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Richard Wright, Jr.

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Halifax County, Virginia, United States
Death: May 12, 1833 (75)
Davidson, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Silver Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Wright, Sr. and Ann "Elizabeth Jane" Wright
Husband of Nancy Mary Wright and Caroline "Cary" Wright
Father of Amos Wright; Reuben Wright; Isaiah Wright; Delilah Allen; Dicey Stewart and 12 others
Brother of Benjamin James Wright, Sr.; Peter Wright; John Wright; William R. Wright; Evans C. Wright and 3 others

Occupation: Baptist minister
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About Richard Wright, Jr.

DAR Ancestor #: A130969

Birth: Jun. 4, 1757 Halifax County Virginia, USA Death: Jun., 1833 Davidson County North Carolina, USA

Richard Wright Jr., son of Richard Wright Sr. and wife Ann, was born in what is now considered to be Halifax County, Virginia on 4 Jun 1757. [Information is based on fact that his parents were in southwestern Virginia during that time and substantiated by a land deed found for Richard, Sr.]

Richard Wright, Jr. died in Davidson Co., N. C. in 1833. He is buried in an old cemetery where we believe his father also lies (about two miles from the Silver Valley Crossroads-on U.S. highway 64-and about ten miles east of Lexington, N. C. This cemetery was at one time on the Wright family farm.

NOTE: the headstones to the right are a misrepresentation of facts. THERE ARE NO HEADSTONES EVIDENT HERE IN THE CEMETERY FOR ANY WRIGHT FAMILY MEMBER. There are headstones for Ruth Wright and Jesse Gallimore, but they had been removed from where the cemetery is.

The area where the cemetery is supposed to be is now on private land and is part of a cow pasture

Richard Wright Jr. was a private in Rowan Co., NC and fought at the Battle of Guilford County Court House, in the War for Independence. General Nathaniel Green was the commander of the American forces. According to Ruth, his daughter, Richard was a Primitive Baptist minister. Many ministers and Justices of the Peace are found in his numerous descendants.

Richard signed his will [and other legal documents] with a slightly backward slanted ‘R' that is is considered his 'mark'. This appears to be a family trait, possibly indicating that he may have been left-handed. Through other legal documents bearing his signatures, it's been well established that he could read and write.

Richard was first married in 1780 to Nancy Morgan, b. 1750. No record of her death has been fully established; however, it's believed that she died abt 1798 - shortly after the birth of the last daughter, Susannah. Nancy Morgan Wright was a sister to Martha and Barbara Morgan [they married Wright brothers] whose parents were James and Mary Morgan.


In the name of God Amen-I Richard Wright of the co. of Davison and state of North Carolina, being of sound mind though weak, do ordain and make this my last will and testament, that is to say I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Cary, after all my just debts are paid, all of my property to be hers during her life or widowhood, and if she marries then to be equally between her and lawfully begotten children by her namely: NELSON, SILAS, BURGESS, MARY, MICAJAH, and MILES. I also bequeath to my lawfully begotten children by my first beloved wife, namely, SARAH, AMOS, JANE, SUSANNAH, DELILA, REUBEN, ISAIAH, ELIJAH, NANCY, ISOM, and GILLY, one dollar each. I do will and bequeath to NELSON and SILAS, the two young colts that the mare now has sucking. I do constitute and appoint my worthy friend Spencer Clark executor to this my last will and testament in witness whereof hereunto set my hand & seal in the presence of us May 12th A. D. 1833. His His John X Cashatt Richard X Wright mark mark Burgess Wright The foregoing is a true copy of the will of Richard Wright. This is the 24th day of April, 1929.

