My direct line of Brites (formerly Bright) did not live in or near Pitt county.Rather, they originated from Camden and Pasquotank counties in the northeastern part of NC.
However, I know that there were many descendants of John Bright, who came to Bath, the oldest town in NC by 1704.We was a brother of Richard and Henry Bright, who originally lived in Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia.John Bright's son, Simon Bright I, had several children who migrated down to the New Bern area in Craven Co. and also in Dobbs Co., (now Lenoir) where Simon Bright, Jr. became one of the founders of Kinston.So, as you may already know, there were numerous Brights in Pitt, Lenoir, and Craven counties.But because my own direct line stretches back to another Bright in Camden Co., I don't know all of the later descendants of Simon Bright's line.
The community college in Kinston has a very good local history department, including a lot of info. about the early Bright families in that general area.
My great grandfather, Anson H. Brite, came from Camden County to what is now Pamlico County, in 1856.He had many descendants, including my father.But Anson Brite's ancestors in Camden Co. trace their heritage back to Henry Bright, a third brother of the John Bright who migrated down to Bath by 1704.
I now believe that these three original brothers--John, Richard and Henry--had a father named John Bright, who we think came to Virginia from England on a ship in 1658.Ships' passenger lists and old Virginia deeds tend to identify him as our initial immigrant ancestor from England.
You didn't say in what time period that Mason Brite lived.