Looking through Volume One, Pioneer Lawrence County Missouri Marriage Record Book ABC*, 1845-1870 I found these early Bright/Brite marriages listed:
Brite, Asbury, to Terrissa Evaline Spilman, 6 December 1859, by S. Whaley, J. P., Pg 217 Brite, Jesse to Jewley (Julie) Ann Higgs, 24 March 1853, by Elisha Landon, Min. U. B. Pg 85 Brite, Raughley, E.to Luscincis Frances Spilman,1 Feb 1855, by Ellis Neice, MGUB, pg 119 (Minister of the Gospel United Baptist Church) Boucher, Carey, to Eliza Bright, 16 March 1842, C G Cowan, J. P.,Pg 24(Listed in Early Barry County) *Information published by Lawrence County Historical Society, P O Box 406, Mt Vernon, MO. 65712)
12 families left Allen, Warren, Floyd, Hopkins, Christian,and other nearby counties in Kentucky to move to Barry County, laternamed Lawrence County.The other 11 family surnames are: Boucher, Cagle, Hewlett, Mann, Moody, Morris, Pruitt, Schooling, Spilman, Woods and Wormington.
These Brites are known to be from a group of 12 pioneer families that settled SW Lawrence County Mo in the late 1830's to mid 1840's traveling from Allen andWarren Counties and other surrounding countiesin Kentucky for new homesteads and better lands.
There is a Bright/Brite Reunion held on the 3d Sunday in September each year in Monett City Park which has become a tradition since 1934.Here, descendants gather and celebrate their family ties to one anotherand the accomplishments of relateddescendants who settled in nearby Jasper, Barry, Newton and Greene Counties.This past Reunion 2003120 plusdescendants attended representing the 12 families.
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