As you probably know by now, I have been correspondingwith your wife, Joan about your ancestor, Caleb Bright, allegedly born in NC.I think it's quite likely that Caleb Bright was born in either Pasquotank or Currituck Co. and was either the son or grandson of the first Caleb Bright, born before 1749 .He was a son of Henry Bright, Jr., of Pasquotank Co., who died in 1749 and left a will naming his wife, Elizabeth and eight children, including Caleb.One careful researcher in North Carolina reported that this first Caleb Bright allegedly moved to Lower Norfolk Co., VA and married there and had three children: Abbie, Caleb and Armstrong Bright.There was an orphan record indicating that several of his children fell under guardianship there as follows:
17 Aug 1780--Abbie Bright, Caleb Bright, Armstrong Bright, orphans of Caleb Bright--guardian Thos. B. Clark, Secured by William Willson, Sr. and Epaphroditus Butt in the sum of £10,000.
15 Feb 1787--Armstrong Bright-- Guardian Bennett Armstrong with security William Willson in the sum of £100.
The only other information that I have about this family is that Armstrong Bright is mentioned in several wills in Lower Norfolk Co., VA later on.
As I mentioned to Joan, the name Caleb Bright is uncommon, and I haven't seen it mentioned in any other early records in North Carolina.Especially if you know that your ancestor Caleb Bright's father was also named Caleb, it think it's probable that this family at some point moved back (?) to Virginia, just across the border from Pasquotank Co., NC.
I think that you should search the Census indexes in VA and NC from 1790 forward to try to find a Caleb Bright.Also, I think it's likely that your ancestor was perhaps a grandson, rather than a son of the first Caleb.I say this because of the dates involved.We know that Henry Bright, Jr. died in 1749; his son Caleb would have been more than 50 years old by 1800.He could have been the father of your ancestor, born in 1800, but it seems a little less likely than if there was another intervening generation.There could have been three generations of Caleb Brights.
I believe that this family can trace its heritage to John Bright, born in England about 1640, and migrated to Virginia in 1658, according to ship passenger lists.He began buying property in the 1660s in Lower Norfolk Co., VA and died sometime in the 1880s.He had three sons: John, Henry and Richard, all three of whom migrated down to northeastern NC.I believe that your direct line descends from Henry, Sr., then through Henry, Jr., Caleb etc.