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Nicholas WRIGHT

Male Abt 1609 - 1682  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name Nicholas WRIGHT 
    Born Abt 1609  Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1682  Oyster Bay, Long Island [now Nassau County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate Dec 1682 
    • (1) Perrine, Howland Delano, The Wright Family of Oysterbay, L.I., New York, NY: 1923, pp. 133-135, 139-141:

      Nicholas Wright, the youngest of the three brothers, was born in England in or a little prior to the year 1609-10, coming with his brothers Anthony and Peter Wright, to America, in 1635. He had married probably shortly prior to or after his coming to the New World, one Ann _____, but further details could not be found. Nicholas Wright was of Sandwich in 1643, and had been of Lynn (Saugus) in 1637 (Gen'l Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, Savage, 1860, Vol. 4, p. 658.) Neither the name of Nicholas Wright, nor of his brothers Anthony and Peter, appear in Hotten's Lists, which is generally accepted as not complete. Much has been said of Nicholas Wright under the head of "Peter Wright", his brother, and to which reference is here made.

      The Town Records of Oyster Bay contain many mentions of his name, as occupying numerous public positions, and also showing him to have been a man of considerable estate for that period. He died at Oyster Bay in November 1682, about 73 years of age according to his Will, a copy of which interesting document follows: (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 327-328.)

      "Oysterbay, ye 10th day of Aprill 1674.

      ["]I, Nicholas Wright aged Sixty five yeares or thereabouts, being Sick & weak yet in pfect memory do Bequeath my Soul to ye Almighty God that gave it me and my Body to ye yearth from whence it came.

      ["]Imprimis. I make my Loving Wife Ann Wright Sole Executrix of my movables both wthin my house and wthout, both of kine, horseflesh & swine Together wth my House & Lands wch I now possess, during her Life: And to have ye full Disposing of any parte or parcell of it as Shee Shall See Cause, for her use & relief whilst Shee Doth Live: Onely a parte of my Home Lott from ye North Side of my Orchard to the Highway next to my Sisters Crabbs, I have given to my Sonn Caleb for his prsent use it being ye Same Breadth to ye Reare of my Lott, And after my decease, and my wives Decease, All ye Home Lott & Orchard is to my sonn Calebs wth a right of Comons to it: And my Lands upon Hog Island to be Equally Divided between my three Sonns Caleb, John & Edmond, And also my right of Meadow at ye South is to be Equally Divided Betweene my beformensconed Sons, And also my Meadows Lying on ye Bever Swomp Crick, wth my Share of Meadow in ye Home Meadows is to be Equally Divided between my Sons Caleb & Edmond and ye Share of Meadow on ye West side of ye Bever Swomp River I give unto my Son John, and further, that Lott of Land lying by Joseph Weekes Home Lott is to be equally Divided between my Son John & Edmund, And further my Lands by ye Way that goes to Robert Williams plantacon wth comon priviledges is to be equally Divided amongst my three Sonns before named, And ye peece of Land Lying before my Home Lott that was given to my Sonne John by ye Town is to be my Sonn Edmonds in Lew of this peece of Land I give my Sonn John that pece of Land whereon he now Lives, And my peece of Swotnp in the Mill River Swomp is to be equally Divided between Caleb and Edmond, All these Lands & Meadows here menconed Excepting that prt to Caleb that is given to him prsent is to be all, at my wives Disposing during her Life & this is my Last Will & Testamt.

      ["]It is to be understood that peece of Land wthin menconed on ye other side that I give to my Sonn John in Lew of that peece I had of him, before my Home Lott, that was given him by ye Town, he is to have all that Lott whereon he now Lives to him & his Heires forever, prvided he pays ffive pounds at Slattertime next ensuing in Beafe or porke at Merchants price; And to this I Subscribe my hand

      ["]Nicholas Wright {Seal.}


      ["]Tho: Townsend
      ["]Gideon Wright

      "Examined John West"

      The will was proved at a Court of Sessions held at Jamaica, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on Long Island, on the 13th to 15th days of December 1682, and is recorded in New York County Surrogate's Court, in Liber 2 of Wills, at page 448. From a reading of the will it would appear that Nicholas Wright left a considerable amount of real estate, although the amount of acreage is not given, and which lands, according to the custom of that period, he devised entirely to his three sons, but the will failed to provide for the division of his personal property, which may have been considerable, both in quantity and value. Nor does he make any mention whatever of his four daughters.

      After the death of his widow, Ann Wright, in 1683, this condition of affairs appears to have been the cause of some trouble between the three sons and four daughters, and to adjust these troubles amicably the following agreement, or settlement was entered into by the three sons, and the husbands of three of the daughters: (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 265.)

