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Major Francis Wright

Also Known As: "Major Francis Wright"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Coan, Northumberland County, Virginia
Death: June 26, 1713 (49-57)
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Lower Machodoc Creek Peninsula, Cople, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Richard Wright and Ann Wright (Mottrom)
Husband of Martha Cox and Anne Charlemagne Minor / Wright
Father of Richard Wright; John Wright; Anne Davis; Elizabeth Clements; Presley Wright and 3 others
Brother of Mottrom Wright and Anne Wright
Half brother of Mary Sarah Codd

Managed by: Judith Patricia Martin
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About Major Francis Wright

(Major) Francis Wright was born between 1656/Aug 1660 in Coan, Northumberland Co., VA. Charles Arthur Hoppin wrote an excellent account of Francis: “Estimated by the evidence as to his father's marriage and will, and that there were three children born in six years preceding the making of [Richard’s] will on August 19, 1663, Francis Wright was born between 1658 and 1661 at his father's house, formerly Col. John Mottrom's at Coan, Northumberland.”

FRANCIS WRIGHT, was born 1656/Aug 1660 Coan, Northumberland Co., VA; died 17/23 Jun 1713, Westmoreland Co., VA. Charles Hoppin’s full account of Major Francis Wright is too long to include here, but portions of it read:

 “"Mr. Francis Wright, gentleman, captain, major, surveyor, attorney, sheriff, and justice of Westmoreland County, is abundantly of record as having increased the excellence of the social position and material independence of his father, Captain Richard Wright, whose will was proved December 10, 1663 {Northumberland Record Book, 1658-1666, page 114}. The many records indicate that his intellectual activities were of a professional rather than a mercantile nature, as at no time is he recorded as a merchant though he was a ship-owner. As the third child in his father's will he may not have been the oldest, but he received the largest and most valuable part of the real estate. If the youngest child he could not have been aged above two years at his father's death, about December 1, 1663, nor more than five years if the eldest son. Although he may have gone in 1665 with his mother to the home, in Lancaster county, of her second husband, the estimable David Fox, Sr., Gent., and even have remained with her awhile after her third marriage to Col. St. Leger Codd of Lancaster and Northumberland counties, a strict compliance with the terms of his father's will would have required him to remain under the control of that eminent gentleman, his uncle Col. Nicholas Spencer. That it was to the influence of Spencer that Francis Wright received, either in England or by a private tutor in Virginia, his excellent education one scarcely can doubt, for that worthy scion of the English Spencers of Cople, Bedfordshire, England, for whom a half of Westmoreland, Virginia, was named Cople parish, was a second father to his brother-in-law Wright's children. A review of the life of Francis Wright gives the impression that he went to England on one of Spencer's journeys hither, and there acquired, with the aid of funds on deposit there which his father had bequeathed to him, some of the Anglicisms that attach to some of the Virginian records of his own composition. About everything that he did in Virginia was in an aristocratic manner, and his guardian Nicholas Spencer was one of the first among Virginian gentlemen. 
     Francis Wright, Gent., lived his thirty-five years after becoming of nominal legal age (then eighteen, though taxable at sixteen) in Westmoreland, upon his inherited estate of fourteen hundred acres fronting upon the Potomac and flanked by Nomini bay and Lower Machodoc river. Nothing strenuous is of record as to his career; he was active, influential and comfortable, always appearing in the records as a man who upheld the prestige of his caste and insisted upon his rights; but, as to his service in official positions, he has left evidence of that consideration for others less fortunate than himself which characterizes a true gentleman.”

