Name: Richard Wright , Sr.
Birth: 1730 in Surry Co., NC 1
Death: BET 3 SEP 1784 AND 10 FEB 1785 in Rowan (now Davidson) Co., NC 1
Fact 2: in Rev. War
He was buried by the waters of the Uwharrie near Davidson/Randolph County line in the old cemetery 2 miles from Silver Valley crossroads (on Highway 64), and about 10 miles east of Lexington, North Carolina.
Military Service: Private Rowan County, North Carolina Militia - NC Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. VI, page 23, folio 2
Residence: lived on 200 acres on Deep River in Randolph County, NC
Immigration: "...Richard Wright came to America during the colonial epoch in the history of this country." His ancestors were Welsh.
Will: 3 SEP 1784 Will Book C, page 207 - Clerk of Superior Court, Salisbury, Rowan County, NC or North Carolina Archives
Probate: 8 FEB 1785 probate will by son Philburd in Rowan Co., NC
Note that Davidson Co., NC was formed from Rowan Co., NC in 1822.
DNA testing has proven that Richard was not related to Daniel Wright of CT.
Judge R. Lee Wright of Salisbury, NC says, "The first deed found so far in Rowan Co., NC to Richard Wright, was dated 1762, in Book 5, page 366."
BR 5pg 449
This indenture made the eight day of April in the year of our Lord 1764 between Richard Wright and Ann his wife of Orange County in the province of North Carolina farmer of the one part and Harman Husband of the said county and province farmer of the other part. Witness that the said Richard Wright and Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of thirty two pounds ten shillings in hand paid by the said Harmon Husband the receipt whereof that the said Richard Wright and Ann his wife doth hereby confess and acknowledge they the said Richard Wright and Ann his wife. (Hatton Grison)granted bargained sold asigned released and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell release and confirm unto the said Harmon Husband his heirs and assigns forever all that tract and parcel of land situated lying in Rowan county on a fork of Haw river it being a part and one half of a tact of land granted from the Earl Granville to William Wiley on the 23rd day of May 1758, for 640 acres and from the said Wiley granted to Arthur Parr, and from the said Pan' granted to the aforesaid Richard Wright. Begining for the said part and one half at a white oak, the original corner running thence North 80 chains to a white oak, thence East 40 chains to a stake thence south 80 chains to the original line thence west 40 chains to the first station containing three hundred and twenty acres, more or less, and also all trees woods waters pastures and meadows of in common of pasture profits and commodities and advantages---and appurtances whatsoever to the said 320 acres of land belonging or anyway apportaining and all the estate right titles interest claims and demand whatsoever of him the said Richard Right and Ann his wife of and next to this said 320 acres of land and premises and every part and parcel thereof. To have and to hold the said 320 acres of land and all and singular the premises unto the said Herman Husband his heirs and assigness to the only purpose, Use and behoof of him the said Herman Husband his heirs and assigness for ever and the said Richard Right and Ann his wife for theirselves and their heirs the said 320 acres of land and premise and every part and parcel thereof against them and their heirs and against all and every other person or persons claiming by fraud or under harm to the said Hermon Husband and assignees shall and will warrant forever and defend by these witnesses in writing if they herunto set their hands and affixed their seals this day and year find above wittnesses.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us, Earl Granville, William Robinson North Carolina, Rowan County.
Richard Wright Ann Right (her mark)
This is to certify that the witnessed deed was duly processed in open court and recorded in the Clerk's office according to law. Ordered to be registered. (Levt) John Hancock C. C.
