Person:Tobias Bright (1)

Tobias Bright
m. ABT 1726
  1. Eric Bright1726 -
  2. Tobias Bright1735 - 1829
  3. Elizabeth BrightBEF 1737 -
  4. Amy Bright1738 - 1804
Facts and Events
Name Tobias Bright
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1701 Of Bedford County, Virginia
Marriage ABT 1726 to Helena Steelman

Tobias Bright was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquistion in Virginia

Records show that three men, Mark Evans, Mathusalem Griffith and Tobias Bright arrived in the area (Roanoke Valley) prior to 1744 from the Conojacular Valley along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Griffith settled on Peter's Creek and Mason's Creek between what is now Roanoke and Salem; Bright settled on the northfork of the Roanoke. [Source: "A Place Apart: A Brief History of the Early Williamson Road and North Roanoke Valley Residents and Places", by Helen R. Prillaman].

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 73.--Ditto (21 March 1753). Same (From James Patton) to Tobias Bright, 590 acres part of patent above (North Fork of Goose Creek); Goose Creek; corner James Gorrell; corner George Paris.

Records of Tobias Bright in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 89.--Sale bill of above estate (Estate of Daniel Monahan), 13th December, 1744, purchasers, viz: James Price, Wm. Akers, Pat Shirkey, Chas. Ewing, John Thomas, Mary Akers, Nicholas Harford, Mary Kinder, Wm. Armstrong, Wm. Carson, Archibald Grimes, Wm. Mills, James Burk, Bryan Cuff, Wm. Armstrong, Henry Brown, Daniel Creeley, Pat Shirkey, Mark Cole, George Barberer, Simon Akers, Peter Kinder, Joseph Love, Methusalem Griffith, Tobias Bright, Jno. McFall, Wm. March, Mark Cole, Jasper Terry. Henry Brown, Jr., Wm. Terry, Stephen Rentfro. 1740 - The estate of Daniel Monahan, Dr. Cash paid Joseph Tate. Cash paid Edmond Cartledge. 1743--Cash paid Andrew Gaughagin.
  • Page 417.--21st May, 1752. James Connelly's (Conly's) appraisement, by Thomas Ingles, Tobias Bright, Richard Hall.
  • Page 429.--18th June, 1752. Jacob Lorton and Jacob Harman's bond as administrators of Israel Lorton. with sureties Tobias Bright and Wm. English.
  • Page 70.--21st March, 1753. James Patton to William and James Gorrel, 620 acres part of patent as above; North Fork of Goose Creek; corner John Robinson; corner Tobias (Bright).
  • Page 111.--21st March, 1753. Same (From James Patton) to George Peoris, 271 acres part of large patent 10th April, 1750. Goose Creek, corner Tobias Bright and Errick Bright.
  • Page 40.--14th April, 1754. William Preston enters 400 acres on head of Pott's Creek, and 400 acres on the first large bottom on Pott's Creek above Potts' improvement, 400 acres formerly entered for Tobias Bright on Craig's Creek, two 400-acre tracts at the forks of Tom's Creek, 400 acres on the next large bottom above Col. Patton's uppermost survey on Craig's Creek.--James Patton.
  • Page 203.--17th February, 1758. Colonel James Patton's estate; appraised by Thomas Stewart, John Ramsey, Edward Hall. List of bonds, bills, &c., due the estate: Errick Bright, 18th February, 1753; Tobias Bright, 13th December, 1752; Tobias Bright, 18th February, 1753. (Note: listed among many others).
  • Page 550.--30th October, 1763. James Gorrell, of Baltimore County, Maryland, to William Robinson, of Augusta, power of attorney to convey to David Robinson, quantity as may be laid off by William and David, part of 620 acres on North Branch Roanoke, joining lands of Jno. Robinson and Tobias Bright, £79.10. Teste: Wm. Davis, Edward Thorp.
  • Page 237.- (17th August, 1769).-By cash from, viz (apparently in payment of piece of land belonging to Col. Patton's estate): Dr. Walker (for Tobias Bright).

Possible ancestry of Tobias Bright

From post:

From: Subject: ELIZABETH HENDRICKS & THOMAS BRIGHT Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001 18:01:25 EST

I have not verified the following information on the children of Elizabeth & Thomas and I have no other information on this family.


Thomas Bright was from Chester County, PA. This family has not been traced, but several Brights who appear in Gloucester County, N.J. are apparently the sons of Thomas & Elizabeth. Presumably they lived on the two tracts on Great Mantua Creek which Thomas Bright purchased from Benjamin Braman on 30 Oct. 1719.

a. TOBIAS Tobias married Helena Steelman (Swedish, daughter of Eric & Brita Steelman) circa 1725 and had a son Eric born 9 Sept 1726. On 12 May 1731, Tobias Bright was named co-administrator, with his sister-in-law Bridget (Brita) Steelman of his father-ion-laws, Eric Steelman's estate.

b. JOHN John married Maria __ and had a daughter, Elizabeth born 26 July 1729. William Bright, Isabel Vanneman and Elizabeth Bright were sponsors at t baptism.

Elenora Green