Richard Wright, of the Plymouth Colony

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Richard Wright

Birthplace: probably, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hester Wright
Father of Adam Wright; John Wright; Esther Tinkham; Isaac Wright; Samuel Wright and 2 others

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About Richard Wright, of the Plymouth Colony

Richard Wright was born about 9 Jun 1608 in England or Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (3459) Based on death date: "about two hours after being about 83 years old." He died on 9 Jun 1691 in Plymouth, MA. (3460) He leaves a will (MD 4:165-7} mentioning his three children Adam, Esther and Mary, who is called a widow. The will is dated June 8, 1691. Buried in Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA. Plot: no gravestone.

Parents: Unknown see "origins" section below.


  1. Hester COOKE in Nov 1644 in Plymouth, MA.(585) (3461)


  1. Adam Wright (1645 - 1724). Married 1) Sarah Soule 2) Mehitable Barrow
  2. Esther Wright (1652 - 1717) Married Ephraim Tinker
  3. Isaac Wright (1652 - 1676) died without issue and apparently unmarried.
  4. John Wright (1656 - 1675) predeceased his father, unmarried and without issue.
  5. Samuel Wright (1661 - 1679) died before his father, unmarried and without issue.
  6. Mary Wright (1667 - 1748) Married Hugh Price

Birth records for Esther and Isaac are the only ones found. John, Isaac and Samuel likely died in King Philip’s War, although their names aren’t included in Bodge’s Soldiers in King Philip’s War.


Richard may have been the father of Richard Cooper [1639-1724](2).

Genealogist Robert Wakefield believed Richard was related to William Wright or another early settler as the amount of land he was granted was unusual for a “stranger.” William did not mention any children in his 1633 will, and Richard was too old to be his son, so perhaps a brother or cousin.


Little is known of Richard Wright's origins. No birth record has been found. Other sources have been used to calculate his birth. The only reference to his parents is by noted historian, William T. Davis of Plymouth who had access to local "gossip" and oral family history.

He claims that Richard Wright was the son of William Wright & Priscilla Carpenter. ["Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families" by William T. Davis, Appendix, page 354 "WRIGHT... WILLIAM, in the text, came in the Fortune 1621. He m. Priscilla, d. of Alexander Carpenter, and had a son Richard."]

But In the article on William Wright and Priscilla Carpenter, "New England, The Great Migration & The Great Migration Begins" (, it states that there were no recorded children of William and Priscilla. William came to America aboard the Fortune alone in 1621 (re/ Passenger List of the Fortune) and married Priscilla sometime after that.


Disconnected from William Wright, of the Plymouth Colony & Priscilla "Dillie" Cooper as parents, June 2016. It is impossible for them to have been so chronologically.



  • "Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families" by William T. Davis, Appendix, page 354 "WRIGHT... WILLIAM, in the text, came in the Fortune 1621. He m. Priscilla, d. of Alexander Carpenter, and had a son Richard.
  • 3459. Ralph V. Wood, jr. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower. Volume 12. Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1996. p.60.
  • 3460. ibid. p.55.
  • 585. Susan E. Rosser. Mayflower Births & Deaths, Vol I, II. Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1992.
  • 3461. ibid. p.55.

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Richard Wright, of the Plymouth Colony's Timeline

June 9, 1608
Age 36
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 38
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
January 6, 1649
Age 40
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 41
August 26, 1652
Age 44
Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
Age 45
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 48
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
June 9, 1691
Age 83
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts