses:
William Cave, Joseph Wharton, Edward Watts.
Deed of gift recorded 26th September 1765.

In 1765, John and Frances gave 200 acres to their son William.

"Indenture 26 Sept 1765 between John Wright and Frances, his wife, and William Wright .. all of Orange County .. give unto my son, William Wright .. 200 acres .. bounded Benjamin Adams, Edwin Fleet, William Fleet, Joseph Reynolds, and John Hutcherson .. Witnesses William Cave, John Wright, Joseph Wharton, Edward Watts. Deed of gift recorded Sept 26th 1765. Note in margin says: "Del'd to Wm. Wright June 1774."

In 1777, John and Frances gave 294 acres to their son Alexander, and sold 219 acres to their son John and 283 acres to their daughter Frances and her husband William Pecher.

pp. 450-451
Indenture 24 Apr 1777 between John Wright and Frances, his wife, and John Wright Junr .. for 50 pounds .. sell 206 acres bounded Joseph Rennolds; James Herndon; Capt. Rowland Thomas ..
Recorded Orange County 24th Apr 1777 John Wright

pp. 451-452 [on margin written "Exd. & Deld to Edwin Young Septr 1787]
Indenture 24 Apr 1777 between John Wright Sener and Francis, his wife, of Orange County, and Alexander Wright of Culpeper County .. for natural love to son give 294 acres bounded John Wright Junr.; Capt. Rowland Thomas; John Wright; Joseph Rennolds; William Pecher ..
Recorded Orange County 24 April 1777. John Wright

pp 452-453
Indenture 24 April 1777 between John Wright and Frances, his wife, and William Pecher .. for 10 pounds .. sell 13 acres on branches of Terry's Run ..
Recorded Orange County 24th April 1777. John Wright

pp. 453-454 [on margin written "Exd. & Deld to Benja. Lancaster Apl 22d 1795"]
Indenture 24 April 1777 between William Pecher and Frances, his wife, and John Wright .. for 20 pounds .. sold 170 acres in brances of Terry's Run bounded Capt. Rowland Thomas ..
Recorded Orange County 24th April 1777. William Pecher


1779 - Orange County Deed Book 17
pp. 195 - 197
On Margin. "Exd. & Deld to sd Leland May 1784"
Indenture 24 June 1779 between William Cave and Mary, his wife, or Orange County of one part and Elhanon Winchester of the Cheraw District in South Carolina, and John Leland of Orange County of other part ...for £ 400 ...sell 600 acres on branches of Black Walnut Run bounded Richard Able; Watts; Simpson; Smith; Richard Cave; William Pecher; east side of new road; Capt. Rowland Thomas ...
William Cave
Mary Cave

Recorded Orange County 24th June 1779
(Sparacio Pg. 15, Deeds 1778 - 1786)

1779 - Orange County Deed Book 17
pp. 275 - 276
On Margin. "Exd. & Deld. to G. L. Grasty Oct '97"
Indenture 25 Nov 1779 between William Cave and Mary, of Orange County and George Grasty of Fauquier County ...for £ 100 ...sell 75 acres on branches of Mine Run bounded George Bledsoe; William Pecher; and John Leland ...
William Cave
Mary Cave

Recorded Orange County 25th November 1779.
(Sparacio Pg. 20, Deeds 1778 - 1786)
1786 - Orange County Deed Book 19
pp. 74 - 76
This Indenture made 27th September 1786 between John Bledsoe and Betsey his wife of Orange County of one part and John Leland of Orange County ...Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of Two hundred pounds current money of Virginia the said John Bledsoe and Betsey his Wife hath sold 600 acres of land in County of Orange on the Branches of the Black Walnut and Min Run, and is bounded Beginning at a large chestnut in the Fork of a Road corner to Richard Abell thence South to a white oak corner to Simpson and Smith thence South to a large red oak in a valley corner to Richard Cave thence with this line to a red oak corner to William Pecher on the side of the New Road thence North to red oak saplin by the Fork of the Main Road thence North to Corner Capt. Rowland Thomas to the beginning ....
John Bledsoe
Betsey (X) Bledsoe

in presence of: Wm Strother
Richd. Cn. Webb, William Wright
At a court held for Orange County 23d of April 1787
This Indenture ordered to be recorded.
(Sparacio Pg. 15, Deeds 1786 - 1791)

1788 - Orange County Deed Book 19
pp. 17 - 18
Exd. & Deld. to sd Reed Octr 1788
This indenture made xxvith day of October 1786 between William Threlkeld of County of Stafford an Margaret his wife of one part and William Reed of County aforesaid ...Witnesseth that in consideration of sum Sixteen pounds current money of Virginia have granted unto William Reed 105 acres in Orange County bounded Beginning at large Read oak by the side of the New Road being one of the old corners now corner to William Cave and William Peches to three white oaks near the head of the White Oak Branch corner to George Bledsoe to a white oak by the side of the lawyers old road corner to William Peches up the said raod to a white oak in the forks new and (lawyers) old road corner to Wm. Piches to the beginning ...
William Threlkeld
Margaret Threlkeld
At a court held for Oange County
26th October 1786 This Indenture was acknowledged
by William Threlkeld and Margaret his wife
she being first privately examined and ordered to be recorded.
(Sparacio Pg. 4, Deeds 1786 - 1791)


Tax rolls and censuses:

1756 Orange County Tax Roll:
(Tithables on Capt Ben Cave’s list)
John Wright              1 tithable                     (either this John or the other one was ours)
Roger Bell              3 tithables
John Wright              1 tithable

1782 Orange County Tax Roll:
John Wright 8 whites       2 slaves       (our John)
William Wright       7 whites 2 slaves       (our John’s son)
John Wright 7 whites 3 slaves (don’t know who this is. He lives far away from ours.)

