John Elwood Wright

11 June 1822–
Greene, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of John Elwood

When John Elwood Wright was born on 11 June 1822, in Greene, Tennessee, United States, his father, Jacob Wright, was 23 and his mother, Catharine Rees, was 24. He married Jemima Walthall Hunnicutt on 24 December 1840, in Greensboro MM, Henry, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Harrison Township, Henry, Indiana, United States in 1850.

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John Elwood Wright
Jemima Walthall Hunnicutt
Marriage: 24 December 1840
Catherine J. Wright
Benjamin Franklin Wright
about 1844–1920
John C Wright
about 1844–
William Henry Wright
about 1850–1891
Miranda Wright
about 1857–1883
Mary E. Wright
Edgar Wright

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 December 1840Greensboro MM, Henry, Indiana, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 3
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    Age 16
    Historical Information 1838 - Henry, Indiana, United States
    1856 · The Town of Santa Claus
    Age 34
    The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

    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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    Sources (10)

    • Elwood Wright, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Elwood Wright in entry for Allexander Larelley and Mary E. Wright, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
    • J. L. Wright in entry for Catherine Jane Wright Stanley, "Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907"

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