1716 - Bef 1790 (73 years)
Has 10 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.
||John Wright |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox
||4 Nov 1716
||East Nottingham, Chester Co., PA, USA 
||Bef 8 Jun 1790
||Bush River, Newberry, SC
||7 Mar 2001 |
||James Wright, b. Aug 1676, Nottingham Mm, Chester Co., PA, USA , d. 15 May 1759, Frederick Co., VA, USA (Age ~ 82 years) |
||Mary Bowater, b. 3 Feb 1689, Nottingham Mm, Chester Co., PA, USA , d. Bef 6 Mar 1764, Frederick Co., VA, USA (Age 75 years) |
||2 Dec 1699-1707
||PA Or NJ
||12 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Rachel Wells, b. 3 May 1720, All Hallows, Anne Arundel Co., MD, USA , d. 23 Dec 1771, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA (Age 51 years) |
||Hopewell Mm, Frederick, VA, USA
| ||1. William Wright, b. 2 Jan 1738, Monocacy Valley, PR.George, MD , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||2. Mary Wright, b. 24 Jul 1739, Prince George Co., MD, USA , d. Bef 1789 (Age 49 years)|
|+||3. Joseph Wright, b. 12 Dec 1740, Prince George Co., MD, USA , d. 8 Jan 1794 (Age 53 years)|
| ||4. Margaret Wright, b. 12 Nov 1742, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA , d. 13 Nov 1822, SC, USA (Age 80 years)|
|+||5. Charity Wright, b. 13 Nov 1745, Prince George Co., MD, USA , d. 13 Nov 1822, Warren Co., OH, USA (Age 77 years)|
|+||6. Rachel Wright, b. 10 Nov 1747, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA , d. Aft 2 Sep 1790, SC, USA (Age 42 years)|
| ||7. John Wright, b. 12 Dec 1748, Prince George's Co., Maryland, USA , d. 18 Nov 1797, Tennessee, USA (Age 48 years)|
| ||8. Sarah Wright, b. 23 Dec 1749, Cavor Creek, Orange, NC , d. 18 Nov 1789, Bush River, Newberry, SC (Age 39 years)|
| ||9. Hannah Wright, b. 27 Sep 1751, Cavor Creek, Orange, NC , d. Aft 1822 (Age 71 years)|
| ||10. James Wright, b. 28 May 1753, Cane Creek, Orange Co., NC, USA , d. 19 Oct 1812, Clinton Co., OH (Age 59 years)|
| ||11. Susanna Wright, b. 16 Apr 1755, Orange Co., NC , d. 31 Jul 1830, West Milton, Miami Co., OH, USA (Age 75 years)|
| ||12. Elizabeth Wright, b. 15 Dec 1756, Orange Co., NC , d. Abt 1826, Frederick Co., VA, USA (Age 69 years)|
| ||13. Nathan Wright, b. 7 Oct 1758, Orange Co., NC , d. Aft 1805, Newberry Co., South Carolina, USA (Age 47 years)|
|+||14. Thomas Wright, b. 8 Aug 1761, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA , d. 30 Apr 1835, Randolph Co., Indiana, USA (Age 73 years)|
| ||15. Keziah (Kerial) Wright, b. 1763, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA , d. Bef 1789 (Age 26 years)|
|+||16. Isaac (Joel) Wright, b. 13 Jun 1764, Bush River Mm, Newberry Co., SC, USA , d. 20 Feb 1844, New London, Howard, IN (Age 79 years)|
| ||17. Barbara Wright, b. Apr 1766, d. Yes, date unknown|
||7 Mar 2001 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Much information can be gleaned about this family from a book by Algie I. Newlin entitled CHARITY COOK, A LIBERATED WOMAN, (Friends United Press, 1981). It is a biography of their daughter, Charity Cook, written and researched by a history professor.
Around 1725, he and his family moved to the northern part of Maryland, Prince Georges Co., MD possibly living at Goose Creek MM, Cecil Co., MD first. Rachel's family lived in Prince George's County and they probably met there. John's only wife was Rachel Wells. Some sources list a second wife named Susannah but this has been disproven. The first half of John and Rachel's children were born in Prince George's County Maryland according to Newlin's book: [UL:Charity Cook, A Liberated Woman:UL]. John's family moved from 1733-35 to Frederick Co., VA and became members of the Friends Hopewell Monthly Meeting according to Lewis Wright. (C-588, 610) Possibly the confusion here comes from the changing names of territories. They lived near Monacy Creek a few miles south of Frederick which could have been Prince George's Co., Maryland at the time, but is now known as Frederick Co., VA.
