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Nicholas Wright, IV

Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Wright, III and Margaret Nelson
Husband of Ann Wright
Father of (No Name); Edmund Wright, I; Rebecca Frost (Wright); Mercy Coles; Caleb Wright and 6 others
Brother of Peter Wright and Anthony Wright

Managed by: Paul Douglas Van Dillen
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Immediate Family

About Nicholas Wright, IV


Nicholas Wright, the youngest of the three brothers, was born in County

Norfolk, England, in 1609, and came with his brothers Peter and Anthony

Wright to America early in 1636. He is mentioned as being at Sandwich in

1640, and had been at Saugas (now Lynn, Mass.) in 1637. The town records

of Oyster Bay contain many references to his occupying numerous public

positions, and showing him to be a man of considerable estate for that

period. He died at Oyster Bay, in November, 1682, about 73 years of age,

according to his will, in Oyster Bay Town Records (Vol. 1, p. 328-327).

In his will he provides for his wife Ann Wright, and his sons Edmund,

John and Caleb Wright and daughters Rebecca, Sarah, Deborah, Mary, Tamor

and Mercy (book of Hon. D. D. Perrine).

His will was proved in December, 1682,, and is now record in New York

Surrogates Court, (Book 2, of Wills, p. 448). The Oyster Bay Town

Records (Vol. 1, p. 265), show that the sons of Nicholas Wright divided

the personal estate with their sisters but kept the land devised in the

will to them. While Peter Wright's family and Anthony Wright were

Quakers, Nicholas Wright and his family were not Quakers.

Taken from Profiles of the Original Proprietors of the town of Oyster Bay

Long Island 1653

Nicholas died at Oyster Bay in 1682, aged about 73. His will, made on

April 10, 1674 (when about 65) left his wife Ann and children Caleb,

John, Sarah, Edmund, Martha, Mercy and Rebecca (Leverich).

On April 3, 1637 a grant of the site at Sandich in the Plymouth Colony

had been made to Edmund Freeman and his nine associates. These ten had

for some time prior thereto been inhabitants of Lynn (Saugus) in the Bay

Colony. Shortly thereafter they were joined by Peter, Nicholas and

Anthony Wright. On April 16, 1640 in a division of the Sanwich meadows

Peter and nicholas were granted 2-1/2 acres each and Anthony received but

2 acres, presumably reflecting his unmarried status. Three years later in

August 1643 all three brothers were included in the listing of males

between 16 and 60 able to bear arms. Each was appointed a surveyor by the

town; Anthony on June 4, 1645; Peter on June 6, 1649; and Nicholas on

June 5, 1651.

Father: Nicholas 111 Wright b: 18 FEB 1557/58 in Barton Turf, Norfolk, ENG

Mother: Margaret Jeffers b: ABT 1570 in Neatshead, Norfolk, ENG

Marriage 1 Ann b: ABT 1625


Edmond Wright b: 1640 in Oyster Bay, Nassau, NY
Sarah Wright b: ABT 1641
Mercy Wright b: ABT 1642
John Wright b: ABT 1643
Caleb Wright b: ABT 1645
Tamor Wright b: ABT 1646
Mary Wright b: ABT 1647
Rebecca Wright b: ABT 1648
Deborah Wright b: 1851

Nicholas1 Wright b. 1609, wife Ann, he d. 1682.

NICHOLAS 1 WRIGHT and wife Ann had:

1. Caleb 2 Wright; b. 1645, m. Elisabeth. Children:

William 3 b.1680, m. Elisabeth Rhodes, he d.1759.

Elisabeth 3 m. Joseph Cole.

Penelope 3 m. David Reynolds, of Conn

2. John 2 Wright; m. Mary Townsend, dau. of Henry. Children:

Rose[3] m. 1691, 1st Nathaniel Coles, jr., he d 1701; 2d m. John

Townsend, he d. 1709; m 3d Samuel Birdsall.

