Wright y-dna: Which Wright is right?

Wright y-dna: Which Wright is right?


The Wright family I am researching begins for the moment with John Wright b. abt 1785 in Frederick County,Va and lived in Frederick, Bedford, Montgomery, Rockbridge Counties of Virginia before migrating to Russell County, Virginia around 1840(this area would later become part of Wise County). John married Martha McGlothlin January 23, 1810, in Rockbridge County, Virginia.Their marriage record was signed by Charles Wright(John’s brother) and William McGlothlin, who I assume is Martha’s father. I had always heard that the Wright’s were Irish. Looking up the name we see:
Wright Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills. Common New England Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, a man of probity, from Old French droit ‘right’, in which there has been confusion between the homophones right and wright.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Wrights from the New York Passengers List:
England (3,002)
Ireland (1,045)
Scotland (529)
Great Britain (487)
Germany (61)
Canada (34)

Other Wright are and not limited to; Wryght,Wrycht,McWright of Scotland. Reidt,Reit, Wriegt, Wriedt(pronounced Vreet) and Rheydt of German speaking areas of Germany,Austria and Switzerland.There are families of Reits who became Wright in New York and Pennsylvania, while one family of Wright in Ontario,Canada were once Reidts. As no one from these lineages has submitted y-dna samples it is difficult to tell at this point.

The area of Wise County,Va that my own Wrights have lived in for over 200 years is known as Virginia City. In an article about the historical Virginia City Church:
Virginia City formed during the last decade of the nineteenth century but vanished by the mid-twentieth century. The area was settled in the early mid-nineteenth century by mostly Scots-Irish families such as the Wrights, Trents, Hales, and McReynolds.Germans such as the Hileman’s were also represented in smaller numbers.

That is easy to see Irish via England or Scotland, thus Scots-Irish technically. Or it could be the link to the McGlothlin’s who were most certainly Scottish or Irish.

Mcglothlin Name Meaning
Variant of Irish and Scottish McLaughlin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

At times,Martha’s surname is spelled McLaughlin
bfef89a3ca8a21d97c3197e639162e5aThus far, even y-dna testing has yet to unveil real results. We show exact paternal matches with the descendants of a John Wright b.1837, who was in Ohio and an unknown lineage with the surname Katschke, who is one step off at 67 markers. Another match at ysearch is the modal haplotype for CTS4528+ DF100+, which is R1b-S14328 R1b1a2a1a3a, which is a two-step mutation and seems to be associated with Germanic speakers.


What I noticed in defining the Wright y-line by way of STR values is that we possess CDYa and CDYb values of 35,41.


Going back to 25 markers, the Wright Y is closely matching Glendinning and Clendenin of Scotland and Ireland. This closeness however disappears at 37 markers. At 37, a close relation is established with a Quittman of Germany and a Schurch/Shirk of Switzerland. Once again at 67, the matches are gone, but the CDYa/CDYb values seem to be the difference. The Schurch/Shirk value is 36,40 as opposed to the Wright 35,41. Even when compared to modal haplotypes, always this STR value is off.
Deeps subclade testing will need to be performed before this mystery is solved.



Upon removal of high rate mutating STRs CDYa and CDYb, I have exapnded the scope of the y-dna matching system. Since no Clendenin or Glendening families have tested beyond 37; I have no way of testing this new theory. However, it is interesting find to say the least>






What is likely is that the earliest Wright progenitor was an Anglo-Saxon or of one of these families that settled in southern Scotland around the Dumfriesshire(currently Dumfries and Galloway) area. From there were intermarriages took place with Glendenning/Clendenin families. After a few hundred years this Wright family made their way into the Ulster plantation of Ireland before embarking for America.






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