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1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas

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1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas

Posted: 3 Jul 2011 9:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WRIGHT
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Thanks to the excellent research of Sally (Smith) Wright and the participation of her husband Robert Payton Wright in the Wright DNA Project, a probable identification of the parents of 1878 (year of death) Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, (place of death) has been made.

The marriage bond of Daniel Wright and Lucy Tuning was dated on August 5, 1816, at Franklin County, Virginia, with Nathaniel Tuning or Chewnig as surety:

"Know all men by these Presents that We Daniel Wright and Nathaniel Tuning are held and firmly bound unto Wilson C Nicholas esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors we bind ourselves and each of us our and each of heirs executors and administrators, jointly and severally firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals and dated this 5th day of august

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Daniel Wright and Lucy Tuning Now if there shall be no Lawful cause to obstruect the said Marriage then the above obligation to be voil else to remain in full force & Virtue

Witness his
Andrew Thompson Daniel X Wright
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Nathaniel Chewnig"

The name Tuning was probably a phonetic spelling of Chewning and the bride was probably Lucy Chewning.

The ancestry of this Daniel Wright has previously been unknown, but it now appears that this Daniel Wright was 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, who was probably a previously unidentified son of 1823 James Wright of Franklin County and Margaret (Young) Wright.

No direct documentary evidence has as yet been found identifying the parents of 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas.

However, Y-DNA sequencing of a male Wright descendant of 1878 Daniel Wright exactly matches the Y-DNA sequencing of other male Wright descendants of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County and his father 1792 John Wright of Fauquier County. Circumstantial evidence indicates that the father of 1878 Daniel Wright was probably 1823 James Wright of Franklin County.

Robert Payton Wright is a direct male descendant of 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, as follows:
1. 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas,
2. 1910 Nathaniel Wright of Morris County, Texas,
3. 1952 Nathaniel Wright of Morris County, Texas,
4. 1984 Edward Vernon Wright of Jefferson County, Texas,
5. Vernon Gerald Wright, and
6. Robert Payton Wright.

Robert Payton Wright has participated in the Wright DNA Project at http://www.wright-dna.org/dna/R1b1Results.html and his Kit number is 75397. His Y-DNA sequence is from Haplogroup R1b1b2a1b3 and for 37 markers exactly matches the modal haplotype Y-DNA sequence of other descendants of 1792 John Wright of Fauquier County, including Kits number 38121+, 94975, and 156574:

Robert Payton Modal Haplotype
DYS Wright of 1792 John Wright

393 13 13
390 24 24
19/394 14 14
391 11 11
385a 11 11
385b 14 14
426 12 12
388 12 12
439 12 12
389i 13 13
392 13 13
389ii 29 29
458 17 17
459a 9 9
459b 10 10
455 11 11
454 11 11
447 25 25
437 15 15
448 19 19
449 28 28
464a 16 16
464b 17 17
464c 17 17
464d 18 18
460 11 11
GATA-H4 11 11
YCAIIa 19 19
YCAIIb 23 23
456 16 16
607 15 15
576 17 17
570 17 17
CDYa 37 37
CDYb 39 39
442 12 12
438 12 12

This matching confirms that 1878 Daniel Wright descended from 1792 John Wright of Fauquier County and, as set forth below, since 1878 Daniel Wright came from Franklin County, Virginia, that he descended from 1809 William Wright of Franklin County.

Daniel Wright resided in Franklin County in 1817 and 1818, in Bedford County, Virginia, from 1819 to 1832, and in 1840 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. The 1850 Census for Rutherford County, Tennessee, and the 1860 Census for Cass County, Texas, indicate that 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, was born in about 1795 or 1797 in Virginia. Of 1792 John Wright’s sons, only 1809 William Wright of Franklin County had further sons and resided in Virginia in 1795. 1792 John Wright’s son 1789 John Wright of Surry County, North Carolina, was then deceased and his descendants lived in North Carolina and 1792 John Wright’s son 1812 James Wright of Fauquier County had only a daughter. 1878 Daniel Wright first appeared in the records of Franklin County, Virginia, in 1816 with his marriage to Lucy Chewning. Marriages at that time typically occurred at or near the residence of the bride and the husband typically resided near or in the same county as the bride. This evidence indicates that 1878 Daniel Wright was probably born in Franklin County, Virginia.

Between 1793 and 1799 the Franklin County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax Lists listed only seven Wrights:

1) 1849 Thomas Wright of Franklin County, Virginia,
2) 1844 Joseph Wright of Hardin County, Kentucky,
3) 1809 William Wright of Franklin County, Virginia,
4) 1823 James Wright of Franklin County, Virginia,
5) 1830 William Wright of Franklin County, Virginia,
6) 1843 George Wright of Franklin County, Virginia, and
7) 1845 John Wright of Franklin County, Virginia.

