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Capt. Richard Wright, of Rehoboth

Also Known As: "Richard Wright of Lynn Boston Braintree & Seekonk"
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 and Margaret Wright
Father of Elinor Clark; Abigail Holbrook; Mary Sabin; Jacob Wright; Elizabeth Wright and 7 others
Brother of Francis Wright; Theodore Wright; John Wright; Samuel Wright; Nathaniel Wright and 1 other

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About Capt. Richard Wright, of Rehoboth

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 ??



Richard Wright was born abt 1598 in England and came to New England with the Winthrop fleet in 1630. He was accompanied by three of his daughters and his mother, Margaret Wright. (His two daughters in depositions made seventy-one years later, said that they had come with "their father," with no mention of a mother.)

Powell states Capt. Richard Wright married Margaret Adam c 1619 and had one child named Mary before she died. On January 8 1625/26 a Richard Wright married in Stepney, Middlesex, England a Margaret (Unknown).

Harris and Prittie (1994) state that Richard Wright married a woman named Margaret in Stepney, Middlesex, England on Jan. 8, 1625/26, though they claim she was not the mother of his five daughters.

In "The Great Migration Series" Richard Wright's bio mentions three daughters with first wife and three more with second wife. There is no Mary mentioned and none of the daughters are said to have married William Sabin.

What Robert Anderson says about second wife: "(2) By about 1643 , possibly a widow Sabin, mother of William Sabin of Rehoboth [TAG 67:37].

From David Conover's Famous Cousins

  • Married:
    • 1. in 1619 to Margaret [Adam?] born 1599
    • 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 Mary Busche, widow of Richard Sabin

Children of Richard Wright and Margaret (Unknown)

  • 1. Elinore Wright b. c 1621
  • 2. prob Ann Wright b. c 1622
  • 3. Abigail Wright+ b. 1623

Children of Richard Wright and Margaret, his 2nd wife

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

There was no daughter Mary



  • 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.
  • 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.



  1. Conover.

Find A Grave Memorial# 126865830;

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.,
    • 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.". (Sic: Richard Sabin was not Huguenot, and he was stepson, not son in law)

"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."

Family links: 

  • 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, of Rehoboth's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
Age 20
Stepney, Middlesex, England
Age 22
England, United Kingdom
Age 23
England, United Kingdom
Age 24
London, Middlesex , England
Age 45
Massachusetts, United States
Age 46
March 15, 1678
Age 80
East Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts