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Richard Wright
Birth: unknown
Death: Jun. 8, 1691
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Little is known of Richard Wright's origins. No birth record has been found. Other sources have been used to calculate his birth. The only reference to his parents is by noted historian, William T. Davis of Plymouth who had access to local "gossip" and oral family history.

He claims that Richard Wright was the son of William Wright & Priscilla Carpenter. ["Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families" by William T. Davis, Appendix, page 354 "WRIGHT... WILLIAM, in the text, came in the Fortune 1621. He m. Priscilla, d. of Alexander Carpenter, and had a son Richard."]

Richard was married on 21 Nov 1644 at Plymouth, Massachusetts to Hester Cooke.

They had at least 6 children:
. Adam Wright (1645 - 1724)
+ sp: Sarah Soule
+ sp: Mehitable Barrow
. Esther Wright (1652 - 1717)
+ sp: Ephraim Tinkham
. Isaac Wright (1652 - 1676)
. John Wright (1656 - 1675)
. Mary Wright (1657)
+ sp: Hugh Price
. Samuel Wright (1661 - 1679)


I Richard Wright of ye Town of Plimouth in ye County and Colony of New Plimouth in New England being at Present of Sound and disposing mind and memory under bodily weaknesses not knowing when the hour of my death shall Come do make this my last Will and Testament in maner and forme following hereby Revoaking all former Wils First I comitt my soul to God that made it Resting on ye onely merrits of Christ my Redeemer for Eternall Salvation and my body to ye earth to be buried in a decent maner. My worldly Estate that God hath lent me I thus dispose: my will is that all my Estate Real and Personall House lands money or any moveables & Chattels in what kind soever be equally and faithfully divided betwixt my three Children Adam Esther and Mary Also my Will is that my daughter Mary have her living in my house During her Widowhoode and in as much as my son Adam hath heretofore had a full double portion in lands my will & desire is that my sd Son deal kindly in Carefull providing what in him lies for my daughter Mary Price also I Make my son and two daughters Executors of this my last Will & Testament Also I do hereby appoint & desire my loving friends John Nelson & Isaac Cushman to be Overseers of this my Will and I Intreate their care to se it faithfully prformed in a just distribution of my estate to my Children as is above Expressed In Attestion yt this is my last Will and Testament I Set to my hand & seal This Eigth day of June 1691 I desire also & Impower John Sturtevant to be on of ye overseers of this my will.

Signed Sealed & declared by
Richard Wright to be his
last will and testament
In presence of
John Cotton
Nathl Southworth
ye mark M of Martha Cobb

The mark of Richard Wright

In the article on William Wright and Priscilla Carpenter, "New England, The Great Migration & The Great Migration Begins" (, it states that there were no recorded children of William and Priscilla. William came to America aboard the Fortune alone in 1621 (re/ Passenger List of the Fortune) and married Priscilla sometime after that. Also, since there were no settlements in Massachusetts in 1608, Richard was most probably born in England. He also is not the same Richard Wright that was designated "of Braintree, Massachusetts" as that Richard, who came in 1630 in the Winthrop Fleet was accompanied by a wife, Martha, and a child, Eleanor.

Richard's death was recorded as June 9, 1691 age 83 years and 2 hours. Making his birthdate June 9, 1608. His will was written and signed by him on June 8, 1691.
[6 Oct 2014 from Shelly Ketchum]
Family links: 
  William Wright (1600 - 1633)
  Priscilla Carpenter Cooper (1597 - 1689)
  Hester Cooke Wright (1620 - ____)
  Adam Wright (1645 - 1724)*
  Esther Wright Tinkham (1649 - 1717)*
  Isaac Wright (1652 - 1676)*
  John Wright (1656 - 1675)*
  Mary Wright Price (1657 - ____)*
  Samuel Wright (1661 - 1679)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Richard may have been the father of Richard Cooper [1639-1724]
Burial Hill
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Jul 23, 2010
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- Carrie M. Wilcox
 Added: Aug. 18, 2015

- Deborah Barber
 Added: Jun. 29, 2015
To my 8th Great Grandfather on my Mom's side and my 10th Great Grandfather on my Dad's side - Rest in peace. Love, C
- C.P. Sherman
 Added: Apr. 2, 2015
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