My information comes from several sources. "James Bright of Virginia, of Kentucky and of Lincoln County, Tennessee" compiled by Forrest F. Anderson, Jr. of Decatur, Alabama. Mr. Anderson's work is fully documented. Ms. Frances West, genealogist, from Fayetteville, TN, who sent me census, cemetary, marriage,wills, deeds, and newspaper clippings all related to the James Bright Family. Marriages, wills, deeds, census, family history files and records and tax records from Garrard County, Kentucky.
James's mother was Margaret Smith Bright, the daughter of Phoebe Dunbar Smith Anderson and Thomas S. Smith. Phoebe married William Anderson after the death of Thomas Smith. Margaret had a sister, Polly Smith , who married Peter Dingess, and a brother, Capt John Smith, who was one of the orginal settlers of Harrodsburg, Kenyucky. Capt Smith was one of James Harrod's men.