m. BEF 1733
Facts and Events
William Wright was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
William Wright's land (NE, 230 & 155 acres, 1749) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
On 22 Feb 1749 William Beverley sold the same land to Wm. Johnston and a few days later discovered that he had conveyed title to the same land twice. Hence William Wright conveyed title back to William Beverley to the 413 acres making the previous transfer to William Johnston valid and William Beverley conveyed to William Wright title to the correct two tracts (270 acres and 155 acres) correcting the 1740 error. (source: William Wright website http://users.hal-pc.org/~wmewrght/wmwright.html)
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of William Wright
Records of William Wright in Augusta County, VA
Information on William Wright
William Wright first appears in the records of Orange Co, VA, when he acquired land in the Beverly Patent in what is now Augusta Co, VA. He made his will in 1775 saying that he was 68 years old. From this we estimate his birth in 1707. Records in Augusta Co, VA, and in Bourbon Co, KY, show that he married Margaret.
In 1745, John Malchom (Malcolm) with wife Margaret of Augusta County made his will in which he named a daughter, Margaret Rite and grandson William Rite. This will is the basis by which most accounts say that William Wright married Margaret Malcolm. For a more complete discussion of the issues involved see my webpage: http://users.hal-pc.org/~wmewrght/wmwright.html.
Some anecdotal accounts suggest that William Wright married Margaret Black. Of course, he could have married first Margaret Malcolm and then later married Margaret Black. The issues are discussed in more detail on the above referenced webpage.
Some family researchers have extrapolated his parents names from the names of the first son and first daughter of William Wright baptized by Rev. Craig at Tinkling Spring (Presbyterian) Church in Augusta Co. These names are Samuel and Jean. This extrapolation would be justified if we were certain that Samuel and Jean were William Wright's oldest son and daughter. But again there are issues and uncertainties discussed on the above referenced webpage. His oldest son and daughter, could just as well have been William and Mary indicating that William Wright of Augusta Co, VA, was the son of William and Mary Wright.
Several of William Wrights patrilineal descendants have had their y-chromosome DNA tested. The results can be found on this webpage in the gray area labeled "1776 William": http://www.wright-dna.org/dna/R1b1Results.html. I have another webpage that discusses the implications of these results: http://users.hal-pc.org/~wmewrght/WrightDNA.html/
William Wright came from Northern Ireland, possibly from Armagh County. Family legend has it that he emigrated from Ireland to American colonies with five sisters. William’s strong adherence to the Presbyterian faith indicates that his ancestors probably came to Northern Ireland from Scotland. Ethnically William belongs to the group commonly called “Scots-Irish.”
William Wright probably entered the colonies through Pennsylvania and he may have resided there for a time. But it is also possible that he may have entered through other ports in Virginia. William probably came during the first great wave of Scots-Irish immigration that began around 1735. He married Margaret, probably Margaret Malcolm. William began to leave a “paper trail” in the court documents of Orange/Augusta County, Virginia. We know that he arrived in Orange/Augusta Co. by the early 1740’s because of his association with the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, where he was a charter member. In 1749 William acquired 425 acres land from William Beverly on what is known as The Beverly Patent. William was also a school teacher, which indicates that he was literate, during a time when few people could read or write. William and Margaret raised a family of five sons (Samuel, William, James, Alexander, and John) and several daughters: (Mary, Elizabeth, and Jean). William wrote his will in June 1775. In it he stated his age as 68, so, if accurate, it would place his birth in about 1707. His will was probated in Aug. 1776. William therefore died 1775-1776. His wife, Margaret, died after 14 Jul. 1791 probably in Bourbon Co., KY where she and her sons settled after the Revolutionary War.
For an in depth discussion of William Wright see a document written by William E. Wright at:  . Further information about the descendants of William Wright and Margaret Malcolm may be explored at:  . by Richard W. Wright, Oct. 10, 2008.