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1653

1/16/1653 Deed signed by Francis Bright . WIT: by WALTER GRIMES Lower Norfolk Co.,Va. (interesting that the Grimes knew the Brights back in 1653 and well enough to wit his deed.)
* Christine Grimes Thacker 
 

1665

Nov. 6, 1665, Thomas Everidge enters 430 acres in Lower Norfolk, Patent Book 5, p. 531, at the head of the South Branch of Elizabeth River being formerly called by the name of the Northward Neck Thicket, bounding on his former grant called the poynt corner, thence SW by S on John BRIGHT'S grant and c.
Transportation of 9 persons. *Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)
 

1671

Nov. 1671, will of Thomas ETHEREDGE. in Lower Norfolk, gives land in adj. to John BRIGHT'S line to eldest son William ETHEREDGE. Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)

 

1675

March 15, 1675, Edward HASTELL, enters 367 acres Lower Norfolk W. side of S branch of Elizabeth River at Joseph MULDER'Sland up Deepe Creek to Francis FLEETWOOD & Co., Transportation of 7 persons Jno. STONE, Ben BRAMBERRY, Jno. BRIGHT,---MESSHALL, Jno, CROSSE, Wm COOKE, Will. PAYNE. *Madelyn Brite Larkin  ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)

1682

John BRIGHT 22 Nov. 1682, Lower Norfolk Co, VA, 140 a on the eastward side of the Southern Branch of Elizabeth River beg.g at a small real oak standing by the little creek side near to a pine stump the ancient beginning and run.g East upon the land of Wm. Etheridge. patent 7, p. 207 *Patty Day

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22 Nov 1682, John BRIGHT enters 140 acres Lower Norfolk, on East side of S. Branch of Elizabeth River, beg. by the little Creek adj. Wm. ETHEREDGE And C., Trans. of three persons: James JACKSON, Elizabeth his wife, Joseph JACKSON. *Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)
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Nov. 22, 1682, John BRIGHT enters 140 acres Lower Norfolk, on East side of S. Branch of Elizabeth River, 6 Nov 1671, will of Thomas ETHEREDGE in Lower Norfolk, gives land in will adj. to John BRIGHTS line to eldest son William ETHEREDGE. *Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)
 

1684

Repository Greater London Record Office Middlesex Section, Indentures for Service in Virginia list a John BRIGHT, VCTS merchant -London-1684 *Patty Day

1686

John BRIGHT of Lower Norfolk county deeded 60 acres of his land to his beloved brother Richard BRIGHT in 1686, which land Richard later sold." page 157 and 158 in The Heritage of Currituck County, NC article submitted by Mrs. Pamela W. McVey listing her sources as Courthouse at Currituck and the State Archives at Raleigh, Nc and the Lower Norfolk count Records. (available on microfilm at LDS Family History Center)*Patty Day

1695

John BRIGHT and Owen DOUGHERTY 25 Oct 1695 Norfolk co., 300a. Late in the possession of Thomas HALL, deed, is lately found to escheat. patent 9, p. 33 *Patty Day

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25 Oct 1695, John BRIGHT and Owen DOUGHERTY, enter 300 acres in Norfolk, Escheated from Thomas HALL dec'd by inquiry under John Lear Esq., Esch'r, 21 Oct 1689 and now granted. *Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)
 

1706

Bath County List of Lands Surveyed by John Lawson, the Surveyor General, transcribed by Charles R. Holloman. printed in the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal no. 1, page 60 (originals found CCR187 of the North Carolina Archives.)

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John BRIGHT had two surveys listed (Bath Co. List of Lands Surveyed by John Lawson, NCGS#,p60)
*Patty Day
 

1712

12 Nov 1712 will of James WILSON of Lower Norfolk mentions land purchased of Henry BRIGHT to his son Solomon WILSON.*Madelyn Brite Larkin ( from the careful research of Larry Cate.)

1715

1715 Freeholders in Hyde Precinct in NC included James and John BRIGHT North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register compiled by Hathaway page 425 vol. ? *Patty Day

1716

North Carolina Corn List Circa 1716 abstracted by Raymond A. Winslow, Jr. and published in the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Nov 1986 pages 213-219/ (originals found in CCR.190 of the North Carolina Archives.) "numerals following taxpayer's names designate bushels of corn; since the levy was for a bushel per tithable, it also represents the number of tithables i.e., free males aged 16 years and over and /or male and female slaves aged 12 ears and over." pg. 214 NCGSJ-NOv. 86

Pasquotank Precinct: Mr. Miller's list
Richard Bright -1
Richard Bright Sr. -1
Hyde Precinct: Mr. Jordan's list
James Bright -1
John Bright -1
*Patty Day

1720

The abstract of John BRIGHT's will in Hyde Precinct is as follows:
9 Sep 1720. Wife: Elizabeth, loan of plantation. Son: Henry, 342 acres adjoining Mr. William Cording, mouth of Matchapungo Creek. Son: Richard, 250 acres whereon he now dwells, on Slade's Creek, E. side of Matchapungo River. Son: Simon, 1/4 plantation I now dwell on Matchapungo River. Son:
James, 1/4 plantation, laid off adjoining Simon. Son: William, 1/4 plantation laid off adjoining James. Son: John 1/4 plantation. Daughter: Mary, wife of William Wynn, cow and calf. Daughter Lydia, cow and calf. Executor: Wife Elizabeth. Signed by mark. Witnesses: William Webster,
Edward Stafford,? White. Wax seal was attached. *Madelyn Brite Larkin

1723

In the book BEAUFORT COUNTY, TWO CENTURIES OF ITS HISTORY, by C. Wingate Reed,
Col. USA Retd., in 1962, appears the following LIST OF FREEHOLDERS IN BEAUFORT
AND HYDE PRECINCTS 1723, The 1723 General Assembly provied a list of Freeholders in Beaufort and Hyde Counties...Unfortunately, this list does not state who lived in which county, as the seat of government for both was Bath Town at that time.(N.C.State Records, Vol.XXV, p189, 190.) James Bright, Henry Bright, Simon Bright (my note: all were sons of the John Bright who was married to Elizabeth Hill and came down from lower Norfolk Cty, about 1680) *Jack Bright
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James Bright of Hyde appears as a juryman for Hyde County in the 1723 list Rose Parks
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James Bright's will was written, 29 Mar 1735. His executrix and sole devisee was his wife Ann. w/ Giles Williams, Hannah Adams, Rich'd Wm Silvester. *Rose Parks, *Patty Day from Abstract of NC Wills-Grimes
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Richard Bright listed among the Juryman (freeholders) in Currituck, Precinct *Patty Day from History of Currituck County
 
1730
 

1731

Richard BRIGHT Will dated, 28 November 1731, probated Hyde Precinct, Mar Ct 1731/2) Son, James. Land I now live upon and my violin. Daughter, Christia (?), cows. Daughter Elizah (torn), cow and calf. Mother-in-law (torn) cow and calf. Son: Simon, Buckaneer gun, cow and
calf. S/ Ricd. Bright. w/ John Mattocke, Abraham Adam Junr, and Mary Paul,
(Cone?). Will badly mutilated. *Rose Parks

1733

William Bright signed a petition to set a seat of goverment for Craven County 1733. Also shown in Records of Craven Co. Vol I by Elizabeth Moore 1960. *Rose Parks
 
 
 
1734
 
BRIGHT, Richard. Currituck County, December 12, 1734; Sons: Ephram, William, Daughters Casiah, Elizabeth. Wife: Elizabeth (executrix). Witnesses: Samll. BALLANCE, John WEST, Moses LINTON (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

1735

BRIGHT, James, Hyde County, March 29, 1735, Wife, Executric and sole devisee: Ann. Witnesses: Giles WILLIAMS, Hanah ADAMS, Rich'd Wm. SILVESTER. (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

1738

18 November 1738 William Bright petitions for 200 acres in Craven. Also included in this petition is Jonathan Bangs, Francis Hodges and Thomas Graves. *Rose Parks

