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John Wright Jr. (1712 - 1789)

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Capt. John Wright Jr.
Born in Cople, Westmoreland, Colony of Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1730 [location unknown]
Husband of — married before 1733 in Fauquier, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Liberty, Fauquier, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 7 Feb 2020 | Created 1 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 7 Feb 2020
19:40: Pamela (Henderson) LeCroy edited the Biography for John Wright Jr. (1712-1789). [Thank Pamela for this]
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"JOHN WRIGHT (II), son of John Wright & Dorothy, was born 1706/1707 (another source says he was born in October, 1700) in Copel Parrish, Lower Machodoc, Westmoreland Co., VA; died 27 Feb 1792 in Fauquier County, VA, buried at "Pine View.” "The Washington-Wright Connection" by Charles Arthur Hoppin, 1923, states: “John Wright, gentleman, vestryman, captain, justice and sheriff, was born in the "great house" on the Wright "manour plantation" on the Lower Machodoc peninsula in Westmoreland county, circa 1710, his parents John and Dorothy Wright, having married between 1705 and 1708, and his brother Francis having been born as the eldest son, there being no evidence as to the existence of any daughters of this marriage. Before exhibiting some of the numerous official records establishing the long life and honorable career of this younger son, who, alone of his father's children, survived to perpetuate the fame and name of this family in Prince William and Fauquier counties, Virginia." (portions not quoted)

"That John Wright, Gent., though powerless in the face of the law of primogeniture to prevent the sale of that fine estate near the western bank of the Potomac and on the northern side of Powell's run, did not approve the proceeding by his elder brother is fairly evident from subsequent records." "[The] track of land to which Capt. John Wright removed in 1741, from the estate of his deceased father three miles north of Dumfries, is situated about twenty miles west of Dumfries. The fact that Capt. Wright was a lawyer, vestryman and county officer at this time and a judge then or very soon afterward and so continued for thirty years, in addition to being a gentleman-farmer suggests that in removing further away from the county courthouse he must have had a supreme reason. This reason undoubtedly was that he had married Elizabeth Darnall. This is no record proof of this marriage; as none is likely to be discovered, the author does no go beyond the expression of his beliefe, hereby set down, that the Elizabeth, named in the will of Capt. John Wright, as his wife, as the daughter of WAUGH DARNALL, Gentl., and sister of the Jeremiah Darnall, Gentl., who accommodated Capt. Wright with a share of the estate of the deceased Waugh Darnall, thus still closer drawing these families together."

"The records describing him as "Captain" indicate that as a young men he received training in the colonial militia of Virginia, and upon his appointment as a judge in the county court he automatically became a caption in the militia." "That Captain Wright was not a Tory is certain for his sons William and James were American soldiers in that war, his son John having left Virginia for North Carolina in the year before the war."

"[|That in] 1787 he, his wife, unmarried daughters Rosamond and Mary, and son James Wright were living together on that remaining portion of the estate that the judge had purchased forty-six years earlier. The son William had a separate estate."

"Though the longest-lived of any of the Wrights, he maintained, during the reigns of three kings, one queen, a Council of State, and one president the prestige and English characteristics of his ancestors.. "He lived to see his second cousin, George Washington, twenty-two years younger, become the first president of the first genuine republic of the world." " [he had quite a few children] as he had thirty-three known grandchildren, not counting children by his daughter, Elizabeth, albeit his two other daughters died unmarried." His will names three sons and three daughters.

"By 1741 Capt John Wright embraces the estate of the late Samuel Robinson..." "This tract is described in modern deeds as "the old Major Wright Tract"; ;the major having been James Wright, to whom his father, Capt. John Wright (the first Wright owner of the land) bequeathed this land by his will dated 1 June, 1785." "This estate remained to the Wright descendants until sold to the said Samuel Robinson on 8 Nov 1847, by the great-great grandchildren of the said Capt. John Wright, namely Granville J. Kellyl and his wife Harriett E.; Elizabeth Taliaferro, John P. Kelly (in the right of Margaret J. Blackwell and Jane P. Kelly." "ON THIS ESTATE, John Wright and his wife Elizabeth lived for fifty years; in that private burial ground they were interred, as also two of their three daughters and one if not two of their three sons."

"John Wright was the first male member of the Wright family in America to live beyond middle age. he died shortly before 27 February, 1792, aged over eighty years, leaving a will dated 1 une, 1785. He repeated in a more extended way the professional careers of his father and grandfather." "His education and political preferment were the gift and inheritance from his father, but he soon made his individuality apparent." "He early entered into public affairs, and as he was a judge of the county court before 1743, he must have served in minor offices before that date."

"That He married Elizabeth (Darnall?) by 1733 is for certain for one of his sons was old enough to marry in 1753. He was the seventh judge, the sixth military officer, the second sheriff, and the seventh "gentleman", successively, in the American history of his ancestry."

"Well may we recount... that his great-great grandfathers were Lt. Col. Nathaniel Pope, gentleman and justice, and Col. John Mottrom, gentleman, justice, and burgess of the colony of Virginia; his great-grandfathers were Col. John Washington, gentleman, justice and burgess, and Capt Richard Wright, gentleman and justice; he was second cousin of General George Washington, First President; his grandfather Major Francis Wright was a justice and sheriff, while his father, John, was the sixth successive justice of Westmoreland and a founder of the county of Prince William. ...."he was a man of dignity and reserve, who held the respect and confidence of men."

Capt John Wright married Elizabeth Bronaugh, born 1710/1713 Prince William Co., VA; died about 1789 in Prince William County, VA. Elizabeth was the widow of Waugh Darnall, at the time of their marriage about 1728.

John and Elizabeth had the following children:

1) JOHN (III) WRIGHT * Capt. of Militia (b.30 Oct 1728-Prince William Co.,VA d.30 Oct 1789-Deep Creek,Surry Co.,VA)
| sp: ANN WILLIAMS * (b.15 Oct 1738-Fauquier Co.,VA m.1753 d.Oct 1825-Surry County,NC)
2) William WRIGHT (died1809-Franklin County,VA) (see article about William Wright)
3) Elizabeth WRIGHT (b.1741 d.Abt 1822-Fauquier Co.,VA) | sp: Shadrack PARLOW
4) Rosamond WRIGHT (b.1746 d.1804-Fauquier Co.,VA)
5) Mary WRIGHT (b.Abt 1745)
6) Maj./Rev. James WRIGHT
7) Francis WRIGHT
8) Richard WRIGHT



Name: John /Wright/
Source: #S48


Date: 08 NOV 1712
Place: Cople, Westmoreland, Virginia, USA
Source: #S48


Title: Capt.
Source: #S48


Husband: John Wright
Wife: Elizabeth Bronaugh
Child: John Wright
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Mary Wright
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Rosamond Wright
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Date: 1 Jun 1745
Place: Fauquier, Virginia, United States[2]


Date: 27 FEB 1792
Place: Pine View Estate, near, Liberty, Fauquier Co., VA, USA
Source: #S48

Will of John Wright

Will of John Wright (From Robert N. Grant)

The will of John Wright dated on June 1, 1785, and probated on February 27, 1792, at Fauquier County, Virginia, W.B. 2/219

. . . .I give and desire and bequeath to my son James Wright all of that my land lying on the east side of the run, being part of the tract of land whereon I now live, in the County of Fauquier to him his Heirs & assigns forever. . . .

Item I give to my grand daughter Betsey Wright daughter to my son James Wright one negro named Jinny to her, her Heirs and assigns forever. . . . Item I give likewise to my two daughters Mary Wright & Rosamond Wright the plantation whereon I now live and all the land I hold lying on the west side of the said run above mentioned to them & their Heirs lawfully begotten of their bodys forever to be divided between the two as they can agree, and in case they die without such Heir. It is my Will and desire that the said land shall go to my son James Wright to him his Heirs & assigns for ever. [3]


  1. Captain John Wright II Wright Family, page 4 Our Southern Cousins
  2. Source: #S-2052921884 Descendants of Richard Wright
  3. Will of John Wright

  • Wright-25833 was created by Trevor Copeland through the import of 20170622CopelandDirect.ged on Jun 22, 2017. '

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While researching Elizabeth Bronaugh Darnall, I found a great deal of information about John Wright and his ancestors in Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine, Vol. IV, #2
posted by J. (Pearson) Salsbery
From this in the Biography, "Capt John Wright married Elizabeth Bronaugh, born 1710/1713 Prince William Co., VA; died about 1789 in Prince William County, VA. Elizabeth was the widow of Waugh Darnall, at the time of their marriage about 1728." Elizabeth Bronaugh (Bronaugh 1) and Elizabeth Darnell (Darnell 429) are the same person, with Elizabeth Bronaugh being the correct maiden name. It looks like Elizabeth Darnell (Darnell 429) could just be deleted since Elizabeth Bronaugh (Bronaugh 1) shows her marriage to Waugh Darnell.
posted by Genie (Velvin) Haley
I'm adding a match w/ Wright-25980, a second Captain John Wright born in same place on a close date with an overlapping spouse in Elizabeth Bronaugh. Either they are duplicates, or Elizabeth Bronaugh Wright needs to be looked at.
posted by A Hayes
This John Wright, according to records at Daughters of the American Revolution, has the following information:


posted by Genie (Velvin) Haley
Wright-15580 and Wright-743 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles are the same with a child with the same name that is part of a merge process as well. This merge is probably correct, however, the one wife, Anne Williams is the daughter in law rather than the wife. Confused? Yep! Review & merge as appropriate. The 3 profiles for the child are Wright-15580 (probably wrong), Wright-18619 and Wright-989. Now there is another Wright-743 that should probably merge with Wright-15580. The lowest number is the goal of these merges to end there. Please, please notate reasons in public comments if this merge is rejected or delayed as is likely.

Thanks very much, Cindy Williams Lesure

Wright-990 and Wright-743 appear to represent the same person because: same parents and same wife, need to validate birthdate
posted by Robin Lee

John is 15 degrees from Peter Roberts, 11 degrees from Emma Smith and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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