FRANCIS WRIGHT FAMILY

OF 

 AMHERST COUNTY, VIRGINIA


Compiled by Thelma Faye Cain Prince, © Copyright 1998
 Generation No. 1

1.   FRANCIS1 WRIGHT was born Abt. 1710 in Va., and died Bef. September 07, 1767 in Amherst Co. Va..  He married MARY HAWKINS in Va. Record not located yet.

Notes for FRANCIS WRIGHT:
Compiled and updated August 1998, Thelma Faye Cain Prince, copyright 1998. Use this compilation together with my compilation of the Cash Family of Amherst County, Virginia.   Many Cashes married many Wrights.Also the Whitehead Family.

Sources for Francis Wright: Amherst Co. Va. Will bk 1:110 , Will written 9 December 1766 and probated 7 September 1767.  Witnesses: David Woodruff, Jno. Waters, Anna Waters. The executors were his sons, John Wright and Isaac Wright.
Apparently he lived in Louisa Co. Va.  when he and his wife, Mary,  appear in a deed  in Deed Bk 1:404, 405.

His wife's name, Mary Hawkins, was given by Thomas Harding Ellis's article in the Amherst Enterprise newspaper in 1879.  Ellis was a descendant  of Francis and Mary Wright. This article is called ELLIS MEMORANDUM originally written by T.H. Ellis in 1849. THE DEEDSOF ALBEMARLE CO. AND AMHERST CO. VIRGINIA  compiled by Bailey Fulton Davis is full of deeds relating to Francis and his family and other Wright families of Amherst Co.

The Shelton Family Manuscript in Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Va. is based on T. H. Ellis' article as mentioned above.  He descended through Richard Shelton and wife, Mary Wright, one of the daughters of Francis Wright.  Richard and probably Mary Shelton are buried in the family burying ground on Harris Creek above Lynchburg, Va.   See also Amherst  Co. deed Bk E:321 for them.

The son-in-law, John Waters, of Francis Wright is found in Amherst Co. Deed Bk D:422.  He was a Revolutionary Soldier , Captain William Tucker's Militia Company in 1781, mentioned in AMHERST COUNTY IN THE REVOLUTION by Lenora Sweeny.

Children of FRANCIS WRIGHT and MARY HAWKINS are:
    i. ELIZABETH2 WRIGHT, b. probably Virginia; d. Aft. 1768, probably Virginia; m. ? MORRIS.
    ii. MOSES WRIGHT, b. probably Virginia; d. Aft. 1833, Adair Co. KY; m. (1) NANCY JEFFERSON, ?; m. (2) CATHERINE THOMAS, Abt. 1792, Hardin Co. KY.
    iii. THOMAS WRIGHT, b. probably Virginia; d. Living Amherst Co. Va. 1768.
2. viv. MARY WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1726, Virginia; d. Amherst or Nelson Co. Lynchburg, Va.
3. iv ANNA WRIGHT, b. 1729, probably Virginia; d. Aft. 1767, probably Virginia.
4. vi. BENJAMIN WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1730, Va.; d. Bef. October 21, 1799, Amherst Co. Va.
5. vii. ISAAC WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1740, King William County, Va.; d. 1807, Amherst Co. Va.
   viii. JOHN WRIGHT, b. Bef. 1746, Virginia; d. Bef. June 25, 1810, Bedford Co. Va.; m.   (1)  SUSANNAH ?, Bef. 1772, ?; m. (2) MARY HUNTER, December 28, 1789, Bedford Co. Va.   John Wright left a will in Bedford Co. Va. Will Book 3, p. 234, naming his children and some grandchildren.   He lived in Amherst Co. and then moved to Bedford Co. Va.

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Generation No. 2

2.  MARY2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1) was born Abt. 1726 in Virginia, and died in Amherst or Nelson Co. Lynchburg, Va..  She married RICHARD SHELTON August 20, 1746 in probably Louisa Co. Va., son of RALPH SHELTON and MARY POLLARD.

