Sunday, October 28, 2007

Volume XVI, Issue 1 Winter 2003

Volume XVI, Issue 1 ISSN 0884-3805 Winter 2003

Published by Nona Williams, P.O. Box 746, Ben Lomond, CA 95005-0746


Lewis MORELAND was born in 1780 in Orange County, Virginia. His wife, Martha? was born 1770. He was next seen in 1810 Orange County, North Carolina tax list as head of family.

More Lewis MORELAND appearances:

1820 Burke County, North Carolina Census.

1830 Wilkes County, North Carolina Census.

1840 Cherokee County, North Carolina Census. 1 male, age 50 - 59. 1 female, age 50 - 59. 1 male, age 20 - 291850

Union County, Georgia Census

In the 1860 Union County, Georgia census Martha MORELAND was the head of the household.

On the 1813 Putnam County, Georgia tax list were the following:

Our lineage runs from Lewis and Martha, through their son, Thomas and his wife, Martha?

(Some say Martha is their daughter) to their son, George MORELAND, b. 1843 and his wife, Sarah E.? to their son, Jesse A. MORELAND born 1860 in Bradley County, Tennessee.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.My mailing address is: Ellen Patrick15231 Delaware Road, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43845-9007Email:

Thelma Hansford Collection[1]
Continued from previous issue

It appears that John WRIGHT lived on the 130 acre tract that he and Lawrence WRIGHT had jointly bought in 1749. Lawrence WRIGHT most likely was the oldest son for he, too died in 1753.

From the will, all of the daughters were grown and married. His widow remarried _____ WILKES for she helped to execute the will of her son Dudley WRIGHT along with two other sons as requested in that will. She was then Ann WILKES.

1. Lawrence4 WRIGHT, son of John3 J. WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, joined with his father when they bought a farm, but he was mentioned last in the father’s will, with just a shilling. (For a will to be legal, no child can be “cut out” of a will; hence a token legacy is necessary.) The deed for the 130 acre tract gave the father a life right there.
Lawrence WRIGHT married Ann ____. He died 1753 and she died in 1756. Edward WRIGHT, probably his brother, was appointed guardian to the two children by the York County Court. (He reported regularly as recorded in Guardian Accounts 1736-80, p. 290). Some of the record is given for interest:

For Lawrence5 WRIGHT
1756----schooling-----clothes--------board--------- 6 pounds
1758 " " " 5 "
1759 " " " (sickly) 6 " 10 shil.
1760 " " " 6 " 10 "
1761 " " " 6 " 10 "
repair house, finding nails --------------------------- 2 " 17 "
2 yr quit rents on 130 acres of land ---------------- 12 " 6 pen
funeral charges 37/8
doctor charges 9 and 4/9 ------------------- 6 " 11 " 9 "

(Note: This child died)

1757 by part for hire of Negro
1758 by do --------------------- 3 pounds 6 sh
1759 by rent of plantation
1760 by do 8 " 0 "
1761 by do and hire of Negro _________________
25 -- 6—0

This was sworn to by guardian Edward4 WRIGHT at Court held August 16, 1762 and was recorded.

For the other child, this was his guardian’s report:
Guardians Accounts 1736-1780 p. 246
Edward5 WRIGHT, deceased Dr.
December 4, 1756 to board, clothing, mending --- 5 pounds
1758 for 15 months ---------- 6 pounds
to Dr’s charges ---------------------------------------- 5—7—2-
funeral charges --------------------------------------- 1-14—10 ½
18—2—0 ½

Rent on plantation ------------------------------------------ 4 pounds
Rent do -------------------------------------------4 pounds
By part of Negro hire by Edward WRIGHT, Guardian 3—6—8

Sworn to by Edward4 WRIGHT, guardian when Court was held August 20, 1759 and recorded.

Lawrence4 WRIGHT and his wife Ann had two children:

(1) Lawrence5 WRIGHT who died 1761
(2) Edward5 WRIGHT who died 1758


The inventory for this Ann WRIGHT is now given for interest because such records give insight on items of importance for daily living and also something on the standard of life in a given era.

(Such a document as this is a “lesson in history”.)

1 Negro man Will (note the rent from his labor)
20 heads of hogs; 1 sow, 7 pigs
16 heads of cattle
8 sheep
1 horse
2 beds; bolsters; rug; pr. Sheets

2. Edward4 WRIGHT, a son of John3 J. WRIGHT (John2, Edward1) and his wife Ann WRIGHT, was born around 1727, believing he was about age twenty-seven when he assumed the guardianship of the two children of Lawrence WRIGHT in 1753. He made regular reports to the Court through 1761.

He was the executor for the will of Matthew MORELAND Jr. written January 17, 1755 and probated February 17, 1755.[2] MORELAND was his nephew. The inventory was returned March 17, 1755, done by William POWELL, Edward WRIGHT and John TENHAM.[3]

The York County Land Books show that this Edward WRIGHT had 140 acres bounded on the north by the estate of Harwood BURT, west by estate of Richard GARRETT and estate of William GARRETT; south by lands of Thomas CHISMAN, and east by lands of Caleb FISHER, Willoughby JORDON’s estate, and Thomas HANSFORD. This description (boundaries) places this tract between present day Cooper’s Corner and the Seaford Baptist Church.

In the Guardian’s Accounts 1736-80 p. 326 there is recorded the fact that John GOODWIN, guardian of John MOSS, an orphan, paid Edward4 WRIGHT one pound for schooling in 1763. (Note the emphasis on “learning”). The MOSSes, TENHAMs, BURTs, JORDONs as neighbors and associates help to identify the various WRIGHTs who lived in different areas of the county.

Edward4 WRIGHT died intestate and on May 17, 1784 “on the motion of Edward5 WRIGHT Jr., it is ordered that John TOOMER, Edward BAPTIST, and Francis LEE or any two examine and settle Edward WRIGHT’s administration of Edward WRIGHT’s estate and make report to the Court.”[4] When court met on August 16, 1784 the settlement of the estate of Edward4 WRIGHT, deceased, was returned and recorded.[5]

3. William4 WRIGHT, son of John J. WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, began an apprenticeship under Nicholas POWELL to learn the tailor’s trade. That was started September 18, 1753, less than a year following his father’s death. He married Elizabeth who had charge of the inventory and sales for his estate dated June 30, 1778. She purchased the first item offered for sale; a cow and calf; and enough household articles for herself, to make a home.

This William4 WRIGHT served as Constable in York County and several months after his death York Court named Thomas POWELL to serve in Yorkhampton Shire as Constable “in the place of William WRIGHT, deceased.)[6]

The Court, at its July 20, 1778 session, noted that since this was a small estate no one was interested in settling it so he, the judge, ordered the sheriff to dispose of it “according to the law and report to the Court.” (Evidently there was no son to handle family affairs.)[7] Lawrence SMITH, Deputy Sheriff concluded the settlement by February 15, 1779.[8]

The widow, Elizabeth WRIGHT, soon died thereafter and on November 15, 1779 it was brought to the attention of the Court that she had died intestate with no person interested in administering the settlement of her estate.[9] The Sheriff conducted the inventory and attended to the business for her family.

William4 WRIGHT and his wife Elizabeth WRIGHT had these children:

(1) Elizabeth5 WRIGHT born ca. 1766
(2) Judith5 WRIGHT
(3) Sarah5 WRIGHT
(4) Nancy54 WRIGHT

It should be noted that William4 WRIGHT and his family lived (and died) during the Revolutionary War period. Inflation was high; illness and early deaths were prevalent. There was no public assistance except what the church could provide; other family members did help when they were able.

(1) Elizabeth5 WRIGHT, an orphan who had been bound to Bernard ELLIOTT, complained to the Court about her treatment June 19, 1780. She was removed from his authority.[10] She was born around 1766 to have been fourteen years of age and “heard in Court”.

(2) Judith5 WRIGHT, “orphan of William WRIGHT” was entrusted to the church wardens of Yorkhampton Parish May 19, 1783.[11]

(3) Sarah5 WRIGHT “orphan of William WRIGHT” likewise became a ward of the church in Yorkhampton Parish.[12]

(4) Nancy5 WRIGHT, daughter of William and Elizabeth WRIGHT, was born March 3, 1778. This was recorded in the Charles Parish Register, giving parentage and birth date and it was also stated that the family resided in Yorkhampton Parish.

