William Brockerman Wright Sr

10 February 1836–30 October 1916 (Age 80)
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of William Brockerman

When William Brockerman Wright Sr was born on 10 February 1836, in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Abraham Reister Wright Sr, was 24 and his mother, Mary Ann Brockerman, was 19. He married Emma Smith Yearsley on 15 March 1860, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1866. His occupation is listed as clerk in Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 30 October 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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William Brockerman Wright Sr
Emma Smith Yearsley
Marriage: 15 March 1860
William Brockerman Wright Jr.
Mary Elizabeth or Lillie Wright
Emma Smith Wright
Ida Louisa Wright
Eva Yearsley Wright
Annie May WRIGHT
David Frederick Wright
John Herbert Wright
Nina Ella Wright

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 March 1860Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 10
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 27
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · Battle of Gettysburg
    Age 27
    The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Journal of William Brockerman Wright...from June to September of 1855

    Seth M. Blair/Edward Stevenson Wagon train Company [Note to Reader: Mr. Wright apparently started copying his diary record of his journey, but did not complete the record for the entire journey. We ha …

    Sources (42)

    • William B Wright in entry for Fred Wright, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • William Wright, "United States Census, 1870"
    • William Brockerman Wright, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"

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