Children of MARY WRIGHT and RICHARD SHELTON are:
6.     i. JANE3 SHELTON, b. September 01, 1747, Va.; d. August 24, 1800, Amherst Co. Va.
      ii. JOSHUA SHELTON, b. December 06, 1749, Albemarle Co. Va.; d. March 1813, Amherst Co. Va.; m. (1) MARY GIBSON; m. (2) JUDITH "POLLEY" DAWSON, March 29, 1775.
      iii. RALPH SHELTON, b. January 12, 1751/52, Amherst Co. Va..
7.   iv. ELIZABETH SHELTON, b. March 20, 1754, VA.; d. June 08, 1817, KY..
       v. RICHARD SHELTON, b. May 19, 1756, Va..
8.   vi. JOHN SHELTON, b. November 19, 1758, Va.; d. 1853, Amherst Co. Va.
9.   vii. MARY SHELTON, b. December 24, 1760, Va.; d. 1778, Va.
     viii. ISAAC SHELTON, b. August 03, 1763, Va.
10. ix. SARAH SHELTON, b. October 14, 1765, Va.
11.  x. NANCY ANN SHELTON, b. January 23, 1767, Va.; d. Abt. 1818, Amherst Co. Va.
      xi. CHARLOTTE SHELTON, b. August 10, 1770, Va.; d. 1778.
12. xii. WILLIAM SHELTON, b. November 03, 1772, Va.

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3.  ANNA2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1) was born 1729 in probably Virginia, and died Aft. 1767 in probably Virginia.  She married JOHN WATERS in probably Virginia.  He was a Revolutionary Soldier; see his pension claim in Amherst Co. In the Revolution.

Child of ANNA WRIGHT and JOHN WATERS is:
 i. ELIZABETH3 WATERS.

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4.   BENJAMIN2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1)  was born Abt. 1730 in Va., and died Bef. October 21, 1799 in Amherst Co. Va..  He married ELIZABETH in Va.

All the names of his children came from his will, Amherst Co. Will Bk 3:554, 574. Inventory Will Bk 4:286, 23.  Executors: Jno. Camden, Jno Massey, Jesse Wright.
Benjamin was his oldest son according to Francis Wright's Will BK:110 in 1766, Amherst Co. Va. Elizabeth, his wife was named in the will.
See the following Amherst Co. deeds for members of this family: C:158, 272; D:148,165, 421-422; E:59; F:4, 45, 195, 224, 650; G:359.  Nelson Co. Deed Bk I:71.
His son-in-law Henry Campbell was a Revolutionary soldier.  See widow's pension claim filed in Nelson Co. Va., 31 Oct. 1839. They were Baptists.
His son, Moses, Revolutionary soldier; see W 6591, widow's pension claim.
His son-in-law, John Massey, Revolutionary soldier, Thomas Massey's pension claim, 24 September 1853.  Source for Susannah and John Massey's marriage record.
His son-in-law, Benjamin Camden, was a Revolutionary soldier.
See Deed Bk I:206, 299, 476; K:418, 468; F:45; G:359.