1739

Tract of Land was Granted to Simon BRIGHT Senr. in a patent for 640 Acres dated the 7th day of June 1739 (See deed below of James BRIGHT and William TULL in 1796.*Patty Day

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REELL, Peter. Craven Co, November 19, 1739. November 24, 1739. Sons: Peter, Joshua, James. Daughters: Elizabeth and Mary. Wife and Executirx: Mary. Executors Simon BRIGHT and Richard EVANS. Wintesses: John BERRY, John JAMES, John HILL, . Proven before W. Smith, C.J. Abstract of North Carolina Wills 1690-1760 compiled by J. Bryan Grimes Secretary of State, p. 309 *Patty Day

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BRIGHT, Henery. Pasquotank County. July 8, 1734. October Court, 1739. Son: Adam, Daughter: Levinah UPTON, Wife and Executrix: Elizabeth. Witnesses:WilliamOverenton, Joseph Makefarson (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

 
1740

Bright, Richard. Currituck County, February 20, 1733, July 1, 1740. Sons: Richard, Hanson, Sollomon, ("ye maner plantation"), William, James, Samll. Daughters: Ann COX, Elener ETHERIDGE, Edee BRIGHT, Executor: John ETHERIDGE, Henry FORSHAW, Samll. LEE? (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

1743

Will of Elizabeth Handcock, mother of Simon Bright Sr. and wife of the late John Bright. (She married William Handcock after John's death) Mentioned in her will were son Simon, son William, dau. Mary Slocomb, dau Ledeay Hancock, and witnesses Walter Jones, Francis Hodges, and Howel (?) Jones. * Francis R. Hodges

1745

Craven Co. Book 3 page 159 27 June 1745
Simon Bright of Craven for 75 pounds conveys to John Wetherington (same) 165 acres on N. side of the Neuse River and north side of Briery Branch being 1/4 part of 640 acres of land laid out to Simon Bright in 1739. Witness: John Rice, John Williams *Rose Parks
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 Book 3 page 133 30 May 1745
Simon Bright for 500 pounds conveys to John Lovett land on south side of Neuse River beginning at mouth of Kemp's Creek and west to Cherry Point Branch, 250 acres. Wit: John Bishop, Paul Phllips acknowledged before James Coor.
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Book 3 page 231 17 January 1745/46 Simon Bright for 55 pounds conveys to John Bishop land on Clubfoot's Swamp called Bright's Cowpens, 340 acres on S. side of Neuse River in Craven, being part of a patent of 590 acres laid out for Simon Bright. Wit: William Flood and Paul Phillips. Book 3 page 228 disposed of this land. Elizabeth Moore Collection files has this as Book 2 but another source gives Books and pages and Book 3 page 228 is listed where as Book 2 pg. 228 is not.

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Simon Bright for 55 pounds conveys 200 acres part of 540 acre tract laid out to Simon 17 January 1745/6 Wit: William Flood and Paul Phillips
 
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~New~ Records of the Craven County Court:
March, 1745
Orderd, that ,. . .Frans. Stringer set up at public Vandue so much of the perrshable estate of Robert Colley decd. as will satisfy the Debts of the decd. .. . & that Mr. Simon Bright, Frans. Hodges, & Edward Fitzpatrick devide the remaing. of the Estate according to the will and be qualified for that purpose & make returns to next Court
 
Sept., 1745
Mr. Simon Bright brought in court a Negroe boy named Prince that the Court might give their opinion as to his age and who. . .judged him to be ten years old
 
A deed of sale from Simon Bright to John Witherington for 160 acres of land was proved by the oath of John Rice
 
A deed of sale from Simon Bright to John Rice for 250 acres *Francis R. Hodges
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1746

~New~ Records of the Craven County Court:
March, 1746
Deeds of sale by Simon Bright to Robert Blake & John Bishop were proved and recorded *Francis R. Hodges
 

Book 2 page 453 Stockwell BRIGHT, planter for 20 pounds proc. money conveys to John HARTLEY, blacksmith land in Craven on south side of Swift Creek and both sides of Pamlico Rd. granted to Thomas FISHER to Eben HALL by deed 16 June 1746 dated 30 Oct. 1763, proved June Court 1765. Wit: Joseph BRYAN, Zebulon RICE, William WILLIAMS Rose Parks

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Book 2 page 453 Stockwell Bright, planter for 20 pounds proc. money conveys to John Hartley, blacksmith land in Craven on south side of Swift Creek and both sides of Pamlico Rd. granted to Thomas Fisher to Eben Hall by deed 16 June 1746 dated 30 Oct. 1763, proved June Court 1765. Wit: Joseph Bryan, Zebulon Rice, William Williams *Rose Parks

1749

Book 2 page 345 9 April 1749 Samuel Harvey to William Bright for 140 pounds land on N. side of Neuse being plantation where said S. Harvey formerly lived patent held by Rice Price on lower Broad Creek 11 nov. 1719 160 acres. Wit: Jos. Mason, James Arter proved June 1749. *Rose Parks

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Book 2 page 346 ,18 May 1749 Joseph Mason to William Bright for 100 pounds land on east side of Swift Creek being the plantation where said Mason now lives and Edward Bryan's patent dated 5 May 1742. Witness: John Phillips, Niclolass Lawler proved in open court Dec. 1749 Phil. Smith CC*Rose Parks

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Book C page 2. 18 May 1749 Craven Samuel Harvey sells to William Bright 160 acres on North side of Neuse River on lower Broad Creek patent by Rice Price 11 November 1719 *Rose Parkss

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Book 4 10 May 1749 Joseph Mason to William Bryant (Bright) for 70 pounds land on north side of Neuse, 200 acres patented by Joseph Mason 8 Oct. 1747. Wit: John James W.B. Whitford recorded June 1749 Phil. Smith CC. *Rose Parks

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BRIGHT, Henry Currituck County, 1749, Sons: Caleb, Silas, John, Henry. Daughters: Bridges, Mary Ann, Susy, Cortney. Exector: Henry Bright (son), Witnesses James Burnham, Samuel BRIGHT, Ann Bright (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

 

1750

Book 1 page 471 William Kennedy Sr. of Tyrell to William Bright of Johnston 13 Dec. 1750 for valuable consideration 200 acres on S. side of Neuse River joining George Roberts beginning at a pine on S side of Spring Branch. proved March court 1750/1 Wit: Simon Bright and Francis Kennedy
 
1752
 
Book 1 page 535 proved 17 Sept 1752 William Bright of Johnston, Planter to John Cox of Craven planter for 25 pounds Proc. money 200 acres on S side of Neuse S. side of Spring Branch.

1753

Craven Co. NC, Landowners compiled by William L. Murphy and printed in the NCGSJ May 1986 ,pages 112-119. ( originals found in stack file no. C.R.028.801.9)
Oct. 26 1753 William BRIGHT near Great Swifts Creek .
Jan 17, 1753 Thomas Graves owed 180 acres on Jumping run *Patty Day

1754

Colony of NC 1735-1764 Abstracts of Land Patents vol.1 by Margaret M. HofmannCol. Simon BRIGHT 23 Feb 1754, 300 acres in Johnston Co. joining Briery Branch
Simon BRIGHT 11 Nov. 1745 (1754? I may have transposed the numbers Patty), 540 acres in Craven S. side Neuse on Clubsfoots Swamp
Simon BRIGHT 15 Mar 1754, 34 acres in Johnston Co.*Patty Day
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CRAVEN COUNTY, NC - WILLS - William BRIGHT, 12 Jan 1754 *Rose Parks 

 
1755
 
BRIGHT, Solomon. Currituck County. February 2 (no year listed). June, 1755. sons: Hance and Solomon (Plantation). Wife and Executrix: Mary BRIGHT. Witnesses: Thos. WILLIAMS, William WILLIAMS, Thomas DAVIS (from Abstracts of NC Wills 1690-1760 by J. Bryan Grimes Sec. of the State) *Patty Day

