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Ens. Samuel Wright, Sr.

Also Known As: "Samuel Wright ("Ensign")"
Birthplace: Brook Hall, Brentwood, Essex, England
Death: February 13, 1690
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Wright, Esq.; Thomas Wright, Sr; Mary Wright and Mary Elenor Wright
Husband of Mary Wright, 1st wife; Mary Wright and Mary Wright, 3rd wife
Father of Sgt. Samuel Wright, Jr.; Mary Wright; Hannah Treat; Mabel Wright; Sarah Wright and 2 others
Brother of James Wright, of Middletown; Mary Wright; Lydia Harris; Thomas Wright, Jr; Thomas Wright, Jr. and 2 others
Half brother of Deacon Joseph Wright

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About Ens. Samuel Wright, Sr.

Ens. Samuel Wright, s. of Thomas Wright, Esq. & Mary Cranbrook, b. at Brook Hall and bapt. Sept. 14, 1636 at St. Peters Church at South Weald in Essex, England. He d. testate Feb. 13, 1689/90 at Wethersfield, Conn., Æ 54.

Was a selectman of Wethersfield in 1676.


m. 1) Sept. 29, 1659 at Wethersfield an unidentified Mary who died one week later on Oct. 6, 1659;

m. 2) by early 1660 (first child b. Jan. 6, 1660/1), Mary Butler, dau. of Dea. Richard Butler & Elizabeth Bigelow, b. circa 1639 at Cambridge, Mass. & d. Sept. 12, 1689 at Wethersfield, Conn. Seven children of the family.

m 3) On Feb. 13, 1681[-2] in a confusing record at Wethersfield, Ens. Samuel Wright m. 3) an unidentified Mary, who d. of record at Wethersfield Sept. 12, 1689.

from https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=48265577

Ens. Samuel Wright and Mary Butler had the following children of record at Wethersfield:

• i. Sgt. Samuel Wright, Jr., b. Jan. 6, 1660/1, d. testate Oct. 12, 1734 at Wethersfield, Æ 75; m. 1) May 12, 1686 at Wethersfield, Rebecca Craft(s), dau. of Moses Craft(s) and Rebecca Gardner, b. Mar. 2, 1670/1 (bapt. Mar. 5) at Roxbury, Mass. She d. Mar. 14, 1710/11 at Wethersfield, Æ 41. Thirteen children of the family. Samuel m. 2) Aug. 1, 1723 at Kensington Parish (Berlin), Conn., his twice widowed half 1st cousin Abigail Butler, dau. of Nathaniel Butler (Samuel's mother's half brother) and Sarah Green, b. circa 1674 at Hartford, Conn. She d. Jan. 1, 1739/40 at Wethersfield. There were no children of the second marriage. Abigail Butler m. 1) John Crane in 1692 and 2) Samuel Walker in 1697 and had six children by her prior two husbands.

• ii. Mary Wright, b. circa 1662 and living at the time of her father's Jan. 1689/90 will. Stile's (Ancient Wethersfield) erroneously claims the two husbands (Daniel Boardman and James Treat) of sister Hannah were Mary's husbands. In context in the order in which Mary is named in her father's will: "I give to my son Samuel a small parcel of Money made up in a Bag marked S. W.; to my daughter Mary another parcel of Money marked M. F.; to my daughter Hannah another parcel of Money marked H. B. [i.e., Hannah Boardman]." At his death, the Feb. 27, 1689/90 inventory of Mary's father includes "The children: 3 of them married; David Wright, almost 13 years of age." Mary was married by January 1689/90, but what was her married surname beginning with the letter "F," if in fact Manwaring transcribed it correctly?

• iii. Hannah Wright, b. circa 1663-1664, d. Feb. 25, 1746/7 at Wethersfield, Æ 83 (g.s.); m. 1) June 8, 1683 at Wethersfield, Daniel Boardman, s. of Samuel Boardman and Mary Betts, b. Aug. 4, 1658 at Wethersfield. He d. testate at Wethersfield Feb. 20, 1724/5, Æ 67. Twelve children of the family, ten who lived to maturity. Hannah m. 2) after May 1727 as his 2nd wife, James Treat, Jr., s. of Lieut. James Treat & Rebecca Latimer, b. Apr. 1, 1666 at Wethersfield. He d. testate Feb. 18, 1742/3, Æ 76 (g.s.). There were no children by this second marriage. By his 1st wife Prudence Chester, James Treat had seven children.

• iv. Mabel Wright, b. circa 1666, d. young as she is not included in her father's Jan. 1689/90 will; her older brother Samuel named his first child Mabel, b. at Wethersfield Jan. 16, 1686/7.

• v. Sarah Wright, b. circa 1670, d. young as she is not included in her father's Jan. 1689/90 will; her older brother Samuel named his second child Sarah, b. at Wethersfield Mar. 5, 1687/8.

• vi. Sgt. David Wright, b. July 12, 1677, d. Sept. 6, 1752 at Wethersfield, Æ 76; m. 1) Dec. 28, 1699, Rebecca Goodrich, dau. of John Goodrich & Rebecca Allen, b. Nov. 11, 1680 at Wethersfield. She d. Apr. 10, 1703, Æ 23. David m. 2) June 8, 1710 at Wethersfield, Mary Belden, dau. of Dea. Joseph Belden & Mary Wright, b. Sept. 11, 1687 at Wethersfield. She d. Jan. 9, 1769, Æ 82 (g.s.). Two children by wife Rebecca and seven by wife Mary.

Child of third wife:

• vii. Eunice Wright, b. Feb. 10, 1681[-2], d. young as she is not included in her father's Jan. 1689/90 will.

  1. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:659. "SAMUEL, Wethersfield, s. of Thomas of the same, b. prob. in Eng. freem. 1657, m. 29 Sept. 1659, Mary, d. of Deac. Richard Butler of Hartford, had Samuel, Mary, Hannah, Sarah, Mabel, and David, the last b. 12 Jan. 1678; had good est. and d. Feb. 1690, call. 56 yrs. old. hav. made his will the mo. bef. in wh. the ds. Sarah and Mabel are not nam. perhaps d."
  2. Wethersfield Vital Records, in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. WRIGHT: Samuel, Ens., died Feb. 13, 1689, age about 56Amos Eagle Elliston
  3. Wright, Curtis. Genealogical and Biographical Notices of Descendants of Sir John Wright of Kelvedon Hall, Essex England, in America, Thomas Wright of Wethersfield, Conn., Samuel Wright, of Northampton, Mass., 1610-1670, 1614-1665. (Carthage, Mo.: The Author, 1915), page 80.
  4. ' "Ensign" Samuel Wright ... of Wethersfield, Conn., b. 1636-7, d. at Wethersfield, Feb. 13, 1690; will dated Sept. 12, 1689; inventory made Feb. 27, 1689-90 ...; m. Mary, dau. of Dea. Richard Butler, of Hartford, Conn., Sept. 29, 1659; b. 1635, d. Sept. 12, 1689.'
  5. Manwaring, Charles W. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904-06), 1:527.
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Ens. Samuel Wright, Sr.'s Timeline

March 25, 1634
South Weald,,Essex,England
February 14, 1636
South Weald, Essex, England, United Kingdom
September 14, 1636
Brentwood, Essex, England
January 6, 1660
Age 23
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
December 4, 1665
Age 29
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
July 12, 1666
Age 29
Wethersfield, Hartford, CT
Age 33
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut