Hello.Just now read your post shown further below.Yes, this would definitely appear to be my paternal great grandmother's 1st marriage to Wesley BRIGHT and their 1st set of children.
The information on the children's names as I have them have come to me from different sources.Part of them originally were from my father's memory and then later from talking to other descended cousin/researchers as well as from connecting family researchers.I can't be as fully helpful just right at this moment as I have to get my main computer with my FTM file back up and running which I should have in a day or two and just working on laptop and memory right now but I have dates, marriages, children, etc. for the 1st set of children for my great grandmother.
The Almeta/Almeda BRIGHT daughter was fully named:
Harriet Almeda "Mead" BRIGHT
It is possible that Maggie had the formal name of Margaret but I just have her as Maggie "Mag" BRIGHT in my files... I believe.My father and other close family called her "Aunt Mag" and she moved with my father and his immediate family and I believe her husband as well...not sure...he may have been deceased by that time...but will verify in files soon...Mr. MANGUM...when the family group moved from Simpson County, Mississippi in the late 1920s.My grandmother, Allie Artimissa PARKER, was born 1892 near Braxton, Simpson County, Mississippi, and her husband, my grandfather, James Martin "Jim" MYRICK, was born in 1892 near Magee, Simpson County, Mississippi.My father, Billy Earle "Bill" MYRICK was born somewhere between Mendenhall and Magee on their farm.
I believe that it was Wesley and Rachael Moranda's son, Henry BRIGHT, who was killed on the train...but have to re-check that.My father and his family called one of the sons "Will" but not sure which one that was.I believe it was Henry BRIGHT that married a woman named JONES...will verify that later as well.I can't remember right offhand or not if her JONES family was related to my JONES family... but I think so.On my mother's side of the family her grandmother was Rodella "Della" JONES, daughter of William Tunley JONES, (CSA,) and Martha Ann Caroline McCARTY.I remember there is a connection to the JONES - BUSH family for Henry's wife...
I also thought back in the beginning that I saw Wesley BRIGHT written as John Wesley BRIGHT.Trying to research that has been very confusing as online in a Google search you get information on another John Wesley BRIGHT who killed his wife.I have been told that this Wesley BRIGHT, apparently...not substantiated yet...abandoned my great grandmother and their children but just don't know if that is accurate or not.That information came from an older family researcher cousin from the MANGUM family.
Also, the Harriet Almeda "Mead" BRIGHT was the daughter of Wesley/J. Wesley/John Wesley BRIGHT and Mrs. Rachael Moranda LEWIS COLEMAN BRIGHT PARKER and she was the stepdaughter of my great grandfather, Spencer B. PARKER, (2nd/3rd husband of Mrs. Rachael Moranda LEWIS COLEMAN BRIGHT PARKER.)Harriet Almeda "Mead" BRIGHT married the brother of her step-father, Spencer B. PARKER.I believe that his name was Richard T. PARKER.Spencer was about 8 years younger than Rachael Moranda and Richard T. was Spencer's older brother.I did have a picture of Richard T. PARKER and Harriet Almeda "Mead" BRIGHT and their children but may have lost it in a computer crash sometime back...will have to check that out.
While I have information in other of my connecting lines about Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw descent, I do not have any information re: Native American Indian descent for the PARKER nor the LEWIS family group; however, it is evident to me from looking at the picture of Harriet Almeda "Mead" BRIGHT and Richard T. PARKER that there was probably Indian blood on both sides.I say that primarily from looking looking at the faces/bone structure and somewhat from the coloring, etc..Richard T. definitely would appear to me to be part Cherokee as did some of the children.His brother and my great grandfather, Spencer B. PARKER, looked a little less so.
In addition to the death of her son from her 1st/2nd marriage to Wesley BRIGHT with it being, I believe, son, Henry BRIGHT, who was shot and killed while in his 20's on a train, Mrs. Rachael Moranda "Randa/Randy" LEWIS COLEMAN BRIGHT PARKER, and 2nd husband, Spencer B. PARKER, also had another young son die prematurely.He was really young.His name was Callie PARKER and he was the fraternal twin brother of my grandmother, Allie Artimissa PARKER, both born 1892 near Braxton, Simpson County, Mississippi.Callie PARKER was only about 2 years old when, somehow, he fell into an outside fire pit of some type...possibly for burning trash, tree branches, etc....and sustained serious burns leading to his death.In addition to the twins, my great grandparents had 2 other sons, George Washington PARKER and Ellis Neely PARKER.I have more information on them in my files.
