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James Wright (b. 1676, d. May 15, 1759)James Wright was born 1676 in Lancaster, England1477, and died May 15, 1759 in Frederick County, Virginia1478.He married Mary Davis on Bef. 1708, daughter of James Davis and Margaret Jordan.
Notes for James Wright:
James Wright was supposed to have come from Bristol England around 1682 with one of William Penn's colonies.
Newlin, Charity Cook a liberated woman, p. 2We get our first glimpse of James Wright and his family at East Nottingham in the western part of Chester Co. PA.It is not known of they were among the first settlers or not but John, the fifth of 12 children, was born there in 1716.They left there in 1725 and joined with other Quakers to found a colong along Monocacy Creek, a few miles south of the present city of Frederick, MD.Here their family grew from 8 to 11 children.
In 1734 James and Mary, and at least some of their children, moved to a Quaker settlement at Hopewell, near what is now Winchester, VA.At the time this was the furthest point into the interior of English settlements.
James Wright was a distinguished Quaker minister.His family suffered at the hands of the French and Indians and money was sent to them from the Philadelphia MM.James Wright wrote out the marriage certificates so he must have been an educated man.
Hopewell Friends History, p. 27.James Wright was taxed in East Nottingham, Chester Co. PA from 1718 to 1726 after which time he moved to Monocacy Valley, Frederick Co. MD.He was a distinquished minister and travelled widely in the exercise of his ministry.He sustained much loss during the French and Indian War and he and his wife were the object of much concern of the Philadelphia meeting which sent money to sustain them.
Last will and testament of James Wright:I, James Wright, of Opekon in the county of Frederick and the Colony of Virginia being aged but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannulling all other wills that have heretofore been made or done by me.
First, my will is taht my body be decently buried and all my just debts of funeral charges I leave to be defrayed at the discreation of my executrix.
Secondly, I give bequeath and demise to my son Thomas Wright the land and plantation whereon I now dwell with all the buildings and improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging to which I bequeath and demise to the proper use and behoof of him his heirs and assign forever it being 194 acres of patent land and he to be in full possession thereof after his mother's decease, but his mother to have full possession thereof during her natural life.I also give and bequeath unto my wife all my goods and chattels and all my personal estate for a comfortable maintenance dureing her life or else to dispose of among her children as in discreation she shall think fit or when and where she shall think fit, only paying to our 10 children to each of them 5 shillings, Virginia currency to John, James Jr., Isaac Wright, Lydia Wright, Mary Ballinger, Hannah Ballinger, Martha Mendenhall, Elizabeth Matthews, Anne McCool, Sarah Pickering.
Lastly, I ordain and constitute my loving and well beloved wife Mary Wright sole executrix....dated the 14th day of the 8th month October 1751.
Death Record:The Friend, Religious and Literary Journal, 1859:James Wright, an elder of Hopewell MM was one of the first settlers to that part of VA.He was a sober, honest man, grave in manners, and solid and weighty in his conversation.He was diligent in the attendance of his religious meetings, exemplary in humble waiting therein, and of a sound mind and judgement.He was cautious of giving offence to any one, and was earnestly concerned for the unity of his brethren and the peace of the church.He appeared, sais his friends, for some time before his illness, as one who had finished his day's work, and who is waiting for his change.He departed this life fifth month, 15th, 1759 in the 83rd year of his age.
More About James Wright and Mary Davis:
Marriage: Bef. 1708
Children of James Wright and Mary Davis are:
- +Hannah Wright, b. 1709, Chester County, Pennsylvania1479, d. Aft. 1764, North Carolina1479.