This indenture made this 8th day of October in the year of our Lord 1762 between Arthur Parr and Margaret his wife of their one part of Orange County, in the province of North Carolina, farmer, and Richard Wright of the said county and province, farmer of the other part. Witness that the said Arthur Parr and Margaret his wife for and in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds, produced money in hand paid by the said Richard Wright the receipt whereof they whereby confess and acknowledged, they the said Arthur Parr and Margaret his wife hath given granted bargained also assigned released and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien release and confirm unto the said Richard Wright his heirs and assignees forever, a certain tract or branch of land being a part and the one half of a tract (parcel) of land lying in Rowan County on M ....... fork of Haw River granted to William Wiley farmer from the Earl Granville on the 23rd day of May 1758 for six hundred and forty acres and conveyed from the said Wiley, to the said Arthur Parr. Beginning for the said part at the original beginning 1 white oak and running through north 80 chains to a white oak, thence east forty chains, thence south 80 chains to the original line, thence west 40 chains to the first station containing three hundred and twenty acres, more or less, and also all trees, woods, waters, water courses houses, pastures common of pasture, profits commodities, advantages, here and hereditamints ways and all apurtenanses whatsoever to the said three hundred and twenty acress of land belonging or anywise appertaining land all the estate right title and interest, claim and demand whatsover of them the said Arthur Parr and Margaret his wife of interest to their heirs and three hundred and twenty acres of land and premises and every part and parcet thereof. To have and to hold the 320 acres of land and all and singular the premises unto the said Richard Wright his heirs and assignes, to the only purpose, use and behoof of him the said Richard Wright his heirs and assigns for ever and the said Arthur Parr and Margaret his wife for themselves and their heirs, the said 320 acres of land and premises and every part and parcel assigned against them and their heirs and asignes and all and every other person or persons claiming by fraud or stealth to desist. Richard Wright and his heirs and assignes shall and will warrent and forever defend by these present. In witness whereof they have hereunto set their hand and affixed their seal this day and year and witnessed, sign seal and delivered in the presence of me, Thomas Donnell, William Hamilton. Signed by Arthur (his mark) Parr, and Margaret (her mark) Parr.
North Carolina, Rowan County Court. Therunto certify that the wittnesed deed was proved in open court and recorded in the clerk's office according to law. Ordered to be registered. John (?Hrahook), Clk.
In 1766, Richard Wright bought land from Herman Husbands in Orange (now Guilford) Co., NC.
From "Rowan County, NC History":
"Richard Wright, Sr. b: 1730 in Prince William County, VA, m: Ann (nicknamed "Nancy") and lived near Norfolk in 1765. Richard and his cousin, John Wright, left the Anglican Church; John Wright was a staunch Baptist and Richard Wright became a Methodist. Richard Wright is buried near the Uwharrie River in Randolph County, NC. His will (Rowan County, NC Will Book C207) made while weak in body on 3 Sep 1784 gave his wife 200 acres on Deep River where he formerly lived, his son, Benjamin, 200 acres on Deep River in Randolph County where he used to live, his son Peter 260 acres in same locality, his son William 260 acres in Randolph County, his son Amos 100 acres where he lives, and sons Richard, John, and Philburd. Wit: William Wright, Evans Wright, Richard Wright and James Morgan. ..."
Richard Wright (b 1730) ended up in Rowan County, North Carolina, married Abigail Wigerly, had 8 sons, and fought in the Revolution.
Grant Wright of Salem, Indiana states that, "Tradition has it that Richard Wright, Sr. was born in England, emigrated to Wales, came back to England, and he, with four brothers, immigrated to America probably sometime about 1746. They came to the Eastern shores of Maryland. Here they separated. Two went into New England, one to NY, and Richard and one brother came into Virginia and then to Randolph County, North Carolina where he spent the remainder of his life".
He also says," According to tradition, Richard Wright was of Scotch and Irish descent." and "Richard Wright, Sr. was a large land owner and accumulated well for one in his day. He was a Revolutionary soldier, a private in the North Carolina Militia from Rowan County. It is said that his five oldest sons also fought in the Revolution."
"Pioneer Preachers of Indiana" by Madison Evans, 1892, says that the Wrights came from England.
"History of Greene County, Iowa," 1887, says Richard Wright's grandson was of Scotch-Irish descent.
