Robert Theodore DeCoursey Wright: Birth: 1781.
Caroline Augusta Wright: Birth: ABT 1782.
Title: Wright-May-Thom Family Papers (1727), 1802-1965 MS. 2416
Publication: Maryland Historical Society
Title: Colonial Families in the Southern States [database online]. Orem, UT: MyFamiliy.com, Inc., 1997.
Note: Colonial Families of the Southern States of America: A History and Genealogy of Colonial Fami
Author: Original data: Hardy, Stella Pickett.
Note continued: lies Who Settled in the Colonies prior to the Revolution. Baltimore, MD: Southern Book Co., 1958.
Title: St. Luke's Parish Records, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
Continued: 1. Probably born at "Guilford", near Centreville, St. Luke's Parish, queen Anne's County
Resided at "Narborough", Corsica District, Island Hundred, Queen Anne's County until 1801; "Blakeford", Worrell Hundred, Queen Anne's County 1801-1826; owned house in Chestertown, Kent County, which he used together with his other residences from about 1780 to 1826.
2. Robert Wright (1752-1826) was three times Governor of Maryland, served as both U.S. Congressman and Senator, and was Judge of the District Court, Second Judicial District of Maryland.
3. From: Ancestry.com. Colonial Families in the Southern States [database online]. Orem, UT: MyFamiliy.com, Inc., 1997. Original data: Hardy, Stella Pickett. Colonial Families of the Southern States of America: A History and Genealogy of Colonial Families Who Settled in the Colonies prior to the Revolution. Baltimore, MD: Southern Book Co., 1958.
HON. ROBERT WRIGHT, (4--2), of "Blakeford," Queen Anne Co., Md., was active in public affairs; a supporter of the Episcopal Church, and a Vestryman; served with distinction in the Revolutionary War, as a private in Capt. Kent's Co., which in Feb., 1776, marched to Northampton Co., Va., to fight Lord Dunsmore's Tory forces; was commissioned Capt. July 7, 1778, and served in the 5th Md. Reg., commanded by Col. Richardson; member of the Legislature, 1784-87-91; serving in both House and Senate; in 1801, was elected to the U. S. Senate; in 1806 was appointed Attorney General, but declined; in 1807, was elected Governor of Maryland, and served until 1809, when he resigned; he was a member of the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 17th Congress; Chairman on Military Affairs in 1812; Associate Judge of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne and Talbot Districts, and a delegate to the National Farmers' Convention in 1803. He was a brilliant orator, and as a lawyer and statesman he was distinguished. He m. (first) Sarah De Courcy, of "Chesterton-on-the-Wye," sister of Hon. Edward De Courcy; (second) Miss Ringgold, of Kent Co., Md. Issue by first marriage:
Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series) Robert Wright (1752-1826) MSA SC 3520-1425 Governor of Maryland, 1806-1809 (Democrat)
Born: November 20, 1752, probably at "Guildord," near Centreville, Queen Anne's County1 Father: Solomon Wright2 Mother: Mary (Tidmarsh) Wright3 Marriages: 1780 to Sarah DeCoursey; second marriage, date and first name of wife unknown, last name Ringgold; March 19, 1822 to Elizabeth Harriot Robertson4,5 Children: Robert Theodore DeCoursey, William Henry DeCoursey, Gustavus William Tidmarsh, Clinton, Caroline Augusta, Victoria Louisa6 Education: graduated from Kent County School (forerunner of Washington College), studied law7 Religious affiliation: Anglican8 Military service: Private, Captain James Kent's Militia Company, 1776 Captain, Col. William Richardson's battalion of the Maryland Line, commissioned July 1777, mustered out in October 17779 Positions held: Admitted to the bar, 1773; lawyer Maryland House of Representatives, 1777-1778; 1780, 1784; 1786-1787; 1791-1792 Maryland Senate, 1801 U.S. Senator, 1801-1806 Governor of Maryland, 1806-1809 Clerk, Queen Anne's County, 1810 U.S. Representative, 1810-1817, 1821-1823 Associate Justice, Second District, 1823-182610 Died: September 7, 1826, at "Blakeford," Queen Anne's County11 Burial: "Cheston-on-Wye," in the DeCoursey family cemetery, Queen Anne's County12
5. 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
6. From: The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland: A Genealogical and biographical review from wills, deeds and church records. Baltimore, Md.: Kohn & Pollock, 1905.
