MICHAEL COLLIER BRIGHT
Michael Collier BRIGHT was born 30 March 1834 in Greene, Tennessee,
and was a son of Michael BRIGHT and Catherine (HAVER) BRIGHT, according to
a statement once made by James Weaver BRIGHT.
When the Civil War began, he enlisted from Greene, Tennessee
as a second lieutenant in Company H, 64th North Carlina Infantry, in the
spring onf 1862. He participated in the siege of Cumberland Gap in August
on 1863 at the time that it was surrendered. He was taken prisoner and remained
captive at Chicago, Illinois, until June of 1865 when he was furnished
transportation back to his home.
After the Civil War, he married Hiley G. STONECYPHER. She was born in 1843.
In 1875 he moved to Benton, Oregon. In November of 1882 he moved to Content,
Runnels County, Texas. He was elected county commissioner in November 1886
and was re-elected in November 1888. He was by occupation a successful
Michael Collier BRIGHT died on 24 June 1922. His wife died in 1910. Both
were buried in marked graves in COUNTS Cemetery,
Runnels, Texas. Their children were:
Lydia L. BRIGHT, born 5 August 1869; died 8 August 1892; married 1 November
1888, Runnels, Texas, William A. WEAKLEY
Cordie BRIGHT, born 1871; died 1952; married 28 February 1909, Runnels,
Texas, Paul HAMON
Carrie BRIGHT, married 31 December 1902, Runnels, Texas, J. W. DALE.
Henry Stonecypher BRIGHT, born 18 December 1876; died 10 December 1967;
married 28 June 1927, Icy A. CASH
Albert Sidney BRIGHT, born 2 February 1879; died 15 July 1952; he never
James Weaver BRIGHT, born 4 March 1881; died 3 October 1948; married
Victor Hugo BRIGHT, born 12 June 1885; died 12 October 1962; he never
All members of this family, with the exception of Carrie (BRIGHT) DALE
are buried in marked graves in COUNTS Cemetery, Runnels County, Texas.
In 1883 the Marion Landon BRIGHT family moved to Content, Runnels County,
Texas. Mrs. Icy A. (CASH) BRIGHT stated that Michael Collier BRIGHT and Marion
Landon BRIGHT were first cousins. She also stated that the mother of Marion
Landon BRIGHT was nee LANDON.
Mrs. Icy (CASH) BRIGHT
Runnels County, Texas Records
Counts Cemetery, Runnels, Texas Records
Sketches of Confederate Soldiers, H.D. PEARCE, Robert Lee, Coke County,
Texas, September 1910, pages 14, 55.