4. John4 WRIGHT Jr., son of John3 J. WRIGHT and Ann his wife was born around 1742. He married first, Elizabeth ______ and secondly Jane ____ for Jane’s name appeared on a land transaction between them and Edmund CHISMAN date being September 6, 1782.[13] The first wife’s name is shown in the Charles Parish Register when children’s births and baptisms were recorded.

This John WRIGHT was converted to the Baptist faith and was baptized 1776 under the ministry of Elder Elijah BAKER. He immediately became a local preacher and when Grafton Baptist Church was constituted in 1777 he became its first pastor. It should be noted that this was the period when the colonists were considering separation from England (and the established church). John WRIGHT Jr. evidently “felt the call” to continue preaching the Gospel but not as an Anglican. He already had a religious background for his WRIGHT grandfather John2 WRIGHT was an ordained minister, preaching in the Charles Parish Church.

He served at Grafton Baptist Church until his death in 1796.

At the York Court session held September 19, 1796 Jane WRIGHT was appointed administrator of the estate of “her husband John WRIGHT and John GAYLE was her security”.[14] At the same time “Prillisum, an infirm slave belonging to the estate of John WRIGHT, deceased” needed to be properly cared for and the Court considered this matter.[15]

The appraisement of that estate was returned July 17, 1796.[16]

Elizabeth WRIGHT, the first wife of the Rev. John4 WRIGHT Jr., died after June 16, 1775 and before 1782. All of the children were by her.

Evidently John5 WRIGHT Jr. rented his homesite. He renewed a lease with Elizabeth HOWARD for a 200 acre farm known as “Chisman’s Bridge” February 17, 1783. Then on July 16, 1792 Jane WRIGHT renewed this lease.[17] So, Jane was a widow then; or her husband was incapacitated.

Issue of John4 WRIGHT Jr., by his first wife Elizabeth:

(1) John5 WRIGHT born March 7, 1765
(2) Elizabeth5 (Betey) WRIGHT born January 10, 1768
(3) Mary5 WRIGHT born February 13, 1770
(4) Dudley5 WRIGHT born March 1, 1773
(5) William5 WRIGHT born March 1, 1773 twins
(6) Peter5 WRIGHT born June 16, 1775

Jane WRIGHT, the second wife of the Rev. John WRIGHT Jr. died around September 19, 1803 when the Court, upon the motion of John FRESHWATER made oath that she had died intestate and he became the administrator with Kemp CHARLES and Edward WRIGHT as his securities.[18]

(1) John5 WRIGHT, the son of the Rev. John4 WRIGHT Jr., (John3 J., John2, Edward1) and his first wife Elizabeth WRIGHT, was born March 7, 1765.[19] He married Mary COX March 21, 1795.[20]

The 1810 census for York credits him with three slaves; three sons with two under age ten and one age sixteen to twenty-six. So a chart would look like this:

(1) son born ca. 1796
(2) son born ca. 1800
(3) son born ca. 1807
(4) son born ca. 1809

Nothing more is known about his lineage.

(2) Elizabeth5 (Betsy) WRIGHT born January 10, 1768
(3) Mary5 WRIGHT born February 13, 1770
(4) Dudley5 WRIGHT, second son of the Rev. John WRIGHT and his first wife Elizabeth was born March 1, 1773. He married Ann BAPTIST April 8, 1797 with Thomas CAMM, rector of Charles Parish officiating.[21]

He was in the County Militia during the War of 1812 and served under Mr. SCLATER during the activities in the war July 13, 1813.

The 1810 census for York County shows that he had four males in his household and the ages were something like this:

A. one son born ca. 1798
B. one son born ca. 1800
C. one son born ca. 1803
one son born ca 1808

This writer has not identified these sons by name. The 1860 census for York has:

Peter WRIGHT age 60 born 1800, with wife Sally WRIGHT born 1815. Their two children were:

a. James WRIGHT born 1835
b. Martha WRIGHT born 1846 (1860 census, York County)

(A sizable number of blacks in eastern Virginia were emancipated years before the Civil War. To differentiate the black and white population after 1800 is difficult. The Warwick County census shows a large black and mulatto population named WRIGHT, including a Dudley WRIGHT family. T.H.)