1757

 
Book 9 and 10 page 466 14 October 1757
Hardy Bryant to Stockwell Bright for 20 pounds, (Nicholas Lawley) north side of Neuse River, E. side of Swift Creek above Bear River 150 acres being part of patent granted to Edward Bryan 12 April 1737. Wit: John Bryan, John Worsley. Ack in open court Feb. 1758 William Powell. CC *Rose Parks  

1758 

 

Also Book 2 page 153 Simon Bright of Johnston Co. for 20 pounds conveys to Moses Brown land on S. side of Neuse at mouth of Cherry Point Branch 235 acres Wit: James Jones, Samuel Handcock, Grigg Yarboro, recorded Feb. 1758 *Rose Parks

 

1759

Colony of NC 1735-1764 Abstracts of Land Patents vol.1 by Margaret M. Hofmann

Simon BRIGHT son of Col. BRIGHT 3 Mar 1759, 200 acres in Johnston Co. on the E. side of Briery Branch joining David Ramsey, Horseskins Corner, and Col. BRIGHT. (Patent book 15 no.5319 on page 253)

Simon BRIGHT Sept 1759, 185 acres in Dobbs Co. on the S. side of Wheat Swamp*Patty Day
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Book 2 page 313 29 August 1759
Stockwell Bright of Craven for 20 pounds conveys to John Williams of Craven, carpenter, 80 acres on Swift Creek 2 miles below fording place at Blounts plantation south side of Creek and North side of Neuse River and taking in the plantation where I now dwell and down the creek to John Hollinsworth patent for 284 acres dated 21 Nov. 1739. Wit: Joseph Bryan, Jacob Johnston, Garrett Johnston. *Rose Parks
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Craven County Deeds abstracted by Agness Gunter
Craven County Book 2 page 246 19 October 1759
John James to Stockwell Bright for 26 pounds 13 shilling 8 pence proc. money, a tract of land on Swift Creek beginning at a pine on the creek side where Zebulon Rice now lives, Mary Carney's line to Tyler's line by Soloman Griffin's, Lewis Bryan, Benjamin Griffin and John Williams to Marvel's Run near mouth of Rocky *Rose Parks
 
 
1761
This indenture made the 6th day of June in year 1761 between Francis Nickles of New Bern in County of Craven and province of NC, cooper, and Elenor Bright of the one part and John Pearce of the county . . . *Rose Parks
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7 July 1761 Stockwell Bright sells to Isaac Simmons 160 acres on N. side of Neuse where Samuel Harvey formerly lived patented by Rice Price 11 November 1719 (C-2) dividing line between Harvey and William Bright. NC Gen & Hist. Reg. Vol I #1 Jan. 1900 *Rose Parks

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TULL FOLDER - Box 2 - Dobbs/Lenoir Co - 1761 - 1799 Lovit Hines Collection abstracted by Martha Mewborn Marble
1. 17 October 1761 - Indenture - MARTIN CASWELL, Esq of Dobbs to ISAAC TULL
of same - 60 pds - tract - NS Nuce, SS Briery, adj JOHN RATCLIFF, Little Briery - 100
acres part of tract granted to ALEAd. ROWS and conveyed to him
to HUMPHREY SMITH and by SMITH conveyed to MARTIN CASWELL, esq
WIT SIMON BRIGHT, SAML BENNETT, JOHN COLLIER
January Court 1762 on oath of SIMON BRIGHT - C YOUNG, Clk
Enrolled Dobbs Co - no date - CHARLES YOUNG, Regt *Martha Mewborn Marble
 

1762

Craven Co.Record of Deeds 1739-1765 C.028.40001 Vol I pages 608-609
Francis Nickles and Eleanor Bright to John Pearce 1762  *Rose Parks
 

 

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Will Of William Bright book A page 62
Copied June,1998, Kennansville courthouse ,Duplin Co., NC.
In the name of God Amen this day being the second day of July ___ one
thousand seven hundred & Sixty two. I William Bright of Duplin County- North
Carolina being sick and weak of body but of proper mind and memory ___to
given to God therefor calling to mind the mortaleyof my body and that is
appointed for all men over to die do make & ordain this my last will and
testament that is to say p____. I first of all recommend my soul unto the
hand of God that gave it, hoping for pardon & the remission of sins thro the
merits and __session of my lord and savior Jesus Christ and my body to the
ground to be buried at the directioni f any of my Exrs hereofin named,
nothing doubting but as the gereleral resevraction and as the last day I
shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as taking my
world estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in my life time
I_____and bequeath the same as follows-First my wish & desire to pay all my
debts after my fureneal charges is paid.Item. I give to my son in law John
Winders two feather beds. Item, I give to my son in law Stephen Hearing one
feather bed also. Itame ? I give to my sons in laws John Winders & Stephen
Hearing all my hole estate that is not mentioned to be equally divided
between John Winders & Stephen Hearing. ?Lixevere ? I also leave John Winders
& Stephen Hearing my sole Exrs to this my last will and testament.
Signed sealed and delevered dis the presence of no.
Test.George Outlaw , William Taylor , Daniel Lacr____?
William Bright
(seal)
 
* Note how the name of Stephen Herring was spelled.
 
from the Va Colonial Abstracts 1651-1654 Vol 3 page 84
Deed signed by Francis Bright. Wit: Walter Grimes.
Lower Norfolk Co.,Va. 1/16/1653.
* Christine Grimes Thacker 
 
1767
 
Simon Bright, Jr. receives 300 acre grant in 1767 on north side of Wheat Swamp and Conteneny Creek (in Greene) also same year 500 acres on south side of Briery Branch (Lenoir) and in 1773, 84 acres on North side of Wheat Swamp (Greene) and in 1775 he receives 165 acres on south side of Briery Branch joining Simon Bright near bridge and joining John Becton (Lenoir) *Rose Parks
 
1772
 
Simon Bright was also serving as Justice of Peace in 1772 when Sarah Wiggins made her deposition. *Rose Parks
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Craven County Deeds abstracted by Agness Gunter
Deed Book 26 page 3 26 Feb. 1772 between Stockwell Bright and Samuel Wiggins both of Craven for 40 pounds on south side of Swift Creek, beginning at Reedy Creek, containing 100 acres being a patent granted to Bright 1772. James Tillingin, John Bright, Witness Branch being plantation where Rice now lives and part of Sol. Griffin patent dated 20 April1745. Wit: Lazarus Pearce, Edmund Andrews, Sarah Pearce, Jurat. *Rose Parks
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1773

Craven Co. Deed Book 34 page 218 Fredrick JONES and Hannah his wife, Elizabeth HENRY and Ann ELLIS of Craven county and Mary BRIGHT of Lenoir County to William FONVIELLE for 60 pounds..... a tract of land beginning at Fonvielle's corner, in his own line to Graves corner, formerly Jno. Fonvielle's line, 103 acres dated 24 October 1773 Witness.Sam G. Barron Mary Ann Ellis Proved December term of oath of S.G. Barron and S. Chapman, CC *Rose Parks
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Petition of Robert Hamilton for Resurvey of Land - Dobbs County, NC
NOTE: The above document was discovered in the North Carolina StateArchives by Mr. William Bennett of Raleigh, NC, in 1994. It proves that Francis Hodges was the uncle of Simon Bright, Junior (d. 1776) *Francis R. Hodges

1774

25 Aug 1774 Simon BRIGHT represented Dobbs Co., in the Provincial Congress of North Carolina, whichmet at Newbern, NC. It was the first "assemblage independent of royal autorit, of their representatives in North Carolina." Historical Sketches of North Carolina by John Hill Wheeler pages 64-64 *Patty Day