Two of those Wrights, 1849 Thomas Wright of Franklin County and 1844 Joseph Wright of Hardin County, Kentucky, were descendants of 1763 Thomas Wright of Bedford County and have Y-DNA from Haplogroup I1, which is significantly different from the Haplogroup R1b1b2a1b3 for 1792 John Wright, and they are not related to 1878 Daniel Wright.

1809 William Wright of Franklin County was about 66 years old in 1795 and unlikely to be the father of 1878 Daniel Wright.

Three of the remaining four Wrights, 1823 James Wright of Franklin County, 1830 William Wright of Franklin County, and 1843 George Wright of Franklin County, are all confirmed and documented sons of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County.

The last Wright listed, 1845 John Wright of Franklin County, has been identified as a possible son of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County.

These last four Wrights are all possible fathers of 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas.

The will of 1843 George Wright was on dated August 12, 1839, and probated on January 2, 1843, at Franklin County, Virginia, W.B. 5/452, and listed fourteen children, none of whom was a Daniel Wright. In addition, on May 14, 1847, at Franklin County, Virginia, Chancery Court Order Book A/__ the Court issued its preliminary order in the matter of Wade v. Wright which listed the children of 1843 George Wright and did not list a Daniel Wright as a child. Therefore, 1878 Daniel Wright was not a son of 1843 George Wright of Franklin County.

The will of 1830 William Wright was dated February 12, 1825, and probated on February 1, 1830, at Franklin County, Virginia, W.B. 3/251, and listed ten children, none of whom was a Daniel Wright. Therefore, 1878 Daniel Wright was not a son of 1830 William Wright of Franklin County.

1845 John Wright of Franklin County, Virginia, has been identified as a probable son of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County based on 1845 John’s birth in Fauquier County where 1809 William Wright and Mary (Grant) resided, his birth in 1749 or possibly 1747 which is consistent with the marriage of William Wright and Mary (Grant) Wright by 1751, the presence of both 1809 William Wright and 1845 John Wright in the 1770's in a part of Bedford County that became Franklin County, the proximity of 1845 John Wright's land to that of the family of 1809 William Wright in Franklin County, and the implied existence in the will of 1809 William Wright of an unnamed fourth son of 1809 William Wright together indicate that 1845 John Wright of Franklin County was probably the son of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County and Mary (Grant) Wright. However, Jesse Wright has also been identified as a probable son of 1845 John Wright of Franklin County and a documented descendant of Jesse Wright has participated in the Wright DNA Project as Kit 43775, but his Y-DNA is from Haplogroup I1 and does not match that of the descendants of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County and his father 1792 John Wright of Fauquier County. This has led to the speculation that 1845 John Wright may have been an illegitimate child of Mary (Grant) Wright, born before her marriage to 1809 William Wright, but raised as a member of the 1809 William Wright household. The result is that it is improbable that 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, was a son of 1845 John Wright of Franklin County, but that identification cannot be entirely eliminated as yet.

The will of 1823 James Wright was dated December 12, 1821, and probated on May 5, 1823, at Franklin County, Virginia, W.B. 2/629, and named three sons, not including a Daniel Wright, but referred to those sons as “three of my children”, implying there were others. Nine children of 1823 James Wright have been identified, not including a son Daniel Wright, and four of whom were sons born before 1810. This list of children is apparently not complete. The 1810 Census listed 1823 James Wright with eleven children in his household, six of whom were males. One of those males was a son age 10 to 16 years, which would be consistent with the birth of 1878 Daniel Wright in 1795 or 1797.

Given that 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, was born in about 1795 or 1797 in Virginia and probably in Franklin County and that the Y-DNA of his male Wright descendant matches that of 1809 William Wright of Franklin County and given that no other Wright living in Franklin County, Virginia, had a son Daniel Wright, other that possibly 1845 John Wright of Franklin County, it seems probable that 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, was a previously unidentified son of 1823 James Wright of Franklin County.

The summary of information on 1878 Daniel Wright of Morris County, Texas, is as follows:

Born in about 1795 or 1797 in Virginia, probably in Franklin County,
Married on August 5, 1816, in Franklin County, Virginia,
Resident 1817 & 1818 in Franklin County, Virginia,
Resident 1819 to 1832 in Bedford County, Virginia,
Resident 1840 & 1850 in Rutherford County, Tennessee,
Resident 1860 in Cass County, Texas,
Resident 1870 in Davis County (now Cass County), Texas,
Died 1878 and buried in Wheatville Cemetery, Morris County, Texas.

Lucy (Chewning) Wright was born in about 1800 in Virginia, died on March 24, 1877, and was buried in Wheatville Cemetery, Morris County, Texas.

1878 Daniel Wright and Lucy (Chewning) Wright had the following children:
1. 1879 William B. Wright of Morris County, Texas,
2. George Wright,
3. 1910 Nathaniel Wright of Morris County, Texas,
4. Mary J. Wright, and
5. Minerva A. Wright.

I will be happy to exchange information on this Wright line with other interested researchers.

Robert N. Grant
15 Campo Bello Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RNGrant@grantandgordon.com

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