I have just now read your interesting message written in July, 2000.
There is at least one other family group of Brights in early Virginia.A John Bright came to the area of Norfolk Co., VA about 1658 from England.He appears on a ship passenger list that year, transported by Anthony Hopkins, as an indentured servant. According to early NC deeds, he began buying land in what was called Norfolk Co. or Lower Norfolk Co. (now the city of Chesapeake, in the early 1660s.He had a son named John, Jr., mentioned in these deeds.We presume that this son also had a brother named Richard because John Bright in 1688 deeded land to his brother by the name of Richard in that same area.We also think that there was a third brother, Henry, who also was a son of the original John Bright.
We do know what happened to these three brothers:John migrated to Bath, North Carolina in 1702-1704 approximinately;Richard got a land grant in Currituck Co., NC, touching the VA border, in 1696; Henry migrated to Pasquotank Co., NC about 1700.All three of these brothers became the ancestors of most of the Brights in North Carolina.
I am very much interested in knowing about other VA Brights who might have settled in early NC or had descendants who settled there in the 1700s.I am trying very concertedly to trace all of the Bright (and Brite, a variation) families of early VA and NC.This is quite a challenge!