Hershel Wright

9 February 1919–4 October 1997 (Age 78)
Floyd, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Hershel

When Hershel Wright was born on 9 February 1919, in Floyd, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Harrison Wright, was 52 and his mother, Louisa Whitaker, was 32. He married Oma Holbrook on 17 April 1941, in Brainard, Floyd, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Magisterial District 1, Floyd, Kentucky, United States in 1940 and Ohio, United States in 1997. He died on 4 October 1997, in Findlay, Hancock, Ohio, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Alger, Hardin, Ohio, United States.

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Hershel Wright
Oma Holbrook
Marriage: 17 April 1941
Larry Wilbur Wright

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    Oma Holbrook


17 April 1941
Brainard, Floyd, Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 7

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Hershel Wright in household of Harrison Wright, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Hurshul Wright in household of Harrison Wright, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Herschel Wright in household of Harrison Wright, "United States Census, 1920"

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