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Richard Wright

Nicknames: "Richard Wright of Braintree"
Birthplace: Stepney, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in East Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Richard Wright and Frances Wright
Husband of Margaret Wright
Father of Mary Sabin and Abigail Holbrook
Brother of Francis Wright; Theodore Wright; John Wright; Samuel Wright; Nathaniel Wright and 1 other

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About Richard Wright


Captain Richard Wright, was

  • born in circa 1598 Stepney, Middlesex, England and
  • died after 15 March 1667/68.
  • Note: 2 other Richard Wrights, similar dates and places.
  • Parents: the son of Rev. Richard Wright (? -1633) and Francis ??
  • Married:
    • 1. in 1619 to Margaret [Adam?] born 1599-died 17 Dec 1678.
    • 2. in January 8 1625/26 Stepney, Middlesex, England a Margaret (Unknown). She would appear to be his second wife and not the mother of his five daughters. [1]
    • 3. bef 1643 in ?? to Unknown.

Children of Richard Wright and Margaret (Unknown)

  • 1. Mary Wright+ b. c 1620, d. c 1662 m. Richard Sabin
  • 2. Elinore Wright b. c 1621
  • 3. prob Ann Wright b. c 1622
  • 4. Abigail Wright+ b. 1623

Children of Richard Wright and (Unknown) (Unknown)

  • 1. Sarah Wright b. c 1643
  • 2. Elizabeth Wright b. c 1644
  • 3. prob Ann Wright b. c 1645



  • Captain Richard Wright came over in the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 from Stepney, Middlesex, England with his three daughters Elinore/Elizabeth, Abigail and Elizabeth along with a Margaret Wright.
  • It is not known if this Margaret is his wife, mother or sister.
  • Richard Wrights first daughter Mary probably remained in England with relatives and married William Sabin c 1639.
  • The Boston Church records show Richard Wright #89 and Margaret Wright #99 as members at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 27 August 1630.
  • He held the position of deputy for Lynn on 9 May 1632.
  • He removed to at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in 1639.
  • He "Richard Wright of Mount Wollaston, husbandman," leased the Braintree farm of Thomas Newberry, deceased, for a term of four years on 1 May 1639.
  • He was member of a committee to value livestock on 13 May 1640 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He held the position of commissioner to end small causes on 7 October 1640 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He held the position of commissioner to end small causes on 2 June 1642 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
  • He married (Unknown) (Unknown) before 1643.
  • Richard Wright removed to at Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, in 1643.
  • He removed to at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in 1649.
  • He removed to at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, in 1652.
  • He removed to at Twelve Mile Island, Massachusetts, in 1662.
  • He leased Twelve Mile Island on the Connecticut from John Leverett between 1662 and 1666. He removed to at Podunk, Massachusetts, in 1666. He died after 15 March 1667/68.


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Richard Wright

  • Birth: 1598 in Stepney, Greater London, England
  • Death:  1644 in Massachusetts, USA
  • "Richard Wright, b. c. 1598 Stepney, Middlesex, England, to Lynn, Mass., with the Winthrop Fleet 1630 bringing his mother Margaret and at least three daughters.
  • He was of Boston and Braintree both before coming to Seekonk, Plymouth Colony, in 1643 and with his three sons-in-law all settled beside each other in the new Plantation which they helped to found and which later became Rehoboth.
  • Wife unknown, b. and d. in England; order of children uncertain."
  • "Elizabeth Wright (their daughter) b. c. 1619, Stepney Middlesex, England, came to New England with her father 1630, d. c. 1661, Rehoboth, Mass.,
    • m. c. 1638 probably Braintree (1st child b. there in 1640), William Sabin, b. 1617 Tichfield, Hampshire, England,
    • d. 8 Feb 1687 Rehoboth, Mass., both he and his wife bur. Medfield, Mass.
    • He was in the first division of land 1643 at Seekonk (later Rehoboth), Mass., and was one of the founders as well as his father-in-law Richard Wright.
    • He is a French Huguenot."

"Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy, Huddleston-Curtis, and Allied Families" by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman

The notes referred to by the authors - "Bowen, Richard LeBaren, 'Early Rehoboth', four volumes, printed privately at Rehoboth, 1945, III, 113,

  • 'Richard Wright came from England in the first fleet with Gov. John Winthrop as servant to Col. John Humfrey (or Humphreys) bringing with him three daughters and perhaps other children and probably his mother, Margaret.
  • His wife would appear to have been deceased for his daughters in depositions made seventeen years later said that they came with 'their father' with no mention of their mother...
  • For a time Richard Wright and his family remained on the farm at Saugus, later we find him at Boston, then at Braintree and next at Seekonk as one of the organizers of the new township.'
  • "Richard Wright of Braintree, Alexander Winchester (who had been servant to Mr. Henry Vane), William Cheeseborough and Walter Palmer were the real founders of Seekonk and of these Richard Wright was the dominant man."
  • "ibid., 119, 1643 - In the first division of home lots at Seekonk, Richard Wright is No. 8 with 834 pounds, the righest man in town; he was to have a twelve acre lot at the northwest end of the ring of the town. His three sons-in-law each had 8 acre lots. Robert Sharpe's and Richard Wright's on the east, William Sabin's on the west and James Clarke's adjoining William Sabin's."

(Elinor Wright married James Clark; Abigail Wright married Robert Sharpe)

  • "Rehoboth Town Meeting Records, Book I, p. 29 - The same book gives in all ten various grants or acreage in divisions of land at Rehoboth besided 'that Richard Wright built a cornmill and that no other be built in the country..."
  • "Ibid., III, 121 - Richard Wright was the first 'committee' later caled deputy to be elected to represent Seekonk or Rehoboth, as it was newly named, to the Court at Plymouth....He was admitted a freeman on Oct. 28, 1645."
  • "Ibid., 130 - William Sabin according to various references ran the mill for his father-in-law but eventually bought the mill from Richard Wright. The signatures of Richard Wright and William Sabin are found affixed to the Rehoboth Compact in 1644. Thirty men signed the document and this is the only signature for many of them."

"Plymouth Colony Deeds, III." "Tilton, G., 'History of Rehoboth, Mass." "Hartford Times, C-8136 (4) HMS. Aug. 3, 1964, and April 19, 1965." "New England Historic and Gen. Register, Vol. 37 and 99." "Savage, James, 'Genealogical Dictionary of New England,' Boston, 1860, IV, 658."

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  • Parents:
    • Richard Wright (1575 - 1638)
    • Frances Wright (1575 - ____) 
  • Spouse:  Margaret Wright (1599 - 1675)*
  • Children:
    •  Elizabeth Wright (1617 - 1701)*
    • Mary Wright Sabin (1618 - 1660)*
    •  Abigail Wright Holbrook (1620 - 1702)* 
  • Burial: Unknown

Name Wright, Elinor (Abigail) 

  • • Born 1620 in Stepney, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England  
  • • Gender Female 
  • • Died 1707 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass  
  • Father Wright, Richard,   b. 1598, Stepney, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England ,   d. 1667, Connecticut  
  • Mother Adam, Margaret,   b. 1599, Stepney, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England ,   d. 17 Dec 1678, Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts  
    • Married 1617 in Stepney, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England  


"Banks, in his "Planters of the Commonweath," says that Richard Wright came from Stepney, Middlesex Co, England, but that statement is unsupported by original record; it has no importance; for that name was common in England and Stepney had many inhabitants named Richard Wright."

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Capt. Richard Wright's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
Age 22
Age 24
Dorchester, Dorset, England
January 8, 1625
Age 27
Saugus, Essex, Ma
March 15, 1678
Age 80
East Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts
November 19, 1949
Age 80
November 19, 1949
Age 80
February 17, 1950
Age 80
February 17, 1950
Age 80
May 27, 1955
Age 80