I was astounded to find your message today about Richard Bright of Currituck Co., NC.I have not checked the messages on this forum for months!
I do have considerable information about the Bright (and Brite) families of northeastern NC.I would urge you to write me at email@example.com so that it will be easier for us to correspond more fully.I can send you some information in attachmens in MS Word as well as a Gedcom file on the Brights.
The information I have on the Brights begins, as you mention, in Lower Norfolk Co., VA in the mid 1600s.A John Bright arrived in that area from England in 1658, according to a ship's passenger list.He apparently was an indentured servant and probably worked for several years to pay off his passage.In any case, after a few years, he began buying land in that same area, according to some old deeds.We know that he had three sons--John, Jr., Richard, and Henry.They are mentioned in various old Virginia deeds regarding land in Lower Norfolk Co.
I did not know that Richard Bright came to Currituck as early as the years you mentioned.What I do know about the migration of these three brothers is the following:
In a deed of 1688, John Bright, of Lower Norfolk Co., VA, deeds 60 acres of his land "to my dear brother, Richard. I have a copy of this old deed.We do know that in 1696, Richard Bright got a land grant in Moyock, Currituck Co. "from the Lord Proprieter" of King George II.I am familiar with the wills of Richard Bright and his son, Richard, Jr. registered in Currituck Co.I am totally unfamiliar with the name "Farnshaw" that you mentioned in your message
Richard's brother, John, migrated from VA down to Bath, the oldest town in NC about 1700-1704.He started a plantation there.He died and left a will there later (can't remember the date right now, but it was about 1720?)He had several sons and two daughters.These children remained in the areas around Bath--Chowan, Bertie counties, and then moved to Dobbs Co. (now Lenoir and Pitt counties) and Craven Co., where New Bern is.There is a lot of documentation about John's family.
The third brother, Henry, also left VA and came to Pasquotank Co. about 1700.He appears in deeds in this county as early as 1719 or so.He had a number of children, including Charles, who is my ancestor.
Several of the Brights in Pasquotank Co. changed the spelling of their name to Brite, which continues to this day.We don't know why--whether this was intentional or not.
I am still, after many years, trying to close some gaps in my Bright heritage.My great-great grandfather was John Brite, born in Camden Co. (created out of Pasquotank in 1777)and died in 1845.I am still uncertain about who, exactly his parents were.There is circumstantial evidence to suggest that he is a descendant of Charles, son of Henry Bright.
Please write to me, and maybe if we work together, we can discover more information.