John Elwood Wright

11 June 1822–
Greene, Tennessee, United States

The Life 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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Family Time Line

John Elwood Wright
1822–
Jemima Walthall Hunnicutt
1821–1864
Marriage: 24 December 1840
Catherine J. Wright
1842–1901
Benjamin Franklin Wright
1844–1920
John C Wright
1844–
William Henry Wright
1850–1891
Miranda Wright
1857–1883
Mary E. Wright
1848–
Edgar Wright
1852–1862

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
24 December 1840
Greensboro MM, Henry, Indiana, United States
children

(7)

    Female1842–1901Female

    Benjamin Franklin Wright

    Male1844–1920Male

    John C Wright

    Male1844–Male

    Mary E. Wright

    Female1848–Female

    William Henry Wright

    Male1850–1891Male

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Wright

    Male1799–1877Male

    Catharine Rees

    Female1798–1863Female

siblings

(7)

    Male1822–Male

    Sarah Ann Wright

    Female1823–1823Female

    Moses Thomas Wright

    Male1825–1865Male

    Emmaline Wright

    Female1829–1907Female

    Female1831–1878Female

+2 More Children

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.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 13

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
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

1 English, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright ), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills.2 Common New England Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, a man of probity, from Old French droit ‘right’, in which there has been confusion between the homophones right and wright.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elwood Wright, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John E Wright, "United States Census, 1880"
  • J. L. Wright in entry for Catherine Jane Wright Stanley, "Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907"

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