Only my interpretation of history --- check the Brightwell's of Prince George County Maryland.You should also be aware that Prince George's County was originally a part Of the original Calvert County Maryland.After substantial study and effort I am convinced that the Maryland and Virginia Brightwell families are related. Richard Brightwell of Maryland is named as an indentured soul in a Headright Grant issued for 350 acres in New Kent County Virginia.The sponsor of his indenture for transport to the Virginia Colony was a Mr. Trueman whose family name I have found in Maryland Colonial records on line while researching the Richard Brightwell family history. If you consult a Road Atlas Map of the Maryland-Virginia area, you will note that Prince George County relinquished a substantial portion of it's area to the establishment of the District of Columbia. This tends to confuse many researchers.Under this realization one will deterine that the early Colonial period was a time of greater shifting of Protestant coloinals into the regions of the Calvert Colony of Maryland than most amature researchers have previously thought to be the case.These colonists would frequently move into Maryland for a term of approximately three years to establish grant claims to property.Once title was established to those claims the property frequently was sold and the Protestants would returned to Virginia due to their religious beliefs.
Do comparisons of Brightwell families in Prince George's County and those families that established their families in Charlotte and Prince Edwards Counties.In those Virginia counties you will find family names of Coleman, Morton (Martin), Beale, Moran, Orme, etc. that are common in those counties of Maryland which border Virginia. Further, you will find the same is true when researching the eastern areas of N.C. where it has close proximity to those areas of both Virginia and Maryland.This is something I have learned due to many hours of effort toward family research. Colonist were highly mobile compared to what we perceive them to have been.