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  • Name BROWN Wright Samuel 
    Born 01 Jul 1748  Ware River Parish, Hampshire Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Apr 1837  Milo, Yates Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1 Jul 1748 - 25 Apr 1837

      Wright Samuel Brown.(Samuel Wright Brown?) was the first son of Deacon Timothy Brown and third wife, Hannah (Burke) Wright of Swanzey, Cheshire County, NH. Hannah was the daughter of Jonas Burke and his wife, Hannah Johnson of Stowe, Middlesex county, MA and widow of Cyprian Wright of Rutland, Worcester Co., MA, son of Capt. Samuel Wright and Mary Stevens. Wright S. Brown is a descendant of William and Susannah White and their son, Resolved, of the Mayflower and is written up in, "The Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 13, p. 72, William White."

      Wright was born in Ware River Parish, Hampshire county, MA on 1 Jul 1748 when the family had to quickly leave Swanzey to return to his grandfather, Thomas Brown's family farm in MA to avoid the savagery of the French-Indian wars. Swanzey was burned to the ground in the spring of 1747. Timothy and Hannah did not return to Swanzey until sometime in early 1752 after the wars ceased to be a problem. Wright and his siblings,Thankful and Joel grew to adulthood in Swanzey.

      Wright had 2 half-brothers; Ephraim, b. 1 Feb 1733/34; and Timothy, b. 16 Apr 1742 and 4 half-sisters; Anna T. b. 23 Apr 1730; Mable, b. 28 Jan 1732/33; Silence, b. 19 Oct 1737 and Ruth, b. 26 Dec 1742 by his father's first marriage to Thankful Olmstead, daughter of Jabez Olmstead and Thankful Barnes of Deerfield and Ware, MA. Wife, Thankful d. 6 Oct 1743.

      Timothy, Wright's father, remarried on 8 Apr 1744 to Keziah Cooley Goss, widow of his second cousin, Capt. Philip Goss. She died within a year. He then remarried for a third and final time on 27 Feb 1745 to widow, Hannah Burke Wright. She brought three sons by Cyprian Wright into this marriage; William, Samuel and John. Samuel and John required guardians appointed them. William had to be the age of 14 or older. John died at the age of 10.

      Timothy Brown and Hannah Burke Wright had three children of record; Thankful, b. 1746 in Swanzey, NH then called Lower Ashulot; Wright S. b. 1 Jul 1748 in Ware River Parish, and Joel, b. 1750, also born in Ware. (A Hannah was also born, mentioned in the History of Yates co., NY but no recored has been found.)

      Wright and Hannah Newland married about 1770 but no record of their marriage has been found. It is not know if she was living in Swanzey before they were married. Also, no records of their children's births have been found either except Isaac, bapt. on 18 Jan 1784, by Rev. John Dempster in Stillwater. This is the first date found for their arrival in Stillwater, then Albany County, NY.

      Wright and Hannah, probably the daughter of Joseph Newland and Abigail Babbitt of Norton, Bristol County, MA, left Swanzey, NH probably in the spring of 1783 and relocated to Stillwater after they sold their adjoining farm to Wright's half-brother, William Wright, the above son of Hannah and Cyprian Wright in June of 1783.

      When Wright and Hannah sold their property in Swanzey, one of the witnesses to the contract was Rial (Arial) Newland of Stillwater. By 1789, when the farm was paid off, Hannah's name did not appear on the signing off of the property. It is presumed she died shortly after the birth of their son, Arial Newland Brown, born about 1788/89 in Stillwater. Wright remarried Bethiah (Bertha)Olney about 1790. They had at least four children together. Only two are known of this marriage; Wright S. Brown, Jr. b. 1 Jun 1796, in Stillwater who was the second child of the four born. He was born on the same battle field where his father fought earlier according to his obituary and Sarah Marie, b. abt 1799 probably also in Stillwater.

      At age 28 years, Wright fought under the command of Col. Joseph Hammond of Swanzey, Cheshire County, NH; Col. Nahum Baldwin's regiment, and under the company of Captain John Houghton of Keene. Wright was "mustered in" on September 22, 1776 with his group in Keene, Cheshire County, NH. He served two and a half months at York and drawing a salary of nine pounds, eight shillings and four pellowing. He participated in the battles at White Plains and at Stillwater, Albany County, NY. He was discharged and left his company from Swanzey, Cheshire County, NH.

      A Revolutionary War plaque was placed in City Hill Cemetery, Torrey, Yates County, NY by the D.A. R. commemorating Wright Brown's tour of duty in the war. The Revolutionary War grave marker was placed in the Wright Brown family plot after many inquiries into his war record. The D.A.R. marker mistakenly recorded Wright's birth date as 1747 instead of 1748 and also the commanding officer as corporal instead of Colonel in the Rev. War. (Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol. 1,p. Serial: 12978; Vol 1.)

      "Although he had served seven years, Wright sternly refused to accept a pension for his services, to the day of his death, from personal pride and early educational influences" according to his son, Wright, Jr's obituary. Without pension records the DAR had a difficult time tracing his record of service. I don't know where his son got the seven years of service unless his father participated in the French-Indian Wars as well along with his father, Deacon Timothy Brown.

      Wright and Hannah Newland married about 1770 but no record of their marriage has been found. It is not known if she was living in Swanzey before they were married. Also no records of their children's births have been found either except Isaac, bapt. on 18 Jan 1784, by Rev. John Dempster in Stillwater. This is the first date found for their arrival in Stillwater.

      Wright and wife, Hannah Newland, probably the daughter of Joseph Newland and Abigail Babbitt of Norton, Bristol County, MA, left Swanzey, NH probably in the spring of 1783 and relocated to Saratoga, then Albany County, NY after they sold their adjoining farm to Wright's half-brother, William Wright in June of 1783. William was one of three sons, of Hannah Burke Wright, widow of Cyprian Wright of Rutland, Worcester Co., MA. She after Cyprian's death became the third wife of Deacon Timothy Brown and had three children on record by him; Thankful, Wright and Joel. Other children have not been found but there probably were more.


      The son's obituary goes on to say Wright, Sr. fought along side his father, Timothy in the French-Indian Wars but again that would not have been possible because the French-Indian wars were over in that part of the country in 1752, four years after Wright was born. Father, Timothy, died, 3 Jan. 1770 in Swanzey. No record of a will in Cheshire Co., has been found found to date.

      Wright,Sr., his wife, Bertha and Wright Jr. and family are buried together in the Brown family plot in City Hill Cemetery in Torrey, Yates County, NY. Adjoining the plot is the grave of Dorcas Annable. She may have been a daughter of Wright's, married to an Annable. Wright was a witness to the will of Ephraim Annable of Providence, Saratoga co. NY. Perhaps Dorcas married a son of his.

      Samuel Right Brown, traditional thought to be the son of Wright, Sr.,by his first marriage, married Eunice M. Annable, daughter of Isaac Annable (Annibal) and Lydia Peckham Delano. Isaac and Lydia also lived in Stillwater, having moved there sometime after 1790 but before 1800. Wright was a witness to the will of Ephraim Annable of Providence. This Ephraim, b. 1765 in NS, was the son of Isaac. Perhaps Dorcas married a son of his.

      Wright and his 1st wife, Hannah Newland, probably the daughter of Joseph Newland and Abigail Babbitt of Norton, Bristol County, MA, left Swanzey, NH in the spring of 1783 and relocated to Stillwater, then Albany County, NY. They sold their adjoining farm to Wright's half-brother, William Wright. William was one of three sons, of Hannah Burke Wright, widow of Cyprian Wright of Rutland, Worcester Co., MA. She after Cyprian's death became the third wife of Deacon Timothy Brown and had three children on record by him; Thankful, Wright and Joel. Other children have not been found but there probably were more.

