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William Wright, of the Plymouth Colony

Also Known As: "William Way"
Birthplace: Wrightsbridge, Essex, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Mass.
Immediate Family:

Son of John IV Wright, IV and Bennett Wright
Husband of Priscilla Wright (Cooper) and Priscilla "Dillie" Cooper
Father of Alice May Wright Crabb; William Wright of Virginia Colony; Richard Wright; Edward Wright; Dorothy Wright and 3 others
Brother of Dorothy Wright; Olyffe Wright; Mary Wright; Samuel Wright; Nathaniel Wright and 8 others
Half brother of John V Wright, of Dagenham Hall; Samuel Wright; Jane Wright; Martha Wright; Margaret Rachel Wright and 4 others

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About William Wright, of the Plymouth Colony

William Wright was born circa 1598.1 Origins unknown.

He married Priscilla Carpenter, daughter of Alexander Carpenter and Priscilla (?), between 1629 and 1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, now Plymouth County, Massachusetts.2,3

William Wright died before 6 November 1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, now Plymouth County, Massachusetts.2

He immigrated on the Fortune, departing from London, England, arriving 9 November 1621 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.4,5 He became a freeman in 1633.2 He left a will on 16 September 1633.2 His will was proved/probated on 6 November 1633.2


  1. [S114] Don Dickenson's Home Page, online www.familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/d/i/c/Donald-R-Dickenson.
  2. [S48] The Great Migration.
  3. [S819] Scott Genealogy, online.
  4. [S11] Mayflower History, online www.mayflowerhistory.com.
  5. [S715] English-America, online www.english-america.com.

William Wright was born in England probably around 1596 (based on his wife’s age). Nothing is known of his life in England. William Wright came over as a single man. By his marriage he was connected to William and Alice (Carpenter) (Southworth) Bradford and Samuel Fuller, whose second wife was Agnes Carpenter. He was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633, but died shortly thereafter. His inventory contained a number of woodworking tools. He married Priscilla Carpenter between 1629 and 1633 in Plymouth.

Notes for Priscilla Carpenter:

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #0905, Date of Import: 14 Jun 1999] In 1619, in Leyden, Holland, Priscilla married William Wright. William Wright and Priscilla Carpenter arrived in Plymouth via the "Fortune" of London (55 tons); out of London early July 1621, arriving Plymouth, November 11th "with 35 persons to remaine & live in ye plantation." Among those listed as saints were William Wright ( -1633) Purchaser 1626; and Mrs. Priscilla Carpenter (1597-1689)-sister of Mrs. Juliana Carpenter-Morton; married, Leyden, 1619; died Duxbury; 1 child. SAINTS & STRANGERS by George F. Willison 1945, pp.444-445.

RICHARDSON GENEALOGY Priscilla (1597 - 1678), m. Leyden, William Wright, one of the passengers on the Fortune. After his death, she m. 2nd, Nov. 27, 1634, John Cooper.

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William Wright, of the Plymouth Colony's Timeline

October 22, 1578
Of Wrington,Somerset,England
March 15, 1595
Wrightsbridge, Essex, England
August 1, 1596
Age 1
St. Michael's, Barton Turf, England
Age 14
Wrightbridge, Essex, England, UK
Age 18
Norfolk, England
Age 25
Plymouth, MA
Age 25
on the Fortune
November 9, 1633
Age 38
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 37
Plymouth, Mass.