Regretfully, my records on this Wright line also stop with 1813 (year of death) Thomas Wright of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, (place of death) and his wife Hannah (_____) Wright, but a recent email suggests a possible line of inquiry on this family.
I list 1813 Thomas Wright of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, as born before about 1761, resident from 1782 until death at Pittsylvania County, Virginia, died about 1813, and will probated on Nov 18, 1818, at Pittsylvania County, Virginia.The children of 1813 Thomas Wright and Hannah (_____) Wright were as follows:
1. Thomas Wright, born before May 21, 1781,
2. John Wright, born before Sep 3, 1780, married Catharine Watts in 1794,
3. Elizabeth (Wright) Earp, born probably before 1788, married Abednigo Earp in 1804,
4. Daniel Wright, born probably before 1787, married Sally Watts in 1803,
5. Sarah (Wright) Watts, born probably before 1778, married Joshua Watts in 1794,
6. James Wright, born probably before 1790, married Patsy Watts in 1806, and
7. probably Nancy (Wright) Matney, born probably before 1795, married John Matney in 1811.
In her email dated Jan 15, 2003, Victoria Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) said that A History of Watauga County, North Carolina by J. P. Arthur, 1915, stated that Nancy Wright's father was John Wright and that he came to America shortly after the Revolution with William Matney and settled in Virginia near the James River, that William Matney was a strict John Wesley Methodist and finally settled in Pittsylvania County, and that William Matney's son John Matney married Nancy Wright and moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina, and then Caldwell County, North Carolina.However, the marriage bond of Nancy Wright and John Matney dated Dec 9, 1811, at Pittsylvania County, Virginia, listed her father as Thomas Wright, not John Wright, so the assertion that Nancy's father came to American after the Revolution is suspect and may or may not be correct.
The first record I have of 1813 Thomas Wright of Pittsylvania County is his listing in the 1782 Personal Property Tax List.The first land transaction that I have for him in Pittsylvania County is Patent Deed H/317 dated July 7, 1783, by which he acquired 283 acres of land on Sandy River.This is consistent with his appearing in Pittsylvania County after the Revolution and so perhaps J. P. Arthur merely mixed up Nancy's father's first name.Victoria Stewart hopes to trace this family through its Matney connections and the Methodist connections.
I would be happy to exchange information on this Wright line with you and other interested researchers.
Robert N. Grant
15 Campo Bello Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025