BRIGHT

From the files of Stephen M. Lawson


                              Goldstone Ancestry

Bright Ancestry in England    Henry Goldstone and Anne

        Henry Bright and Anna Goldstone

        Mary Bright and Nathaniel Coolidge

        John Coolidge and Margaret Bond

        Huldah Coolidge and Jacob Cummins

        Mindwell Cummins and David Brown

        Huldah Brown and Benoni Morey

        Eli Morey and Sophronia Mason

        Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

        William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

        Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

        Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

        Stephen Martin Lawson

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Bright Ancestry in England

The following information is abbreviated from a pedigree chart by Horatio Gates Somerby in Bond's Genealogy and History of Watertown, supplemented by data from other sources, including The Great Migration Begins, Volume I, by Robert Charles Anderson (1995).


John BRIGHT, of Bury St. Edmunds, County of Suffolk, England; buried Jun. 25, 1545. Children of John BRIGHT: Walter; Roger married Joan ROLFE; and Margaret married Mr. PAGE.

Walter BRIGHT, of Bury St. Edmunds; bur. Jan. 25 1550/1. He was "wealthy, and a man of consideration." Name of first wife, mother of Thomas, not known. Married second Margaret ELWOLDE, Jan. 23, 1545. Children of Walter BRIGHT and his first wife (all married and surviving in 1550/1): John married Alice WALOT; Joan married Thomas CAGE; Katherine married Mr. BATT; Edmund married first Anne, and second Catherine COPSEY; and Thomas.

Signature of Thomas Bright

Thomas BRIGHT, of Bury St. Edmunds; buried Sept. 1, 1587. He "was a draper and acquired great possessions. He was a liberal benefactor of Bury St. Edmunds, and after his decease the corporation procured his portrait - copied in 1600 - which is now in the Guild-hall." Married Margaret PAYTON, daughter of William PAYTON. Married July 27, 1554. Will dated Nov. 20, 1599. Children of Thomas and Margaret BRIGHT: Thomas married first Margaret KENT, and second Margaret BETON; Robert married; Katherine; Henry (the third son); Jasper married; Margaret married Rev. Robert ROODES; Anne married Thomas READE Mary; Joan; Katherine married Bennet BARKER; Joan married Edmund HOUGHTON; Susan died as infant; Susan died as infant; Susan married firs Mr. BARBER, and second Sir Nicholas CAREW (his sister Elizabeth married Sir Walter RALEIGH); and Allen died as child.

Henry BRIGHT, of Bury St. Edmunds; bap. Sept. 20, 1560; d. 1609. Married Marie, who married second William COLE, 1613. Children of Henry and Marie BRIGHT: Mary married William FORTH of Nayland (a relative of Mrs. Gov. John WINTHROP); Thomas; Elizabeth married Mr. DELL; John; Henry (the third son); Stephen died as infant; Samuel died as infant; Martha married Mr. BLOWERS; and Anne died young.

Henry BRIGHT married Anna GOLDSTONE.


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Goldstone Ancestry in England and America

The information on the Goldstone ancestry is from Dr. Henry Bond's Genealogies and History of Watertown, and was prepared by Horatio G. Somerby. Since Somerby's research has been known to be unreliable, verification of this information from other resources is encouraged.

Roman GOLDSTONE, buried in the churchyard of Bedingfield, Nov. 23, 1575. Married Jane, buried at Bedingfield, June 1, 1579.

William GOLDSTONE, Vicar of Bedingfield, Will dated Feb. 28, 1609; proved at Norwich, May 4, 1609. Married Apr. 24, 1581 Margaret; buried at Wickham Skeith, June 5, 1620. Children of William and Margaret GOLDSTONE:

  1. William, b. Feb. 10, 1582; buried Apr. 23, 1602.
  2. Roman, b. Aug. 9, 1583; buried May 29, 1588.
  3. Mary, bap. May 9, 1585; living 1609.
  4. Thomas, b. Aug. 5, 1587, of Gislingham; Will dated Jul. 9, 1635. Children: Edward, Thomas, Sarah and Elizabeth.
  5. Edward, b. Apr. 13, 1589, of Woodbridge.
  6. Henry, bap. at Wickham Skeith, Jul. 17, 1591. Went to New Eng.
  7. Jane, b. Feb. 23, 1593; bur. at Wickham Skeith, Mar. 7, 1610.


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Goldstone Family in America

For additional details concerning Henry GOLDSTONE, refer to The Great Migration 1634-1635, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston 2003), Vol. III, pp. 99-101.

Henry and Anne Goldstone

Henry GOLDSTONE - bap. Jul. 17, 1591, Wickham Skeith, England; bur. Jul. 25, 1638, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Son of Rev. William Goldstone and Margaret. The Apr. 30, 1634 passenger list of the Elizabeth of Ipwich includes Henry Gouldson, age 43, Anne his wife, age 45, Anne Souldston, age 18, and Mary Gouldson, age 15. On Nov. 7, 1634, Henry was dismissed from military service at Watertown, MA. He received land grants there in 1636, 1637 and 1642 totaling 283 acres, the last grant made posthumously. Married about 1616.

