I know I am late to the party here, but just started looking at my husbands BRIGHT family line and have quickly discovered conflicting info. I am posting a piece my husband's great grandfather wrote about himself and his family.
James H. Bright:No field of modern enterprise affords safer or more favorable opportunities for the investment of capital, either in large or small sums, than the real estate business. Among the most successful and best known of the new real-estate firms of Houston should be mentioned J.H. Bright & Company.
The senior member of the firm,JamesH. Bright, was born in Fayetteville, Lincoln Country, Tennessee, May 16, 1856. A son of James R. and Priscilla (Maney) Bright, the former of whom was born in Tennessee, was an attorney by profession.He became a noted Chancery lawyer and was, for several years, Supreme Judge of Tennessee. He also took great interest in masonry and was Grand master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee for many years. He died March 15, 1868, at the age of forty seven years. His father, james Bright, was a Virginian by birth, was a Civil Engineer by calling, and surveyed the State line between Tennessee and Kentucky. He lived to be ninety-eight years old and always attributed his long life and good health to the outdoor life and temperate habits. He was son of James Bright, a native of Wales.
The mother of James H. Bright, Pricilla (Maney) Bright, was born in North Carolina, a daughter of Major Henry Maney who was born at Maney’s Point, the same state. In 1854, he moved to Texas, and after a short residence in Caldwell County, moved to Guadalupe County, where he died at the age of sixty-seven years, having followed the occupation of planting throughout his life. His father, William Maney, was a native of France.
James H. Bright is the youngest of three living children, the other members of the family being Anna, wife of R.M. Hibbett of Nashville, Tennessee, and Elizabeth, wife of James H. Douglass, who lives in east Nashville, Tennessee.
In the public schools of his native town, the subject of this sketch pursued the paths of learning until he was twelve years old, when he was placed in Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee, for two years, where he was fitted to pass the examinations of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, but after successfully doing so, was dissuaded from entering the Marine Service by his mother. He also attended Bingham’s School in North Carolina for two years, after which he began the study of law with Boyles & Breham and after being admitted to the bar in February 1874, he went to Huntsville, Alabama and began clerking in a store for Campbell & Bailey. After one year experience with this firm, he went to Nashville, Tennessee and was in the employ of Douglass, Son & Co. up to 1876 at which time he came to Texas.
After spending some timein Guadalupe County, he came to Houston. Here he was employed by the late E.H. Cushing in the book and stationery business, up to September 1879, when he went to Galveston and acceptedsituation as a traveling salesman for P.J. Mills& Brother, remaining in the employ of that firm up to January 1981. He then resigned to accept the position of Cashier and Teller in the bank of Miller & Sayres, Gonzales, Texas, which position he held for 18 months. He then organized and conducted a banking business for W.W. Limpscomb at Luling, Texas, but owing to ill health he was compelled to leave the house and once more become a traveling salesman, this time for John P. Richardson of New Orlens, a successful dry goods merchant. He subsequently resigned to accept a similar place with Sweester, Pembrook & Co. of New York City with which firm her was connected until January 1890, when he resigned his position to open a real estate office in Houston. Those who have real estate for sale, or who wish to buy, will find the firm of J.H. Bright ready are all times to serve the public and prepared to do it in as acceptable manner as any other agency in the city of Houston.
James H. Bright was married in 1879 to Miss Katie Walker, by whom he has one living child., James Douglass Bright. In 1886 he was left a widower, and for his second wife he espoused Miss Belle Totten of Sherman Texas, and by her has one child, Marie. Mr. and Mrs. Bright are attendants of the Episcopal Church, and are highly esteemed in the social circles of Houston.
According to the letter and confirmed by other family correspndence.
James Henry (J.H.) Bright's father is James Randal Bright. James Randal Bright's father is James Bright, the famous surveyor. James Bright, the surveyor, father was James Bright from Wales. Suffice it to say i have seen much conflicting info. Can anyone shed any light?