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View Tree for Peter WrightPeter Wright (b. Abt. 1595, d. 16 Jun 1675)

Peter Wright (son of Nicholas Wright III and Margaret Nelson) was born Abt. 1595 in Norfolk Eng., and died 16 Jun 1675 in Said to have drowned in the Chesapeake Bay, VA. He married Alice Way on May 1636.

 Includes NotesNotes for Peter Wright:
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PETER1 WRIGHT and Alice had:

Hannah2 b. 1651. The Devotee, d. 1675.
Peter2 b. 1651.
Gideon2 m. Elisabeth Townsend.
Job2 m. Rachel Townsend.
Adam2 m. Mary Dennis.
Sarah2 m. Edmond Wright.
Elisabeth2 m. 1693, James Townsend, son of John.

Mary2 m. 1663, Samuel Andrews moved to N.
Jersey in 1683.

Lydia2 m. 1684, Isaac Homer.

Peter's wife, Alice, married second Richard Crab. His daughter Hannah died prior
to 1685 when Alice made her Will.
There were several other children mentioned in Alice's Will. Also Peter's
brothers, Anthony and Nicholas Made their Wills shortly after
See their Wills under Alice.

Abstracts of Wills Vol I 1665-1707, pages 28 & 29:
Page 109.--"Whereas I am informed that Peter Wright, late of Oyster Bay, upon
Long Island, was casually drowned in Virginia, and dyed intestate," upon the
request of his daughter Hannah, and son Gideon Wright, the said Gideon Wright
is appointed administrator.
April 12, 1675. E. Andross.

from Pat Mondy email 8/12/01:
I understand that Peter and one of his daughters
were on a 'preaching/missionary' trip to VA. They were super ardent
Quakers, you know. The story I hear is that they both drowned when a
sudden storm capsized the ship/boat as they were returning/traveling to
VA. (which can't be true Hannah died at the same time, as Peter's estate records say "at the request of his daughter Hannah")

1709. WRIGHT Family of Oysterbay, L.I. With the Anc. of and Desc. from Peter Wright and Nicholas Wright, 1423-1923, By H. D. Perrine, illus., 236pp. & charts,
Folding charts are reproduced in sections.

from James L. Stokes [] 2/1/02:
I believe it was Perrine who provided the information and gave the origins of the
Wrights in Norfolk, England, which has largely been discredited. The
late Milton Rubincam, during and after World War II hired a researcher in
England to try to find church records to substanciate this claim but no
evidence could be found.
The original claim by Perrine was based on a story he heard from a
genealogist. The Long Island Genealogist named Cox claimed to have seen, 50
years before (about 1870), a note book owned by a grandson of one of the
original Wrights. This notebook claimed these Wright Brothers were from
Norfolk and gave their ancestry which connected them to Charlemagne. No other
person had ever seen this note book and it hasn't turned up since. Perrine
later acknowledged that the connection was unproven.
The American Genealogical Lending Library has the Milton Rubincam collection
on microfilm. Rubincam was a descendant of Peter Wright and former President
and Recording Secretary of the National Genealogical Society, as well as a
professional genealogist. For those who are interested, you can rent or buy
the film from AGLL and read about the discussion with Perrine as well as his
efforts to track down the origins of the Wright family.

Father: Nicholas Wright b: ABT. 1560 in Norfolk, England
Mother: Margaret Nelson

Marriage 1 Alice Wright b: 1614
Married: 1630 in Norfolk, England
Gideon Wright b: 1638 in Lynn, Essex Co, MA
Job Wright b: 1636 in Lynn, Essex Co, MA
William Wright b: 1640 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, MA
Mary Wright b: 1642 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, MA
Hannah Wright b: 1646 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, MA
Sarah Wright b: 11 FEB 1648/49 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, MA
Peter Wright b: FEB 1651/52 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, MA
Elizabeth Wright b: 1653 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, NY
Adam Wright b: 20 MAR 1649/50 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, Nassau Co, New York
Lydia Wright b: 1655 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co, NY

Biographical Glimpses

Added by knorth710 on 4 Mar 2008
Came to America in 1635.

Peter's brother Nicholas had a son Edmund who married Peter's daughter Sara.

From :

The brothers PETER, ANTHONY and NICHOLAS WRIGHT emigrated from England to Massachusetts as early as 1636+7. It is believed, although not positively proved, that they were of the very ancient, family of Wright in Norfolk, seated in that county from time immemorial, of which family was Thomas Wright, living in the reign of Henry VIII, father of John Wright, who died, seized of the manors of Tindalls and Rowses, in East Laxham, Norfolk, in the 32d year of the reign of Henry VIII. He had two sons, EDMUND, his heir, and NICHOLAS. They married sisters, daughters and co-heirs of Edmund Beaupre, of Beaupre Hall in Norfolk. Nicholas, by his wife, Anne Beaupre, was father of five children, from one of whom, there is reason to believe, came the immigrant brothers above named.

They are found first residing at Lynn, then called Saugus, in Massachusetts, but shortly afterwards removed to Sandwich, Cape Cod, in the settlement of which place they all became active leaders, Acquiring lands and holding offices there of military as well as of civic trust. Here several of the children of Peter and Nicholas were born. In 1653 they joined the company led by the Rev. William Leverich, and came to Long Island, and united in the first purchase from the Indians of the territory, including the site of the present village of Oyster Bay. They all became large landed proprietors at that place, and were men of prominence and influence in the town. Anthony appears to have lived and died a bachelor, but both Peter and Nicholas left large families.

They were all, at an early period, active and zealous members of the Society of Friends. Anthony's house in the village of Oyster Bay was for many years the place of their meetings, both for worship and business, and he subsequently conveyed to them portions of his homestead for a burial place and the erection of a meeting house.

The record of this deed, though in a mutilated and imperfect state, is still preserved in the ancient book of minutes of the Society.
... Peter's children were Peter, born at Sandwich, Cape Cod, February 28th, 1651; Gideon, Job, Adam, Lydia, Mary, Hannah and Sarah.

The three daughters,Lydia, Mary and Hannah, inherited largely the self-reliant characteristics of their mother. They were noted for their religious zeal and for their endurance under persecution at the hands of the intolerant governor and magistrates of Massachusetts, who so cruelly executed their disgraceful laws against the Quakers; so much the more disgraceful and inexcusable, by reason, that the very men who fled from persecution in their native land, that they might find a place wherein to worship God according to their conscience, ,were the foremost to persecute and oppress those who happened to differ with them in religious faith . Thus it has been truly and tersely said, Laud was justified by the men whom he had wronged."

More About Peter Wright:
Marriages: May 1636, Alice May b 1600, d 2/24/1685 in Saugus, Mass..

More About Peter Wright and Alice Way:
Marriage: May 1636

Children of Peter Wright and Alice Way are:
  1. +Mary Wright, b. Bet. 1642 - 1643, Sandwich, Massachusettes, d. Bet. 1688 - 1700, Mansfield Twp., Burlington Co., NJ.
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