I don't know about the Bright family line in Burke county.I reviewed my files on the early censuses from North Carolina.Before the first U.S. Census in 1790, there was a N.C. state census (to distinguish from the Federal Census) that was taken from 1784-1787.This census listed two Bright families.Apparently, the first names of the two heads of household has partially been destroyed, but anyway, they were:
---mas (?) Bright - 5 males under 21 and above 60; 4 females.
---liam Bright - 1 male 21-60, 21 under 21 and above 60, and 1 female.
Unfortunately, I don't have information about the Brights in Burke county in later U.S. Censuses.But I surmise that the families mentioned above and in later censuses probably were the ancestors of James Bright.
I know that there were people named James Bright very early in the 1700s in Currituck or Pasquotank, as well as in Beaufort Co. and then a bit later in Craven Co.Of course, the county barriers, as well as their names, have changed, which adds to the challenge of tracing these people.
Did James Bright and Nancy Humphrew stay in Burke County, or do you know?
Please write me if you would like more information about early North Carolina Brights.
Madelyn Larkin email@example.com
As you probably know, there were numerous Brights and Brites very early in North Carolina.Most of them came there from Virginia, beginning about 1696, when Richard Bright got a land grant in Currituck County at Moyock.He came from Lower Norfolk Co., VA.Unfortun