MURRAY COUNTRY FAMILIES
Annis (Annie?) Bright
Daniel Bright's family was listed in the 1840 Census living in Murray County. That Census listed on the name of the head of each household; others living there were not named.
Daniel was no longer a part of that family in 1850. Annis Bright was listed as head-of-household in the 1850 Census, with five sons: Jason W. Bright, age 26; Felix C. Bright, age 25; Azer T. Bright, age 21; Alfred W. Bright, age 18; and Albert F. Bright, age 11.
Additional information collected from several sources:
Jason W. Bright, born in 1821 in Burke County, NC and died in Bartow County, Georgia, 1903. He married Nancy Serman, later Delaney Ann Wallace, in Murray County, May 23, 1857.
The 1860 Census listed Jason's family living at Freemans (near Calhoun), Gordon County Georgia. The household included: Jason W. Bright, age 38; Delanin A. Bright, age 28; Daniel Bright, age 5; Mary J. Bright, age 4; Alfred Bright, age 3; John Bright, age 2; and Albert Bright, age one-month.
Jason probably did not serve in the Confederate Army. A search of all of the military rosters for units formed in Murray, Gordon, and Whitfield County failed to find his name.
In 1870 Census the Jason Bright family was living at Fairmount, Gordon County.
Felix Cary Bright, born about 1825 in Burke County, NC. Felix C. Bright married Amy Nix in Murray County, June 28, 1859. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 39th Georgia Infantry Regiment on March 10, 1862. His unit engaged the enemy at Tazewell, Tennessee, August 6, 1862; Richmond, Kentucky, August 29-30, 1862; Perryville and Lexington, Kentucky, October 8, 1862; Edward's Station, Mississippi, May 16, 1863; Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 1 - July 4, 1863; Baker's Creek, Mississippi, May 16, 1863; Big Black, Mississippi, May 17, 1863; Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, September 9, 1863; Bridgeport, Alabama, September 23, 1863; Fort Loudon, Tennessee, October 14, 1863; Lenoir Station, Tennessee, November 17 - December 4, 1863; Rocky Face, Georgia, February 25, 1864; and major battles from Missionary Ridge, Tennessee towards Atlanta after Rocky Face. During the Atlanta Campaign, Felix was killed at New Hope Church, Georgia, May 25, 1864.
Azer Tate Bright was born about 1829 in Burke County, NC. Died while a prisoner-of-war during the Civil War. The Census of 1860 listed Azer's family as A. T. Bright, age 33 and Narcissas Bright, age 27, using the post office at Holly Creek. Azer Tate Bright, enlisted as a Private in Company D, 22nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, September 3, 1861.
Azer survived the fighting at Seven Pines, then participated in engagements at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862; Manassas (2nd Bull Run), Virginia, August 18-30, 1862; Sharpsburg (also called Antietam) Maryland, September 17, 1862; Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 11-15, 1862; Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 1-4, 1863; and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863. When his unit next engaged in combat, at Falling Waters, Maryland, July 14, 1863, Azer was captured and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. He died there November 21, 1863.
Alfred Webb Bright was born about 1832 in Burke County, NC. He was listed living with his mother, Annis Bright, in the 1850 Census. His name is not listed on the rosters of any of the Confederate Army unit that were formed in Murray, Gordon, or Whitfield County.
Albert Forney Bright was born about 1838 in Georgia (probably in Murray County). He died while serving in the Confederate Army. Albert Forney Bright, referred to in some military records as Farney Bright, F. A. Bright, A. F. Bright, A. Bright, even Fancy Bright, was listed as the only son of Annis Bright still living at home in the Census of 1860. Forney enlisted as a Private in Company D, 22nd Georgia Infantry Regiment, September 3, 1861.
In his very first fighting, Forney was seriously wounded. This was at Seven Pines, Virginia, May 31, 1862. He died there on June 25, 1862.
Murray County Families
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