James Harvey Bright

Male28 February 1846–28 December 1917

Brief Life History of James Harvey

When James Harvey Bright was born on 28 February 1846, in Greene, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Mahlon Bright, was 29 and his mother, Eliza Abel, was 28. He married Mary M Beshears on 6 March 1873, in Henry, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Page, Iowa, United States in 1915 and Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States in 1917. He registered for military service in 1865. He died on 28 December 1917, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States.

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James Harvey Bright
Mary M Beshears
Marriage: 6 March 1873
Nellie May Bright
Jesse Dell Bright
Pearl Belle Bright
Effie Alice Bright
Anna Myrtle Bright
Roy Earl Bright
Glenn Ellsworth Bright

Sources (32)

  • Jas N Bright, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • James Harvey Bright, "Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949"
  • James Bright in entry for Glenn Elwood Bright, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 March 1873Henry, Iowa, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Fremont, Iowa, United States

    1850 · Compromise of 1850

    Age 4

    The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.


    Age 19

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    English: usually a nickname from Middle English bright ‘bright, good-looking, fresh-faced’ (Old English beorht ‘bright, shining’).

    English: perhaps occasionally from an unrecorded Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Briht, Beorht, from a short form of any of several Old English personal names of which beorht was the first element, such as Beorhtrīc ‘bright’ + ‘powerful’. Compare Bert .

    Americanized form of German Brecht .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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