Children of BENJAMIN WRIGHT and ELIZABETH are:
       i. ELIZABETH3 WRIGHT, b. Virginia; d. Still living 1799, Amherst Co. Va.; m. BENJAMIN CAMDEN, b. abt. 1750, Virginia.  He was the son of John Camden who left a will, Amherst Co. Va., written 25 Sept. 1808 and probated 16 February 1816.
       ii. FEEBE WRIGHT, b. Virginia; d. Aft. 1799; m. DANIEL GOODE, Virginia.
      iii. JESSE WRIGHT, b.  Virginia. Notes for JESSE WRIGHT:
Sources: Virginia Land records survey of 1796 and 25 Feb. 1774, Amherst Co. Va. Deed Bk D:165, F:650, G: 359
      iv. MARTHA WRIGHT, b. Virginia; d. Aft. 1799; m. WILLIAM HOUCHINS, Virginia.
      v. MARY WRIGHT, b. Virginia; d. Living in 1799; m. ? HOUCHINS, probably Virginia.
       vi. ONEY WRIGHT, b.  Virginia; d. Living in Nelson Co. Va.  in 1809.  See Deed Bk I:71.  She m. JOHN CAMDEN, b. abt. 1755 and d. 1827, intestate, Nelson Co. Va.   The heirs of his estate, his sons and daughters,  signed an agreement June 6, 1828
[Will BK C:482].  They were Benjamin, William W., John F., James, Wyatt, Nancy and her husband Chappell, Elizabeth and her husband John Hight, Sally and her husband Joseph Eschew.  John is buried in Jack's Hill, Nelson Co. Va.  This John Camden was the son of John Camden who left a will, Amherst Co. Va., written 25 Sept. 1808 and probated 16 February 1816.   He was a brother to Benjamin Camden who married Elizabeth Wright.
       vii. SALLY WRIGHT, b. Virginia; d. Aft. October 31, 1839, Living in Nelson Co.; m. HENRY CAMPBELL, May 19, 1786, Amherst Co. Va.
13. viii. MOSES WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1753, Virginia; d. March 1830, Amherst Co. Va..
14.  ix.  SUSANNAH WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1762, Amherst Co. Va.; d. December 01, 1847, Nelson Co. Va.
15.   x.  MATILDA WRIGHT, b. Abt. 1767, Amherst Co. Va.

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5.  ISAAC 2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1)  was born Abt. 1740 in King William County, Va., and died 1807 in Amherst Co. Va..  He married SUSANNAH ELLIS.

The names of Isaac's children are given in his will.   Isaac Wright  was first mentioned in Amherst deeds in 1761.  He also left a will in Will BK 4:465,496,515. He wrote it on 17 Feb. 1803 and it was probated 21 Sept. 1807.  The executors were Richard L. Ellis, Jno. Ellis, Nelson Crawford, Thos. H. Ellis, Jno. Shelton.  Isaac was last mentioned in Deed Bk K:491 when he sold land on 10 July 1805.
Isaac Wright's wife , Susannah Ellis, was the daughter of Charles Ellis, b. 1719 and Susannah Harding who married in 1739.  Her birth and death dates and the locations are given in the 1849 Ellis Memorandum by Thomas Harding Ellis, and also more Ellis family history is given in Meade's Old Churches and Ministers of Virginia, Vol II, pp. 461-462.  Isaac's birth in King William Co. Va. in the Memorandum.
Isaac's  son-in-law William Pryor was a Revolutionary soldier who has a pension claim declaration in Lyman Chalkley's  Chronicles of Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol II, p.491.  Also see Amherst Co. Deed Bk K, p. 491.
His son Jesse Wright is said to have married Miss Peyton and they went to KY.  From the Ellis Memorandum.
John E. Wright, his son, said to have married Miss Houston and they were in Lincoln Co. KY in 1825.
His daughter, Mary who married Henry Brown,  required her father's consent at the time of the marriage, 20 Oct. 1788, so she was under 21 years of age then.
His son, Nelson Wright, appears as an orphan (under 21) on 21 Dec. 1807, in Amherst Co. Will Bk 4:491, guardian bond, Abram Carter and William Ware, guardians.  Nelson as an adult left Amherst and went to KY.
All of the wives, Misses Peyton, Goff, Lawless, Givens, Houston, and Sherrold, names were given by T. H. Harding, Ellis Memorandum.
See Deed Bk E:613,617 for them.
His daughter Nancy also required her father's consent at her marriage.
His son, Bennett, went to Ky.
His son, Maurice, went to Ky., also Isaac, Jr. went there.
His daughter, Susannah, required her father's consent for marriage in 1793.  She removed to Ohio.

