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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John Elwood Wright
Jemima Walthall Hunnicutt
Marriage: 24 December 1840
Catherine J. Wright
Benjamin Franklin Wright
John C Wright
William Henry Wright
Miranda Wright
Mary E. Wright
Edgar Wright

Spouse and Children

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



    Benjamin Franklin Wright


    John C Wright


    Mary E. Wright


    William Henry Wright


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Jacob Wright


    Catharine Rees





    Sarah Ann Wright


    Moses Thomas Wright


    Emmaline Wright



+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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