Henry Bright (1602 - 1686) MP

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Birthplace: Bury, St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
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About Henry Bright

Will

In his will, dated 25 January 1680 (with codicil dated 25 October 1685) and proved 13 November 1686, "Henry Bright of Watertowne, aged 78 years," bequeathed to "my eldest son, John Bright, my dwelling houses, barns, outhouses, and land adjoining on both sides of the highway, lying in two parcels" containing forty acres, "also one parcel of salt marsh land, about two acres and one rood," two acres in Pigsgusset Meadow, "two acres of meadow land near unto Corporal Bond's land," two acres in Patch Meadow, two acres in Rocky Meadow, three acres of Remote Meadow "purchased by me of Mr. Saltonstall," thirty acres of dividend land "being part of the fourth squadron near Cambridge line," twenty acres of lands in Lieu of Township, and one hundred acres of farm lands "granted me by the town," and if John die without issue reaching the age of twenty-one this bequest to go to "his brother Nathaniel," and if he and his issue also fail, then to "my five daughters equally"; to "my daughter-in-law Mary Bright during her widowhood" the use of the legacy given to son John if they die without surviving issue; to "my son Nathaniell" in addition to what he already has two acres of salt marsh and 50s.; to "my daughters Anna and Eliz each a silver spoon and to "my daughters Mary, Abigail, Beriah and to my daughter-in-law Mary Bright" 10s. each to buy a silver spoon; to "my five daughters, viz: Anna Ruggles, Elizabeth Hastings, Mary Coolidge, Abigail Audly, Beriah Fowle," £20 each in corn and cattle to be paid by son John Bright; to "my daughters Anna Ruggles, Eliz Hastings, Beriah Fowle," £10 apiece out of the £100 owed by son Nathaniel; remainder to be divided equally among five daughters. In a codicil of 25 October 1685 he noted that whereas "since the sealing of this my will, I have disbursed for the settlement of my son Nathaniel Bright more and otherwise than I did then appoint, I do now hereby declare my will that those my outlands which I had some time purposed for his settlement, viz: sixty acres of dividend land had to me from my father Goldstone situate in Watertown ..., twenty acres of upland by me had by Robert Jennings , five acres purchased by me of Henry Freeman, fifty acres had of Mr. John Sherman deceased ..., two hundred acres more or less of farm land and was sometime my father Goldstone's; all these several parcels of land I do will and appoint shall be divided" as follows: to son Nathaniel fifty acres of the two hundred acre farm, and the rest to be "equally divided among my five daughters, i.e. Abigall Audly, Mary Coolidge, Anna Ruggles, Eliza Hastings and Beriah" .

The inventory of the estate of "Deacon Henry Bright," taken 3 November 1686, totalled £680, of which £519 10s. was real estate: "dwelling house, two barns and outhousing and two orchards & about forty acres of land adjoining to said housing with the cider mill," £300; "four acres of saltmarsh & < at the lower end of our town," £22 10s.; "two acres of meadow in Peakesgusset Meadow," £10; "two acres of meadow in Patch Meadow," £6; "two acres of meadow in Rock Meadow," £6; "three acres of meadow at Mr. Saltonstall's farm," £6; "thirteen acres of dividend land near the pond," £8; "twenty acres of land in lieu of township," £20; "sixty acres of dividend land near Stower's Brook," £30; "twenty acres of dividend land near Stower's Brook," £10; five acres of meadow land upon Stower's Brook," £5; "fifty acres of land part meadow, part upland," £30; "two hundred acres of land being farm land," £40; "a hundred acres of land being farm land," £20; and "two acres of meadow land called West Meadow," £6 .

From the Great Migration Project:

Bond published an extensive pedigree of the Bright family in England, with voluminous notes . "For the materials of this information, we are chiefly indebted to the personal researches of Mr. Somerby, and for the condensation and arrangement of them in the following pages, we are much indebted to Mr. Jonathan R. Bright, of Waltham" .

This pedigree places the immigrant as that Henry Bright baptized at St. James, Bury St. Edmunds, 29 December 1602, son of Henry Bright and his wife Mary. The crucial evidence in favor of this identification is the will of Elizabeth Dell, widow, who names her brother, "Master Henry Bright, of New England" . On 20 July 1658 "Henry Bright of New England, the natural and lawful brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Dell widow late of Bow in the county of Middlesex in England deceased" gave a receipt to "William Foorth" for £200 which had been his legacy from Elizabeth Dell . Whereas "by the last will and testament of Elizabeth Dell widow late of Bow, in the county of Middlesex in the Commonwealth of England, deceased, there are certain legacies given unto the children of Henry Bright of Watertown ... brother to the said Elizabeth Dell, videlicet to Mary, Abigail, John, Anna, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Beriah ten pounds apiece to be paid them by Doctor William Foorth, executor of the said will ... Nathaniell Cooladge of the said Watertowne and Mary his wife being one of the daughters of the said Henry Bright and of full age" gave a receipt to Hezekiah Usher of Boston, agent of Dr. William Forth, 24 August 1659 . On the same day "Abigail Bright being one of the daughter of the said Henry Bright and of full age" also gave a receipt, and Henry Bright for "the other five of his children namely John, Anna, Elizabeth, Nathanaiell and Beriah they being not of age" gave a receipt and bound himself to pay the legacies when the children came of age . These receipts, in combination with the wills and other documents presented in Bond, show that the identification is correct.

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Henry Bright's Timeline

1602
December 29, 1602
Bury, St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
December 29, 1602
St James Parish, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
December 29, 1602
St James,Bury S,Suffolk,England
December 29, 1602
St James Parish, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Eng
1635
August 28, 1635
Age 32
Watertown, Middlesex, , Mass.
1635
Age 32
Watertown,Middlesex,Massachusetts,USA
1637
October 12, 1637
Age 34
Watertown, Middlesex, , Mass.
1639
April 23, 1639
Age 36
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1641
May 14, 1641
Age 38
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1643
January 17, 1643
Age 40
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts