Mary Wright

22 January 1826–6 July 1898 (Age 72)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Mary

When Mary Wright was born on 22 January 1826, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Edmund Wright, was 31 and her mother, Mary Fowler, was 25. She married Alonzo Bartholemew Greaves on 24 February 1846, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Viola Township, Osceola, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 6 July 1898, in Faribault, Rice, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

Alonzo Bartholemew Greaves
Mary Wright
Marriage: 24 February 1846
Edmund James Greaves
Eliza Greaves
Walter Tracy Greaves
Anna Maria Greaves
James Henry Greaves
Alva B. Greaves
Prudence L Greaves
Emma Mary Greaves
Lillie Greaves

Spouse and Children

24 February 1846
Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom


    Edmund James Greaves


    Eliza Greaves



    Anna Maria Greaves



+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Edmund Wright


    Mary Fowler




    Ann Wright



World Events (8)


Age 4

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 7

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 20

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • Mary Graves in household of Alonzo B Graves, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary Wright in entry for Annie Maria Smith, "Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001"
  • Mary Wright in entry for Annie Maria Smith, "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990"

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