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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Henry Bright - Bond's Watertown - Vol. I - Part3 - p.105.
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 09:33:48 EST
Subject: Henry Bright
Source: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of
Watertown, Massachusetts, Includes Waltham and Weston - by Henry Bond, M.D.,
1860. Volume I.
Will of Henrie Bright
Whereas, since the sealing of this, my Will, I have disbursed for ye
settlement of my son, Nathaniel Bright, more and otherwise than I did there appoint.
I do now hereby declare my Will that those my out-lands which I had some
time purposed for his settlement, viz., sixty acres of dividend land had to me
from my father Goldstone situate in Watertown Stower (?Stoney) Brook, twenty
acres of upland by me had by Robert Jemmings (Jennison) five acres purchased
by me of Henry Freeman, fifty acres had of Mr. (the Reverend) John Sherman,
deceased, being partly meadow and partly upland and was sometime belonging to
Thomas Haymond, deceased, two hundred acres more orless of farm land and was
sometime my father Goldstone's. All these several parcels of land I do Will
and appoint shall be divided in manner following, viz. to my son Nathaniel
Bright I do give fifty acres, being part of the two hundred acres of farm land,
to be taken and set out of the northerly side thereof, and the remainder of
all those parcels to be equally among my five daughters, i.e., Abigail
Audley, Mary Coolidge, Anna Ruggles, Eliza Hastings and Beriah, and to their
children in case of their decease, or of any of them. In witness hereof I do here
unto put my hand and seal this 25th October, 1685. (Signed) Henrie
Sealed and delivered in presence of:
Thomas Danforth, D.G.
Proved in Boston, November 13, 1686.
1. Deacon Henry Bright in early life was a sergeant, was admitted freeman
May 6, 1635; was many times a Selectman, between 1640 and 1667, and for a long
time held the office of Deacon. He married, (probably in latter part of the
year 1634), Anne Goldstone b. 1615, dau. of Henry and Anne Goldstone of
Watertown. He died October 9, 1686 aged 84 yrs. Extract from the diary of Judge
Sewall, "Oct. 6, 1686, Mr. Bailey is ordained at Watertown. Oct 7th, Thursday,
Deacon Bright, carrying home chairs, etc., used at Mr. Bailey's, is hurt, none
seeing, so that he died October 9, Saturday." Deacon Henry Bright was a
in the Court of Assistants, July 22, 1684, at the age of 82. His farm was
the land now marked on the map as that of Widow Hurd and Widow Pratt,
southeast of Mr. Cushing's farm, which was then owned by William Bond, Esq.
(footnote: Henry Goldstone, aged 43; with wife, Anna, aged 45; dau., Anna,
yrs., and dau. Mary aged 15 years, embarked at Ipswich, England in April,
1634 in the ship, Elizabeth, and settled at Watertown where he died July 25,
1638, aged 46. (footnotes continued p.106) His daughter Anna Bright m. in the
latter part of the year 1634, Deacon Henry Bright. No further record of his
wife or younger daughter has been discovered. Perhaps they returned to England
after his decease. It appears by the schedule of his property, in the town
records, and from the Will of his son-in-law, Deacon Henry Bright, that his
circumstances were comparatively affluent. The following pedigree has been
obtained from the records of Bedingfield and Wickham Skeith - villages of
Roman Goldstone - Jane.
Buried in the church yard of Bedingfield,
November 23, 1585. Wife Jane, buried at
Bedingfield, June 1, 1579.
William Goldstone and wife Margaret.
Vicar of Bedingfield. His Will dated
February 28, 1609; proved at Norwich,
May 4, 1609. He m. his wife, Margaret,
April 24, 1581. She buried at Wickham,
Skeith, June 5, 1620.
William Goldstone b. Feb. 10, 1582; buried April 23, 1602.
Roman Goldstone b. Aug 9, 1583; buried May 29, 1588.
Mary Goldstone bap. May 9, 1585; was living 1609.
Thomas Goldstone b. Aug 5, 1587; of Gislingham, England; Will dated July,
1635; had children, Edward, Thomas, Sarah and Elizabeth.
Henry Goldstone & wife Anne. He bap. at Wickham Skeith, July 17, 1591; went
to New England. His wife, Jane b. July 23, 1593; was buried at Wickham March
7, 1610. Children: Anna Goldstone bap. at Wickham Skeith May 16, 1615, m. at
Watertown, Mass., Henry Bright. Her sister, Mary Goldstone bap. June 26,
1620 at Wickham, Skeith, England.
Children of Deacon Henry Bright and his wife, Anne Goldstone of Watertown:
1. Anna Bright who died August, 1639 aged 4 yrs.
2. Abigail Bright b. Oct 12, 1637; m. Elisha Odlin of Boston, Mass.
3. Mary Bright b. April 23, 1639; m. Oct 15, 1657, Nathaniel Coolidge by
whom she had 13 children.
4. John Bright b. May 14, 1641; admitted freeman, May 31, 1671; m. May 7,
1675, Mary Barsham. He was a Deacon and died Aug 17, 1691 and his widow m. (2)
Dec 12, 1700, Hanninah Parker of Reading. She was living 1731.
5. Anna Bright (again) b. Mar 17, 1643-4; died Sept 5, 1711; m. Capt. Samuel
Ruggles of Rox.
6. Elizabeth Bright b. 1645; m. July 5, 1674, Walter Hastings of Cambridge.
She died July 23, 1702, and he died Aug 5, 1705 aged 75 yrs. Children:
1. Elizabeth Hastings b. the 3rd and died July 12, 1675.
2. Abigail Hastings b. Feb 16, 1677.
3. Walter Hastings b. April 10, 1679; died Sept 23, 1699.
7. Nathaniel Bright b. May 6, 1647; admitted freeman, April 18, ____; died
May 11, 1726.
8. Beriah Bright b. Sept 22, 1651; d. Oct 7, 1734; m. Isaac Fowle of
To be continued Part 4 - p.106 - Abigail Bright who m. Elisha Odlin of
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