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In the will of Richard Graves, the Uncle of Graves Bright through his Mother made his will 3 May 1774 and leaves his nephew, Graves Bright, son of Simon the land and mills where I now live known by the name of Jumping Run, with all lands adjoining thereunto in sundry patents, with all my household and kitchen furntiure also my negro boy Quash, all my feather beds after the death of my wife Ann Graves, which said lands, negros, and other things mentioned I give to my nephew Graves Bright, his heirs and assigns forever. He also leaves to Graves and another nephew the upper part of a tract where my father last dwelt and also leaves to him my boy Gabe, my negro boy Jem. This will was proved the 4th day of June 1774 in Craven Co. NC. *Rose Parks *Patty Day
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The above reference to life estate of Mrs. Ann Crawford evidently is Richard Graves wife Ann who remarried to a Crawford. *Rose Parks

1775

Simon BRIGHT 1 Sept 1775 Captain, NC Continental Troops 2nd Regiment Historical Sketches of North Carolina by John Hill Wheeler page 71 *Patty Day

1777

Simon BRIGHT, Dobbs Co.,23 Nov 1775. 18 Jan 1777 sons:Simon ("Plantation whereon I now live," together with 200 acres of land on Briery Branch), Graves (Lands known by the name Haskins lands), James (500 acr and 160acre tracts of land). Daughters: Mary BRIGHT, Nancy BRIGHT, Sally BRIGHT, Elizabeth BRIGHT. Wife Mary. Exr. Richard Caswell and John Cooke (Friends) and James Bright br.. Witnesses E. Cooke, Rd. Caswell, and J. Glasgow. Will proven before Richard Caswell, at New Bern. *Patty Day

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Last Will and Testament of Simon BRIGHT II (see abstract above) *Francis R. Hodges , *Charles C. Lucas

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Abstract from The North Carolina Gazette (New Bern, NC). It appeared in the editions of September 12, 19, and 26,1777.
 
"To be sold, at the plantation where Simon Bright, Esq., late of Dobbs County, deceased, lately dwelt, at public vendue, on the 3rd day of next October, part of the personal estate of the deceased, consisting of a small library of books, several neat guns, a very good compass and chain for surveying land, several horses (among which is a fine blooded stone horse, of a bay color, three years old last spring), a parcel of hogs, cattle, and sheep. At the same time and place will be hired out for one year, two likely negro boys and a girl by James Bright, John Cooke, executors."
NOTE: This notice is unclear whether this proposed sale is from the estate of Capt. Simon Bright, Jr. (ca. 1734-1776), or from the estate of his father, Col. Simon Bright, Sr. (ca 1702-1777). Since
father and son died in Dobbs County less than a year apart, they frequently have been confused in the records. Simon Jr, the more famous of the two, married Mary Graves; he was a good friend of Gov. Richard Caswell and a signer of the Halfax Resolves. From the  Francis R. Hodges Collection
(I believe it to be from the Simon Bright Jr. estate because James Bright and John Cooke were the executors of his Will.) Patty
 

 

1779
Edgecombe Co., NC, Court Minures, May 25, 1779:
BENJAMIN SHEPPARD appointed guardian to his own children: CATHERINE,
MARY, NANCY & BETSY (Betsy marked through) ELIZABETH SHEPPARD for them to receive their share of the estate of their grandfather SAMUEL RUFFIN, deceased.. [Catherine
Sheppard m(1)Graves Bright m(2)Benj. Evans] *Ruth Fentress
 
1782
 
Feb. 27, 1782: BENJAMIN SHEPPARD appointed guradian of his children CATHARINE, MARY, ANNE, & ELIZABETH SHEPPARD for estate to them by the death of SARAH & GRAY RUFFIN.
[Catherine Sheppard m(1)Graves Bright m(2)Benj. Evans] * Ruth Fentress
 

1785

 
Book 26 page 239 3 May 1785
James Williams to Stockwell Bright for 40 pounds, tract of land on east side of Swift Creek and Mauls' Run at a gum tree in Jacob Miller's line to line of marked trees (Thomas Bryan's line) 100 acres being part of lower tract patent by Sol. Griffin in 1745 and another tract on E. side of Swift Creek joining Miller's line 75 acres. Wit: Jarvis Fillingame, John Bright proved Dec. Court 1785 William Bryan CC. *Rose Parks
 

1786 

 
Craven Co. NC Deed Records book 27 page 46 11 October 1786
Mary Bright of Dobbs Co. to James Ellis of New Bern, for 300 pounds a lot in New Bern on Front St. formerly sold by my brother Thomas Graves to Samuel Cornell and known by #11 witness S. Bright, Frances childs proved 5 Dec.1786 Samuel Spencer, SLLSC *Rose Parks
 
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3 January 1786 - Indenture - GEORGE SMITH and MARGARET SMITH his mother
to WILLIAM TULL - all of Dobbs - 160 pds - SS Briery part of patent granted
to SIMON BRIGHT dec on 17 June 1739 (from LOVIT HINES COLLECTION - PC 1759.1) *Martha Mewborn Marble
 
1788

40. SIMON BRIGHT

Oct. Court 1788. Dobbs Co. In Jan. 1784 in sd. county in Kinston,
James Bright the surviving excr of Simon Bright who was excr of Richard
Graves complained against Peter Butt Orma (sic) for debt, until sd. term
1788. Jurors in Dobbs:
William Arrendale, Regemelick Walterer ,Elijah Baker, Frederick Baker, Benjamin Bryant ,Azariah Moore, Elkanah Loftin,William Jones, John B. Brand, William Barfield, James Brown, William Vining,
Verdict against sd. Oram. A writ to Craven Co. against Thomas Williams bail
for sd Oram
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges
 

1789

(see #40 in 1788) 1 June 1789. Peter Butt Oram deposed that in 1785 he gave petition
with his then wife Sarah now dec'd in Dobbs Co Court against John Cooke and
James Bright excrs of Simon Bright dec'd who was also an excr of Richard
Graves dec'd, to receive a distributive share of the estate of sd Richard
Graves. Judgment was in sd Butt's favor but he has not received any
amount. The petition stated that Richard Graves, the brother of Sarah Oram,
died in 1774, when sd. Sarah was a minor & she has not received her share of
the estate.
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges
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Abstracts from the State Gazette of North Carolina 1787-1791, Volume I, by Raymond Parker Fouts, Copyright 1982, GenRec Books, Cocoa FL. Page 24, Volume IV, Thursday Sept. 3, 1789, Number 191: Members of the Assembly and Convention - Dobbs: Richard Caswell, Esq., Senate. Benjamin Sheppard and Nathan Lassiter, Esqs, Commons. Richard Caswell, Benjamin Sheppard, Nathan Lassiter, Winston Caswell, and SIMON BRIGHT, Esqs, Convention. *Patty Day

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Craven County Book 27 page 172, 9 November 1789
Graves Bright of Dobbs, Gent. for 33 pounds to Silas Sears Stevenson a tract of land on south side of the Neuse and north side of Batchelors Creek to William Brice Fonvielle line, 250 acres & conveyed to John Lovett and by him to William Little and to Richard Graves, grandfather to another Richard Graves desc. of Craven Co. and willed by him to Graves Bright of Dobbs county the patent dated 11 Nov. 1719 and by said Graves Bright to S.S. Stevenson. Wit: William Henry, William Brice Fonvielle, proved Dec. term 1789 Samuel Chapman CC. *Rose Parks

1790

Abstracts of Newspapers of Edenton, Fayettville & Hillsborough, North Carolina 1785-1800, Raymond Parker Fouts, Copyright 1984, GenRec Books, Cocoa FL.
Page 32, North Carolina Chronicle or Fayettville Gazette, Monday, Oct 25, 1790, #7 of Vol 2, total #59
Charles BRIGHT appears on a list of those due $40 specie due the non-commissioned officers and privates of the North Carolina Line for the months of Jan., Feb., Mar & April of 1783 *Patty Day
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Abstracts from the State Gazette of North Carolina 1787-1791, Volume I, by Raymond Parker Fouts, Copyright 1982, GenRec Books, Cocoa FL. Page 42, Volume V, Friday, Aug. 27, 1790, Number 242:
Members of the Assembly chosen at the late Election - Dobbs: SIMON BRIGHT, Senate. I (or J) Croome, Willoughby Williams, Commons. *Patty Day
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Book 29 page 47, 2 November 1790, Samuel Smyth to John Bright for 130 pounds 100 acres on north side of Swift Creek and east side of Maul's Run part of a plantation for 185 acres and c with Lewis Bryan Wit: Wm Smythe, James Gatlin, proved June court 1791, S. Chapman CC *Rose Parks
 
