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William Wright

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William Wright
Born [date unknown] in Essex, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married after 1627 in Plymouth Colonymap
Died before in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
Profile last modified 5 Feb 2020 | Created 12 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 5 Feb 2020
23:31: Rick Pierpont edited the Biography for William Wright (-bef.1633). (Add source.) [Thank Rick for this]
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William Wright migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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The origins of William Wright who sailed on the Fortune in 1621 are unknown. His parents are unknown, but he was probably born about 1600, based on the estimated age of his wife.[1]

William was a freeman in Plymouth Colony before 1633. He signed his will and owned besides a bible and a hymnal, several other small books. He also had tools used for felling trees, carpentry and building. These may just have been necessities in a new colony.[2][1]

He received two acres of land with William Pitt in the 1623 Plymouth land division. In 1627 he was part of John Howlands company.[3]

He married at Plymouth, between 1629 and 1633 Priscilla Carpenter. She married second John Cooper. No children were recorded to this couple.[1]

His will was dated 16 Sep 1633 and proved 2 Jan 1633/4, in which he bequeathed to his wife Prisilla Wright "all that my mansion or dwelling house situate... in New Plymouth" as well as the rest of his estate except one ewe lamb to the church and a suit of apparel to William Brewster, elder of Plymouth. an inventory was taken 6 Nov 1633 valued at £99 12s[4]

Disputed Parents

Unproven, unsourced, and disconnected Parents:
William's father John Wright ... [citation needed]
William's mother Martha Castile ... [citation needed]
William's father John Wright ...
William's mother Bennett Greene


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Anderson, Robert Charles. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004). pp 524-526. Corresponding article in Great Migration Series in Great Migration Begins pages 2075-6.NEHGS Member link
  2. Anderson citing freeman PCR 12:10; inventory MD 1:204
  3. Anderson citing PCR 12:5, 12:10
  4. Anderson citing MD 1:200-3

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Parents are unknown according to Anderson. Can we disconnect these and ppp the profile? Objections ?
posted by Anne B
His birth date is only 9 years after his mother's birth date.

William is 18 degrees from Peter Roberts, 11 degrees from Emma Smith and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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