Children of ISAAC WRIGHT and SUSANNAH ELLIS are:
         i. BENNETT3 WRIGHT, m. (1) MISS LAWLESS; m. (2) MISS GIVENS.
        ii. ISAAC WRIGHT, b. Virginia; m. MISS GOFF.
       iii. JOHN WRIGHT, b. Virginia; m. (1) MISS PEYTON; m. (2) MARTHA "PATSY" MOORE; m. (3) SUSANNAH BIBB, October 09, 1789, Amherst Co. Va..
       iv. MAURICE WRIGHT, b.  Va.; d. Lincoln Co. KY; m. MARY LAWLESS, May 21, 1797, Amherst Co. Va..
        v. HANNAH WRIGHT, b. Bef. 1760; m. MAURICE BROWN.
16.  vi. JESSE WRIGHT, b. 1760, Amherst Co. Va.; d. Aft. 1830, Wayne Co. KY.
      vii. ELIZABETH WRIGHT, b. Aft. 1767, Virginia; m. WILLIAM PRYOR, October 13, 1788, Amherst Co, Va. with her father's, Isaac, consent.  William Pryor was a Revolutionary  soldier.  See pension declaration claim abstracted in Lyman Chalkley's CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA, Vol II, p. 491.  Also see Amherst Co. Deed Bk H:274.
    viii. MARY "MOLLY" WRIGHT, b. 1768, Amherst Co. Va.; d. Bef. February 17, 1803, probably Amherst Co. Va.; m. HENRY BROWN, October 20, 1788, Amherst Co. Va..
     ix. SUSANNAH WRIGHT, b. Aft. 1772, Amherst Co. Va. ; m. JAMES NOWLIN, January 15, 1793, Amherst Co. Va.
      x. NANCY ANN WRIGHT, b. Aft. 1778, probably Virginia; m. EDWARD CARTER, May 01, 1799, Amherst Co. Va.  Consent of her father, Isaac Wright.
17. xi. ELLIS WRIGHT, b. December 1783, Amherst Co. Va.; d. September 30, 1860, Wayne Co. KY.
     xii. NELSON WRIGHT, b. Aft. 1786, probably Virginia; m. MISS SHERROLD.

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Generation No. 3

6.   JANE3 SHELTON (MARY2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1)  was born September 01, 1747 in Va., and died August 24, 1800 in Amherst Co. Va..  She married JOSIAH ELLIS April 03, 1766.

Children of JANE SHELTON and JOSIAH ELLIS are:
 i. JOSHUA S.4 ELLIS, d. Abt. 1834, Amherst Co. Va.; m. MARGARET.
 ii. JOHN ELLIS, d. Abt. 1826, Amherst Co. Va.; m. NANCY.
 iii. CHARLES ELLIS, b. June 19, 1772; d. 1828; m. MARGARET KEELING NIMMO.
 iv. POWHATTEN ELLIS, b. June 19, 1772; d. Bef. 1858; m. ELIZA REBECCA WINN.

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7.  ELIZABETH3 SHELTON (MARY2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1) was born March 20, 1754 in VA., and died June 08, 1817 in KY.  She married GEORGE LEE February 14, 1772 in Amherst Co. VA.

Children of ELIZABETH SHELTON and GEORGE LEE are:
 i.   AMBROSE4 LEE, b. 1773; m. HANNAH BLAIN.
 ii.  PERMELIA LEE, b. 1774; m. WILLIAM WELCH.
 iii. RICHARD HENRY LEE, b. 1777; m. MISS MONTGOMERY.
 iv. MARY WRIGHT LEE, b. 1779; m. THOMAS MONTGOMERY.
 v.  LEWIS LEE, b. 1781.
 vi. JOHN LEE, b. 1783; d. Amherst Co. Va..
 vii. WILLIAM FLEMING LEE, b. 1785; m. ? MONTGOMERY.
 viii.ABRAM PENN LEE, b. 1788; m. MISS CRUTCHER.
 ix.  GEORGE LEE, JR., b. 1792; d. 1879, Boyle Co.  KY; m. LUCY THOMPSON.
 x.   FRANCIS LEE, b. 1796; m. SOPHIA THOMPSON.

