Where was your ancestor, Caleb Bright living?in VA or NC and what county?There were at least two Caleb Brights in Pasquotank or Currituck counties in northeastern North Carolina.
I think you have some confusing information about one of these Caleb Brights.The children you mention--Caleb, Silas, John, Henry, Bridget, Mary Ann and Courtney, are all children of Henry Bright, Jr., who was born before 1700 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA (now the city of Chesapeake) and died in 1749, leaving a will that listed all of these children.So, this Henry, Jr. was the father of the first Caleb Bright, born sometime before 1749 (because that's when his father, Henry, died).Caleb died about 1780 in Norfolk Co., VA.
The second Caleb Bright that I know of was born, allegedly in 1800.He supposedly was the grandson, maybe of the first Caleb.But there is a problem with these dates because this second Caleb could not have been the son of the first one if the first one died in 1780!Maybe the dates are wrong? The second Caleb Bright had two sibblings--Armstrong Bright, who is mentioned frequently in wills in Lower Norfolk Co., VA, and a sister Abbie.Unfortunately, I have no further information aobut the second Caleb.Armstrong had a daughter named Eliza, but that's all I have about this line of Brights.
You are absolutely correct in saying that these Bright (and Brite) families in northeastern NC and lower VA are hard to trace.I have found a reference in "Cavaliers and Pioneers," by Nell Nugent that mentions the supposedly first ancestor of the Brights of North Carolina as one John Bright, born in England about 1640.He came to VA in 1658 with Anthony Stephens.Usually, when someone at that time came "with" someone, the implication is that the other named person paid his passage, and the payee became an indentured servant.
In any case, this early John Bright began buying property in Lower Norfolk Co. VA about 1663.He had three sons, according to early deeds in that area.These three sons,
John, Richard and Henry, all migrated down to NC early on.
John settled in Bath, the oldest town in the state.Richard got a land grant in 1696 at Moyock in Currituck Co.
Henry came down to Pasquotank and maybe also to Currituck, according to early deeds in both areas.
Henry, who was born about 1670 in VA,had a wife named Elizabeth and a bunch of children, but there is some indication that he might have had two wives. He died before 1734 in Pasquotank Co.He had several children: Adam, Richard, Henry,Jr. Charles, Levinah, Edward and Isaac.He didn't leave a will, but his wife Elizabeth did.His son Henry was the father of the first Caleb.
I am a descendant of Charles, the son of Henry, Sr., who was married to Elizabeth, and the brother of Henry, Jr.
I am eager to share with you information and hope that you may be able to tell me something, even a small clue, that I don't know.I have been working on this difficult lineof Brights for years, with very mixed success!
Please keep in touch.If you want, you can write me further at email@example.com.I live in Williamsburg, VA, so I can go down to Chesapeake and to Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck to research these families.I belong to two genealogical societies in northeastern NC.