Samuel Wright parents

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According to the Visitation of Essex, John Wright of Wrightsbridge and Martha Castell had 3 sons John, Nathaniel and Robert. Various sources have his lifespan as 1567-1644 but he died in 1632. 

John was a relatively notable person. He was the Clerk of the House of commons from 1612 to 1632, assisted by his son John and I see no reason to have excluded a son named Samuel in this tree. 

ACAD: Samuel Wright was admitted a fellow commoner at Christ's College 28 Jun 1644, son of Nathaniel, merchant of London and the nephew of John Wright of Wrightsbridge.  He went BA 1645/6, created DD Oxford 1661 according to Foster. One name was Rector of Stockton, Wiltshire, 1660, another was ejected from Heanor, Derbyshire 1662

Nathaniel is mentioned as the younger half-brother of John Wright in the profile. A different pedigree submitted by Nathaniel for the Visitation of London of 1633-4 has his parents as John and Bennett Greene and having an older brother Samuel Wright. But there's no proof that Samuel is this profile, also apparently this was a somewhat political document changing the name of John's 2nd wife from Blesby to Greene.

Also, Wrightsbridge is an interesting estate because to my eye it is a copyhold of the manor of Havering and described by the VCH of Essex as a tenement in Romford, with somewhere between 60 and 80 acres but somehow it gets elevated to manorial status. I don't think it was a manor. 

Its a tough tree to process but ultimately Saumel's parents are a guess w/o any evidence so something needs to be done to improve the sources or they should be disconnected.

WikiTree profile: Samuel Wright
in Genealogy Help by Kirk Hess G2G6 Mach 6 (64.3k points)
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Hi Kirk, I've added pgm to the tags as they are the project added as one of the profile managers.

Do I understand all the above to mean that we should detach the parents?

Do we know that the emigrant is the Samuel Wright who was admitted a fellow commoner at Christ's College 28 Jun 1644, son of Nathaniel, merchant of London?

Yes, I think we should consider detaching his parents - they are currently a guess w/o any evidence which is clear in the profile. There's a lot of Wrights in England, specifically in this part of Essex in this time period, plus all the professionals lived in London townhouses. His supposed father was a bencher at Grey's Inn and his family almost certainly lived in London not Romford. The profile has baptism dates for both London and Essex and those two infants were two different Samuel Wrights.

On your second question, the emigrant Samuel Wright is a different person than the Samuel Wright who was a fellow commoner at Christ's College but he's been confused in the past in the search for the emigrant's family.

Is he in Great Migration Begins? It wasn't clear anyone has checked but I assume he's not in there. The Nathaniel who is supposedly his half-brother was a London Merchant who was apparently an investor in the Massachusetts Bay Company, I think that's part of the reason they are assumed to be related.

Just to be clear, there could be a Wright family in this hundred who lived on a copyhold farm and had a younger son Samuel. Other than that baptism, he wouldn't appear in any written records and that's at the mercy of the parish priest keeping accurate records. Also there were a bunch of Roman Catholics who lived in this parish and they wouldn't have baptized their children in the parish church. The guesses never seem to take these two possibilities into account.
He served on a jury in Springfield, Mass in 1639, so yes, he qualifies for pgm.
I've asked the profile managers to chime in.
Apparently I have access now to American Ancestors & I browsed around TAG and GMB and I didn't find any articles which discussed his origins. The 1853 NEHGR article has the phrases"He was supposed to have been the son of" and "The Table on the following page is supposed to indicate" which do not sound very certain about the facts.

Also, Banks Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants says a Samuel Wright who emigrated to Springfield was from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk not Essex.

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Parents have been removed, which after reading the profile seems correct. The Samuel Wright who emigrated almost directly to Springfield Massachusetts with his family sounds like an older but typical Puritan farmer of the area and probably not the son of any of the parents proposed. I am beginning work on his biography so that it will read better and the sources will be more clearly connected.
ago by Bill Pease G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)

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