The marriage records of John and Rachel Wells Wright can not be located, and it is assumed that they were burned with the Hopewell meeting records. Marriage is therefore approximated as 1737, a year before their first child's birth. Both John and Rachel were appointed overseers of their respective male and female Monthly Meetings in Monocacy in 1745. They were charter members of the Fairfax MM.
Rachel Wells Wright is a very interesting person of her own right. She was a Quaker minister. This involved travel and stamina on her part. She was a very sturdy woman attested by the trials she endured plus the fact that she had three of her children in just a two year period.
What is even more astounding is that during this same two year period, John and Rachel Wright with 7 young children, William through John Jr. moved to the Cane Creek frontier, soon to become Orange County, North Carolina, which was over a distance of 300 miles. They received their letter to go to what was then Carvers Creek MM on 29-5-1749. They were charter members of of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting in Alamance Co., North Carolina when it was established 10m-1751. (C-575) Six more children were born to them in the Cane Creek area. All thirteen are listed in the Cane Creek records.
John and Rachel often lived in new, rather unsecured settlement areas. It appears that they moved near Camden, Kershaw Co., South Carolina in 1761/1762 to the Wateree Meeting in Camden, South Carolina, later to become the Bush River Monthly Meeting area that they helped establish. (C-250) He sought a land patent for land on Beaverdam on Sep 17, 1769 with an addition joining it in 1786. Parts of both of this land he granted to his son in law Big John. Later, Big John and Rachel then sold it to their son, Wright Coate.
According to Lewis Wright, John was a Ship Captain by trade. (C-610, 615) However, in his will, he bequethed his shoemaking tools. Medlin's "Quaker Families of South Carolina and Georgia also states that John was a shoemaker by trade. He never tended to live on the ocean either, so I'd say the Ship Captain must apply to some other John Wright. (C-265, 866)
Apparently John served as private in the Revolutionary War under Colonel William Thompson's Rangers defending Charleston Harbor on June 28, 1776. It was known as the "Battle of Sullivan's Island." (C-588) DAR records indicate that John Sr. was the Private in the Revolutionary War. He would have been 60 years old at the time. I have great difficulty believing this because of his age and the fact that he was a Quaker. I wonder if it applies to his son John instead who was disowned by the Quakers in 1772. (C-866) John was also a member of the first and second Provincial Congress of S.C. (C-588)
At an ederly age, he lived with his daughter, Susannah. He used to walk to and from the Quaker meetings. The family reunion in 1908 recalled that his daughter prevailed on him to take her horse on one occasion. When the meeting was over, he walked home. When he got there she asked him where the horse was and he replied "Dad, me Sue, I forgot her."
According to this same family renunion provided by Julia Henry, it states that he and his wife had seven sons and ten daughters, 4 of whom apparently aren't in the Quaker records.
He wrote his will on 9/17/1789. He named his wife, his deceased son, Joseph and Joseph's son, John; John and his son; Jesse; Nathan and his son William; his son-in-law, Isaac Hollingsworth which he left his shoe-maker tools, cow and calf; Joab Brooks, son of James Brooks; Joseph Cook, his grandson and son of Isaac Cook; William Hollingsworth, grandson and son of Isaac Hollingsworth; son-in-law Isaac Cook and Isaac's daughter Rachel. The witnesses were Isaac Hollingsworth, John Coate and Charity Cook. His Executor was his son Joseph Wright. His will was written in Newberry Co., SC. (C-866, 2082)
His death was about 1790. He was living with his son-in-law, Isaac Hollingsworth's family, in the 1790 census. Before he died, he supposedly gathered all of his descendants which numbered 144 persons at the time. (C-945)
- [S570] Kelly, Richard M., MD Anc./Rachel Wells, Richard M. Kelly.
- [S567] Newlin, Algie I., Charity Cook, A Liberated Woman, Algie Newlan, (Friends United Press).
- [S557] Davis, Eileen, Quaker Rec/Miami, OH, Eileen Davis and Judith Ireton, comps, (McDowell Publications, 1980).
- [S569] Kerns, Wilmer, Frederick Co., VA, Wilmer L. Kerns, Ph.D., (c1995, Gateway Press).