I am so glad to hear from you.Apparently, you are descended from the same ancestral line that I am.The Henry Bright in your list seems to be the son of an earlier Henry Bright, Sr., born about 1670 in what used to be called Lower Norfolk Co., VA, now the city of Chesapeake.He died sometime before 1734 in Pasquotank Co., North Carolina.His wife's name was Elizabeth.
This Henry's father was John Bright, who, we think, came to Norfolk Co. from England about 1658.We think he was an indentured servant because the information that we have received in "Cavaliers and Pioneers," by Nugent, a reliable source, states that John Bright was one of several people who "came with" an Anthony Stephens.It was common for Englishment who had acquired "headrights" to land in VA to bring others to work on their new plantations.In return for the payment of their passages across the Atlantic, these folks would work for 5 or 7 years on the plantations.
John Bright, we presume, did this, and by the early 1660s was buying land in Lower Norfolk Co.According to old deeds, we think he had at least three sons, John, Jr., Henry (our ancestor) and Richard.John moved down to Bath, NC about 1701-1704; Richard got a land grant in 1696 from the Lord Proprieter in Moyock, NC.And, Henry we think, according to old NC deeds, moved down to Pasquotank or possibly Currituck Co. about 1700 or so.
Henry Bright, Sr. had at least 7 children and possibly another wife before Elizabeth.(This is a mere deduction, no firm data.)The names of his children that I have records for are Adam, Richard, Henry Bright, Jr., Charles, Levinah, Edward, and Isaac.
Your ancestor who got a land grant in 1715 in Norfolk Co. would have been Henry, Jr.I would like to know the source of your info. about this land grant in Va., as I don't have that.The information I have about Henry, Jr. is that he was born sometime before 1700 in Lower Norfolk Co. and died in 1749 in Currituck Co., NC.His wife was Mary.According to his will there, he had eight children:
Henry Bright III, Bridget, Caleb, Courtney, John, Mary Ann, Silas, and Susan ("Susy").
His son, John, your ancestor, born sometime before 1749 (when his father died)was married to Isabel.He lived in Currituck Co. and left a will dated Dec. 16, 1780.Listed in his will are five children: William, Willis, Mary, Isabel,Ann, Isaac, and Jonathan.
The information you have about John's son Willis, who married Mary Ballentine tallies with my information about the Sears family.Willis had six children: Aaron, Elizabeth, Mary, Richard, Willis, Jr. and Solom,on.
Your ancestor Isaac, born Feb 23, 1777 in Currituck Co., NC, married Lovey Glasgow, and died May 5, 1812.This couple had four children: Richard, David, Ruth, and Caroline.
Yes, we live close to one another.I would really like to talk with you.Our phone number is (757) 565-0384 in Williamsburg.Can you come here?I have a lot of information about the Brights (and Brites) in North Carolina.I will be glad to send you my whole Bright file on Family TreeMaker software.
Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at the above number, so we can chat.There's too much to write here.I am concentrating my research on trying to find out more about the early Brights in VA.