Francis married Anne Washington, daughter of Col. John Washington and Anne Pope. Anne was born 1662 in Westmoreland Co., VA; died Mar 1697 at Great House Point, Westmoreland Co., VA. She is buried in the Bridges Creek Washington Family cemetery. Her brother Lawrence was the Grandfather of our 1st President George Washington. She was left her mother's rings, in her father's will. The long intimate friendship between the Wrights and Washington’s suffered a mutual loss in the death of Capt. Lawrence Washington in March, 1698, whose will, naming his deceased sister Anne and her husband Francis Wright, conveys an esteemed impression of the social and intellectual position and material independence of these allied families. The Washington’s at this time resided along Pope's and Mattox (Appomatox) creeks in the northern part of Westmoreland near where the national memorial to the family:

Montross, Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Wills No. 2 pg. 133, etc: "Item I give and bequeath to my sister Anne Wright's children, one man Servant a piece of four or five years to serve or Three Thousand pounds of Tobacco to purchase the same, to be delivered or paid to them when they arrive to the age of twenty years old Item I give that land which I bought of my Brother Francis Wright, being 200 acres lying near Storke's Quarter, to my son John Washington (etc) 11th day of March, Anno Dom. 1697-8."

Anne (Washington) Wright had died before the date of his will, March 11, 1697-8, hence no bequest to her, and hence the reference of the testator to being buried by the side of my Father and Mother & neare my Brother and Sisters, in the family burying ground on the original Washington estate near Pope's Creek in Washington parish, Westmoreland, where now stands the tall granite shaft erected by an act of Congress.

The death of Anne (Washington) Wright, when aged under thirty-eight, is also established in the deed of sale, executed by her only son John Wright and his father, of land she had inherited from her father Col. John Washington. (Montross, Westmoreland county, Virginia. Book entitled Deeds & Wills No. 4 Page. 175)

Francis & Anne Washington married between 1680 or 1682. Their only son, John, was born 25 Feb 1685/1687 in Westmoreland Co., VA.

Anne Wright was the child of Francis’s 2nd wife, Martha Cox, whom he married about 1709. Richard Wright was also the child of Martha and Francis.

Francis Wright died, in June 1713, age 53, and was buried in his own estate at Lower Machodoc in an enclosure (doubtless near the "great house") perpetually to be reserved to the Wright descendants. The real estate fell to the elder son, John, under the law of primo-geniture, John being, as well, the sole heir male to the landed estate of his mother, Anne Washington Wright.

Children of Francis Wright:

1) JOHN WRIGHT (25 Feb 1685/1687 Westmoreland Co., VA; 1730 Prince William Co., VA)

2) Anne Wright (she was probably the child of Martha Cox), married Garrard Davis - believe one son was William Davis.

3) Richard Wright (any information welcomed about Richard and Anne)


Maj Francis Wright Memorial

Birth: Aug. 1, 1660 Northumberland County Virginia, USA Death: Jun. 23, 1713 Westmoreland County Virginia, USA

FRANCIS WRIGHT, the son of Richard Wright and Ann Mottram, was born between 1656 and 1660, on the estate of Colonel John Mottrom in Coan, Northumberland County, Virginia Colony.

On a date before the year 1682, Francis married Anne Washington, the daughter of Colonel John Washington and Anne Pope. Her brother, Lawrence Washington, is the Grandfather of President George Washington. After Anne died, Francis married Martha Cox in 1709.

Francis' occupations are often lised as the following: gentleman, sea captain, major, surveyor, attorney, high sheriff and chief justice of Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.

Major Wright received a royal commission as a Justice by a Royal Warrant, dated 13 September, 1700 from William, King of England. Then in 1703, Queen Anne, Queem of England, named him "first citizen" of Westmoreland County and President of the Justices.

He is also named as a founder, vestryman and communicant of the Yeocomico Church, built in 1706, which church is still in use today. Major Wright died in 1713 at Westmoreland County, Virginia Colony.

Family links:

 Richard Wright (1633 - 1663)

 Anne Washington Wright (1660 - 1697)

 John Wright (1685 - 1739)*

 Mottrom Wright (____ - 1700)*
 Francis Wright (1660 - 1713)
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Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: Probably buried at George Washington Natl Monument in crypt with many other unnamed early members of Washington's family

Created by: Judy Gautier Record added: Dec 29, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 102792802 This page is sponsored by: Ramona Woodrum

Added to Geni by Janet Milburn 3/22/18

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Major Francis Wright's Timeline

Coan, Northumberland County, Virginia
February 25, 1682
Age 22
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Age 24
Age 30
Age 30
Age 31
Goochland, Goochland County, Virginia, United States
Age 31
Age 36