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Mary Wright (Bowater)

Nicknames: "Davis"
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Berkeley or Frederick County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Bowater, Sr and Mary Bowater
Wife of James Wright
Mother of <private> Wright; <private> Ballinger (Wright); <private> Ballinger (Wright); <private> Mendenhall (Wright); <private> Wright and 7 others
Sister of Jonathan Bowater
Half sister of John Bowater, Jr.; Thomas Bowater; William Bowater; Mary Bowater; Elizabeth Bowater and 2 others

Occupation: Quaker Minister
Managed by: Dan Davis
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

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    • <private> Wright
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    • <private> Ballinger (Wright)
      daughter
    • <private> Ballinger (Wright)
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    • <private> Mendenhall (Wright)
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    • <private> Wright
      son
    • <private> Matthews (Wright)
      daughter
    • <private> Wright
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    • <private> Wright
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    • <private> Pugh (Wright)
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    • <private> Pickering (Wright)
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    • <private> Rogers (Wright)
      daughter

About Mary Wright (Bowater)

Mary's last name has oft been printed as Davis of Welsh descent. (C-273, 972,999) Mary Davis was from Manoaken, Somerset, Maryland. According to Farmer, the lineage goes back through James Davis, a founder of Jamestown. Farmer says her birth date was Mar. 16, 1674 and her marriage was Dec. 2, 1689. This birth date aligns with the other children of her supposed parents, James and Margeret Davis, and in no way aligns with the published Quaker birth date for Mary Wright in Hopewell records. It also has no first hand support other than a family group sheet that states her name and dates came from "Records of the Society of Friends, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Penn in 1908." (C-956)

This oft printed theory and incongruous lineage in as reputable a source as Farmer, has now effectively been disproven by Stewart Baldwin in "The American Genealogist", July/Oct. 1997 issue. She was a Bowater based on multiple pieces of evidence.

Mary Wright's birth date is listed in Feb. 12, 1689 in Hopewell Quaker records. This is off by a 1 day from being Mary Bowater's actual birth date 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 condemned 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 I've seen. (C-999)

Her will is as follows: "I, Mary Wright, of Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia, being aged and sickly but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disanulling all other wills that have heretofore been made or done by me. First, my will is that my body be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral charges that I leave to be defrayed at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. Secondly, I give and bequeath and demise to the proper use and behalf of him the said Thomas Wright his heirs and assigns forever. Thirdly, I give and bequeath all and singular of my wearing apparel unto my seven daughters, vis., Mary, Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lidia to be equally divided among them. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Pickering, one brass mortar. Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wright all and singular of my stock and household goods. I also will that what money remains after my decease, from the land sold on Middlefork is to be equally divided among my ten children, vis. James, Isaac, Mary Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lydia and John. Lastly, I ordain and constitute my well beloved daughter, Mary Ballinger, Jesse Pugh and William Pickering sole executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 5th day of the 8th month, 1760. Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Mary Wright to be her last will and testament in presence of us. Signed: Mary Wright Witness: Elizabeth Powell, Elinor Rogers, Susanna Bevin. (This was proved March 6, 1764 in Frederick Co., VA) (C-696)

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Mary Bowater Wright

Birth: Feb. 12, 1689 London, England Death: Mar., 1764 Frederick Heights Frederick County Virginia, USA

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 as Feb 12 1689 in Hopewell Quaker records. This is off by 1 day from being Mary Bowater. Actual Birthdate in English records records 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, the only Philadelphia records, Mary condemned her marriage as contrary to discipline. This record coincides with the estimated marriage date for Mary & James Wright. Although the Quaker records were destroyed for the time period of their Marriage, later marriage records of Mary & James Wright's children include many Bowater relatives as witnesses and do not include any Davis relatives. Mary & 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.

Her will is as follows:

"I, Mary Wright, of Frederick County in the colony of Virginia, being aged and sickly but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disanulling all other will that have heretofore been made or done by me.

  • First, my will is that my body be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral charges that I leave to be defrayed at the discretion of my executors herefter named.
  • Secondly, I give and bequeath and demise to the proper use and behalf of him the said Thomas Wright his heirs and assigns forever.
  • Thirdly,I give and bequeath all and singular of my wedding apparel unto my seven daughters, vis., Mary, Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lidia to be equally divided among them.
  • Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Pickering, one brass mortar.
  • Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wright all and singular of my stock and household goods.I also will that what money remains after my decease,from the land sold on Middlefork is to be equally divided among my ten children,vis.James Isaac, Mary Hannah, Martha, Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah, Lydia and John.
  • Lastly, I ordain and constitute my well beloved daughter Mary Ballinger, Jesse Pugh and William Pickering sole executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 5th day of the 8th month.1760".

Signed,sealed and acknowledged by the said Mary Wright to be her last will and testament in presence of us.

Signed: Mary Wright Witness: Elizabeth Powell, Elinor Rogers, Susanna Bevin

(this was proved March 6 1764 in Frederick County,Va)

Married to James Wright on Feb 2 1707 in East Nottingham MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Children from this marriage were:

i. Mary Wright was born on 3 Jun 1708 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Maryland and died on 21 Oct 1800 in Back Creek, Frederick County, Virginia at age 92.

ii. Hannah Susannah Wright was born on 24 Jan 1709 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County,Maryland and died in 1760 at age 51.

iii. Thomas Wright was born on 11 Nov 1711 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died in 1720 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 9.

iv. Martha Wright was born on 14 Feb 1713 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Maryland and died in 1794 in Martinsburg (West) Virginia at age 81.

Research Notes: Source: The Quakers at "Monoquesey"

Excerpts from "Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick Co., Maryland 1721-1743

by Grace L. Tracey and John P.Dern, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987

Martha Wright Mendenhall became an able Quaker leader and died in Martinsburg, (West) Virginia in 1794 at the age of 82.

Martha married John III Mendenhall, son of John Mendenhall and Susannah Pearson, in 1731. John was born on 14 Apr 1713 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died in 1771 in Berkeley, Berkeley County, West Virginia at age 58.


v. Elizabeth Wright 2 was born on 23 Nov 1714 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Maryland and died in 1790 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 76.

vi. John C. Wright was born on 4 Nov 1716 in East Nottingham MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania and died before 8 Jun 1790 in Bush River MM, Newberry Co., South Carolina.

vii. James Jr. Wright was born on 8 Nov 1718 in New Garden Mm, Chester County, Pennsylvania and died on an unknown date.

viii. Thomas Wright was born on 14 Jan 1720 in Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Pennsylvania and died on 18 Aug 1765 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 45.

ix. Isacc Wright was born on 25 Mar 1723 in New Garden Mm, Chester County, Pennsylvania and died on 31 May 1777 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 54.

x. Anne Wright was born on 29 Jan 1725 in Nottingham MM, Maryland and died on 27 Apr 1801 in Hopewell Mm, Frederick County, Virginia at age 76.

xi. Sarah Wright was born on 15 Mar 1727 in Apple Pie Ridge, Frederick County, Virginia and died in 1775 at age 48.

Sarah married William Pickering in 1749 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. William was born on 1 Mar 1726 in Frederick County, Virginia and died on 10 Jan 1789 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 62.

xii. Lydia Wright was born on 31 Aug 1730 in Apple Pie Ridge, Frederick County, Virginia and died on 24 Jun 1778 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 47.

Family links:


Spouse:

  • James Wright (1671 - 1759)
Children (with graves linked on Find A Grave):
  • Mary Wright Ballinger (1708 - 1800)*
  • Martha Wright Mendenhall (1712 - 1794)*
  • Elizabeth Wright Matthews (1714 - 1790)*
  • John C Wright (1716 - 1790)*
  • James Jr. Wright (1718 - ____)*
  • Thomas Wright (1721 - 1765)*
  • Isacc Wright (1723 - 1777)*
  • Ann Wright Pugh (1725 - 1801)*
  • Anne Wright McCool (1725 - 1801)*
  • Sarah Wright Pickering (1727 - 1748)*

Burial: Unknown


Created by: Tonya Sparks Record added: Dec 11, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 32113214 --------------------

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Mary Bowater Wright

Birth: Feb. 12, 1689 London, England

Death: Mar., 1764 Frederick Heights Frederick County Virginia, USA

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 1 day from being Mary Bowater Actual Birthdate in English records 1689 date is interpreted as 1688/1689.As an orphaned young women, 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 Philadelphia records Mary condemned her marriage as contrary to discipline.

This record coincides with the estimated marriage date for Mary & James Wright. Although the Quaker records were destroyed for the time period of their Marriage, later marriage records of Mary & James Wright's children include many Boater relatives as witnesses and do not include any Davis relative. Mary & 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.

Her will is as follows:"I, Mary Wright. Of Frederick County in the colony of Virginia, being aged and sickly but of a sound and well disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament herby revoking and disanulling all other will that have heretofore been made or done by me. First, my will is that my body be decently buried and that all my just debts and funeral charges that i leave to be defrayed at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. Secondly, I give and bequeath and demise to the proper use and behalf of himthe said Thomas Wright his heirs and assigns forever. Thridly, I leave and bequeath all and singular of my wedding apparel unto my seven daughters, vis.,Mary,Hannah,Martha,Elizabeth,Ann,Sarah,Lidia to be equally divided among them. Fourthly,I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Pickering ,one brass mortar. Fifthly, i give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Wright all and singular of my stock and household goods. I also will that what money remains after my decease, from the land sold on Middlefork is to be equally divided among my ten children,vis.James Isaac,Mary Hannah,Martha,Elizabeth,Ann,Sarah,Lydia and John.Lastly ,I ordain and constitute my well beloved daughter Mary Ballinger,Jesse Pugh and William Pickering sole executors of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 5th day of the 8th month.1760.Signed,sealed and acknowledged by the said Mary Wright to be her last will and testament in presence of us. Signed: Mary Wright Witness:Elizabeth Powell,EElinor Rogers,Susanna Bevin (this was proved March 6 1764 in Frederick County,Va)

Married to James Wright on Feb 2 1707 in East Nottingham,Chester County,Pennsylivana

Children from this marriage were:

i.Mary Wright was born on 3 Jun 1708 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Maryland and died on 21 Oct 1800 in Back Creek, Frederick County, Virginia at age 92.

ii.Hannah Susannah Wright was born on 24 Jan 1709 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County,Maryland and died in 1760 at age 51.

iii.Thomas Wright was born on 11 Nov 1711 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died in 1720 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at age 9.

iv.Martha Wright was born on 14 Feb 1713 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County, Maryland and died in 1794 in Martinsburg (West) Virginia at age 81.

Research Notes: Source: The Quakers at "Monoquesey"

Excerpts from "Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick Co.,Maryland 1721-1743 by Grace L. Tracey and John P.Dern,Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987

Martha Wright Mendenhall became an able Quaker leader and died in Martinsubrg,(West)Virginia in 1794 at the age of 82.

Martha married John III Mendenhall, son of John Mendenhall and Susannah Pearson,in 1731.John was born on 14 Apr 1713 in Chester County,Pennsylvania and died in 1771 in Berkeley,Berkeley County,West Virginia at age 58.

v. Elizabeth Wright 2 was born on 23 Nov 1714 in East Nottingham MM, Cecil County,Maryland and died in 1790 in Frederick County,Virginia at age 76.

vi. John C. Wright was born on 4 Nov 1716 in East Nottingham MM, Chester County, Pennsylvania and died before 8 Jun 1790 in Bush River MM, Newberry Co.,South Carolina.

vii. James Jr. Wright was born on 8 Nov 1718 in New Garden Mm, Chester County,Pennsylvania and died on an unknown date.

viii. Thomas Wright was born on 14 Jan 1720 in Nottingham MM, Cecil County,Pennsylvania and died on 18 Aug 1765 in Frederick County,Virginia at age 45.

ix. Isacc Wright was born on 25 Mar 1723 in New Garden Mm, Chester County,Pennsylvania and died on 31 May 1777 in Frederick County,Virginia at age 54.

x. Anne Wright was born on 29 Jan 1725 in Nottingham MM, Maryland and died on 27 Apr 1801 in Hopewell Mm,Frederick County,Virginia at age 76.

xi. Sarah Wright was born on 15 Mar 1727 in Apple Pie Ridge,Frederick County,Virginia and died in 1775 at age 48.

Sarah married William Pickering in 1749 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. William was born on 1 Mar 1726 in Frederick County,Virginia and died on 10 Jan 1789 in Frederick County,Virginia at age 62.

F-xii. Lydia Wright was born on 31 Aug 1730 in Apple Pie Ridge,Frederick County,Virginia and died on 24 Jun 1778 in Frederick County,Virginia at age 47.

Family links:

Spouse:
 James Wright (1671 - 1759)

Children:
 Mary Wright Ballinger (1708 - 1800)*
 Martha Wright Mendenhall (1712 - 1794)*
 Elizabeth Wright Matthews (1714 - 1790)*
 John C Wright (1716 - 1790)*
 James Jr. Wright (1718 - ____)*
 Thomas Wright (1721 - 1765)*
 Isacc Wright (1723 - 1777)*
 Ann Wright Pugh (1725 - 1801)*
 Anne Wright McCool (1725 - 1801)*
 Sarah Wright Pickering (1727 - 1748)*

Burial: Unknown


Created by: Tonya Sparks Record added: Dec 11, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 32113214


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Mary Wright's Timeline

1688
February 3, 1688
London, Middlesex, England
1707
March 6, 1707
Age 19
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Usa
March 24, 1707
Age 19
Cecil County, Province of Maryland
1711
1711
Age 22
1713
February 14, 1713
Age 25
Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
1714
November 23, 1714
Age 26
Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
1716
November 4, 1716
Age 28
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
1719
March 14, 1719
Age 31
Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
1723
March 25, 1723
Age 35
Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
1725
January 29, 1725
Age 36
East Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA