Evan Pettit Wright

Brief Life History of Evan Pettit

When Evan Pettit Wright was born on 24 February 1911, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Walter Wright, was 30 and his mother, Emily Jeremy, was 29. He married Jean Douglass on 27 July 1936, in Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1920 and South Africa in 1998. He died on 27 August 1998, in Marietta, Cobb, Georgia, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Evan Pettit Wright
Jean Douglass
Marriage: 27 July 1936
Barbara Jean Wright
Evan Jeremy Wright

Sources (29)

  • Evan P Wright in household of Walter Wright, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • <Unknown>, "Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914"
  • Evan Pettit Wright, "South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973"

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1912 · The Girl Scouts

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

1912 · The Capitol Building

As time passed, smaller buildings became inadequate to house the local leaders and the territory legislator, so a call for a new permanent capitol building became an item of discussion. Several of people requested that Salt Lake City donate 20 acres of land for the construction of a new Capitol building, but plans were put on hold until Utah gained statehood in 1896. After the new state legislature passed the approval for the building of the Capitol, funding was secured and the search for a site was underway. One of the more popular sites considered was located on Fort Douglas property, but it was decided to construct it on the original 20 acres site now known as Capitol Hill. The Capitol has been renovated multiple times since its original construction, to better stabilize the structure to be able to withstand a 7.3 magnitude earthquake and to demonstrate the history of the state. The Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


South African parliament enacts Status of Union Act claiming full sovereignty for South Africa.

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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Evan Pettit Wright

EVAN PETTIT WRIGHT (Re-typed August 19, 2008 by nephew Craig Douglass.) Born 24 February 1911, at Salt Lake City, Utah Married to Jean Douglass on 27 July 1936 at Cape Town, South Africa Children: …

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