Sarah Ann Halley

27 July 1817–20 January 1857 (Age 39)
Clark, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Sarah Ann

When Sarah Ann Halley was born on 27 July 1817, in Clark, Kentucky, United States, her father, James Halley, was 33 and her mother, Nackie Dunn, was 29. She married William Henry Harrison Wright on 1 December 1836. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 20 January 1857, in her hometown, at the age of 39, and was buried in Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Clark, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Harrison Wright
Sarah Ann Halley
Marriage: 1 December 1836
Lewis Collins Wright
Mary E Wright
Thomas J Wright
William Henry Wright

Spouse and Children

1 December 1836



    Mary E Wright


    Thomas J Wright


    William Henry Wright


Parents and Siblings

    James Halley


    Nackie Dunn





    Thomas Jefferson Halley


World Events (6)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 1

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 13

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a place the location of which is disputed. Black gives two Scottish options, the first with no explanation, the second being Halley in Deerness, Orkney. Modern Scottish bearers may well get it from the Irish names (see 3 and 4 below).2 English: in part possibly a habitational name from Hawley in Hampshire, named from Old English heall ‘hall’, ‘large house’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.3 Irish (Counties Waterford and Tipperary): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAilche ‘descendant of Ailche’, possibly from the byname Ailchú meaning ‘gentle hound’. In some cases Halley has been used to replace Mulhall .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah Wright in household of W N H Wright, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Halley in entry for William Henry Wight, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"
  • Sarah A. Halley, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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