Thomas WRIGHT[1]

Male 1610 - 1670  (59 years)


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  • Name Thomas WRIGHT  [2
    Alt. Birth 10 Nov 1610  Brook Hall, South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alt. Birth 
    Born 19 Nov 1610  Brook Hall, Delavon Manor, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 19 Nov 1610  St. Peter's Church, South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 6120 
    Died 21 Apr 1670  Wethersfield, Now Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I6613  Carney Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2006 

    Father John WRIGHT,   b. 1577, Brook Hall, South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1640, Degenham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Grace GLASSCOCK,   b. 14 May 1579,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F3438  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret BUTLER,   b. Abt 1618,   d. 4 Apr 1671, Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 2 May 1647  Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Deacon Joseph WRIGHT,   b. 1639,   d. 17 Dec 1714, Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F3260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary (Elenor) CRANBROKE,   b. 21 Sep 1609,   d. Abt 1636, Probably Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 10 Aug 1629  South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. James WRIGHT,   b. Abt 1630, Kelvedon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1728, (Age 88) Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 98 years)
     2. Thomas WRIGHT,   b. Abt 1632, Brook Hall, South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1683, (Age 51 Years) Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     3. Lydia WRIGHT,   b. 1633, South Weald, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1690, Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Ensign Samuel WRIGHT, Sr.,   b. 25 Mar 1634, Probably Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1690, (Age About 56 Years) Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F3316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emmigration 1634 aboard ship "Susan & Ellen"
      Thomas was initially in Massachusetts and was then one of the first settlers in Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut about 1639. (Note - The first settlement was wiped out by Indians in 1637, which killed Hugh Hillard, the first husband of Margaret (Elson) Hillard). A 3-acre homelot was recorded to him in Wethersfield on the 11th day of the 12th month in 1640.


      After his wife, Mary, died about 1636 (probably in Massachusetts) Thomas married Margaret Butler by whom he probably had his son Joseph. After Mary died about 1641, Thomas married widow Margaret (Elson) Hillard. They had no hildren together but she had children from her first marriage to Hugh Hilliard and her will mentions her Hilliard grandchildren.

      Thomas Wright bought a lot of land and would eventually have his own island, called "Wright Island" in the middle of the Connecticut River. The Indians called it Mannahannock ("Great Laughing Place"). A part of this island was still owned by the family in 1900. It would later be eroded away, though, and does not exist today.

      Thomas Wright was a deputy to the General Court of Connecticut in 1643; served as a selectman in 1658; and was a commissioner on town-lines. His earmark for cattle was duly recorded and a fence tax recorded in 1647. He was made a freeman on May 11, 1654, and his name is in the 1659 list as a freeman at Wethersfield. He also was a constable and sat on juries in 1643, 1665, and 1666. Thomas Wright's name was also included in a 1642 list from Guilford, New Haven county, Connecticut for the assessment of the inhabitants of that town.

      In his 1670 will, Thomas Wright Sr. gave his wife, Margaret, all the meat and drink in his house and, "all the linen that I have in my possession that was of her own spinning." (Stories of Wethersfield page 29)

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] Jim Carney, compiled by James H Carney [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Minyama, Queensland 4575 AUSTRALIA.

    2. [S41] dickenson.ged.