1791
 
Inventory of Stockwell Bright Returned 17 March 1791 mentions John Bright. from Craven County Clerk's Loose papers *Rose Parks
 
1792
 
(see #40 in 1788 and 1789)Jan Ct. 1792. Dobbs County. In Jan. 1789 in sd. county in Kinston,
John Goodlette complained against James Batelle that Simon Bright 1 Jan.
1788 let for 7 years to said John 60 acres of arable land, 40 acres of
pasture & 140 acres of wood land in Dobbs Co (formerly Johnston County and
before that Craven Co) on the south side of Briery Branch, as by patent in
1738 from King George II to Simon Bright (grandfather to the sd lessor), but
in Feb 1788, sd Simon Bright evicted sd Goodlette. Included is a summons to
Mrs. Mary Bright indicating that she holds a title to sd land. Jurors Jan.1792:
Benjamin Scarborough ,Richard Hodges ,Ezekiel Creech, William Andrews,Thomas Aldridge ,Spinur Caldwell, Pool Pope, Richard Stanly, Jesse Aldridge ,John Williams, John Arnett ,William ope
Verdict against Mary Bright. She appealed, giving bond with Graves Bright
and James Bright securities.
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges
 
1793
 
Graves Bright is listed on the 1793 Voters Records of Greene Co. NC as listed on the Greene Co. Archives web page. *Rose Parks
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#163 - Estate of John Hollidy
24 April 1793 - Receipt from Graven Bright to John Holliday on account of Benjamin Sheppard
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
 
1794
Graves Bright was sheriff in Dobbs, during the dispute of Rainbow Creek in 1794. *Rose Parks
 

1795

Book 32 page 314 Craven County 28 March 1795 Graves Bright of Glasgow (now Greene) to Spyers Singleton for 495 pounds 15 shilling current money, land on Batchelor's Creek and Jumping Run and being land Richard Graves deceased, devised by LW&T to said Graves Bright (except 200 acres which Graves sold to Silas Sears Stevenson) 1500 acres. Wit: Susanna Purse, Mary Purse
N.B. Mrs. Ann Crawford's life estate is excepted in the forgoing deed signed Graves Bright. *Rose Parks
 

1796

#148 - Estate of Eliezer Hart
9 Sept 1796 Lenoir Co - John and Slade Gatlin with James Bright Jr
security, give bond to appear in district court
19 March 1797 - To Craven Co - Summons to John Thom, Wm C ..?, Robert
Collier, Jno Lovett to appear in Timothy Stanly vs Jno Gatlin & Slade Gatlin
Craven Co. Book 32 page 609 7 April 1796
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
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Mary Bright and James Bright of Lenoir to John Daves for 60 # current Lot in New Bern #217. Witness: James Markland, John Bryan proved June term 1796 S. Chapman CC

This indenture made this ____ day of July in the year of our Lord ONE Thousand and Seven hundred and ninety six Between James BRIGHT Junr. of the county of Lenoir and State of North Carolina of the one part and William Tull of the same place of the other part ________ that the said James BRIGHT for and inconsideration of the Sum of Two hundred and forty pounds North Carolina Currency to him in hand said by the said William TULL the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged the said James BRIGHT hath Bargained sold and conveyed unto the said William TULL and doth by those _____ Bargain sell and Convey unto the said William TULL a Tract or parcel of land Containing One hundred and Eighty seven Acres Lying and being in the County aforesaid or the on the south side of Briery Branch Beginning at a Gum and Water Oak in/on the run of Briery Branch and runs South five East One hundred and Eighty six poles to a white oak by a pond Thence South Eighty five West on hundred and forty poles to a white oak. Thence North seven ____ One hundred and Eight poles to a Gum on the run of the Briery Branch Thence down the various Courses to the Beginning for one hunded and Eightyseven Acres be the same more or less which said Tract of Land was Granted to Simon Bright Senr. in a patent for 640 Acres dated the 7th day of June 1739 and Conveyed by the said Bright to his son Simon the younger and by the said Simon Bequeathed to the said James Bright. To Have and to hold unto the said William TULL his Heirs and ____forever Together with all the privileges therunto belonging free and clear from all incumbrances whatever and I the said James BRIGHT do for myself my heirs Executors and Administrators promise and agree to and with the said William Tull his Heirs and ____ forever tht he and each of them that they _____ and enjoy and _______ the above Bargained premises against the right claim or Title of any person or persons whatever and I the said James BRIGHT do promise and agree to ___ and forever ____ the above Bargained primises with all the previliges there unto belonging against the right Title or claim of any person or persons whatever. In ______Where of I the said James BRIGHT hath here unto __my hand and seal the day and year above written. Bears the James BRIGHT seal. *Patty Day

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 NEW BERN (NC) DISTRICT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL ACTION RECORDS

(NC Archives, Box DSCR 206.325.10)
Abstracted by: Rose Parks Rt.l Box 119-B Avery, Texas 75554-9722,
201ramp@dishmail.net
Thanks to Roger Kammerer for finding this source. It has helped find many family connections.
State of North Carolina Lenoir County
Know ye by these presents that we Gershom Wiggins, Moses Westbrook and James Bright are held and firmly bound to Isahel Wiggins in sum of 100 pounds to be paid to Asahel Wiggins, his heirs etc. we bind ourselves this July AD 1799. A suit was brought by said Asahel Wiggins against Gershom Wiggins,
judgement was against Gershom Wiggins, and being dissatisfied prayed an appeal to next court and if Gershom will duly prosecute the said appeal with effect and abide by the judgement and sentence of said court then the above allegations to be void and other wise to remain in flill force and effect.
Signed
Gershom Wiggins, Moses Westbrook, James Bright
Rose Parks
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88. THOMAS DAVIS p. 30
23 March 1799. Lenoir Co. James Vileace, with Peter Fabu Sr & SimonBright securities, all of Lenoir Co gave bond to apear in district court.
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges

1797

(see #148 - Estate of Eliezer Hart )
19 March 1797 - To Craven Co - Summons to John Thom, Wm C ..?, Robert
Collier, Jno Lovett to appear in Timothy Stanly vs Jno Gatlin & Slade Gatlin
19 Sept 1797 - To Craven Co. Summons to Simon Bright to appear in T.
Stanley vs Jno & Slade Gtlin
Sept Ct 1797 - Expense ticket for Simon Bright in Timothy Standley admr of
Elizier Hart vs Jno Gatlin & Slade Gatlin
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
 
1798
#204 - Estate of Samuel Marson
19 Sept 1798 - to Sampson Co. Summons to William Tuton to answer Probart
Collier & James Bright excrs of Samuel Marsom late of Lenoir Co for debt
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
 

1799

This is to certifv in Lenoir County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, among other things is contained as follows, pleas held before the worshipfull Lazarus Pearce, James Bright, Joseph Taylor Esq. and others

of the brethren Justices of the County begin and held for County of Lenoir at Courthouse in Kinston on 1st Monday in July year of our Lord 1799.
Be it remembered that on 1st Monday in July 1798 at Kinston came John Doe by Edward Harris Esq. his attorney and complains of Richard Roe in custody whereas Asahel Wiggins on 7th March 1798 in Lenoir County granted and sold to said John Doe a certain tract of land containing 262 acres in Lcnoir lying on the North side of the Neuse River and on Falling Creek, beginning at a pine thence N.33 degrees W, 240 poles to a pine thence N 57 degrees E, 160 poles to white oak thence 5 33 degrees E, 300 poles to a hickory to beginning. To have and hold the said tenement with appurtenances to said John Doe and his assigns from 1st of March until full term often years to be completed and was thereof possessed until the said Richard Roe on 10 March 1798 with force and arms entered and expelled and removed the said John Doe.  *Rose Parks
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#354 - Estte of Constantine Whitfield (see Estte of Constantine Whitfield 1800)
19 Sept 1799 - To Craven Co Summons to John Bright to answer John Anderson
to render to him slave Lydia, slave Mace
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble

1800

34. JACOB BLOUNT (pp. 11-12)
15 July 1800. Lenoir Co. John G. Blount admr. of Jacob Blount dec'd
recovered against James Glasgow & Martha J. Sheppard admrs of Benjamin
Sheppard dec'd 1000 lbs, but court has ruled that said James & Martha have
fully administered, & said Blount "hath suggested" sd. administrators had
estate enough to settle which has descended to Catharine Bright the wife of
Graves Bright, Mary Lovick the wife of William Lovick, Nancy Haywood the
wife of Henry Haywood, Elizabeth Edwards the wife of Theophilus Edwards,
Feddy Pastuer the wife of James Pastuer, James Glasgow Sheppard, Benjamin C.
B. Shepard, & Abraham Sheppard, children and heirs of said Benjamin dec'd.
Thus this request to summons sd. heirs.
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges
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(see #272 - Estate of Col Benjamin Sheppard 1802)
15 July 1800 - To Lenoir Co. Summons to William Lovick planter to answer
James Glasgow admr & Joseph Surlock & his wife Martha, admr of Benjamin
Sheppard to render to them negro man Jack Small, man Friday, man Jesse
15 Jan 1800 - To Lenoir Co Summons to Mary Gray Lovick wife of William
Lovick & Zachariah Elliot to appear in same
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
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(see #354 - Estte of Constantine Whitfield 1799)
Jan 1800 John Bright with William Smith & Charles Roach securities, gives
bond to appear in district ct to answer John Anderson (Is this misfiled ?)
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
 
1801
56, RICHARD CASWELL,p. 18-19.
8 April 1801. Dallam Caswell, with James Bright & John Gatlin
securities, of Lenoir Co gives bond for the appeal in the suit brought by
Benajah White gdn of Sarah R. Caswell
(MY NOTE: This is a long suit in Dobbs and Lenoir, and then New Bern
Courts involving Caswell's debts, and also custody and property rights of
Caswell's minor granddaughter, Sarah R. Caswell. First entry is 1785 and
the last is 1803. FRH)
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Francis R. Hodges
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 (see #272 - Estate of Col Benjamin Sheppard 1800 &1802)
15 Jan 1801 - To weake Co - Joseph Boon & Edward Bass excrs of Richard Bass
vs James Glasgow & Martha Jones Shepperd admrs of Benjamin Shepperd, but sd
admrs have fully administrated bud sd Shepperd had land that descended to
Catherine wife of Graves Bright, Mary Gray wife of William Loick, Nancy
wife of William Henry Haywood, Elizabeth wife of Theophilus Edward, Feddy
Glasgow wife of James Pasteur, James Glasgow Shepperd, Benjamin Caswell
Dobbs Blount Shepperd, Abraham Shpperd, children of sd Benjamin Shepperd
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
 

1802

27 January 1802 - THOMAS BOND of County of Lenoir (or) to JOHN WILSON of County of Lenoir (ee) - 1507 pounds, ten shillings - sold a certain tract in Lenoir County - 141 acres patented by WILLIAM WITHERINGTON in 1768 and conveyed by WITHERINGTON to THOMAS BOND by deed 19 July 1773. NS Neuse, SS Sam's Branch and Long Branch, above BRIGHT's line.
This indenture is signed "Mrs. Bond"
WIT JAS. (X) BRIGHT Robt. L. (X) Argoe
To Court July Term 1802 on oath of JAMES BRIGHT
Enrolled 24 July 1802 - JAS. BRIGHT, Regr
COLONIAL RECORDS OF LENOIR COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ALSO KNOWN AS THE LOVIT HINES COLLECTION - abstracted from Microfilm Roll Mf.P.194 by Martha Mewborn Marble
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 (see #163 - Estate of John Hollidy 1793) 15 Jan 1802 - To Greene Co. Summons to Samuel Holiday to appear in William Holiday admr of John Holiday vs Graves Bright
Holiday vs Graves Bright - Feb Ct 1802 - Greene Co. In William Holliday
admr of John Holliday vs Graves Bright for debt. Bright appealed
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
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 #272 - Estate of Col Benjamin Sheppard (see #272 - 1800 &1801)
15 July 1802 - To Craven Co. John Hamilton recovered against James Glasgow
& Joseph Scurlock & his wife Martha admrs of Benjamin Shepperd for debt,
but they have fully administered: sd Hamilton suggested that sd Shepperd
died with an estate that descended to Catherine wife of Graves Bright, Mary
Gray wife of William Lovick, Nancy wife of William Henry Haywood, Betsy
wife of Theophilus Edwards, Feddy Glasgow wife of James J. Pasteur, James
G. Shepperd, Benjamin C. D. B. Shepperd & Abraham Shepperd by their gdn
Alexander Kilpatrick, children of the sd Benjamin Sheppard, dec
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble
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 [note to Patty Day from - As I said before, someone sent it to me years ago. For what it's worth:}
New Bern Mirror
"North Carolina, Greene County--15 July 1802. The heirs of Benjamin
Shepard, deceased, to wit:
Catharine, the wife of Graves Bright; Mary Gray, the wife of William
Lovick; Nancy, the wife of William Henry Haywood; Betsey, the wife of
Theophilus Edwards; Feddy Glasgow, the wife of James J. Pasteur, James
G. Sheppard, Benjamin C.D.B. Sheppard, and Abraham Shepard. Guardian of
the infant heirs is Alexander Kilpatrick.
John Hamilton recovered by judgment against James Glasgow, Joseph
Scurlock and Martha, his wife, administrators of the Estate of Benjamin
Shepard, who died seized of a large real estate which descended to his
heirs at law, above mentioned."
[Article stopped here on piece of paper sent to me]*Ruth Fentress
 

1803

(see #163 - Estate of John Hollidy 1793 & 1802) 15 July 1803 - In William Holiday admr of John Holiday vs Graves Bright, sd Bright is dead; thus this summons to Katy Bright admrx to appear in district court
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble

1805

INDENTURE: JOEL PATRICK, EXEC OF JOHN COART TO FREDERICK BAKER
This Indenture made this Seventeenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and five Between Joel PATRICK the only acting executor of the Last will of John COART, dec of the County of Pitt and State of North Carolina of the one part and Frederick BAKER of the County of Lenoir and State aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred & forty Seven silver dollars to me in hand paid the rect whereof I the said Joel PATRICK doth acknowledge myself therewith fully satisfied it being in full satisfaction of a mortgage deed given to John COART aforesaid By Simon BRIGHT hath Bargained and sold and by these present doth Bargin and sel unto Frederick BAKER --- a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being the County of Lenoir on the South side of the Briery Branch Beginning at a white oak near said Branch Bridge and Second corner of a Survey of two acres granted to Simon BRIGHT, jun and runs from thence with the giving line of a patent belonging to Robert ARYE & John WILSON and from thence No seventy three & a half degrees E three hundred & twenty two poles to the Back line of said patent and from thence North five degrees West to the run of said Branch then up the various courses of said Branch to the first station containing sixty five acres more or less it being a tract of land held by John COART under a mortgage deed from Simon BRIGHT to said Coart which mortgage is now satisfied as aforesaid and by the will of said John COART dec I am impowered so to do and also said land has been conveyed by said Simon BRIGHT to John WILSON and from said John WILSON to me the aforesaid Joel PATRICK by deed dated the 25 Oct 1804.
Joel PATRICK
 
WIT Nathan Witherington John Wilson
October Court 1805 proved by oath of John Wilson C. Westbrook, Clerk
Enrolled in Book (not readable) pages 25 & 26 31 October 1805
from the Collection of Rachel Moseley now located at the NC Archives *Martha Mewborn Marble
 
