Catherine Wright

Female7 July 1820–21 March 1858

Brief Life History of Catherine

When Catherine Wright was born on 7 July 1820, in Westchester, New York, United States, her father, Benjamin Wright III, was 28 and her mother, Mary A Forman, was 29. She married Abraham Hoag Miller in 1840, in Westchester, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Somers, Westchester, New York, United States in 1850. She died on 21 March 1858, at the age of 37, and was buried in Amawalk, Somers, Westchester, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abraham Hoag Miller
1816–1847
Catherine Wright
1820–1858
Marriage: 1840
Eugene Miller
1841–1910
Charlotte Jane Miller
1844–
Sarah H Miller
1846–1909

Sources (3)

  • Catharine Miller in household of Benjamin Wright, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Catharine Miller, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Benjamin Wright, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1840Westchester, New York, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (5)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 1

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 7

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 12

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name for a craftsman or maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Middle English and Older Scots wriht, wright, wricht, writh, write (Old English wyrhta, wryhta) ‘craftsman’, especially ‘carpenter, joiner’. The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright ), but when used in isolation it often referred to a builder of windmills or watermills. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

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

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