Gideon Wright1,2

M, b. circa 1639, d. June 1685
FatherPeter Wright b. c 1596, d. c 1662
MotherAlice Wright b. 1614, d. b 13 Oct 1685
     Gideon was born circa 1639 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Gideon married Elizabeth Townsend, daughter of John Townsend I and Elizabeth Montgomerie, before 1668 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York. On 10 May 1771, Elizabeth's mother notes in a document she drew up dividing her husband's estate amongst their children that her daughter Elizabeth, wife of Gideion Wright had received a portion from her father. He died in 1668.
Gideon was a shoemaker & farmer. He made his will 14 May 1685 at the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York.

In the name of God, I, Gideon Wright, being weak of body, but of sound and perfect memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following : First, I bequeath my body to the earth and my soul into the hands of God that gave it. Itt. I give to my eldest son, Peter Wright, all my right of that homestead belonging to me, which was of late in the possession of my mother, Alice Crabb, lately deceased, formerly belonging to my father Peter Wright. It.t. I give all the rest of my land to be equally divided among my other four sons, until they are made equal to my son Peter, and what remains over their being made equal to my son Peter to be divided equally among my five sons, Peter to have his choice of the said five divisions, which land above mentioned I give to my sons and their heirs forever ; and it is my will, that none of my sons alienate or dispose of any of my lands given to them from their brethren, and that their brethren shall have the refusal, and if their brethren can or will buy the said land so for sale, that then it shall not be sold off unto any other; and it is my will, that if any sons die without issue, that then his or their part of land shall go to be equally divided among the surviving brethren. Itt. I give the one half of my movables to my three daughters, and the other half to my wife, for her to dispose of as she thinks fit; only I give to my son Peter my bald-face mare, and he shall give the first colt that she brings to his brother Gideon, and I also give to my son Peter, one two-year-old heifer, and to my sons Anthony and Gideon, to each of them, a calf; and it is my will, that my wife shall have and possess this place and homestead in which I live, with what outlands she shall stand in need of during her widowhood as aforesaid. Itt. It is my will, that if one or more of my daughters happen to die before they come to age, that their portion shall return to the surviving sister or sisters. To which, as a testimony that it is my last will and testament, I set my hand and seal, this 14th day of May, 1685.
Gideon Wright.

Gideon departed this life in June 1685 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York.


Elizabeth Townsend b. c 1647, d. 22 Aug 1723


  1. [S124] A Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard Townsend & their descendants., page 56 - "Gideon, the son of Peter Wright, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Townsend 1st, ..."; his will;.
  2. [S106] Howland Delano Perrine, The Wright Family of Oysterbay, L.I. with the ancestry of and descent from Peter Wright and Nicholas Wright, 1423-1923, pages 71-72 - GIDEON WRIGHT (Peter), b. 163---; d. June, 1685; m. Elizabeth (John, 1st and Elizabeth (Montgomerie) Townsend, of Oyster Bay. Issue: a. Elizabeth, m. Isaiah Harrison, 1688...; b. Peter. d. between 1685 and 1694, is supposed not to have married; c. Gideon, d. 1722; d. Anthony; e. Silvanus, living March, 1736; f. Hannah, m. James Townsend; g. John, d. 1737; h. Tabiatha m. John Brook, of Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 1711; Gideon Wright lived on land now in possession of Edward Weekes, Esq. He was a farmer as well as a shoemaker. After his death Elizabeth Wright married Gershom Lockwood, in Aug., 1697, and removed to Stamford, Conn. (Oyster Bay Town Records, Vol. 1, pp. 515, 547.); Will.; pages 65-66 - To All Christian People to who= this prsent writing Shall come or in any wise aptitaine Be it Known that I Anthony Wright of Oysterbay in queens County on Nassau or Long Island in ye Collony of New York Eldest Son now Living to Gideon Wright Deceased for & in Consideration that there was formerly an agreemt made by & between Peter Wright my Eldest Brother. deceased, and Adam Wright & Job Wright Brothers to my sd ffather Gideon Wright. and by ye Sd agreernt w eh beareth date ye Sixth day of October, 1685, and Recorded in Lib: B: page 32; Job Wrightoaforesd was to have one Share of Salt Meadow Joyniug on ye West side of George Toamsends Meadow. and ye Sd Job bath yieldeth up all his right title & claime to y+ Sd meadow from him & his Heires forever to ye Sd Anthony Wright or his Heires and for other good causes & considerations me Ye Sd Anthony especially Moving Have Given Granted, alienated Infeoffed. Assigned and Con-firmed & by these prsents I ye Sd Anthony do Give, Grant, Alienate, Infeoffe Assigne & Confirme unto Job Wright of Oysterbay aforesd my ffarthers Brother ye one third fit of an accomodation wch was formerly my Grand-father Peter Wrights deceased and that weh he Lived on that is to Say one third t of House or Home Lott as it is Bounded in ye afore mentioned agreemt, that is to Say Bounded on ye South by Dickinson Home Lott in fit, & in Vt by Sd Anthonys Third 1flt of Sd Home Lott, on ye West by Sd Dickinson Home Loft or Highway, on ye North by '.4hn Wrights Home Lou & ifft by Edward Whites Lott & Adam Wrights ,ird It of ye Home Lott first Above mentioned and Also one third tit of all Meadows and Uplands at ye South & Land at ye plainer and also one third Wit of all ye Lands upon ye Town Canons already divided & that are to be divcd belonging to Sd House Lott wth a third of ye prviledge of Comonage belonging to Sd a000modatioa all Lying & being within y Bounds of Oysterbay aforesd Together wth all my right Title & Interest Claime & Demand wt soever I ye Sd Anthony now have or welt any or either of my Heires Executle or Assigner may here-after have of, to or in ye Sd Granted third Wit of Lott, Meadow Upland & Comomge (always excepting ye third Vit of ye Salt Meadow in ye above Cr"o-siderations) wth all Issues Wifits Commoditys, ffences, swamps, ponds, Springs in or upon ye Same or to ye Same in any wise apining To Have & To Hold unto him ye Sd Job Wright his Heires & Assignes all & Singular ye Sd Granted Third %%t of Lott, Meadow, Upland & Comonage wth the Apptences thereof to ye only $9$9 use & behoofe of him ye Job Wright his Heires & Assignes forever.
    And ye Sd Anthony doth hereby own ye Sd Job to be already in Legal & Actuall possession of all & Singular ye Sd Granted prmises. And ye Sd Anthony cloth for himself his Heires, Executte & Assignes further Covenant & agree to & wth ye Sd Job that it shall & may be Lawfull for him y Sd Job his Heires and Assignes quietly & peaceably to have hold, occupy, possess, and enjoy all & Singular ye Sd Granted prmises forever without ye Lawfnll Lett hindrance or Interruption of him ye Sd Anthony his Heires or Assignes or any other son or Iflsoos Lawfully Claiming for by or undr him or any or either of them Notwithstanding any former Gift Grant Mortgage or Sale wtsoever. And ye Sd Anthony doth hereby bind himself & his Heires to Warrant & defend all & Singular ye Sd Granted Land & prmises with ye Ap-Ifltences thereof to ye Sd Job Wright his Heires & Assignes forever According as it is before expressed. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand
    &     Seale the Twenty first day of May in ye year of our Lord one thousand six hundred Ninety four.
    Signed Sealed & d d in     Anthony Wright Seal. prseace of us
    John Newman Adam Wright [NOTE: This shows Anthony to be older than son, Gideon].