1806
 

#243 - Estate of John Pope

15 July 1806 - Deposition of Edwin Ellis age 57. He state that shortly
after he heard that Etheldred Smith had been beaten by Martin G. Sheppard &
Graves Bright, he heard sd Smith brag" he had a damned hard fight
yesterday" that as far as being beaten "very bad" it was made up & he had
received $10 from sd Sheppard
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. *Martha Mewborn Marble

1807

 
39. GRAVES BRIGHT (p. 14)
Jan. Ct. 1807. Jesse Skeen recovered in District Couirt against James
Holmes, Graves Bright & Stephanus Shepperd late of Glasgow Co; thus this
summons to Green Co for sd Holmes, Catherine Bright admrs. of sd. Bright, &
sd. Shepperd to appear in Distsrict Court.
From: New Bern District North Carolina Loose Estates Papers, 1775-1810.
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. Bradley Publications, 1994.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464.*Francis R. Hodges

1808

INDENTURE - JAMES BRIGHT to WILLIAM LOVICK
18 April 1808 - Indenture between JAMES BRIGHT of Lenoir County (or) and
WILLIAM LOVICK of Lenoir County (ee) - 166 pounds, 16 shillings and 8
pence - 78 acres NS Neuse being part of a patent granted to SIMON BRIGHT
(father of said JAMES - sic) for 500 acres being date of -----; adj LINTON
WIT HENRY GOODMAN, GEORGE WIGGINS
Jan Court 1811
Enrolled Reg Office 15 Jan 1811 by JAS BRIGHT, Reg
COLONIAL RECORDS OF LENOIR COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ALSO KNOWN AS THE LOVIT HINES COLLECTION - abstracted from Microfilm Roll Mf.P.194 by Martha Mewborn Marble
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Account of Sales of John Bright deceased filed March 1808 mentions Mrs. Bright, James, William and Jennet Bright and Lewis Bryan Admr. *Rose Parks

1811

~NEW~Book 9, page 202 Beaufort Court House Deed Books
 
On Nov. 12, 1811, Jesse godley sold to Joseph Godley:
"on the east and west side of the E prong of Bear Creek between the lines of
Reading Grist, John Bright, Andrew Laughinghouse, Robert Godley and Eliza
Godley * * * *Jack Bright

 

 

1812

North Carolina USGenWeb Archives - BRIGHT's in the Muster Rolls, War of 1812
USGENWEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing free information on the Internet, data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material.
SECOND REGIMENT FIFTH COMPANY DETACHED FROM THE LENOIR REGIMENT
FRANCIS BRIGHT

MUSTER ROLL OF THE RIFLEMEN DETACHED FROM THE MILITIA OF NORTH CAROLINA,IN PURSUANCE OF A REQUISITION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BY VIRTUE OF AN ACT OF CONGRESS, PASSED 10 APRIL, 1812.

 
RIFLEMEN, FIRST COMPANY DETACHED FROM THE CUMBERLAND REGIMENT
JOHN BRIGHT

FIRST REGIMENT,CURRITUCK COUNTY

HENRY BRIGHT
 
FIRST REGIMENT, PASQUOTANK COUNTY
JABOZ BRIGHT

FOURTH REGIMENT, CHATHAM COUNTY

JOHN BRIGHT

SEVENTH REGIMENT, BURKE COUNTY, THIRD REGIMENT

WILLIAM BRIGHT
 

1813

North Carolina Craven County Book 38 page 400 16 February 1813 Elizabeth HENRY, formerly Elizabeth COOK, conveys to Mary BRIGHT of Lenoir for love and affection she hath for sister Mary BRIGHT and in consideration of fifty pounds, an undivided fourth part of a tract in Craven on S/S of Neuse River being 1/4 part of all land she held previous to that date, made to her by Richard FONVIELLE dated 4 Oct. 1812, about 100 acres, formerly the property of Thomas DICK from Ephriam LANE, 1765 to Thomas GRAVES 1769 and decended to Richard GRVES brother and heir at law of Thomas GRAVES and conveyed by said Richard to John COOK, former husband of Elizabeth HENRY, who devised same in LW&T to his widow, said Elizabeth. wit. Marcus Stephens Proved March term 1813 J.G. Stanly, CC (Rec. from the Craven Co. Library in collection of Elizabeth Moore Records )*Rose Parks
 

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Book 38 page 424, Jennett Bright of Craven for love and affection to loving brother James Bright , furniture and negros. Wit: Sally Taylor proved March term 1813 J.G. Stanly CC *

1814

NC Supreme Court Case #79, NC Archives, Sheppard vs Glasgow, 1814,
names the following 8 heirs & children of Benjamin Sheppard, deceased:
Catharine NOW the wife of Benjamin Evans { My note: Catharine m.1st
Graves Bright}; Mary Gray who died leaving two children her heirs, to
wit, John B. Caswell and Elizabeth Lovick whose guardian was William
Lovick; Ann, wife of Wm. Henry Haywood; Elizabeth, wife of Theophilus
Edwards, Ferebe G. Pasteur who died without issue, & James G. Sheppard,
Benjamin C.D.B Sheppard,Abram Sheppard, his youngest children.
[Catherine Sheppard m(1)Graves Bright m(2)Benj. Evans] *Ruth Fentress
 
1816

~NEW~ Book 211, page 296 Beaufort Court House Deed Books

 
John Bright and Rhoda Bright, his wife, sold to Joseph Godley for 75 pounds.
 
"one third part of a tract or parcel of land* * * on the west side of Bear
Creek adjopining the land of Robert Godley the elder, and the land of said
Josephb Godley which said part of land was formerly owned by Elias Godley * *
* also, right, title and interest * * * to the mill and mill seat and irons
and mill stones * * * 115 acres. (no boundaries given)
 
(NOTE: This was Rhoda Godley Bright's one third interest inherited from her
father, Elias Godley.) *Jack Bright
 

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~NEW~ Book, page 282 Beaufort Court House Deed Books
 
On April 29, 1816, John Bright bought 640 acres from Reading Grist. This land
described as:
 
"On the east side of Bear Creel, beginning at the head of Plum Orchard Branch
at a marked sweet gum, running N 60 E 80 poles to the Old Newbern road, thence
with said road S 11 E 20 poles, then with said road S 5 E poles, then with
said road S 12 14 poles and 14 links to said John Bright line and with his
line S 76 W 74 poles to Bear Creek run, then down said run its various courses
to the mouth of Plum Orchard Branch then with said branch to the beginning,
contaioning by estimation 640 acres * * * more or less. * * *
"which land fell to Jesse Godley at the division of his father's land and by
him sold to Joseph W. Godley and by him sold to Reading Grist and by him sold
to John Bright, reference being had to the division of Elias Godley's land * *
*."
 