Rachael Moranda LEWIS was born to John LEWIS, born:abt. 1820 in Jones County, and his wife, Harriet ELLZEY, and the family lived in Jones County since the arrival of John's parents:Howell LEWIS and Nancy COPELAND, daughter of Ripley COPELAND, Sr. and Rachel/Rachael TUCKER.Howell LEWIS was born in Granville County, North Carolina and is believed descended from the LEWIS-WARNER-HOWELL-MERIWETHER-CRAWFORD family group out of Virginia through 2 of the LEWIS - WARNER descended men but he has been hard to precisely locate because of so many of the men in this family group being named Howell LEWIS with 4 of them being born or residing in Granville County, North Carolina.I have considerable information on his family group as well as the TUCKER family group.
The COLEMAN name entering for Rachael Moranda LEWIS is very mysterious and may have been an earlier marriage, stepfather, or ?...just don't know yet.There are COLEMANs and KNIGHTs who connect to her family group, as I mentioned earlier, but nothing yet explaining why she is said to have married in documentation to Wesley BRIGHT and, again, in her marriage to Spencer B. PARKER under the name of Moranda COLEMAN....but it is the same Rachael Moranda LEWIS.
There are probably additional connections with the PARKER family group which I have been piecing together for awhile and I think that I mentioned before that ...I believe it was someone in Spencer B. PARKER's family group....maybe a sibling....that married into the HARRELL family.Also, if my memory is serving me correctly there were other connections of family groups that were in Jones County with those that were in Copiah, Smith, Rankin, Simpson.
Spencer and Richard T.'s father, Jeremiah "Jerry" PARKER, was born in abt. 1795 in Maryland and appears to have married possibly twice, at least once, resulting in two sets of children prior to his marriage to my paternal great grandmother, Sarah "Sally" JENNINGS.It has taken me awhile but I think that I have finally pieced together the names of the 1st set of children that he had whom were listed in the census by sex and age only in the 1830 census of Copiah County, MS with either his 1st or 2nd wife and then the children are listed again in the 1840 Copiah Co., MS census with Jeremiah and 1st/2nd wife and then Jeremiah is listed with his 2nd set of children and his 2nd/3rd wife, my great grandmother, Sarah "Sally" JENNINGS, their stepmother, in the 1850 Smith County, Mississippi censu with Jeremiah "Jerry" PARKER being deceased sometime between then and the 1870 Rankin County, Mississippi census where Mrs. Sarah "Sally" JENNINGS PARKER is listed as head of the household with Jeremiah's 3rd set of children including Richard T. and Spencer, born: abt. 1859.
Spencer and Rachael Moranda's daughter, Allie Artimissa PARKER, my grandmother, married James Martin "Jim" MYRICK, who was the son of Harriet Katherine "Hattie" HERRINGTON and Calvin Pierce "Callie" MYRICK who was the son of Phoebe Catherine HERRINGTON and William H. "Billy" MYRICK, born:abt. 1822 in Jones/Jasper County, MS, son of William MYRICK and Elizabeth PIERCE, (daughter of Hugh PIERCE, (RS,) and Sophia/Sofia HUNTER, (poss. aka BOWLES/BOLES,) (Cherokee.)
The aforementioned Phoebe Catherine HERRINGTON was the daughter of Cynthia "Sina" GRANTHAM and William HERRINGTON, Jr. and Phoebe's son Calvin's wife, Harriet Katherine "Hattie" HERRINGTON was the daughter of Rebecca Jane "Jane" DICKENS and Isham Daniel HERRINGTON, (CSA,) son of Harriet STUCKEY and Enoch HERRINGTON, brother of William HERRINGTON, Jr., sons of William HERRINGTON, Sr. of Craven County, North Carolina.The GRANTHAM family was out of North Carolina/South Carolina border area and they all then lived in the Jones/Jasper County, MS area as did many, many of my family lines both paternal and maternal so I anticipate that there was a multitude of other connections for Rachael Moranda LEWIS and her family of Jones County with many of those in Copiah, Rankin, Smith, Simpson.