      When Wright and Hannah sold their property in Swanzey, one of the witnesses to the contract was Rial (Arial) Newland of Stillwater. By 1789, when the farm was paid off, Hannah's name did not appear on the signing off of the property. It is presumed she died shortly after the birth of their son, Arial Newland Brown, born about 1788/89 in Stillwater. Wright remarried a woman by the name of Bethiah (Bertha) about 1790. They had at least four children together. Only two are know of this marriage; Wright S. Brown, Jr.
      b. 1 Jun 1796, in Stillwater on the same battle field where his father fought earlier, and Sarah Marie, b. abt 1799 probably also in Stillwater.

      No land records are recorded for Wright in Stillwater, only taxes paid on personal property. According to a researcher on the area, this does not mean he didn't own property there. 1790 census for Saratoga Wright is listed as Wright Bacon.

      In the 1800 Census, Wright and family are shown living in Saratoga, Saratoga County. He may have moved to Stillwater sometime after 1800.

      In 1808, Wright, Bertha and family moved to Benton, Ontario County, which later became Milo, Yates County, NY and living in "The Gore." He purchased 40 acres very close to Lake Keuka's shore. After a few years, he purchased more land and continued to live on the same farm until his death on 25 Apr. 1837. His wife proceeded him in death by 12 years. She died 5 Mar 1825.

      The census for Yates County shows Wright living in Benton in 1810 and in Milo in the years of 1820, 25, and 1835. The place of residence was the same, just the name of the village was changed.

      According to genealogical records in "The History of Swanzey, NH, 1734-1890, p. 301" by Hon. Benjamin Reade, Published by The Salem Press in Salem, MA, 1892, p. 301, Wright, son of Timothy, had a child who died on 4 March 1780 and a son, Joel, who died on 21 March 1780. This may have been due to smallpox. His mother, Hannah, succumb to smallpox about the same time.

      Wright and wife, Hannah Newland probably left Swanzey in the Spring of 1783 when he sold his adjoining property to his half-brother, William Wright. Both Wright Brown and his wife, Hannah, signed the land sale. A Rial Newland of Stillwater, NY witnessed the sale of the property. The final land deal was completed in 1787, but signed only by Wright Brown in Stillwater, Albany Co. NY. This is a good indication that Hannah had died between 1784 and 1787, after the first agreement to sell the property in 1783.

      A child, Isaac was baptized in Stillwater on January 18, 1784. This is the last known living record of Hannah to date. No death records or grave can be found in Stillwater.

      In 1793, Wright was back in Swanzey, selling more of his land to a Benjamin Hewes. The document says he is of Swanzey. He perhaps moved back after the death of Hannah until 1800 when he is back to New York and was remarried to Bethiah Olney Brown, known as Bertha.

      NY census records for 1800 show that Wright was living in Providence, had was one male under 10yr. (Wright S. Brown, Jr.), 1 male between the ages of 10-16, (Ariel N.), one male between the ages of 16-26 (Isaac), one male 45 yrs. and older,(Wright, Sr.), 2 females under 10 years of age,(Sarah Marie, 1 yr. and ?) 2 females from 10-16 yrs. of age,1 female from ages 16-26, and one female, 26-45 (Bertha/ Bethiah, his wife.)

      In the "History of Yates County," Wright is mentioned as owning 40 acres in "the Gore", Milo, NY where he became a resident in 1808. According to land records, he bought the south half of lot number 17 in Benton, then in Ontario County, from Thomas and Mary Hathaway for the price of $140.00. The land purchased was witnessed by Lewis French and Arial N.(Newland) Brown.

      The 1800 NY Federal Census show a Calvin and JamesBrown, both living in Stillwater, Albany County. Are these his children or brothers? A William Brown was also in Saratoga, Albany County, as was a Thomas. (A part of Albany county became Saratoga county in 1790.)


      Wright Brown is listed in the tax list of 1787 in Saratoga district.

      On June 5, 1803, Wright S. Brown witnessed the signing of the will of Russell Allington of Northcumberland, Saratoga County, NY along with Andrew Mc Carty and William Angle, Jr.