Eliphal 3 , m. 1st Henry Townsend, he d.. 1709, m 2d Daniel


Mary 3 m. 1st Jacob Underhill, 2d Richard Latting.

3. Sarah 2 Wright, m. Josias Latting.

4. Edmond 2 Wright; m. Sarah Wright, dau. of Peter Wright and


Children: Nicholas 3; Caleb 3; Daniel 3; Jacob 3; Eliphal 3 Wright;

Edmond 3, married Sara Townsend daughter of Mill John

5. Mercy 2 Wright; m. Robert Coles.

6. Rebecca 2 Wright, m. 1st Eleazer Leverich, divorced, she m. 2d 1672, William Frost.

7. Deborah 2 Wright, m. Nathaniel Coles.

+3. (*) NICHOLAS possibly born Norfolk England about 1609; died Nov 1682 Oyster Bay LI NY; married (*) ANN (unknown) died 1683 or 1685. Left will dated 10 Apr 1674; proved 13 Dec 1682. After staying briefly in Saugus, Massachusetts Bay Colony, they moved to Sandwich Plymouth Colony in 1637, where Nicholas was an associate of Edmund Freeman. In the spring of 1653, he joined the company of the Rev. William Leverich in sailing to Oyster Bay NY on board the sloop DESIRE. In May 1677 he was one of the 14 freeholders in Oyster Bay.

Children of NICHOLAS WRIGHT and ANN (Unknown):

Named in will of Nicholas dated 10 Apr 1674; (*);

Named in will of Anthony Wright dated 20 May 1673; (**);

+1. (*) Edmund born 1640; died 1703; married about 1666 Sara Wright born 11 Feb 1647/8; daughter of Peter Wright and Alice May.

+2. (*) (**) John born 1636; died Oyster Bay LI NY; married Mary Townsend; daughter of Henry Townsend and Anna Cole.

+3. (*) (**) Caleb born 1645; married Elizabeth (unknown).

4. (**) REBECCA born 1644; died before 1719; married (1) Eleazer Leverich; married (2) 1672 WILLIAM FROST died 19 Nov 1719. She divorced Eleazer Leverich because of his impotency after 7 and 1/2 years of marriage.

5. (**) Sarah married Josiah Latting born 20 Feb 1648 Concord MA; died 1720; son of Richard Latting and Christiana (unknown).

6. Deborah married Nathaniel Coles.

7. Mary.

8. Martha.

9. Tamor.

10. Mercy born 4 June 1651; died 21 Oct 1708; married 1 Jan 1670 Robert Coles born 1630 Musketo Cove LI NY; died 16 Apr 1715 Oyster Bay LI NY.

Nicholas Wright

Born: about 1609 in , , , England (1)

Married: about 1631 in , , , England

Died: before 13 Dec 1682 in Oyster Bay, Nassau, NY, USA (2)

Wife: Ann

Born: about 1616 in , , , England

Died: Apr 1683 in Oyster Bay, Nassau, NY, USA


01 (M): John Wright

Born: about 1636

Died: 1707

02 (F): Tamar Wright

Died: Unknown

03 (M): Edmund Wright

Born: 1640

Died: about 1703

04 (F): Mary Wright

Died: Unknown

05 (F): Rebecca Wright

Born: 1644

Died: Unknown

06 (M): Caleb Wright

Born: 1645

Died: 05 Feb 1694/95

07 (F): Deborah Wright

Born: about 1648

Died: 1690

08 (F): Sarah Wright

Born: 08 Dec 1648

Died: Unknown

09 (F): Mercy Wright

Born: 04 Jun 1651 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, USA

Died: 21 Oct 1708 in Oyster Bay, Nassau, NY, USA (3)

Spouse: Robert Coles

More Info:

Nicholas Wright:

Will: 10 Apr 1674

proved Dec 13 Dec. 1682:

