This post is extremely long but worth the read - in following posts I will include also the wills of both Rev. James Wright and his wife Mary.
11. Rev. 'James5 Wright ('James Thomas4, 'John3, 'Thomas2, 'Thomas1)24,25,26 was born 1671 in Nottingham, Chester, PA27,28, and died May 04, 1759 in Frederick Co. , VA28. He married (1) Mary Davis2829,30. She was born December 02, 1689 in Manoakin, Somerset, MD31,32, and died August 02, 1754 in Winchester, Frderick, VA32. He married (2) 'Mary Bowater33 February 02, 1706/07 in East Nottingham MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania, daughter of 'John Bowater and 'Mary Maunder. She was born February 12, 1688/89 in London, England, and died March 06, 1764 in Fredericks, Virginia33.
Notes for Rev. 'James Wright:
The following is quoted from a book on Quaker ministers: "James Wright, an elder of the Hopewell monthly meeting, was one of the first settlers in that part of Virginia. He was a sober, honest man, grave in manners, and solid and weighty in his conversation. He was diligent in the attendance of his religious meetings, exemplary in humble waiting therein, and of sound mind and judgment. He was cautious of giving just offence to any one, and was earnestly concerned for the unity of the brethren, and the peach of the church. He appeared, say his friends, concerned him, for some time before his illness, as one who had finished his day's work, and who was waiting for his change. He was 83 years old when he died." The parents of James have not been confirmed and there are multiple reports on where he was born. James married Mary Bowater, daughter of John Bowater and Mary Maunder on Feb. 26, 1706 in East Nottingham, Chester, PA. Note that a Mary Davis is often listed as the mother of John, but Stewart Baldwin in the American Genealogist has determined that Mary Bowater must be the spouse to James Wright Sr. because of their being witnesses at different weddings of both sides of the family and other Bowater being witnesses at weddings of their children.
Research Notes: Like many researchers, I am undecided on the parentage of James Wright. I have not been able to find any conclusive evidence pointing to any specific individual. Some sources believe that James' father was one of three brothers, Joshua, Thomas or Samuel who arrived in New Jersey in 1677 from Yorkshire, England.
The naming conventions of the time would suggest that his father would be named Thomas. Normally the first born son was named after the father's father. The second born son would be named after after the mother's father. The third born son would be named after the father. James' first 3 sons in order of birth were, Thomas, John, James. One could assume from this that first born Thomas was named after James' father, second born son John was named after his mother's father John Bowater, and third born son James was named after his father.
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From a book on Quaker ministers come the following on James Wright
" An elder of Hopewell Monthly meeting, was one of the first settlers in that part of Virginia. He was a sober, honest man, grave in manners, and solid and weighty in his conversations. He was diligent in the attendance of religious meetings, exemplary in humble waiting therein, and of a sound mind and judgment. He was cautious of giving just offence to any one, and was earnestly concerned for the unity of the brethren, and the peace of the church. He appeared, say his friends, concerning him, for some time before his last illness as one who had finished his last day's work, and who was waiting for his change. He departed this life Fifth month 15th 1759, in the 83d year of his age.
Research Notes: Stewart Baldwin in "The American Genealogist", July/Oct. 1997 issue. She was a Bowater based on multiple pieces of evidence. Mary Wright's birthdate is listed in Feb. 12, 1689 in Hopewell Quaker records. This is off by a 1 day from being Mary Bowater's actual birthdate in English records if the 1689 date is interpreted as 1688/1689. As an orphaned young woman, Mary Bowater was received on certificate from England to live near her brother, Thomas in the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting records dated 28 4th month 1706. This is the only time she is mentioned in this country under her maiden name. By 26 11th mo 1708/9 in Philadelphia records Mary condemed her marriage as contrary to discipline. This record coincides with the estimated marriage date for Mary and James Wright. Although the Quaker records were destroyed for the time period of their marriage, later marriage records of Mary and James Wright's children include many Bowater relatives as witnesses and do not include any Davis relatives. Mary and James Wright were also listed in the relatives column for her brother, Thomas Bowater's daughter's marriage. Lastly, they have a grandson named Bowater. Stewart Baldwin's case that Mary is a Bowater is actually one of the finest pieces of genealogical analysis.
More About Rev. 'James Wright:
Baptism (LDS): March 31, 1995, BOISE34
Burial: May 15, 1759, Hopewell Burial Grd., Frederick, VA34
Endowment (LDS): March 21, 1996, BOISE34
Sealed to parents (LDS): June 20, 1996, BOISE34
More About Mary Davis:
Baptism (LDS): May 01, 1996, JRIVE34
Endowment (LDS): October 16, 1996, JRIVE34
Sealed to parents (LDS): January 15, 2003, BOUNT34
Notes for 'Mary Bowater:
Thomas Wright 1711-1720
Lydia Wright 1730-1778 m:Evan Owen Rogers
Anne Wright 1724/25-1801 m:James Adam McCool m:Thomas Pugh
Sarah Wright 1726/27-?? m:William Pickering
Thomas Wright 1720/21-1765 m:Esther Hiatt
James Jr. Wright 1718-?? m:Lucy Carroll Bowater
John Wright 1716-??
Elizabeth Wright 1714-1790 m:George Matthews
Martha Wright 1711/12-??
Hannah Susannah Wright 1708/09-1760 m:Henry J. Ballinger
Mary Wright 1708-1800 m:Josiah Ballinger
More About 'Mary Bowater:
Burial: Hopewell Mm, Frederick County, Virginia
Children of 'James Wright and 'Mary Bowater are:
16 i. Mary6 Wright34, born August 03, 1708.
17 ii. Hanna Wright, born January 24, 1708/09.
18 iii. Thomas George Wright, born March 11, 1710/11 in Pennsylvania; died Bef. 1720 in Pennsylvania.
19 iv. Martha Wright34, born April 14, 1713.
20 v. Elizabeth Wright, born November 23, 1714.
21 vi. James Wright, born January 08, 1717/18.
22 vii. Thomas Wright, born January 14, 1719/20.
23 viii. Ann Wright34, born July 29, 1725.
24 ix. Sarah Wright34, born May 15, 1727 in Frederick Co. , VA35,36.
25 x. Lydia Wright36, born in Frederick Co. , VA37,38.
26 xi. Captain John Wright38, born 1716 in Chester Co., PA38.
+ 27 xii. Isaac Wright, born May 25, 1723 in Chester Co., PA; died May 31, 1777 in Frederick Co., Virgina.
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