Where did you find the names James M. Bright and Margaret Smythe/Smith as the parents of James Bright, husband of Nancy Morgan?
James Bright, born circa 1752, former resident of Dochester County, Maryland, has a Revolutionary War pension record on file.In that record, it clearly states that his wife's name was Sarah, and gives their wedding date as December 18, 1775. According to the record, after their wedding they then rowed back from the Parson's to have the wedding dinner in the home of James Busick.
Census records indicate that James Busick and his wife, Sarah, had a daughter named Sarah, who is of the same age as James Bright's wife, Sarah.Thus, using the census and the pension record, I conclude that James Bright's wife was Sarah Busick.
There was a marriage between a James Bright and a Sarah West in Dorchester County, Maryland, but it was a year or two prior to December 18, 1775.When Sarah, wife of the Revolutionary War soldier, was applying for the pension after James' death, she indicated that there were no marriage records of their wedding. I take that statement from the pension record, in conjunction with the existance of the record that shows the earlier date of Sarah West's wedding, to further indicate that James, the Revolutionary War veteran, was married to Sarah Busick, not Sarah West.
I have seen it listed that Nancy Morgan's husband James was the son of James Bright and Sarah West, but that would then be incorrect. This has mostly been seen in references to Margaret "Peggy" Bright, born August 25, 1798, who married Sampson Brashears, and moved to Perry County, Kentucky.
Also included in the pension record is a page torn out of the family bible.On this page, it listed the children of James and Sarah with their birthdates, EXCEPT for James.James, son of James and Sarah, was born in circa 1786.The oldest child listed, Elijah, was listed as born on July 8, 1789.Several statements throughout the pension record indicate that there was an older son, James, who was married to Nancy Morgan.Other statements in the pension record indicate that the son James, who was married to Nancy Morgan, had passed away by 1844, in Lincoln County.
I have seen a reference to another Elijah Bright also born in Dorchester County, but earlier, on October 4, 1751, as the son of James and Elizabeth Bright.I suspect that James and Elizabeth Bright are also the parents of James Bright the Revolutionary War veteran, father of James Bright, husband of Nancy Morgan.
I have not seen a reference to a James M. Bright, married to Margaret Smythe/Smith. Could you please point me to that source for further investigation?
Leslie N. Bright