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Rev Henry Wright1    16th great grandfather, end of  line.  I take exception to the use of the "Rev" as his title.
b. circa 1424, #50826

Charts   Pedigree for Wilfred Gordon Morin

Birth circa 1424 Henry was born circa 1424. Henry is descended from Old Saxon Wryta family of Bayeaux, Normandy, France.

In early 800's the fierce Viking invaders came over the North Sea to France, then the land of the Frankish tribes. The Viking raids were particularly terrible in France, and in the ninth century Paris was plundered four times. Each time the invaders slipped up the River Seine under cover of night. Finally, after the French King had paid them a vast amount of money, the Vikings withdrew to settle on the coast of northern France.

This area of France is still called Normandy after the Norsemen.

These early Saxon Vikings settled at what is now Bayeux, France. It was one of the landing sites for the allied armies. The Saxons were warlike, adventurous, more so than other Teutonic Tribes.

Their expeditions to England finally resulted in the foundations of the Kingdoms; Essex, Sussex and Wessex; now absorbed as part of England, The Anglias, being as the same stock as Saxons, gave to England its name, The Angle Land, or England.

At the time of the settlement at Bayeux, surnames, or family names, were not in process of formation. Wryde, or Wryta, in Old Saxon, meant a skilled workman. hereditary surnames were unknown in England in 1066, and were just coming into use in Normandy. The Norman's brought the fashion into England. Names originated not only from the location, but from the occupation, or some noted incident in the man's life.

In 1066, under William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy), the Normans crossed the channel and landed on the South coast of England, defeating the English King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. On Christmas Day, 1066, William the Conqueror, was crowned King of England in Westminister Abbey John Wryta, founder of the Wryde, or Wryta Family, as the name became known in Bayeux, Normandy, was an expert woodcarver, and in the manufacture of wooden and metallic articles and weapons of war. His sons became experts as well.

His descendants took up the manufacture of both wooden and metallic weapons of warfare, they became noted for this and were give the name "The Wryta Family".

John Wryta of Bayeux, Normandy, and 4 of his brothers accompanied King William and fought under his banner at Hastings. Two of the brothers, Richard and William were knighted for bravery prior to the invasion. Sir William was Captain of the Body Guard of William the Conqueror. The other three brothers Henry, John and Thomas were subsequently knighted by the King and given grants of land and manors int the counties of Norfolk, Sussex and Essex, settling in the vicinity of London and later moving over the various British Isles. Many were Knights , Lords, Members of Parliament, Judges and occupied other high official positions. Some members of the family settled in Scotland. Sir William Wright, was granted Lands in Ireland and became the progenitor of the Wrights in Ireland. In the first US Census of 1790, poor spelling clerks recorded the name as Right, Write, and Reyt, but Wright is the proper spelling.1,2,3

 
The Wrights of Essex, Sussex, Wessex, and Norfolk trace their ancestry to a set of brothers named Wryta or Wryde that came over as part of the court of Guiliame le Bátard (William the Conqueror) and were awarded land in the various counties. Wright of Essex  owned large chunks of land in the Kelvedon and White Notley area, at least back to Thomas Wright b.1396 (the first that we have documented records of) and several Wrights of that line were ennobled.

Exactly which of the brothers Wryta ended up in which county is lost to history but a number of the manor houses owned by the family in the 1300s through 1500s are still in existence, and several (such as Kelvedon Hall) remained in the family well into the 20th century. Kelvedon Hall, originally Kelveduna (Old English for 'speckled hill') appears as a manor and landholding in the Domesday Book. As the family is one of the premier families in the area, it is well documented in parish records.

Documentation's a long way from perfect - there's still a 300 year hole that we haven't reconstructed - but I think that it's safe to say that the family is Norman. (Especially since Normans frequently ended up with the money.)

This is the same Wright line of the Wright Brothers of airplane fame.  Glen Todd

 
Marriage circa 1450 Rev Henry Wright married Anna Whitbred, daughter of Thomas Whitbred and Agnes Hunt, circa 1450. Or ca 1448 to some. Their children are usually given as:
i Reverend Sir John WRIGHT
ii William WRIGHT was born in 1458 in South Weald, Essex, England.
iii Richard WRIGHT was born in 1460 in South Weald, Essex, England.
iv Henry WRIGHT was born in 1462 in South Weald, Essex, England.
v Thomas WRIGHT was born in 1464 in South Weald, Essex, England.

NO Daughters???1,4
 

Henry died at Upminster at Suffolk,  England date unknown.1 

Family  Anna Whitbred  b. circa 1426
Children  1. John Wright+ b. 27 Oct 1450, d. 9 May 1509
  2. Katherine Wright+ b. c 1469, d. 1558

Citations
  1. [S1308] Download, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p437.htm#i22748.
  2. [S1308] Download, http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fredrose27&id=I13232&ti=5538 Fred Rose.
  3. [S1308] Download, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~herbarkin/history_of_the_wright_surname.htm.
  4. [S1308] Download, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fredrose27&id=I13233.

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