Richard Wright

Greater London, England
Death unknown
Massachusetts, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 126865830 View Source

"Richard Wright, b. c. 1598 Stepney, Middlesex, England, to Lynn, Mass., with the Winthrop Fleet 1630 bringing his mother Margaret and at least three daughters. He was of Boston and Braintree both before coming to Seekonk, Plymouth Colony, in 1643 and with his three sons-in-law all settled beside each other in the new Plantation which they helped to found and which later became Rehoboth. Wife unknown, b. and d. in England; order of children uncertain."

"Elizabeth Wright (their daughter) b. c. 1619, Stepney Middlesex, England, came to New England with her father 1630, d. c. 1661, Rehoboth, Mass., m. c. 1638 probably Braintree (1st child b. there in 1640), William Sabin, b. 1617 Tichfield, Hampshire, England, d. 8 Feb 1687 Rehoboth, Mass., both he and his wife bur. Medfield, Mass. He was in the first division of land 1643 at Seekonk (later Rehoboth), Mass., and was one of the founders as well as his father-in-law Richard Wright. He is a French Huguenot."

"Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy, Huddleston-Curtis, and Allied Families" by Jessie Gordon Flack and Maybelle Gordon Carman

The notes referred to by the authors - "Bowen, Richard LeBaren, 'Early Rehoboth', four volumes, printed privately at Rehoboth, 1945, III, 113, 'Richard Wright came from England in the first fleet with Gov. John Winthrop as servant to Col. John Humfrey (or Humphreys) bringing with him three daughters and perhaps other children and probably his mother, Margaret. His wife would appear to have been deceased for his daughters in depositions made seventeen years later said that they came with 'their father' with no mention of their mother...For a time Richard Wright and his family remained on the farm at Saugus, later we find him at Boston, then at Braintree and next at Seekonk as one of the organizers of the new township.'

"Richard Wright of Braintree, Alexander Winchester (who had been servant to Mr. Henry Vane), William Cheeseborough and Walter Palmer were the real founders of Seekonk and of these Richard Wright was the dominant man."

"ibid., 119, 1643 - In the first division of home lots at Seekonk, Richard Wright is No. 8 with 834 pounds, the righest man in town; he was to have a twelve acre lot at the northwest end of the ring of the town. His three sons-in-law each had 8 acre lots. Robert Sharpe's and Richard Wright's on the east, William Sabin's on the west and James Clarke's adjoining William Sabin's."

(Elinor Wright married James Clark; Abigail Wright married Robert Sharpe)

"Rehoboth Town Meeting Records, Book I, p. 29 - The same book gives in all ten various grants or acreage in divisions of land at Rehoboth besided 'that Richard Wright built a cornmill and that no other be built in the country..."

"Ibid., III, 121 - Richard Wright was the first 'committee' later caled deputy to be elected to represent Seekonk or Rehoboth, as it was newly named, to the Court at Plymouth....He was admitted a freeman on Oct. 28, 1645."

"Ibid., 130 - William Sabin according to various references ran the mill for his father-in-law but eventually bought the mill from Richard Wright. The signatures of Richard Wright and William Sabin are found affixed to the Rehoboth Compact in 1644. Thirty men signed the document and this is the only signature for many of them."

"Plymouth Colony Deeds, III."

"Tilton, G., 'History of Rehoboth, Mass."

"Hartford Times, C-8136 (4) HMS. Aug. 3, 1964, and April 19, 1965."

"New England Historic and Gen. Register, Vol. 37 and 99."

"Savage, James, 'Genealogical Dictionary of New England,'
Boston, 1860, IV, 658."

There is no certainty this far back in the Colonial/British genealogy. What there is speculation after gathering facts which can lead to differing opinions. I leave it to you to make up your own mind.

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