Capt Richard Wright

Death 10 Dec 1663 (aged 29–30)
Northumberland County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 141291922 View Source
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Captain, Justice, Merchant of Northumberland County, VA., first appears in record in America on August 20, 1655, in a desposition made on that day by him in which he gave his age as "22 years or there about's." It is quite certain that he had no Wright relatives in America. When he emigrated from England on May 29, 1665, he described himself in an agreement with "Mr. Hugh Lee" of VA., as "Richard Wright of London."

Before returning to England he married "Mistress Ann Mottrom," born in England in 1639, daughter of Col. John Mottrom, of Chicacoan, Northumberland, VA.

Col. John Mottrom was a prime mover for the county of Northumberland and its first representative in the House of Burgesses of Virginia. The numerous references to Richard Wright, in the Northumberland and Westmoreland county records prove that he was a young man of very marked executive ability.

In 1661, with his brother-in-law, Col. Nicholas Spencer, he obtained a patent to eleven hundred acres of land at Pascattaway, on the Potomac, a part of which later was acquired by the Washington's, embracing the site of the present Mount Vernon. In 1658, he secured a patent to twenty-two hundred acres on the Potomac between lower Machadoc river and Nomini Bay, upon his son, M. Francis Wright settled.

Richard Wright died at Cean (hard to read) between August 16 and December 10, aged thirty-three years. His will thus dated names his wife, Anne, his sons, Mottrom, Francis, a daughter Ann and "Gezen Mathew Merriten of London.

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Gravesite Details Papers I have does not make it clear if he died in Virginia or England.


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