1759-1777; register of wills, Queen Anne's County,
1777-1779; visitor, Queen Anne's School, 1775,
1781-1784; Committee of Correspondence, Queen
Anne's County, elected 1774; justice, Queen
Anne's County, 1768-1769, 1772-1773, 1777
(quorum, 1772, 1773); justice, Court of Oyer,
Terminer and Gaol Delivery, commissioned 1770,
1774 (quorum 1770, 1774); judge, Court of Ap-
peals, appointed under the Act to procure Troops,
Queen Anne's County, appointed 1778. Com-
missioner of the tax, Queen Anne's County, ap-
pointed January 1782 and January 1783. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: captain, Queen Anne's County
militia; colonel, 20th Battalion of Militia, Queen
Anne's County, 1776. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRI-
VATE ISSUES: donated one acre of land for a
schoolhouse and schoolmaster's house, 1779.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
assessed value £4,505.0.0, including 32 slaves and
14 oz. plate, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,963
acres in Queen Anne's County (including 1,275
acres inherited from his father and 688 acres ac-
quired by purchase). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: ac-
quired 1,976 acres in Queen Anne's County
through purchase, patent, and his wife's dower
between 1764 and 1770. Sold 694 acres between
1765 and 1772. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by Jan-
uary 8, 1784, in Queen Anne's County. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, at least £2,475.10.9 (in-
cluding 33 slaves, 33 horses, and books). LAND:
3,245 acres in Queen Anne's County.
WRIGHT, TURBUTT (ca. 1741-1790). BORN: ca.
1741, probably at "White Marsh," Queen Anne's
County; eldest son. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED: Wye Hundred, Queen Anne's County,
1776; 5th District, Kent County, 1783; Kent County
at death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Maj. Na-
than Wright (?-1767), of "White Marsh," Queen
Anne's County, son of Charles Wright (?-1720).
STEPFATHER: Thomas Bruff (?-ca. 1772). MOTHER:
Mary (?-1773), daughter of William Turbutt (1683/
84-1739). UNCLE: Robert Norrest Wright (?-ca.
1746/47). AUNTS: Anna Maria Turbutt, who mar-
ried Edward Tilghman (1713-1785); Elizabeth
Turbutt, who married Thomas Harris (?-1760).
BROTHER Robert (1756-?). SISTERS: Catherine
(1743-?), who married by 1765 William Bruff (ca.
1741-1802); Mary (1746-1754). MARRIED by 1762,
Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Evans (?-1751),
of Queen Anne's County, and his wife Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was the stepdaughter of William Horn.
PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Luke's Parish, Queen
Anne's County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1767; Esq., at death. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter by 1767; attorney-at-law, 1785-
until death. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERV-
ICE: Lower House, Queen Anne's County, 1773-
1774 (Elections 1, Cv, 2, 3; Laws to Expire 2;
Claims 1, Cv, 2); Conventions, Queen Anne's
County, 1st, 1774, 3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775,
6th-8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776 (election voided
on August 16, 1776, because the freemen of Queen
Anne's County appointed the election judges
contrary to the resolves of the 8th Convention;
reelected and seated); Senate, Eastern Shore,
Term of 1776-1781: 1777 (Loan Office 1), 1777-
1778, 1778 (did not attend; resigned on Novem-
ber 7, 1778); Lower House, Queen Anne's County,
1781 (elected to the 2nd session of the 1780-1781
Assembly to fill vacancy; speaker 2; elected speaker
on June 11, 1781, to replace William Bruff; re-
signed as speaker on June 14, 1781, when Bruff
returned; Elections 2; Public Taxes 2), 1781-1782.
OTHER STATE OFFICES: clerk, Lower House, May
20, 1768, to December 20, 1769; 5th Council of
Safety, Eastern Shore, 1777 (appointed on Feb-
ruary 3, 1777, to fill vacancy). LOCAL OFFICES:
register of Queen Anne's School, 1764-1773; St.
Luke's Parish Vestry, in office, 1770-1772; Com-
mittee of Correspondence, Queen Anne's County,
elected 1774; chairman, Committee of Observa-
tion, Queen Anne's County, elected 1776; jus-
tice, Queen Anne's County, by 1771 to ca. 1778
(quorum, by 1771-1775); justice. Court of Oyer,
Terminer, and Gaol Delivery, commissioned 1770,
1771, 1774 (quorum 1770, 1771, 1774); justice,
Orphans' Court, Queen Anne's County, 1777.
OUT OF STATE SERVICE: delegate, Continental
Congress, 1781-1782 (elected in November 1781,
but did not attend until April 1782). STANDS ON
PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: subscribed to a fund for
establishing Washington College at Chestertown,
Kent County. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,714.0.0, in-
cluding 19 slaves, 1783. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
2,279 acres in Queen Anne's County (bought 471
acres, inherited 798 acres from his father, and
patented 1,010 acres). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN
LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH, sold
1,400 acres in Queen Anne's County; bought 504
acres in Kent County in 1779, but sold this acreage
in 1788. ADDITION AL COMMENTS: after 1778 Wright
had no other recorded land transactions in Queen
Anne's County, but he continued to serve in the
Lower House from that county until 1782. After