I can't remember if I mentioned before or not that Rachael Moranda LEWIS's sister...Martha LEWIS married a PRINE and they are the parents or grandparents....believe it was parents of Oma PRINE who married Luther RODGERS and they were the parents of Sybil Ruth RODGERS who married Dub SMITH and Sybil was my mother's best friend as well as being my father's cousin.In addition, Luther RODGERS was the brother of A. D. RODGERS who married my aunt, Lucille MYRICK, sister of my father, Billy Earle "Bill" MYRICK.
There are so many connections between my father's various family lines as well as those of my mother going back in time to the earliest immigrants in the early 1600s into Virginia as well as earlier in Wales, England, etc..
Talk to you more later.Will get files to you as soon as get the computer up and running.
Why don't you contact me directly at my email address so I can send some files to you shortly.I'm also going to do some checking around on the internet as I may have some of this more detailed information somewhere out there in the meantime.
Thanks, again, very much.Looking forward to hearing from you.
Re: MS/Jones Co./mid-late 1800s/Wesley BRIGHT & Rachael Moranda LEWIS COLEMAN
Posted by: Lee Strohm Harrell (ID *****9696) Date: July 18, 2004 at 12:14:26
In Reply to: Re: MS/Jones Co./mid-late 1800s/Wesley BRIGHT & Rachael Moranda LEWIS COLEMAN by Bellinda Barnettof 2353
I want to be very careful in what I post...I have no proof for what I am about to assert BUT I believe that the following family is Wesley BRIGHT & Rachael M. STB LEWIS.
The age is correct for Wesley Bright based on his 1860 Scott County Mississippi census (age 6) and 1870 Holmes County Mississippi census (age 15). The location also makes good sense for Wesley BRIGHT because the GEORGE W. BRIGHT family FIRST shows up on the 1850 Rankin County Mississippi census and since some family members never left Rankin County I am not surprised to find that Wesley BRIGHT has turned up there as an adult.
1880 Rankin County Mississippi US Census, District 1, Steen's Creek:
BRIGHT, J. W. Self 25 M W Married MS Farm Hand MS MS.
BRIGHT, Rachael Wife 25 F W Married MS Farm Hand MS MS.
BRIGHT, Almeta (sic [Almeda?]) Dau 8 F W Single MS MS MS.
BRIGHT, Henry Son 6 M W Single MS MS MS.
BRIGHT, Margaret Dau 5 F W Single MS MS MS.
BRIGHT, Thomas Son 4 M W Single MS MS MS.
With daughter Almeda's birth c1872 Wesley & Rachael would have married c1871. They WERE young (17?) when they married. I will admit I am confused as to the Jones County connection and as to Rachael's STB born in Jones County. Almost as if we're talking about two different Rachaels. I don't know if this Rachael's maiden name was LEWIS but I do know that this Rachael UNKNOWN was not likely married to anyone BEFORE she married J(-) Wesley BRIGHT if their stated ages are anywhere near correct.
You have posted that Wesley & Rachael Lewis BRIGHT had children Henry, Daisy, Almeda and Maggie. What is your source for that list of children? The above couple has in 1880 Almeda, Henry, Margaret and Thomas. Almeda, Henry and Margaret (Maggie) match. Their first son is named HENRY...perhaps after J(-) Wesley's as yet undetermined father "Henry?"...one of the sons of George W. & Margaret "Peggy" Hall Redman BRIGHT. There was also a Thomas BRIGHT age 26 in George W. BRIGHT's HH in 1860 on whom I have no other information (perhaps d. Civil War?)...HE might have been 6-year-old Wesley Bright's father...as well as father of 2/12-months-old infant Margaret (no identified mother in HH). I don't KNOW. J(-) Wesley BRIGHT named his second son THOMAS. I hope you will share with me the SOURCE information you have on the children of your Wesley & Rachael Lewis BRIGHT...is this 1880 Wesley & Rachael UNKNOWN BRIGHT your family? Lee Strohm Harrell