Madelyn, If you find a branch of the Brights who removed to western NC - McDowell Co. area in particular - I would love to know which ones! I am looking for Richard W. BRIGHT, who was probably the son of John BRIGHT and Lucy FORTUNE. Richard was b. ca 1831 (Thank you David, for this info from McDowell Co. 1850 census!). Richard married Charlotte HAMILTON of Catawba Co. 23 Aug 1860. (She was dau of Thomas Jefferson HAMILTON and Delphia R. BLAKELEY, of Catawba, Co.) Richard and Charlotte had several children (Edith, Clifton, L. Blake, and possibly others; the one I am particularly interested in is Amelia Mae BRIGHT who married Joshua Boyd SEARCY, my husband's grandparents. They lived for a time around 1900 in Buncombe Co., NC, but later lived and are both buried in Burke Co.