      On April 3, 1805, Wright witnessed the signing of a will for Oliver Perkins. Ephraim Annable and H. Metcalfe were also witnesses. His connection to the above people is unknown. They could be relatives or just friends.


      American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) BROWN, Wright Birth Date: 175? Birth Place: New Hampshire (Information incorrect. He was born in Ware Parish, Hampshire Co. MA in 1748) Volume: 20 Page Number: 370 Reference: Rolls of the soldiers in the Rev. War, 1775 to May, 1777; and diaries of Lt. Jona Burton, Ed. By Issac Weare Hammond, v. 1 of War Rolls, NH. 1885. (13,3,) 799p.) Rolls of the soldiers in the Rev. War May 1777 to 1780: with names of NH. Men in Ms. regiments. V.2 of War Rolls. Concord, NH. 1886. (14,2,847p.), Rolls and documents relating to soldiers in the Rev. War, including some Indian and French rolls. V.3 of War Rolls. Manchester, NH. 1887. (10,2, 1021p.), Rolls and documents relating to soldiers in the Rev. War. Pt.11. Misc. Provincial papers from 1629 to 1725. V. 4 of War Rolls. Machester, NH. 1889. (22,2,819p.):1:428 (His place of birth is incorrect as is the birthdate)


      On the Wright Brown monument in the City Hill Cemetery there is another name which can not be deciphered, but is a daughter born ?/8/1820 and died Feb 24, 1884. Who is she?

      1813: In Benton, Ontario County, Wright owned a house and 41 acres. It also mentions he was worth $300. and taxed $.21.

      1816: In Benton, Ontario County, Wright still owned a house and 40 acres, valued at $400. and taxed $1.4p.

      1818: Tax roll for Milo, then Ontario County, listed Wright Brown's total estate including personal property as having 342 acres and paying a tax of $1.02. Arial Newland (N.) Brown, is listed as owning 304 acres and owing $.90.

      1818: Arial sold land to Wright and by 1819, Wright is shown as owning 548 acres. Arial no longer lived in Milo. He sold Wright 206 acres. What Arial did with the other 98 acres needs to be researched. Arial moved to Ontario, Chemung Co., also a short time in VT and then to Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI by the late 1850s where he died late in life.

      1800 Census for Wright Brown in Saratoga, Saratoga County, NY
      Males: 1 under 10, 1 from 10-16, 1 from 16-12, and 1 over 45yrs.
      Females: 2 under 10, 2 from 10-16, 1 from 16-26, and 1 from 26-45.


      Abstract of Graves of Rev. War Veterans:

      Wright Sr Brown Cemetery: City Hill Cem Location: Torrey, Yates CO NY 70 Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.1, p. Serial: 12978; Volume: 1

      In the book, "The History of Yates County, NY by Lewis Cass Aldrich, p. 437, Wright and his wife are mentioned as buried in City Hill Cemetery. This cemetery began as a cemetery for followers of Jemima Wilkenson, The Public Universal Friend. Wright and Bertha's daughter, Sarah married to Luther Sisson, was a prominent member of Jemima Wilkenson, Leader and founder of the "Friends" in Milo, Yates Co.

      This information below is from the American Genealogical/Biographical Index. Date of birth and birth place are incorrect.

      Name: Wright Brown Birth Date: 1750 Birthplace: New Hampshire
      Volume: 20 Page Number: 370 Reference: Rolls of the soldiers in the Rev. War, 1775 to May, 1777; and diaries of Lt. Jona Burton, Ed. By Issac Weare Hammond, v. 1 of War Rolls, NH. 1885. (13,3,) 799p.) Rolls of the soldiers in the Rev. War May 1777 to 1780: with names of NH. Men in Ms. regiments. V.2 of War Rolls. Concord, NH. 1886. (14,2,847p.), Rolls and documents relating to soldiers in the Rev. War, including some Indian and French rolls. V.3 of War Rolls. Manchester, NH. 1887. (10,2, 1021p.), Rolls and documents relating to soldiers in the Rev. War. Pt.11. Misc. Provincial papers from 1629 to 1725. V. 4 of War Rolls. Manchester, NH. 1889. (22,2,819p.):1:428
    Person ID I1632  Freeman-Smith
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 

