at many lists of English names, and found in one gazetteer the name Gholston.
The Pretender at one time assumed the name of Gholston.
Before the Revolutionary War the Gholsons were settled in Orange County, Virginia, at the residence lately occupied by Philip P. Barbour. One of the sons, Thomas, my great grandfather, moved to Brunswick County, near the Meherrin River, and gave the name to a town there, Gholsonville.
His third son, Thomas Gholson, Jr., my immediate ancestor, was born in 1780, married Miss Ann Yates, was a member of Congress from 1807 until his death, July 4, 1816, leaving three children, of whom my father was the eldest.
Daniel Wright, my great-grandfather, on the mother's side, lived in Virginia.
His son, Daniel Wright, my grandfather, moved to Mississippi, and married Miss Martha Patrick, a celebrated beauty and most estimable lady.
He was Judge of the Supreme Court of Mississippi.
He left but one child, Miss Elvira Wright, who married my father in 1839. O