Please forgive me for not responding to you sooner, but my husband and I were on a trip to Ireland from Oct. 2-18.So, I just saw your message this morning, Oct. 20.
Yes, the Brights of VA originally came from England, but there were several of them, and it's somewhat difficult to sort them out.Some of them are on ships' passenger lists.The earliest, I think,Francis, came about 1643 or so.The one I think who is my ancestor was John Bright, who came in 1658 as an indentured servant to Norfolk County, VA.He began buying property in Lower Norfolk County (now the city of Chesapeake, VA) in the 1660s.He had three sons, John, Richard and Henry.(He might have had others, but we don't know for sure.)
All three of these sons migrated down to North Carolina, to Currituck and Pasquotank counties, which touch the VA/NC border.John, the eldest son, went down to Bath, the oldest town in NC about 1700-1704; Richard went to Moyock in Currituck Co. and got a land grand there in 1696.Henry, the third son, went to Pasquotank County.I am a descendant of Henry, through his son, Charles.
There were Brights in Bedford County and in other parts of Virtinia.Many of these early Brights in NC remained in Pasquotank and Currituck.John's descendants tended to move down to Beaufort, Craven and other counties along the coast.
I don't know whether this is any help to you or not.There are early will books in various areas of VA, and the early deeds are often the best resource before the earliest censuses.Militia lists also are helpful.Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about the Brights in VA and would like to know more about them.