Children of Richard Wright Jr. and his first wife, Nancy Morgan are: Sarah Wright 1781 – 1849 Amos Wright 1782 – 1870 Delilah Wright 1782 – 1869 Unknown Son Wright 1784 – 1789 Jane Caroline Wright 1786 – 1877 Gizzeal 'Gilly' Wright 1788 – 1841 Reuben Wright 1790 – 1845 Isaiah Wright 1791 – 1877 Elijah Wright 1793 – 1860 Nancy Wright 1795 – 1879 Isom Wright 1797 – 1870 Susannah Wright 1798 –

Richard Wright was again married shortly after the 1800 census to Caroline [Kittrell] referred to as 'Cary' in the 1840 census where she is now a widow and head of the family]. Richard's will also names her as Cary.

Children of Richard Wright Jr. and second wife, Caroline Kittrell are: Elizabeth Wright 1806 – bef 1820 Clayton Wright 1808 – 1885 Ruth Wright 1810 – 1912 Celia Wright 1811 – 1888 Nelson Wright 1813 – 1860 Silas Wright 1813 – 1880 Unknown Daughter Wright 1815 – 1819 Burgess Wright 1817 – 1899 MARY ANN WRIGHT 1818 – 1888 [my GGM] Micajah Wright 1820 – 1910 Unknown Daughter Wright 1822 – 1830 Miles Walton Wright 1826 – 1879

Note: Further research done regarding Richard Wright, Jr: Ruth Wright [Gallimore] indicated in a newspaper article of abt 1900 that her father had married twice; each wife had 6 sons and 6 daughters, including a set of twins = 24 children total. Eleven [11] children from the first marriage have been fully identified. Assuming Ruth's story is accurate, the one missing child would have been a son who likely died very young; therefore, I've made an 'assumption of birth' based solely on the number of years between the births of the other children.

Of his marriage to Caroline Kittrell, ten [10] children have been fully identified. Again, assuming that the story of 12 children is accurate, the two children missing would have been daughters. The daughters did not live long enough to cross from one census to the other; therefore, I've made an 'assumption of birth' based solely on the number of years of the births of the other

Family links:

 Richard Wright (1726 - 1785)
 Ann Wright (____ - 1795)

 Nancy Morgan Wright (1760 - 1798)
 Caroline Kittrell Wright (1780 - 1847)*

 Amos Wright (1782 - 1870)*
 Delilah Wright Allen (1782 - 1869)*
 Jane Caroline Wright Fouts (1786 - 1877)*
 Reuben Wright (1790 - 1845)*
 Isaiah Wright (1791 - 1877)*
 Elijah Wright (1793 - 1860)*
 Nancy Wright Powell (1795 - 1876)*
 Isom Wright (1797 - 1870)*
 Gizzeal Wright Hill (1797 - 1841)*
 Elizabeth Garner Wright (1806 - 1820)*
 Clayton Wright (1808 - 1885)*
 Ruth Wright Gallimore (1810 - 1912)*
 Celia Wright Snider (1811 - 1888)*
 Nelson Wright (1813 - 1860)*
 Silas Wright (1813 - 1892)*
 Mary Ann Wright Varker (1818 - 1890)*
 Micajah Wright (1820 - 1910)*
 Miles W Wright (1825 - 1879)*

 Benjamin Wright (1752 - 1837)*
 Peter Wright (1754 - 1821)*
 Richard Wright (1757 - 1833)
 John Wright (1759 - ____)*
 William Wright (1761 - 1840)*
 Amos Wright (1762 - 1846)*
 Evans C Wright (1762 - 1846)*
 Philbert Wright (1768 - 1855)*
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Note: Richard Wright, Jr. and Caroline Kittrell are my 2x great-grandparents.


Burial: Richard Wright Family Cemetery Silver Hill Davidson County North Carolina, USA

Maintained by: Shirley Gragg Originally Created by: Hoosier Record added: Mar 17, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 106850166

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Richard Wright, Jr.'s Timeline

July 4, 1757
Halifax County, Virginia, United States
May 22, 1782
Age 24
North Carolina, United States
October 3, 1782
Age 25
Age 32
September 26, 1791
Age 34
Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Age 48
June 14, 1808
Age 50
Davidson County, North Carolina, United States
March 1, 1810
Age 52
Silver Hill, Davidson County, North Carolina, United States