Deane, I have been researching the Brights of Burk and McDowell Co. NC for many years.I recently notice your request for info on Merritt B. Bright.There is a M. B. Bright b. 18 May 1831 d. 21 July 1911 and Candis Bright b. 18 Oct. 1831 d. 14 Feb. 1905 buried in the Sugar Hill Baptist Cemetery, McDowell Co. NC.Could this be the Merritt B. Bright you are looking for?I had already found this couple years ago in a book of McDowell Co. NC. marriages.It listed a Merit Bright and Candis Morgan as being married 20 Nov. 1858.Bondsman: Jethro Morgan, Witness: B.F. Bynum.Hope this helps.