I think that it's somewhat likely that your ancestor, William Bright, whose Hannah daughter married a Gaskins, was a child of Simon Brite III, who was a descendant of the line of John Bright, who came to Bath, NC in Beaufort County, about 1700-1704 from Lower Norfolk Co., Virginia. He could have had a daughter named Hannah.I checked my Bright file in Family Treemaker software, and I found only one Hannah Bright, a daughter of a John Bright, who died sometime before 1807.I don't have any children listed for him, but that is only because I haven't tried to include in my files all of the descendants of the line of the original John Bright, who came to Bath in 1700.
If Hannah Bright married a Gaskins, that is a clue to the fact that this happened in Craven County, where New Bern is.The Gaskins families were very prominent there, and they didn't live far north, in Currituck or Pasquotank, for example.
Do you know when Hannah Bright Gaskins lived or her father? There are other William Brights that could have been her father, depending upon the time frame.The only thing I am fairly sure of is that both Hannah and her father were descendants of this early John Bright, who came to Bath about 1700.
The first Bright came to Currituck Co., NC in 1696; he was Richard Bright, who got a land grant from the Lord Proprietor of King George II of England.Earlier, several Brights came from England to Virginia as early as 1642. I have been trying to establish which one(s) we are descended from.I think "our" initial immigrant probably was a John Bright, who came in 1658 to Norfolk Co.He began buying land there, which today is around the city of Chesapeake VA in the 1660s.John Bright had at least three sons, including Richard, John and Henry.John migrated down to Bath, the oldest town in NC about 1700; Richard, as I mentioned earlier, came to Moyock in Currituck Co. in 1696k, and Henry, the third son, came down to Pasquotank about 1700.
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