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8.  JOHN3 SHELTON (MARY2 WRIGHT (FRANCIS1)  was born November 19, 1758 in Va., and died 1853 in Amherst Co. Va..  He married ANNE POINDEXTER March 19, 1786 in Bedford Co. Va..

Children of JOHN SHELTON and ANNE POINDEXTER are:
 i. JOSHUA4 SHELTON, d. 1794, Amherst Co. Va..
 ii. JOSEPH POINDEXTER SHELTON, d. 1796.
 iii. RICHARD SHELTON, b. December 27, 1786, Va..
 iv. MARY WRIGHT SHELTON, b. February 07, 1789, VA.; d. 1864, Amherst Co. Va..
 v. ELIZABETH KENNERLY SHELTON, b. 1796, Amherst o. Va.; d. 1866, Lauderdale Co. TN; m. LEE HARRIS BURKS, December 21, 1816, Amherst Co. Va..
 vi. JOHN POINDEXTER SHELTON, b. April 17, 1798, Va.; d. January 24, 1868, Amherst Co. Va.; m. SARAH HOLLOWAY RIDGEWAY BELL, May 17, 1825, Amherst Co. Va..
 vii. WILLIAM SHELTON  d. 1843, Amherst Co. Va.; m. SARAH C. TINSLEY, July 14, 1840.
 viii. EDWIN LEWIS SHELTON, b. May 05, 1802.
 ix. RALPH CHAPPELL SHELTON, b. October 05, 1805, Va.; d. 1880.
 x. BENJAMIN LOCKHART THOMAS SHELTON, b. June 15, 1808; m. ELIZABETH R. ROANE.

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9.  MARY 3 SHELTON(MARY2 WRIGHT, FRANCIS1) was born December 24, 1760 in Va., and died 1778 in Va.  She married ________ MONTGOMERY.

Child of MARY SHELTON and _______ MONTGOMERY is:
 i. MARY4 MONTGOMERY.

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10.  SARAH3 SHELTON(MARY2 WRIGHT, FRANCIS1) was born October 14, 1765 in Va..  She married JOHN CHAPPELL December 29, 1800 in Amherst Co. Va.

Children of SARAH SHELTON and JOHN CHAPPELL are:
 i. JOHN4 CHAPPELL.
 ii. RICHARD CHAPPELL.

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11.   NANCY ANN 3 SHELTON(MARY2 WRIGHT, FRANCIS1)was born January 23, 1767 in Va., and died Abt. 1818 in Amherst Co. Va..  She married JOHN RUCKER, JR. March 14, 1788 in Amherst Co. Va.

Children of NANCY SHELTON and JOHN RUCKER are:
 i. WILLIS4 RUKER.
 ii. JANE E. RUCKER.
 iii. ELIZABETH L. RUCKER, m. UNKNOWN MORELAND.
 iv. SUSANNA T. RUCKER, m. UNKNOWN BROWN.
 v. RICHARD F. RUCKER.
 vi. JOHN D.L. RUCKER.
 vii. POLLY G. RUCKER, m. UNKNOWN WILLS.
 viii. MARY RUCKER, m. UNKNOWN EDWARDS.
 ix. MARTHA RUCKER, m. UNKNOWN TANDY.

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12.   WILLIAM 3 SHELTON(MARY2 WRIGHT, FRANCIS1)was born November 03, 1772 in Va..  He married ANN DANIEL Abt. 1802.

Children of WILLIAM SHELTON and ANN DANIEL are:
 i. MARY C. 4 SHELTON, m. JAMES M. DANIEL, March 10, 1821, Amherst Co. Va.
 ii. SUSAN D. SHELTON, m. JAMES POINDEXTER, November 26, 1823, Amherst Co. Va.
 iii. ELIZA SHELTON, m. RICHARD H. BURKS, November 11, 1819, Amherst Co. Va.
 
 

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