I hope to learn more about my own BRIGHT heritage.Census enumerations indicate that my paternal and maternal 3xgreat-grandmother, one Hannah GREY HICKS, stated that her parents were born in North Carolina.
Hannah's parents were Joseph and Hannah BRIGHT GREY who were married 01 Jan 1796 Mason Co., KY; and a witness to the marriage was one Ebenezer BRIGHT who may have been Hannah's father.There is no further information about this BRIGHT line.
Joseph and Hannah BRIGHT GREY's daughter Hannah GREY b 14 Nov 1798 NC married 20 Dec 1821 Blountville, Sullivan Co., TN, Rev. Dodge officiated, one Stephen HICKS II b 06 Aug 1795 Greene Co., TN, s/o Stephen and Elizabeth COX HICKS of Maryland.
Stephen and Hannah GREY HICKS would have a son named Stephen Bright HICKS, a grandson named Stephen Bright NEAL, and a great-grandson named Bright Neal BRUNER, younger brother of my paternal grandfather.The BRIGHT name was held in some esteem in my family.
Stephen and Hannah, above, their daughter Hannah HICKS and son-in-law Patrick NEAL, granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Marietta NEAL and James Driscoll BRUNER, and my abovementioned paternal grandparents, Robert Franklin and Ivalee DRAKE BRUNER, are buried in Fabius Baptist Church Cemetery, Fabius Twp, Schuyler Co., MO, just four miles west of my home.
Well, I wish I could bring it all back to North Carolina and the line you chronicle.
May we come to correspond further?
I would love to hear from you.I will share more.
Gene Bruner PO Box 48 Downing, MO 63536-0048 firstname.lastname@example.org.