Great question. - let's deal with the first thing first - Abigail Wigerly, who married a Richard Wright.That is true - she DID marry a Richard Wright; HOWEVER - not 'ours'.This is my document that [hopefully] dispells that notion:
Supporting Evidence for NO ABIGAIL WIGERLY
Much has been written about an Abigail Wigerly as being Richard Wright, Sr.'s wife or even first wife.There does not appear to be any evidence that she was for the following reasons:
a.According to her marriage information posted on the website for the church, she was married in the Swedes’ church (Gloria Dei) in Philadelphia, PA in June 1857.AbigailDID marry a Richard Wright; however, he was not the Richard Wright b. in Maryland (the son of Philbert Right and Esther Becraft, as is currently proved by DNA) and later of Rowan/Davidson Counties].
b.At the time of Abigail's marriage in 1757, Richard Wright, Sr. was already married and the father of 2 sons and another on the way - Benjamin, b. 1752 [in MD]; Peter, b. 1854 [prob in VA] and Richard, Jr. [to be b. in June 1757 in southwestern VA].
c.In 1757, Richard, Sr. and his family was already in southwestern Virginia [vacinity of Halifax & Pactrick County]
Manybelieve that Richard's wife was Ann (stated in his probated will) Morgan, daughter (or possibly the sister) of James and Mary Davis Morgan of Baltimore, MD., since James Morgan, Jr. witnessed Richard's probated will.Such an honor was generally bestowed upon a favored family member or a close friend.
Other researchers indicate (with no proof of basis) that Ann's surname could be Evans or Isom - either of which could account for the names of Richard's sons.
ADDITIONAL FINDINGS: Information from "WRIGHT FAMILY HISTORY, Vol I" by Osee Johnson Knouf, 1949 - shows the following information exactly as written - with the exception of the capitilazation of the names - done for emphasis:
page 9 - "The late Dorothy Terhune Bortner of Kansas City, Mo., then Redkey, Indiana, was trying to trace our ancestry thru Richard Wright born in Chester Co., Pa 1729-30, son of JACOB, who was a son of PETER AND ALICE WRIGHT OF NEW ENGLAND.However records indicate THIS RICHARD married ABIGAIL WIGERLY ON JUNE 8, 1752 and according to our list, our Richard had children born in 1752, 1754 and 1757.
The surname of RIchard, Sr.'s wife had not been determined - even after all these many years.Her actual name is only found in 2 places - a deed in 1764 and Richard's will - all only identify her a 'Ann'.
Now - as to the question on Philbert/Philburd [1750.I apologize for not being clearer.This would be the actual lineage by generation -
1.Philbert Wright and Esther Becraft - married 1712;It is this Philbert who died before 1738.[One of Esther's 2 son's - not known which - either Amos, but most likely Joseph - was born abt 1737 - after her husband died.Court documents identify the father, but not the 'son' he sired.]
Philbert & Esther's known son - by baptismal record: 2.PPhilbert - born 1719 in Maryland.[The name of his spouse has never been found.The probability is strong that they had more children, but the only one accounted for in early documents is PW 1750]
His [and unknown spouse] son: 3.Philbert [or other spellings], born in MD in 1750 --- this is PW & Esther's grandson.PW1750 is the one who married Elizabeth Reagan.
History indicates [but not proved] that Richard [b. abt 1726/30] and his family; Philbert 1719 and his family - including son Philbert 1750 -all left Maryland at the same time [abt 1753]and headed toward the Carolina's.It seems that Philbert1719 and his family went on to Randolph County, NC, while Richard and his family - along with other travelers from Maryland [the PARR family, in particular], stopped for a few years in Virginia.They left around early 1760's, thought to be because of the Indian wars that abound in the area at that time.