      ["]Whareas oure ffather and mother, nicolas and Ann Wright deceased, and leftt a Considerable Esteat Amongst us, there Children, underwritten, and ffor A tru settlement of ye sayd Esteat, and prevention of further Contests and troubles that maye Arize thereby, wee doe Joyntly and unamymously Agree, and frely Condesend tto Each other; yt our fathers Will for the divition and stateing of his lands upon his Soons, According to his will, shall stand good to them, and their hayres for Ever; and in as much as there was noe sartaine order in ye sayd will, or at ye death of oure mother, for ye divition of ye movable Easteate, as leftt by oure deceaseed father and mother, wee doe unanymously Agree yt all the sayd moveable Easteat shall be for the sisters portion, tto be devided as theye shall cause to order or Agree, exsepting onely all the neat Cattell, one great cittell, and all ye Iron work belonging to ye Cart and plow, and oure deseased fathers Clothes, to be devided Amongst his three soons, and in Consideration, by Agreement yt oure Brother Caleb wright is to have all the neat Cattell as Above sayd, exsepting onely two heffers, one in the posestion of John and the other in ye posestion off Edmund, for which theye with there Brother Caleb, are Equaly to paye all there deseased fathers and mothers depts, and Aquitt and discharge there sisters from Any troble or demand yt maye Acru thereby, and there hayres for Ever, and Caleb wright doth iniage, in Consideration of ye Cattell as Above menshoned, to pay to his foure sisters, there husbands, or there order ten pounds in Currant marchants paye Acording to pork at three pence ye pound, at or before ye first daye of November, next Insewing the date underwritten, and the movables yt are to be devided Amongst oure sisters for there portions is All ye swine, horsflesh, brass, putter, tinn, Iron, woden ware, woolen, linen, silvar, gold, Earthenware, or what Elce belongs to ye sayd Easteat whatsoever, onely what Is Above Exsepted, and to ye tru performance of this oure Agreement we have Enterchangably subscribed oure hand to Each other in oyster Baye June ye 4th 1683.

      ["]Caleb X Wright [his mark].

      ["]John Wright.

      ["]Edmund (E) Wright [his mark].

      ["]Josias X Latting [his mark].

      ["]Nathanell Colles

      ["]Robert Coles

      ["]Signed and delivered to each other as there Act and deede in presence of us

      ["]Richard Harcutt, Constable.
      ["]Tho: Townsend, Recorder.
      ["]John weeks, Oversere.["]

      While this settlement was signed by the three sons, and by the husbands of three of the sisters, the fourth sister, Rebecca Frost, or her husband William Frost, did not join therein, and the reason for their not doing so may have been that she had already been provided for by her father at the time of her first marriage, in 1662, to Eleazer Leverich, this is merely surmise, and the facts are unimportant now. . . .

      The time elapsing between the proving of the will of Nicholas Wright, in December 1682, and the making of the settlement by his children, on June 4, 1683, indicates that the mother Ann Wright had then deceased, and probably in April or May 1683.

      While Anthony and Peter Wright were members of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, nowhere do the records disclose that either Nicholas Wright, his wife Ann, or his children had adopted Quakerism, and the records are entirely silent on this point, but considering the strong and active influences then existing, it does not seem possible but that some, at least, of Nicholas Wright's family must have been of that faith, and later on we find that many of his descendants certainly were.

      We have now completed the historical sketch relating to Nicholas Wright and his period, and will proceed with the records of his descendants. As has been stated Nicholas Wright was born in Co. Norfolk, England, in the first decade of the 17th Century, and died at Oyster Bay, L. I., in November, 1682, aged about 73 years. His wife Ann, whom he had married probably before leaving England, or shortly after coming to America, was born probably a few years later, or perhaps about same time as her husand; she died at Oyster Bay in April or May 1683. The issue of this marriage follows, but not with the exact dates of birth.

      [i] Caleb, b. 163_; d. Feby. 5, 1695.

      [ii] John, b. 1636; d. 1707.

      [iii] Edmund, b. 164_; d. 1703.

      [iv] Rebecca, born 1644; d. before 1719; m. (1) Eleazer (Rev. William) Leverich of Huntington, L. I., 1662; divorced Oct. 22, 1670. No issue. (2) William Frost, of Long Island, 1672; d. Nov. 19, 1719. (N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 11, p. 170; Frost Family, 1912, p. 19.) Issue: Hannah; William, b. 1674, d. Nov. 29, 1728, m. Hannah (John and Elizabeth Bowne) Pryer, of Matinecock, L. I., 1700, b. Dec. 22, 1681, d. Dec. 18, 1771 (Shotwell's Annals, A. M. Shotwell, 1895, p. 241; N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 11, p. 171; N. Y. Surrogate's Court, Liber 9 of Wills, p. 198); John, m. Abigail _____; Joseph; Wright, b. 1676, d. May 28, 1738, m. Mary (John and Mary Pryer) Underhill, of Long Island, b. Feb. 26, 1677, d. 1751 (N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 3, p. 186; Vol. 11, p. 171; N. Y. County Surrogate's Court, Liber 13 of Wills, p. 208); Daniel, d. 1751, s. p.; Mary, m. Zebulon Underhill, of Long Island, 1702.

