Name: Solomon WRIGHT I
Given Name: Solomon
Birth: ABT 1655 in England
Death: 1717 in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland
1. Several sources state that Solomon Wright emigrated from England to Reed's Creek, Maryland, in 1666. If this date is correct, then he must have bveen born prior to 1655. Papenfuse states that he immigrated about 1663 as an indentured servant.along with his brother, Nathanial, also an indentured servant. They were transported by Joseph Baker. He was one of the few servants arriving after the mid 1600s to attain a provincial level office.
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He was free by 1680 and a planter; Gentleman by 1710
He resided in the portion of Kent County that later became part of the new Queen Anne's County.
2. Deputy Sovereign of the Province of Maryland.
3. Legislative service: Lower House, from Kent County, 1700; from Queen Anne's County, 1708-1711, 1712-1714.
4. Local offices: Deputy surveyer, Kent County, 1694; church warden, St. Paul's Parish, Talbot County, 1698; Justice, Kent County; Justice, Kent County, 1700-1705; Justice Queen Anne's County, 1715-1716; St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's County, 1709-1716.
5. From Edward C. Papenfuse, Alan F. Day, David W. Jordan, and Gregory A. Stiverson, A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1985
Wealth during lifetime: Land at first election, probably about 1,200 acres. Acquired 740 acres in 1708 and sold 100 acres in 1711.
Wealth at death: will probate4d on 20 April 1717 in Queen Anne's County. Personal property: TEV 172.0.4 pounds current money (including one servant and a parcel of books); Land, 1,840 acres.
6. Nathaniel and Solomon Wright patented Newbrough, 1000 acres on 10 Nov 1695
7. Will on 3 Oct 1716 at Queen Anne's County, MD; Proved 20 Apr 1717. Mentions sons Thomas Hynson Wright who received tract Warplesdon and tract Solomon's Friendship, Solomon and Charles who received tract The Forrest in Kent County, John and Edward who received tract Narbrough on Island Marsh Creek, Fairclough who received tract Range in Kent County. Edward also received tract Dispute. Sons Edward and Fairclough were both under age 21. Also mentioned were daughters Ann and Rachell both under age 16. Son Nathaniel was named executor. Will was witnessed by Wm Wrench, Thos Croper and Chas Lowder.13
8.Thomas Hynson Wright mentioned in inventory as nearest kin
9. Maryland's Colonial Eastern Shore Historical Sketches of Counties and of Some Notable Structures SWEPSON EARLE, Editor PERCY G. SKIRVEN. Asst. Editor Weathervane Books New York Copyright © MCMXVI by Swepson Earle & Percy G. Skirven
10. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore, Vol. 4, The Solomon Wright Family
Transported into the Province of Maryland as servants in 1673 by Joseph Baker (MPL 17:611)
11. With his brother Nathaniel, patented Newbrough, 1,000 acres, 10 NOv 1695 (MPL 39:40)
Father: Nathaniel WRIGHT c: 25 Jan 1623/1624 in London, England
Anne HYNSON b: ABT 1662 in Maryland
- Thomas Hynson WRIGHT b: ABT 1687/1688 in Maryland
- Solomon WRIGHT II b: ABT 1689 in Maryland
- Nathaniel WRIGHT b: BEF 1690 in Maryland
- Charles WRIGHT b: BEF 1693 in Maryland
- John WRIGHT b: BEF 1695 in Maryland
- Edward WRIGHT b: AFT 1695 in Maryland
- Fairclough WRIGHT b: AFT 1695 in Maryland
- Ann WRIGHT b: AFT 1700 in Maryland
- Rachel WRIGHT b: AFT 1700 in Maryland
- Title: Colonial Families and Their Descendants
Author: Emory, Mary Bourke
Publication: Press of the Sun Printing Office. Baltimore. 1900.
