I see that you wrote this original message three years ago, in 2003, so I am writing to you very late.And, by this time, you may have found more information.I am very interested to share information with you, as I am trying to trace all of the branches of the Brights/and Brites from early VA and NC.
I probably am somewhat related to your Joseph Brite, who apparently lived about 1819 in NC and Virginia.It has been my experience that most, if not all, the people who spelled their name "Brite" hailed from either Pasquotank, Currituck or Camden counties (Camden was created out of Pasquotank in 1777)in northeastern North Carolina.This variation of the common English surname of Bright appeared very early in the 1700s in NC.
I have done research on the Bright/Brite families of early VA and NC for over 20 years.There are quite a few gaps that I haven't been able to fill in this genealogy.But I will share with you what I know so far.
My first known ancestor probably was a John Bright, who came from England to Norfolk Co., VA about 1658.He came with several others, transported by Anthony Stephens, probably as an indentured servant to work on plantations in Norfolk or other nearby counties.In any case, by the early 1660s, he was buying property in what then was called "Lower Norfolk Co.," VA.This area now is the city of Chesapeake.According to some ole deeds, he had at least three sons, named John, Richard and Henry.All three of them migrated down to NC by 1700 or a few years later.Richard got a land grant in Moyock, in Currituck co. in 1696.John went down to Bath, the oldest town in NC by 1701 to 1704; and Henry went down to Pasquotank, we think.
I know quite a bit about the descendants of these brothers once they moved to NC.John's family is very well documented, in Bertie and Chowan counties, and later in Craven and Pitt counties.
The other two brothers stayed in Currituck and Pasquotank largely, but some of them went over to Perquimans Co., adjacent to these other counties.I am fairly certain that I belong to Henry's line of descendants through his son, Charles.I have heard of a couple of Joseph Brites; one of them, I think, lived in Perquimans, and I could look this up.
I live in Williamsburg, VA and would like to share information with you.Also, I am looking for people who would like to engage in a DNA identification project, which might help us close some genealogical gaps.