    Father Wright Cyprian,   b. 1713, Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1739, Rutland, Worcester County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Relationship Step 
    Mother BURKE Hannah,   b. Abt 1712,   d. 18 Aug 1776, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F23662  Group Sheet

    Father BROWN Timothy,   b. 17 Aug 1710, Stow, Worcester Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jan 1770, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother BURKE Hannah,   b. Abt 1712,   d. 18 Aug 1776, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 27 Feb 1744  Lower Ashuelot, (Swanzey) Cheshire County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 27 FEB 1744/1745

      Jonas died about 1730. His inventory is on file in Middlesex County, MA, Probate record #3583, May 10, 1730.

      Administrators were Hannah Burke, widow, and Amos Brown, blacksmith, both of Stow and Charles Johnson of Sudbury, wheelwright. Will mentions children; Mary,widow Hannah (of Cyrprian) Wright, Joseph, Abigail, (given land next to Edward Fuller.) Elizabeth, Hepsibeth and Jonas.

      Docket # 3584 Middlesex Co., MA, Probate, April 6, 1743.
    Family ID F10342  Group Sheet

    Family 1 NEWLAND Hannah,   b. Abt 1747,   d. Abt 1789, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married Abt Jan 1770 
    Children 
     1. Brown Arial Newland,   b. Stillwater, Albany County, (Saratoga Co.) NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Cato, Manitowoc County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Brown Joseph,   b. 01 Nov 1770, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1851, Malta, Saratoga County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Brown Joel,   b. Abt 1771, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     4. Brown,   b. Abt 1773, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     5. Brown Samuel Right (Wright),   b. 26 Sep 1775, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1817, Near Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     6. Brown? Abigail,   b. Abt 1778, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Brown Timothy,   b. Abt 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Brown Isaac,   b. Jan 1784, Stillwater, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Brown Hannah,   b. Abt 1786, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Brown Girl,   b. Abt 1792
     11. Brown William,   b. 1794, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     12. Brown Wright S.,   b. 01 Jun 1796, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1874, Torrey, Yates Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     13. Brown Sarah Marie,   b. 1799, Prob. Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1847, Milo, Yates Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     14. Brown Josiah,   b. Abt 1800, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Brown Dorcas,   b. 15 Jan 1805, Providence, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1834, Torrey, Yates Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F23261  Group Sheet

    Family 2 OLNEY Bethiah,   b. North Providence, Providence Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Mar 1828, Milo, Yates Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1790  Saratoga, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Brown Arial Newland,   b. Stillwater, Albany County, (Saratoga Co.) NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Cato, Manitowoc County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Brown Joseph,   b. 01 Nov 1770, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1851, Malta, Saratoga County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Brown Joel,   b. Abt 1771, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     4. Brown,   b. Abt 1773, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     5. Brown Samuel Right (Wright),   b. 26 Sep 1775, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1817, Near Cherry Valley, Otsego County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     6. Brown? Abigail,   b. Abt 1778, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Brown Timothy,   b. Abt 1780, Swanzey, Cheshire Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Brown Isaac,   b. Jan 1784, Stillwater, Albany, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Brown Hannah,   b. Abt 1786, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Brown Girl,   b. Abt 1792
     11. Brown William,   b. 1794, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     12. Brown Wright S.,   b. 01 Jun 1796, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1874, Torrey, Yates Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     13. Brown Sarah Marie,   b. 1799, Prob. Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1847, Milo, Yates Co, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     14. Brown Josiah,   b. Abt 1800, Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Brown Dorcas,   b. 15 Jan 1805, Providence, Saratoga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1834, Torrey, Yates Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F23262  Group Sheet


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