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Greenberry Bright
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Birth: 1803
Lincoln County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1896
Lincoln County
Kentucky, USA

Greenberry was born to Henry/Heinrich Bright/Brecht, whose name was early anglicized, and Elizabeth Pope (Papst). Henry was born in Sheridan, Lebanon, PA, and moved to Kentucky, where he homesteaded in Lincoln County and met and married his wife. Greenberry's siblings were John, Sarah Ann, Elizabeth, David, Catherine/Kittie, Henry/Harry, and Margaret.

Tuesday, December 8, 1896
A few lines in our last issue told of the death of Mr. Greenberry Bright, which occurred at the home of his son, George P. Bright, at 3 P.M., Dec. 3, space at the hour that the news was received barring further notice at the time. Death was the result of a general giving away of the vital forces and it came without struggle or apparent pain. He was born in this county in 1803, making him nearly 94 years of age. In 1826, he went to Tennessee to live and located at Bolivar, where he carried on the business of tanning and made considerable money. The same year that he went to Tennessee he married Miss Bettie Crisp. Five children were born to them, four of whom survive, Mrs. L. B. Adams, Mrs. R. L. White, Mrs. G. A. Swinebroad and Geo. P. Bright. Mr. Bright returned to Kentucky in 1865 and later all his children followed. The widow of his other son, Mrs. Jennie Bright, lives in Middlesboro and has two children. All told the old gentleman leaves four children, 27 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, making 56 descendants.
Mr. Bright and Squire John S. Murphy learned the tanning business at the same place and both made money out of it. Mr. Bright conducted a very large tannery and his business grew to immense proportions till the war came and nearly destroyed it. When he returned to Lincoln county he said he had come home to die, and although that was 31 years ago, he did die on the farm on which he was born. He followed the business of farming and stock raising and made a success of it. At the time of his death he owned over 1,600 acres of blue-grass land, which he valued at $40 to $50. Though he left his son, George P. Bright, and the Farmers Bank & Trust Co., his executors, he was practically his own executor, for a few days before his death he deeded 600 acres of land to Mr. Bright, 400 to Mrs. White and 200 to Mrs. Swinebroad, all lying in the Hubble neighborhood, 160 acres near Hustonville to Mrs. Adams, and his Middlesboro property and 300 acres of land at Hubble to John W. and Miss Luella Bright, children of his dead son. He had 34 shares of stock in the Farmers Bank & Trust Co. of Stanford and 15 in the Boyle National, besides money and other property which is yet to be divided. The apparent difference in the amounts given his children grows out of the fact that he had given all of them money and other valuables before in various amounts, which he named with wonderful clearness and exactness to Mr. John Bright the day before his death, and when was written down by him.
Though known as a very close man, his honesty and integrity was never questioned. He never failed to pay every cent he owed and he wanted every one due him. For 50 years he was an elder in the Caldwell Cumberland Presbyterian church in Boyle and was always its liberal contributor. In fact, though he made no show of it, he gave much to the church and to charity. Not long ago he gave $500 to a church in Louisville and he has frequently paid the salary of a preacher who had an appointment in his neighborhood. The comforts of religion were his in the dying hour and enabled him not only to be resigned but anxious to go and be at rest.
The funeral sermon was preached at McKendree church by its pastor, Rev. W. S. Grinstead, and the remains were brought here at noon Saturday, followed by hosts of relatives and friends, and laid away in Buffalo Cemetery.


acc 4/2/10 bcs (also see 'Carpenter Letter' dated 1930, from which this is an excerpt, on other sites)

Greenberry Bright our great uncle, had two sons John and George--3 daughters; Mary Bright married Robert White; Kate Bright married Alex Swinebrad. She and a son Greenberry Swinebrad live in Lancaster, Garrard Co., Ky. A daughter
named Mrs. Geo Woods lives in Stanford Ky. Mrs. Mary White formerly lived in Lincoln co., Ky., 8 miles from Stanford, had about 12 children, many of them dead. Martha Bright Stanford the 3rd daughter married Beecher Adams of Tenn. Had a dozen or more children and now she and husband are dead; a daughter Mrs. Francis Addams Pennington married Dr. Tim Pennington, a dentist--lives in Stanford, Lincoln Co. Ky. Both highly respected.

The above George and John Bright are dead now. George Bright had two children alive; Mrs. Annie Bright Johnson and Mrs. Sue Bright Yeager who live in Stanford.
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  Elizabeth Hollyfield Crisp Bright (1806 - 1883)*
  Henry Greenberry Bright (1831 - 1861)*
  Mary Bright White (1833 - 1930)*
  Martha Bright Adams (1835 - 1927)*
  Kate Bright Swinebroad (1842 - 1931)*
  George Peters Bright (1845 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Buffalo Springs Cemetery
Lincoln County
Kentucky, USA
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