Southside Virginia Wright Families, 1755-1820


The book started as a simple search for the antecedents of John Wright, who died in Clarke County, Georgia in 1832, leaving a wife and an infant son, John Andrew Wright. Evidence pointed toward Mecklenburg County, Virginia, but early research showed that there were a many as eight different men named John Wright living in Southside Virginia (Brunswick, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg Counties) at the time of the first personal property tax list in 1782. The results of efforts to sort men out are presented here. The author’s primary interest is in John Wrights still living in the area in 1810 and before. He also presents a probable ancestry from 1832 John Wright of Clarke County, Georgia; details the immediate ancestry of his first wife, Sarah Fox; and a study of their five children: 1865 Richard W. Wright of Decatur County, Georgia; 1890 Isham B. Wright of Putnam County, Georgia; 1855 Puritha Bass of Putnam County, Georgia; about 1842 Frances Barksdale of Muscogee County, Georgia; and, after 1870 Mary Gossett of Fort Bend County, Texas. Chapters include: The Search for John Wright; Wrights of Waqua Creek; Other Wrights of Brunswick Co., Va.; Wrights of Lunenburg Co., Va.; Ancestry of John (Fox) Wright; Ancestry of Sarah Fox; Descendants of John (Fox) Wright; John Andrew Wright; and Descendants of Henry S. Wright. Three appendices augment the the text: Brunswick Co., Va., Tax Lists; Lunenburg Co., Va., Tax Lists; and Mecklenburg Co., Va., Tax Lists. A full-name index adds to the value of this work.

Lucius F. Wright, M.D.

(2014), 2019, 5½x8½, paper, index, 382 pp.

ISBN: 9780788455360