"I, Nicholas Wright, aged sixty-five years or thereabouts , being sick and weake, yett in perfect memory, Doe bequeave my Soule to the Almighty God that gave it me, and my Body to the Yearth from whome it came.
Imprimis, I make my Lving wife, Ann Wright, sole Executor of my movables, both within my house and without, both of kine, horse-flesh, and swine, together with my house and lands which I now Possess, during her life, and to have the full Disposing of any Part or Parcell of it as she shall see cause for her use and reliefe whilst she doth live, only a Parte of my house Lott, from the North side of my Orchard to the highway next to my Sister Crab's, I have given to my sonne Caleb for his pr(s)ent use, it being the same Breadth to the reere of my lott; and after my decease and my wife's Decease, all the home Lott and orchard is to be my son Caleb's, with a right of Commons to itt; and my lands upo n hog-Island to be equally divided between my three sonns, Caleb, John, and Edmund, and alsoe, my right of meadow at the south is to be equally divided between my before-mentioned sonns; and alsoe, my meadows lying on the East side the Beaver-swamp Creek, with my share of meadow in the home meadow, is to be equally divided between my sons Caleb and Edmund, and the share of meadow on the west side of the Beaver- swamp River I give unto my son John, and further, that Lott lying by Joseph Weeke's home Lott is to be Equally divided between my sonns John and Edmund.
And further, my lands by the way that goes to Rob(t) Williams' plantation, with common Privileges, is to be equally Divided amongst my three sonns before named; and the peece of Land lyeing before my home Lott that was given to my sonne John by he towne, is to be my sonne Edmund's; in lieu of this peece of Land I give my sonne John that peece of land whereon he now lives, and my peece of swamp in the mill-River Swamp is to be equally Divided between Caleb and Edmund. All these lands and meadows here mentioned, excepting that parte to Caleb that is given to him, pr(s)ent, as to be all att my wife's disposing during her life, and this is my Last Will Testam(t). Itt is to be understood, that peece of Land which is mengoned on the other side, that I give to my sonne John in lieu of that peece I had of him, before my home Lott, that was given him by the towne; he is to have all that Lott whereon he now lives to him & his heir s forEver, provided he pays five pounds att slatter- time (slaughter-time) next ensuing, in Peese or Pork, att merchants' Price, and to this I subscribe my hand."
Tho. Townsend,
Gideon Wright.


Nicholas and Ann came to the colonies in Aug. 1635 and settled in Saugus (Lynn) MA. In 1637 they were among the early settlers of Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony. In 1640, the Sandwich meadows were divided and they received 2.5 acres. Nicholas was appointed as surveyor of the town in June 1651.

The family moved to Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY along with Nicholas' brothers in 1653. They traveled on the sloop 'Desire' which brought their "goods and chattels to Oyster Bay. The vessel was seized while in the West Harbor by the notoriouos Thomas Baxter under pretence of authority from Rhode Island while cruising against the Dutch." Eventually they purchased land from the Indians and were the first settlers of the area.


1.Carpenter, Daniel Hoogland, History and Genealogy of the Carpenter Family in America: from the settlement at Providence, RI 1637-1901 (Jamaica, NY, Marion Press, 1901, 392 pgs), p. 52. Quality: 0.

"Nicholas Wright made has will April 10, 1674, and says he was then 65 years old. (New York Wills, vol. 2, p. 322)"

2.Vital Records, Oyster Bay Town Records- p. 327. Quality: 3.

"...on Long Island ye 13th, 14th, and 15th Dayes of December Last past the Will of Nicholas Wright of Oysterbay Deceased Anexed to these present..."

[Dated Jan. 15, 1682/83]

3.Ibid., Oster Bay Town Records-p. 653. Quality: 3.

"my wife Mercy desested the 21 of october 1708"

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Nicholas Wright, IV's Timeline

Norfolk, England
Age 26
Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 27
Age 33
Age 35
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
December 8, 1648
Age 39
Huntingdon, Suffolk, Ny
June 4, 1651
Age 42
Warwick, Providence Plantation
Age 42
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 48
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