Thanks Leslie. Thomas Bright was born about 1760, probably Blackwater, Dorchester Co.MD. He probably descended from Francis Bright and wife who immigrated to MD with theeir son Thomas Bright in 1651. This Thomas married 1. Elizabeth Crisp 11 May 1662, and 2. Cecile Evans of Kent Co.MD. William Bright married Sara Thorn 6 July 170_ Kent Co.;Francis Bright m. Susanna Tozer 7 Nov. 1719. Sources: MD Calender of Wills and Marriage Records and Index of Land Patents.
James Bright Sr. Blackwater Md Will 16 Aug. 1732:"to wife Eliz.extx. to sons Richard and Matthew. Also, Thomas Bright, Thomas Mace, Sara Hill test. to will of Richard Hill, Dorch. 10 July 1732 to sister Amy and cousin John Madkins.
Then, Wm. Bright, Benj. Swan, John Booker test. to will of James Truman, Gent., Prince Georges Co.MD 26 May 1744. (See note later.) James Bright and William Robbinson wit. and pro. will of Henry dean, blacksmith of Dorchester. And then William Robinson,planter, will dated 10 July 1749 mentions sons Levin, Leak, and James to whom he leaves ABSOLOMS LOSS, 100 acres on Blackwater River.
There was an Elijah in the mix! But Absolom Robinson was the father of Hannah and Edith Robinson who married John and Anderson Johnson 1808 1and 1810 in Madison Co.KY. He or his son Absolom Robinson married 2nd Mary P. Truman in Howard Co.MO. And this is my piece of the puzzle that makes it fit for me. . .
In Sullivan Co. Thomas Bright deeded land to David Lowe, was deed land by State of VA, was deeded 100 acres on Reedy Creek by James Roberts ( a family connected to Johnsons from MD0 and Thomas deed 118 acres to Henry Maggart, father-in-law of Thomas's daughter Susan.
James Bright was granted land by PhilipFoust (also Fudge in early Augusta Co.VA; ) Ancil Bright, and Lewis Bright. He received 31 acres from John Steers 1812.
Thomas Bright, Adam Hope, and Jacob Campbell were near neighbors in Washington Co.VAS in 1787. Susan Bright possibly came to California with her daughter Elizabeth Ann Maggard Johnson on the Hope Wagon Train in 1853. She was alive in Scotland Co.MO in 1850.