Harriet Lavina Wright

8 February 1857–April 1937 (Age 80)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Harriet Lavina

When Harriet Lavina Wright was born on 8 February 1857, in Iowa, United States, her father, John Wright, was 45 and her mother, Mary Jane Bridges, was 36. She married Edward Coke Currey on 21 July 1885, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Washington Township, Des Moines, Iowa, United States in 1860. She died in April 1937, in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edward Coke Currey
Harriet Lavina Wright
Marriage: 21 July 1885
Mildred Wright Currey
Edward Brooks Currey
Gordon Bridges Currey

Spouse and Children

21 July 1885
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States


    Mildred Wright Currey



    Gordon Bridges Currey


Parents and Siblings

    John Wright


    Mary Jane Bridges




    Eli Green Wright


    Sarah E. Wright


    Milton Wright


    Jeanette Wright


    Cassandra Wright


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World Events (8)


Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 10

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 24

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • Hattie T. Wright in household of Mary J. Wright, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Harriet Wright in household of John Wright, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Harriet Wright in household of John Wright, "United States Census, 1860"

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