1785 Orange County Tax Roll:
(The first three below are on one list, which means they were close neighbors.)
William Wright       8 whites 1 dwelling 3 buildings       (our John’s son)
John Wright 8 whites 1 dwelling       1 building (our John)
John Wright, Jr. 2 whites 1 dwelling 2 buildings (our John’s son)
John Wright 7 whites 1 dwelling       3 buildings (another family)

1790 Census of State of Virginia (Orange County) no longer in existence:

1800 census was burned.


Miscellaneous mentions:

In 1774, a John Wright sold 10 head of meat cattle to William Anderson. This may have been our John.


The American Revolution:

According to ‘Patriots of the Upcountry: Orange County, Virginia in the Revolution,’ by William H. B. Thomas, Orange County Bicentennial Commision, Orange, VA, 1976, several petitions to the General Assembly and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virgina were signed by one or more John Wrights. Our John’s son William (and possibly his son John, Jr., signed them. [See attachments.]

In same book is mentioned and pictured Spring Hill, the house John built on the land he bought in 1752 (identifiable by the description of boundaries in the deed). A raiding party, possibly of some of Banastre Tarleton’s troopers, came within a mile of the house. As of 1976, the Wright family still lived there. [See attachment.]

Two of John’s sons were officers in Orange County milita during the revolution. According to the ‘Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution,’ by Gwathney,
William Wright was appointed ensign in Capt Conway’s Company and took oath Aug 28, 1777. Oath as 1st Lt in Capt Daniel’s Company on March 24, 1780. John Wright (Jr.) was promoted from Ensign to Capt in Stubblefield’s Company on July 26, 1781.


Various characters involved with the Wrights

Richard Richards,
- 1823 witness to John Wright (son of John and Frances) will in Orange Co., VA, with Richard Richards Jr. and Vivion Quisenberry.
- 1830 helped settle John Wright’s estate (son of John and Frances).
- 1830 settled Ann Grasty’s estate with George Grasty admr. A. C. (Alexander) Wright helped settle.
Richard Richards Jr. appointed along with his son as executor of his estate by William Wright son of John and Frances. Jesse M. Webb a witness. Richard Richard Sr. security.

George Grasty and Ann Lightfoot, parents of Susan Grasty b. 1769. She married a John Wright (son of John and Rosamond (Grant)) and had son John L. Wright. Mentions note on John G. Wright on demand to Ann Grasty. Note on Nashville Bank of Tenn. John G. Wright married Nancy (Ann) Wells daughter of Thomas & Mary (Clarke). Mary dau. Of John and Mary Clarke ‘went west’. Suit 26 May 1835, John Wright dead, left children Susan & Julia (out of state, address unknown).

Anne Faulconer/Faulkner married Thomas Austin Wright, son of John and Susan Grasty Wright.

John Faulconer & Rejoice Craig. Parents of:
1)       Caty Faulconer. She married John Wright 1801 (prob. Larkin’s brother).
2)       Sarah, who married Jesse M. Grant on 21 Sep 1804.
3)       Lucy, who married Robert Wright 21 Dec 1821 Orange Co., VA. John’s will calls him guardian of heiress Elizabeth Wright. William’s will gives him legacy in right of William’s daughter Jane Herndon.

Richard Faulconer m. 28 Nov 1826 Juliann Wright daughter John in Ora. Co. VA. Richard son of George & Nancy (Coleman) Faulconer. [Julia daughter of John above?]

James Smith will 1821 names daughters Agnes Wright & Dilly Adams. ‘Keep my property out of hands of Isaac Wright.’ Isaac & Agnes m. 27 Dec 1813, St. Thomas Parish, Orange Co., VA.

Ambrose Smith a witness with a John Wright 1750.

1758 a John Wright sells to Benjamin Adams.

George & Jane (Daniel) Quisenberry parents of:
- Vivion Quisenberry, b. 1793 Orange Co., VA. wit to John Wright will 1823. Married a Sarah Wright (probably a granddaughter of John Sr.?).
- Eliza married Benjamin Wright (son of Capt John? Vivion was a witness to Capt John’s will in 1823.), on 22 Oct 1821 in Orange Co., VA.
- Elizabeth married James Herndon 24 Jul 1815.

Richard Crittenden Webb a witness when William Wright buys land in 1771 from Henry Oakes.

Joseph Reynolds
- 1765 adjoining land given by John and Frances to son William.
- 1777 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.
- 1787 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.
- husband of Susan Wright, possibly daughter of John and Frances

James Herndon
- 1777 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.
- 1787 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.

Rowland Thomas
- 1777 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.
- 1787 a witness to John and Frances deeding land to John Jr.

John Sleet b.c. 1779 married Frances Wright 22 Jan 1800 Orange Co., VA.


Alexander Wright (married Susan Grasty daughter of George and Ann (Lightfoot) Grasty and had son John L. Wright

Benjamin Adams
1765 adjoining land given by John and Frances to son William.

Edwin Fleet, William Fleet
1765 adjoining land given by John and Frances to son William.

William Cave
1765 witness to John and Frances giving land to son William.

Joseph Wharton
1765 witness to John and Frances giving land to son William.

Edward Watts
1765 witness to John and Frances giving land to son William.
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Mary Wright m. Benjamin Franklin Walker.



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