Phineas Wright

18 September 1877–11 February 1954 (Age 76)
Rives Township, Jackson, Michigan, United States

The Life of Phineas

When Phineas Wright was born on 18 September 1877, in Rives Township, Jackson, Michigan, United States, his father, Josiah Wright, was 35 and his mother, Lavina Robbins, was 27. He married Ruth Anerine Clickner on 2 September 1912, in Leslie, Ingham, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Jackson, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died on 11 February 1954, at the age of 76, and was buried in Rives Junction, Jackson, Michigan, United States.

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Phineas Wright
Ruth Anerine Clickner
Marriage: 2 September 1912
Doris M Wright

Spouse and Children

2 September 1912
Leslie, Ingham, Michigan, United States


    Doris M Wright


Parents and Siblings

    Josiah Wright


    Lavina Robbins




    Marion Wright


    Marian Wright





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World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 2

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 21

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

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)

  • Phinneas Wright, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Finnie Wright in household of Josiah Wright, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Phineas Wright in household of Josiah Wright, "United States Census, 1880"

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