Jesse Bright

Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.

JESSE BRIGHT – native of Greenbrier County, born November 15, 1818, was
a son of Jesse and Margaret (HAPTONSTALL) BRIGHT. His father was born
in Pennsylvania, his mother in this county. David BRIGHT, his grandfather,
was one of the first permanent settlers in the upper part of Greenbrier
County, coming here from Pennsylvania at a very early date in the history
of Greenbrier County, and one of its foremost men during the remaining
years of his life. He brought the first wagon ever north of Lewisburg,
to the place where he settled, which was near the present site of
Frankford. In Greenbrier County, March 13, 1847, Jesse BRIGHT and
Margaret PINNELL were united in marriage. She was born in this county,
January 9, 1829, and died March 5, 1880. Her parents were Joseph and
Nancy (WOLFENBARGER) PINNELL, the former born in Virginia and the latter
in Greenbrier County. The children of Jesse BRIGHT and wife are recorded:
Julia (CURRY), born February 26, 1848, lives in Fairfax, Atchison County,
Missouri; Margaret A. (STALNAKER), July 12, 1849, lives at Springville,
Alabama; Nancy J., January 1, 1853, lives at Lewisburg; Thomas, April
20, 1856, lives at Fairfax, Missouri; Samuel C., January 29, 1858,
lives at Little Rock, Arkansas; Catharine L. (PARE), October 2, 1860,
lives at Lewisburg; Helen E., January 25, 1864, lives at Springville,
Alabama; John, October 4, 1866, lives at Cincinnati, Ohio; Frank,
June 4, 1869; Abram, January 6,1871; Jessie, December 3, 1874 – live
in Lewisburg. The subject of this sketch was assessor of the second
district of this county, 1865-8, inclusive; clerk of the board of
supervisors, 1871-2; and since that time has been, and still is,
deputy county surveyor. Address, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West

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