Witnesses: Uriah Slade, An-d. Lathinghouse. *Jack Bright
 
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~NEW~ Book 11, page 331 Beaufort Court House Deed Books
 
On April 30, 1816 John Bright and his wife Rhoda and Jesse Godley sold to
Nathaniel Harding 80 acres, more or less, for $60.00.
"on the south side of the Tar River and on the west side of the Newbern Road
on the oakly branch in a place called the Long Neck adjoining the land of
Robert Godley and Edmond Taylor containing 80 acres more or less * * * being
part of a patent by Nathan Godley Sr. tho said land fell to John Bright and
wife (Rhoda Godley Bright) and Jesse Godley and Charles I. Nelson and wife by
the death of Elias Godley * * * *Jack Bright
 

1820

Craven County Clerks Loose Papers:
conditions of Hiring negros belonging to minor heirs of John Bright desc. 1 Jan 1820 hired out by Samuel McCafferty guardian to said children.
Nace, Ruth....John Bright
David...Noah Knox
Harriett..Simon Bright
Fred., Peggy, Aaron, Minerva....... Hannah Bright
Mourning Bright widow of John Bright; William, John, James, Jennett, Simon, John,... Hannah, Polly, and Robert, 3 youngest children of said deceased.
Mouring Taunt *Rose Parks

1823

Book 43 page 322, 20 January 1823, Simon Bright, planter for $500.00 conveys to Polly Bright (Mary) a tract of land on east side of Swift Creek beginning at Maul's Run being the dividing line between Jennet Wiggins, said Simon Bright running with said line over the road to John Bryan's line and 119 acres. Wit: James Bright, John Bright proved August Court 1823 *Rose Parks

 
1824

Died. Greene Co. on 21st Ultimate, Richard G. BRIGHT, Esq., a member of the House of Commons in our last General Assembly. (NC Star, Feb. 13, 1824) *Francis R. Hodges

 
1825
 
Book 44 page 445, 27 December 1825
Mary Bright of Craven to John Dawson for $600.00 a tract on north side of Swift Creek, and North side of Maul's run formerly belonging to John Bright deceased 238 acres Wit: Moses Ipock, Seth Chapman prove at May Court 1826 *Rose Parks
 
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~NEW~J Book 14, page 220 Beaufort Court House Deed Books
 
Garrot Lathinghouse (Laughinghouse) * * * of the one part and John Bright
of the other part for $170.00 paid by said John Bright * * * the said Garrot
Lathinghouse doth hereby acknowledge * * * and confirm to the said John
Bright:
 
"two pieces or parcels of land situated in the County of Beaufort on the south
side of the Pampteco River in the forks of Bear Creek beginning at the second
corner of a piece of land granted to Reading blount for 300 acres, running
with line of said Patent S 10 W 85 poles to a corner then S 5 E 148 poles to
another corner of Said Patent then with the line of a Patent granted to Thomas
Lathinghouse SR> for 100 acres N 77 W 127 poles to a corner of said Patent
then N 14 E 107 poles with the line of said patent to the beginning pine
thereof, then N 29E with Godley line 120 poles to his corner thence to the
beginning, containing 125 acres.
 
The second tract lies between the east and west branches of Bear Creek at the
forks County roads beginning at a marked pine on the north side of the County
roadon the side of a small branch running a direct course to another marked
pine on said Lathinghouse upper line line thence round with said line to the
beginning, containing by estimation 100 acres.
 
To have and to hold the said lands hereby conveyed * * * unto said John
Bright.
 
This deed witnessed by Holland Roberts and Martha Hagan. *Jack Bright
 
1826
 
~NEW~John Bright and wife Rhoda sold to Reading Grist and Joseph Wales, Wardens of
Trinity Chapel and vestry * * * in consideration of $1.00 in hand paid * * *
"a certain piece or parcel of land situated and being in the County of
Beaufort * * * beginning at the main road leading from Godley's Cross road
(Chocowinity) to Greenville, where a small Branch crosses the said road to the
eastward of the Chapel running down the middle of said Branch to the Creek
Swamp, then with the edge of Said Creek Swamp to the said Main Road and with
the Main road to the beginning, containing one (1) acre more or less, with all
the improvements thereon, being the ground whereon the Chapel Stands."
his
Signed John Bright
mark
Rhoda Godley Witnesses: Eli Hoyt, Jas. E. Hoyt. *Jack Bright
 

 

1828

Deed Book 48 page 11 23 Sept. 1828 between William Bright, James Bright, Robert Bright, Joseph Wiggins and Jennet his wife all of Craven of one part and William Bright of Pitt of the other part, we the said William, James, Robert, Joseph Wiggins and Jennet his wife for the sum of $5. paid by William Bright one tract on the north side of the Neuse River about 6 miles above Newbern containing 100 acres. Also another tract joining this tract of 100 acres the east side of said tract containing 100 acres which said tracts were willed away by William Bright near 70 years ago, reference to said will, will more nearly show. Witness John B. Dawson and William Bright, signed by William Bright and Robert Bright. *Rose Parks

 

1832

Last Will and Testament of HOLLIDAY, William Sr.
Wife: NANCY
Daughter: S.W.S. BRIGHT
Son: Thomas HOLLIDAY
Son: Samuel HOLLIDAY
Son: William HOLLIDAY
Grandchildren :Ann Elizabeth Titus HOLLIDAY, dau of Titus HOLLIDAY, deceased and Sarah Frances Eliza DARDEN, dau of Wm. A. DARDEN
Granddaughter: Ann Elizabeth Titus HOLLIDAY
Granddaughter: Sarah Frances Eliza DARDEN
Son: Thomas HOLLIDAY
other's mentioned include John HOLLIDAY, Samuel HOLLIDAY, Richard L. TYSON,
Mary E.BRIGHT
Frances GARLAND, wife of Josiah GARLAND,
executors sons John and Thomas HOLLLIDAY
signed and sealed 30 July 1832
SEE CODICIL MADE: 11 Aug 1835
(Greene co wills film 1571510 at LDS Family History Center abstracted by Patty Day)
******************
 Craven Co. deed Book 52 page 151 18 July 1836 (Abstracted by Agness Gunter)
James Bright of Craven and Elizabeth Wiggins.. On 23 day of may 1812 Jennet Wiggins by deed of that date duly proved certain lands and negros described in her own right or maiden property being about to enter into bonds of matrimony with Joseph Wiggins and the comtemplated marriage was shortly thereafter solomnized did by deed of date above convey for love and affection to James Bright her brother title to certain lands, negros and personal property which said deed was intended as a marriage settlement the said Wiggins her intended husband being in debt whereas the said property has been enjoyed since that date by Elizabeth and her husband Joseph and family.

I James Bright for one dollar paid by Elizabeth Wiggins land on east side of Swift Creek and Maul's Branch containing 119 acres it being the land that was alloted her the said Janet Wiggins that belonged to her father John Bright, also all slaves to the said Elizabeth Wiggins in trust to the only use of said Janet Wiggins and to be the absolute prorety of the said Jennet in case her service her husband Joseph Wiggins and case she die first the the said property to be to the use of children of Jannet equally divided among them. 18 July 1836

wit: Jno Carter, James Taylor signed James Bright proven same date *Rose Parks

1833

Land deed in Book 50 page 118 has William Bright and wife Mary in Pitt Co. NC in 1833. *Rose Parks

1835

CODICIL TO THE WILL OF William Sr. HOLLIDAY, (original will written in 1832) Patty Day
 

HEBRON CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1878-1894, LENOIR CO. NC.LDS microfilm # 1976952 of original record book List of the members of the Church of Christ at Fairfield School house in Lenoir County North Carolina

Richard Franklin BRIGHT
Deborah C. BRIGHT
Minnie Maude BRIGHT [COOKER written in over BRIGHT, probably a marriage took place later]
S. H. BRIGHT added to church ledger June 12 1887
*Patty Day
 
1840
Craven County Deeds abstracted by Agness Gunter
Deed Book 54 page 321, 9 March 1840 Samuel Wiggins sells the grant of Stockwell Bright 1772 above to Levi Wayne, 100 acres for $150. (same coordinates) Joseph Wiggins his mark *Rose Parks

1891

LDS microfilm # 1976952
of original record book HEBRON CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1878-1894, LENOIR CO. NC.
List of the members of the Church of Christ at Fairfield School house in Lenoir County North Carolina. Nov 1, 1891 Susie MEWBORNE, Pattie PARROTT, Claud BRIGHT, Floyd DAUGHETY, Branch DAUGHETY and John NEATHERCUTTE, arranged to be baptized next Sunday at 2:30 p.m
*Patty Day
 

1892

LDS microfilm # 1976952
of original record book HEBRON CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1878-1894, LENOIR CO. NC. List of the members of the Church of Christ at Fairfield School house in Lenoir County North Carolina.Clarence BRIGHT March 29 1891 erased by his request
Claud BRIGHT erased by his request
June 12 1892, S.H. BRIGHT conducted prayer meeting tonight and Adele BRIGHT read the selection.
 *Patty Day  

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