The Washington-Wright line and Memorial Record of Rowan County states that Richard Wright is descended from Captain William Wright of Westmoreland County, Virginia and two generations back from Major Francis Wright and Ann Washington (note: DNA testing has proven that there is no relationship between Francis Wright and Richard Wright).
Will of Richard Wright, Sr., Will Book C, page 207, Rowan Co., NC:
"In the name of God Amen, I Richard Wright Senr. of the County of Rowan and State of North Carolina being through the abunant mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body Yet of a sound and perfect understanding and Memory do constitute this my last Will and testament, and desire it may be received by all as such as for my burial I desire it to be decent without pomp or State at the descretion of my dear wife and as to my worldly Estate I will and positively order that all my debts by paid. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin. Two hundered Acres of land lying on the Waters of deep River in Randolph County, Including the plantation where on he used to live, etc. I give to my Son Peter Twenty Shillings etc.--I give to my Son Richard and William an Entry of land containing 226 Acres lying in Randolph County on the Water of Uary to be divided equally at their own discretion. I give to my son Amus. One hundred Acres of land including the house wherein he now lives and the price of a new Saddle and Briddle, and I likewise give to my son William a feather Bed and furniture and the price of a good Saddle and Briddle etc.--I give to my Son John a cow and Calf or the Value thereof in God and Silver etc--I give to my Son Philburd a Horse Briddle and Saddle and a Cow and feather Bed and furniture at the age of Twenty One--or at his Mothers discretion and this plantation where I now live at his Mother disease or Marriage and I give to my dear and loving Wife Two hundred Acres of land lying on deep River where I formerly used to live in Randolph County to sell at her discretion and likewise all my moveable property that I possess and if she Marys two thirds of the estate is to be divided equal amougst the Children and if she dies without marrying the prinsable Estate is to be divided equal amoungst the all my children. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of Septr: Anno Dom: 1784
Richard R Wright (Seal)
Witnessed by Wm. Wright, Evans Wright, Richard Wright, and James Morgan Jr.
This will was probated Feb. 8, 1785 by Evans Wright and James Morgan Junr. Richard's widow Ann and William Wright qualified giving bond of 200 pounds with James Morgan as security."
Benjamin Wright b: 1752 in Rowan County, North Carolina
Peter Wright b: 1754 in Rowan County, North Carolina
Richard Wright, Jr. b: 4 JUL 1757 in Rowan County, North Carolina
John Wright b: 5 DEC 1759 in North Carolina
William R. Wright b: 25 MAR 1761 in Rowan County, North Carolina
Evans C. Wright b: JAN 1762 in Rowan County, North Carolina
Amos Wright , Sr. b: 2 MAR 1764 in Rowan County, North Carolina
Philburd T. Wright b: 29 MAR 1768 in Rowan County, North Carolina
"J. P. Dick" by V. Stewart-Novak
1870 Census, page 12
"Genealogy of Benjamin Wright, Sr., son of Richard Wright, Sr." by Knouf, Page: 103
"History of Putnam County, Indiana," Page: 469
"Genealogy of the Wright Family" by Lillie White
"William and Amos Wright" by Mary D. Stoops
"Wright Family History" by Osee Johnson Knouf states she "could find no cemetery on this farm."
DAR Application 8 JUN 1996 National No. 771973 - filed by Carol Agnes Johnson Arkin shows wife of Richard Wright, Jr. to be Abigail Wigerly
North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Vol. VI, (Old Series) Vol. 6 , Books 21-25 NC State Archives Microfilm No. S.115.58 "Hillsborough Treasury Office, page 14, No. 81 Richard Right 7 18 " 1 10 1"
Abigail "Ann" Wigerly or Elizabeth "Ann" Morgan b: 1732 in NC
in Rowan Co., NC 1
- Benjamin Wright b: 1752 in Rowan Co., NC
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