Anne - b. 1590, England; d. Apr. 26, 1670, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Her name is variously recorded as Anne, Anna and Hannah. She married second John GEORGE (d. about Jun. 1, 1647, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), who had been previously married and had minor children Robert and Susan (married Robert HARRINGTON), and probably others. The estate of John GEORGE was inventoried on Jun. 12, 1647, and presented on Jun. 29, 1647 by "Ann George, the wife of the the said John George."


Children of Henry and Anne Goldstone

  1. Anna - bap. May 16, 1615, Wickham Skeith, England. Married Henry BRIGHT.
  2. Mary - b. about 1618; bap. Feb. 26, 1620, Wickham Skeith, England; d. Aug. 23, 1655, Boston, MA. Married on Oct. 8, 1634 at Roxbury, MA to Lt. Joshua HEWES, who was married second on Feb. 11, 1656/7 to Alice, widow of John CRABTREE of Boston. Joshua was the son of John HEWES and Mary FOOTE (refer to family of Robert FOOTE and Joane BROOKE for further information). Children of Mary and Joshua HEWES: Joshua died as infant; Mary married William LAMB; Joshua married first Hannah NORDEN, and second Elizabeth; and Hannah.


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The Bright Family in America

Henry and Anna (Goldstone) Bright

Henry BRIGHT - bap. Dec. 29, 1602, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England; d. Oct. 9, 1686, Watertown, MA. Son of Henry BRIGHT and Marie. Arrived in America about 1630; freeman at Watertown, MA May 6, 1635; Sgt.; selectman between 1640 and 1667; juror 1684; and long time Deacon. Married about 1634, Watertown, MA.

Anna GOLDSTONE - bap. May 16, 1615, Wickham Skeith, England. Daughter of Henry GOLDSTONE and Anna.


Children of Henry and Anna Bright

  1. Anna - b. about 1635, Watertown, MA; d. Aug. 1639, Watertown, MA.
  2. Abigail - b. Oct. 12, 1637, Watertown, MA. Married Elisha ODLIN of Boston.
  3. Mary - b. Apr. 23, 1639, Watertown, MA. Married Nathaniel COOLIDGE.
  4. John - b. May 14, 1641, Watertown, MA; d. Aug. 17, 1691. Married May 7, 1675 Mary BARSHAM (b. Jun. 24, 1648), daughter of William and Annabella. Mary married second Dec. 12, 1700 Hanninah PARKER of Reading, MA. John and Mary had no children.
  5. Anna - b. Mar. 17, 1643/4, Watertown, MA; d. Sep. 5, 1711. Married Capt. Samuel RUGGLES (b. 1629, Nasing, Essex, England; d. Aug. 15, 1692, Roxbury, MA), widower of Hannah FOWLE and parent of: Hannah; Mary; Samuel; Joseph; Hannah; Sarah; Mary; and Sarah. Children of Anna and Capt. Samuel: Thomas married first Sarah, and second Mary HUBBARD; Anna; Nathaniel; Elizabeth married James BAILEY; Henry; and Huldah married Samuel HILL.
  6. Elizabeth - b. 1645, Watertown, MA; d. Jul. 22, 1702. Married Jul. 5, 1674 Walter HASTINGS (b. about 1625; d. Aug. 5, 1705), of Cambridge, MA. Children: Elizabeth; Abigail; and Walter.
  7. Nathaniel - b. May 5, 1647, Watertown, MA; d. May 11, 1726. A tanner and farmer. Married Jul. 26, 1681 Mary COOLIDGE (b. Dec. 11, 1660; d. Dec. 1, 1717), daughter of Simon COOLIDGE and Hannah BARRON. Children: Mary married Dea. Thomas LIVERMORE; Henry married Margaret JACKSON; Nathaniel married Ann BOWMAN; John married Rebecca TRAINE; Joseph married Elizabeth; Hannah married Jonas BOND; Abigail married Capt John BROWN; Benjamin; and Mercy married John COOLIDGE.
  8. Beriah - b. Sep. 22, 1651, Watertown, MA; d. Oct. 7, 1734. Married Nov. 30, 1671, Charlestown, MA Isaac FOWLE (b. 1648; d. Oct. 15, 1718), son of George FOWLE and brother of Hannah, first wife of Capt. Samuel RUGGLES. Isaac's will was dated Dec. 4, 1717, and Beriah's Aug. 16, 1734. Children: Abigail died in infancy; Isaac married Rebecca; Abigail married Capt. William SMITH, and became grandmother of Abigail SMITH, wife of President John ADAMS; Henry married Bethia STIMSON; and Bright died in infancy.


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