- Title: A preliminary review of the descendants of Nathaniel Wright of London In Maryland
Author: Guy Wallis
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- Title: A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789
Author: Edward C. Papenfuse, Alan F. Day, David W. Jordan, and Gregory A. Stiverson
Publication: The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1985
HOPPER, WILLIAM (by 1747-1806). BORN: between 1741 and 1747 in Queen Anne's County; only son. NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: in Queen Anne's County (later became part of Caroline County) until 1785; Queen Anne's County, 1785 until death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: William Hopper (1707-1772). MOTHER: Mary Anne (?-1747), daughter of Thomas Hynson Wright (1688-1747) and wife Mary Turbutt; granddaughter of Solomon Wright (ca. 1655-1717). STEPMOTHER: Sarah Dockery (?-ca. 1775). UNCLE: Thomas Wright (?-ca. 1784). AUNT: Ann Wright (?-by 1754), who married Edward Oldham (1709 - 1773). SISTER: Mary Anne (1742-by 1792), who married second, James Bordley (? - a. 1793). HALF SISTERS: Mary; Elizabeth (1739 - 1806), who married Joseph Nicholson, Jr. (?-1786); Henrietta; Sally (?-1761); and Dorothy. FIRST COUSINS: Samuel Turbutt Wright(1749-1810); Ann Oldham (?-by 1794), who married Joshua Clarke (?-1781); Hannah Oldham (?-1828), who married Nicholas Martin (1743-ca.1808). MARRIED first, by 1769 his first cousin Elizabeth (?-by 1776), daughter of Edward Oldham (1709-1773) and wife Ann Wright (?-by 1754); stepdaughter of Ann Goldsborough (1732-?); granddaughter of John Oldham (?-1729); stepgranddaughter of Nicholas Goldsborough (ca. 1689-1766); niece of Hannah Oldham (1702-1759), who married James Edge (ca. 1710-1757), Mary Anne Wright (?-1747), who married William Hopper(1707-1772), and Thomas Wright (?-ca. 1784); stepniece of Thomas Goldsborough (ca. 1728-1793). Her sisters were Anne (?-by 1794), who married Joshua Clarke(?-1781); Hannah (?-1828), who married Nicholas Martin (1743-ca. 1808); and Mary (7-by 1772). Her first cousins were Samuel Turbutt Wright(1749-1810); Mary Ann Hopper (1742-by 1792), who married second, James Bordley (?-ca. 1793). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: by 1759 Elizabeth and her sister Anne were living with their aunt Hannah Oldham Edge from whom they inherited the lands of their uncle James Edge(ca. 1710-1757). MARRIED second, on April 17, 1776, Ann, daughter of Daniel Cox. CHILDREN: SONS William (?-1793); Daniel Cox (1777-?), a lawyer by 1807; Thomas Wright (1783-?), a surgeon's mate in the Thirty-eighth Regiment, Maryland Militia in 1808, who married on August 9, 1808, Ann Emory (ca. 1789-1821) Philemon Blake (1791-?), a lawyer, who married first, Rebecca (ca. 1794-1822), and second, on September 2, 1822, Margaret Anne Thomas, and William (a minor in 1807). DAUGHTERS: Sarah (1779-?); Mary (1787-?); and Anna Maria. PRIVATE CAREER EDUCATION: entered the University of Pennsylvania on May 3, 1762, attended until 1765, but did not graduate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican; Methodist by 1794. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1767, subscriber to Washington College, Chestertown, Kent County. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: merchant, 1774, in partnership with James Kent (ca. 1738-1805); farmer, 1795. PUBLIC CAREER LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Convention, Caroline County, 5th, 1775; Lower House, Caroline County, 1780 (elected, but did not attend; resigned on November 1, 1780), 1781-1782, 1782 - 1783, 1783. LOCAL OFFICES: St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's County, in office 1771-1774; justice, Queen Anne's County, commissioned 1773 and 1794; Committee of Correspondence, Caroline County, elected 1774; sheriff, Caroline County, commissioned 1774, 1775, 1777, and 1778; trustee for the poor, Queen Anne's County, 1801 - 1805. MILITARY SERVICE: captain Caroline County Militia, by 1777, colonel, by 1806. Criticized by Col. Mordecai Gist in a letter to Gov. Thomas Johnson after the Battle of Germantown in 1777 in which Hopper was said to have been attacked "with qualms of sickness" that forced him to leave his regiment when under attack. WEALTH DURING LIFE TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,015.0.0 current money, including 20 slaves 1783; at least 21 slaves, 1803. Declared insolvent in 1788, at which time his personal property included 59 slaves and 86 oz. plate; he was able to repurchase 21 of these slaves in 1803. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: at least 3,167 acres in Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Caroline counties (at least 1,028 acres inherited from his father; 1,877 acres through his first marriage, at least 1,297 acres of which was given to his wife in 1759 by her aunt Hannah Edge, widow of James Edge; and one-third share of 786 acres held in partnership with John Markland and John Brown). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: obtained 1,713 acres through his second marriage, 1776; charged with 4,246 acres in Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Caroline counties, 1783; turned at least 4,753 acres over to trustees when he declared insolvency 1788; repurchased ca. 3,400 acres, 1803. WEALTH AT DEATH: Died: in late November 1806 in Queen Anne?s County; size of estate unknown.