Bright, Butler, Simpson - I'm looking for info about relatives of this family:
William J. Bright was born July 2, 1843.In 1850 William, age 6, and his sisters, Louisa, age 13, and Mary, age 10, lived with their (widowed?)mother, Elizabeth, age 34, in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.By 1860 his mother had passed away and his oldest sister, Louisa, had married a Simpson, who had also died.Mary (Polly) and William lived with Louisa and her children in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.Many Bright and Simpson families lived in the neighborhood.In 1870 Louisa had married again to S. D. Scott, still in Elizabeth City.Mary and William were no longer with her.
Sometime after 1860 William J. Bright moved away from Elizabeth City and eventually settled near Macon, Georgia. Mr. Bright's daughter, Emma, born circa 1867, married Willam Jack Butler.Emma and William had 3 children: Walter Jackson b 1889, Effie b 1891 and Ola Mae b 1895.
The Butler family lived on a farm within walking distance of town (Macon, Georgia?). They grew apples and also produced butter and eggs that Mr. Bright would sell in town.Mr. Butler worked on the railroad that connected Macon and Savanna, GA. Family legend says that the locomotive had a horse's head mounted on it.
Sometime before 1900 William Bright, his second wife Martha, Emma Bright-Butler and her 3 children all moved to Bell County, Texas. William Jack Butler stayed behind in Georgia and is rumored to have later lived in St. Augustine, Florida circa 1945.
Also before 1900 Emma died of spinal meningitis. Her children were living with Mr. Bright and his wife, Martha, in Temple, Bell County, Texas in the 1900 census.Mr. Bright passed away there on May 1, 1910.
Emma's son, Walter Jackson Butler, was my grandfather.
The above is a compilation of census research and family legend.Any information would be helpful.