My name is Madelyn Brite Larkin, whose ancestors came from Virginia into NC about 1700.I have some information regarding an Edward Bright, who we surmise, might have been the son of Henry Bright, one of three brothers who lived in Lower Norfolk Co., VA in the last few decades of the 18th Century. Henry came down to Pasquotank Co. as early as 1713(We know this from land deeds).Edward Bright was mentioned very early in Pasquotank Co. deeds, and we think he was one of several sons of Henry. But Edward seems to disappear from the records of Pasquotank and nearby counties --Currituck.We surmise that Edward might have moved up to Bedford County, VA.If so, then I do have some information about the Edward Bright in Bedford Co.He supposedly was born about 1705 in North Carolina and died on July 2, 1784 in Bedford Co.The Edward in Bedford married Mary Ann Gregory in 1757.These dates, however, would make the NC Edward almost too old to have several children, we think.Mary Ann Gregory Bright died in July, 1778. I believe it is significant that a Gregory was the witness to Edward Bright's will. Several children apparently were listed in the will: Mary Bright Gaddy, Rebecca Woodward, Sara Woodward, Mildred Watts, and Elenor McKinney. This is really all I know.It is not proven that the Edward Bright in upper North Carolina is the same person who appears in Bedford County.But he did disappear, and this means that he either died or moved!Is there any other information in Bedford Co. that would prove that Edward Bright was there earlier?Or another will or deed that mentions him--perhaps his father's or uncle's will etc.? Thank you for this message.We have been trying to figure out where Edward Bright fits into the early NC lines of Brights. Of course there were other Brights in VA who did not migrate down to NC.But at least three did (Henry, John and Richard)None of them have any other children named Edward for a long time--too long to be your ancestor in VA, I believe.
I would encourage you to write me at email@example.com.I would like to pursue this further. My ancestors came from Pasquotank and then Camden Co., NC, which was formed from Pasquotank in 1777. The spelling of our name was changed from Bright to Brite very early in Pasquotank.
I would encourage you to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.I would like to pursue this further. My ancestors came from Pasquotank and then Camden Co., NC, which was formed from Pasquotank in 1777. The spelling of our name was changed from Bright to Brite very early in Pasquotank.Madelyn Brite Larkin comments powered by Disqus