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 West River Township, Randolph, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Woodland, Sauk, Wisconsin, United States in 1870. He died after 1880.
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.