There is a deed recorded in York County that might add interest to these WRIGHTs
Date: little earlier than 1854[22]

Thomas HOGG Jr. of York is bound as security for Thomas HANSFORD Jr. of said county ---to a bond executed to Richard COKE Jr. of York for $50 --- also against Richard LEE of Warwick for $65; also Thomas HANSFORD Jr. indebted to Thomas HOGG Jr. for money loaned past the sum of $44.50 – Thomas HANSFORD desirous to indemnify --- gives real estate: tract called Dudley WRIGHT tract and bounded by CHISMAN’s Creek; MINSON tract; and TABB tract and containing 43 & 2/3 acres ----

Sarah HANSFORD, wife of said Thomas HANSFORD relinquished any right of dower.

(This Dudley WRIGHT tract is easily identified today, for Thomas HANSFORD Jr. lived at the head of Chisman’s Creek and his place was called Hansford’s Landing. Present day development named Barcroft, on Wolf Trap Road is on that Hansford tract. Evidently Dudley WRIGHT lived there at some time. T.H.)

(5) William5 WRIGHT, son of the Rev. John4 WRIGHT and his first wife Elizabeth, was born March 1, 1773. He was a twin to Dudley WRIGHT.

The 1810 census for York County indicates that indeed he was a farmer; he had ten slaves. He had one female in his family under age ten years, so there appears to be no male member to continue his lineage.

(6) Peter5 WRIGHT, youngest child of the Rev. John4 WRIGHT (John3 J., John2, Edward1 WRIGHT) and his first wife Elizabeth, was born June 10, 1775. The 1810 census for York County gives only one female under ten years of age in his household, so he was a widower with a little girl. Then in 1817 he got license to marry Wealthy COX of Charles Parish.[23] He had at least two daughters (and maybe other children):

A. daughter born before 1810
B. Martha (Patsy) WRIGHT born ca. 1819

The last named daughter is learned from York Marriage records. Peter WRIGHT wrote permission for license to be issued to Edmon JOHNSON to marry his daughter Patsy WRIGHT October 26, 1831.

5. Dudley4 WRIGHT*, son of John3 J. WRIGHT and his wife Ann WRIGHT, was born ca. 1737. After his father’s death in 1732 he began an apprenticeship January 18, 1753 under Peter LANDIFOUR of Warwick County to learn the trade of a brick layer.[24]

He apparently never married. He left a will probated December 16, 1760 in which he named his brother John WRIGHT, brother Benjamin WRIGHT, and sister Elizabeth WRIGHT.[25]

[*Note: This is probably the Dudley that Dudley MORELAND was named after. Dudley WRIGHT who died before 1673 was the grand uncle of Dudley MORELAND. This Dudley WRIGHT is not to be confused with Dudley WRIGHT, twin of William, born 1773. He was a first cousin, one generation removed to Dudley MORELAND.]

to be continued

[1] Mrs. Thelma Hansford’s research on the Moreland and Wright families are on file at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City and, fortunately for us, she reads this newsletter and sends items of interest. This article was found and copied by Charles Moreland and is reprinted here with Mrs. Hanford’s permission. The entire article is not included here, just the portions that interest Moreland family researchers.
[2] York Wills and Inventories NO. 23
[3] Ibid., p. 22
[4] York Orders No. 4, p. 515
[5] Orders No. 5, p. 57
[6] Orders No. 4, p. 222
[7] Orders No. 4, p. 163
[8] Ibid. p. 200
[9] York Orders No. 4, p. 243.
[10] York Orders No. 4, p. 267
[11] Ibid., p. 326
[12] Ibid. p. 460
[13] York Deed Bk. 6, p. 151
[14] York Orders 1795-1803, p. 122
[15] Ibid., p. 123
[16] Ibid., p. 183
[17] York Deed Book 7, p. 52
[18] York Orders 1795-1803, p. 606
[19] Charles Parish Register.
[20] York Marriage Record
[21] Ibid.
[22] Deed Book 15, p. 116
[23] York Marriage Bond.
[24] York Deed Book 5, 1741-1754, p. 551
[25] York Will & Inventories 1760-1771, p. 83

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