By Joshua Dorsey Warfield
GOVERNOR ROBERT WRIGHT. Three times elected Governor, Robert Wright, thirteenth Governor of Maryland, (1806-09), was born at "Blakeford," in Queen Anne County, Maryland, November 20, 1752. He was the son of Judge Solomon and Mary (Tidmarsh DeCourcy) Wright, who was the son of Justice Solomon and Anna Wright, who was the son of Nathaniel Wright, the immigrant from England, in 1673, who settled in Queen Anne County.
Judge Solomon Wright was a member of the Maryland Convention of 1771-1776; member of the Assembly, 1771-3-4; member of the " Association of Freemen " and signer of the " Declaration of Freemen;" Chairman of the Committee of Correspondence for Queen Anne, in 1774-75-76; was appointed Judge of the Provincial Court, but resigned; was special Judge for the Eastern Shore during the Revolution. Upon the State's organization was appointed Judge of the first Court of Appeals and served until his death. Robert Wright was educated at the Public Schools, studied law, was admitted to the Bar and began the practice in Chestertown, but subsequently in Queenstown, Maryland. He served as a private in Captain James Kent's Company of Queen Anne "Minute Men," against Lord Drummond's Tories of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, February, 1776. He was Captain of a Company in the Maryland Line; was at Pauoli and Brandywine; was in Colonel Richardson's Battalion. His commission was dated on "July 7, 1777," and was embodied under the late resolution of Congress.
In 1801, he was elected United States Senator. This he resigned in 1806, when elected Governor of Maryland. During his term much excitement was caused by the Embargo Act and the Enforcement Act, which followed it. He presided at a meeting in Annapolis called to endorse his administration. It passed resolutions asking President Jefferson to recall his determination to decline another nomination. In 1810-12-14 Governor Wright was sent to Congress. He was returned in 1820 and was elected District Judge of the circuit comprising Queen Anne, Kent and Talbot Counties, in 1823. He died at " Blakeford," near Queenstown, on Sept. 7, 1826. His wife was Sarah De Courcy. Their sons were Robert Theodore DeCourcy Wright, who was a member of the Governor's Council and married, first, Deborah Thomas and, second, Margaret Fedderman. All of Governor Wright's sons, except the youngest, fought in the War of 1812. William Henry DeCourcy Wright, youngest son, was born at "Blakeford," Sept. 9, 1795. The old building, a large square one, was burned during Governor Wright's first term. Mrs. William H. DeCourcy Wright was Eliza Lea Warner, of Delaware, widow of Samuel Turbutt Wright, Jr. They had issue, Clintonia, Gustavia, William H. DeCourcy, Gustavus, W. T., Carolina Louisa, Victoria Louisa and Ella Lee. Clintonia — first, Captain William May; second, Governor Philip Francis Thomas. Victoria Louisa— Samuel Levering. Ella Lee — Captain J. Pembrooke Thorn, of Virginia. Captain H. DeCourcy Wright was the founder of the coffee trade of Rio, which city became his residence for a number of years. He was under General Bolivar, in the States of Columbia, in the War of Independence. Governor Wright was a breeder of race horses and fine cattle. The DeCourcy family, from whom his wife descended, was of the ancient Barony of Kingsall, in the days of King John. The first home of the DeCourcy family was "My Lord's Gift," near Queenstown. It is one of the quaintest old homesteads in Maryland. It was a direct gift to Colonel Henry DeCourcy from Lord Baltimore, in recognition of the Colonel's loyalty during the Puritan ascendency in Maryland. " Cheston on the Wye" is another old DeCourcy homestead. Here were buried Governor Wright, his wife, Sarah DeCourcy, his daughter Louisa and his son, Gustavus William Tidmarsh. Governor Wright's second wife was Miss Ringgold, of Kent County. The late Benjamin Nicholson Wright, of Annapolis, long chief clerk in the Comptroller's office and Warden of St. Anne's Church, descended from Thomas, son of Thomas, son of Colonel Thomas Wright, the immigrant. This branch was known as the Wrights of "Reeds Creek," from whom came Samuel Turbutt Wright, Captain in General Smallwood's brigade. Captain Wright's company was, during the Revolution, stationed upon Kent Island to command the entrance to Chester River. A striking portrait of Governor Wright hangs in the State House at Annapolis.
7. MD Eastern Shore Vital Records, Book 3, St. Luke's Parish, Queen Anne's County, Page 18
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