      [v] Sarah, b. 1646; m. Josias (Richard and Christian) Latting, of Concord, Mass., 1667; b. Feby. 20, 1641; d. 1720. (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, pp. 76, 77, 207; N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 2, p. 12.) Issue: Josias, m. Susannah (Daniel) Coles, of Musquito Cove, L. I., 1693; Sarah, m. Johannes Provoost, of New York City, cooper, June 25, 1718, bapt. Sept. 27, 1676 (Provoost Family, E. R. Purple, 1875, p. 8; Provoost Family, Andrew J. Provoost, 1895, p. 96; N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 2, p. 13; Vol. 6, p. 4); Richard, b. 1705, d. 1754-5, was second husband of Mary (John and Mary (Townsend) Wright (462) (N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 2, p. 14.)

      [vi] Deborah, b. 164_; d. 169_; m. Nathaniel (Robert and Mary Hauxhurst) Coles, of Musqueto Cove, L. I., circa 1660-70; b. 1640; d. circa 1712. She was his second wife. Issue, order uncertain: Thomas, died after his father, s. p.; Caleb, will dated Feby. 9, 1729, s. p; Harvey, d. 1710, m. Mary Cooper (relict of Edward White), 1709; Martha, m. Samuel Macoune, circa 1700; Barak, d. circa 1740, m. Sarah (relict of Whipps), of Charlestown, Mass.; Robert, m. Mary Harcurt (relict of Morris Shadbolt).

      [vii] Mary (Mercy), b. June 4, 1651; d. Oct. 21, 1705; m. Robert (Robert and Mary Hawxhurst) Coles, of Musqueto Cove, L. I., Jany. 1, 1670; b. 1630; d. Apl. 16, 1715. (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 652-654; Jones Family of L. I., John H. Jones, 1907, p. 325; N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 27, p. 214; Vol. 32, p. 173.) Issue: Nathan, b. Mch. 18, 1671, m. Rachel Hopkins, Feby. 21, 1691, b. Apl. 12, 1672 (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 654). Issue: Ann, b. Dec. 3, 1692; Charity, b. Sept. 1, 1695; Deborah, b. Jany. 11, 1698; Contant, b. Apl. 25, 1700; Rachel, b. Jany. (or Apl.) 15, 1703-4, m. Joseph Horton, removed to North Castle, Westchester Co., N. Y., prior to Dec. 18, 1725 (N. Y. Gen. & Biog. Record, Vol. 28, p. 244). Issue: Lazarus; Nathan, d. Nov. 2, 1793, m. Freelove Coles Wright (475), of Oyster Bay, Aug. 4, 1761.

      [viii] Martha, b. Nov. 4, 1706.

      [ix] Tamar, b. May 18, 1673, m. Nathaniel Carpenter, Nov. 5, 1690, b. 1668 (Hist. & Gen. of Carpenter Family, D. H. Carpenter, 1901, p. 50); Dorcas, b. May 15, 1675, d. Feby. 19, 1698, s. p.; Robert, b. Apl. 9, 1677, d. June 12, 1703, perhaps m. Deborah Underhill; John, b. Nov. 15, 1678, m. Sarah Feke; Charles, b. Mch. 4, 1679, d. Oct. 17, 1738, m. Sarah _____; Freegift, b. June 12, 1682, d. Aug. 8, 1683; Mercy, b. Mch. 24, 1684, m. Benjamin Carpenter, 1704, b. 1676 (Hist. & Gen. of Carpenter Family, D. H. Carpenter, 1901, p. 55; Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 654). Issue: Joseph, b. Sept. 15, 1705; Hannah, b. Aug. 17, 1708; Elizabeth, b. Aug. 17, 1708; Benjamin, b. Nov. 3, 1712; Ann, b. Mch. 21, 1715, d. Apl. 2, 1715.

      [x] Mary, b. Nov. 30, 1686, m. William Thornycraft, 1707. (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 653). Issue: Thomas, b. Jany. 28, 1708; William, b. Nov. 8, 1710; Phebe, b. Mch. 1, 1712; Charles, b. July 2, 1715; Mercy, b. Sept. 25, 1717; Mary, b. Nov. 3, 1721; Joseph, b. Feby. 26, 1724.

      (2) See the notes regarding Nicholas' father, Nicholas WRIGHT.
    Person ID I8910  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Father Nicholas WRIGHT 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret NELSON 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 20 Sep 1594  Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Wendling, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann BEAUPRE,   d. 1683, Oyster Bay, Long Island [now Nassau County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Rebecca WRIGHT,   b. 1644,   d. Aft 28 Mar 1693  (Age > 49 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F4290  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart