James Bright was born June 16, 1782, in Botetourt County, VA, to James O'connell Bright and Margaret Smith Bright,they had seven children, and they moved to Kentucky circa 1794. In 1803 through persuasionof his uncle, Col. William B. Anderson, he went to Nashville, TN, and became surveyor. He married Nancy Morgan,the daughter of John Morgan and Mary Hall Morgan, February 9, 1813. He and Nancy had 10 children. 1. Margaret Bright Martin b. 11/13/1813 2. William H. Bright b. circa 1815 3. John Morgan Bright b. 2/20/1817 4. Martha Rebecca Bright Douglass b. 6/8/1819 5. Mary Ann Bright Drake b. 6/8/1819 6. James R. Bright b. circa 1822 7. Charles T. Bright b. 2/11/1828 8. Maria E. Bright Moore b. circa 1823 9. Catherine M. b. circa 1825 10. Lucius or Luctus P. Bright b. 12/1/1832
James Bright died November 5, 1856, in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee. James's brother, Thomas Smith Bright, is my 3rd great grandfather, and he remained in Kentucky.