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History of the Wright family, who are descendants of Samuel Wright (1722-1789) of Lenox, Mass., with lineage back to Thomas Wright (1610-1670) of Wetherfield, Conn., (emigrated 1640), showing a direct line to John Wright, Lord of Kelvedon Hall, Essex, England online

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Online LibraryWilliam Henry WrightHistory of the Wright family, who are descendants of Samuel Wright (1722-1789) of Lenox, Mass., with lineage back to Thomas Wright (1610-1670) of Wetherfield, Conn., (emigrated 1640), showing a direct line to John Wright, Lord of Kelvedon Hall, Essex, England → online text (page 3 of 12)
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ried (second) Ezekiel Fosdick.

Timothy Wright, born Feb. 13th, 1704.

/Sarah Wright, born April 25th, 1706. Married Jo-
seph Flowers, Oct. 25th, 1727. Their ninth child.
Timothy, married Clarissa Phillips, 1800. They
had 11 children and lived in West Rupert, Vt.

Stephen Wright, born Sept. 30th, 1708. Married
Esther Doolittle.



"H" Will of Samuel Wright (7), "Sergeant," Wethers-
field, Conn.
Died Oct. 12th, 1734; wife, Abigail; is in part :
"I give to Samuel Wright, the eldest son of my son
Samuel Wright, lately deceased, the northeast
part of my home lott.

"I give to Moses Wright, the youngest son of my
son Samuel AVright the other part of my house
lott. etc.

"Gives to son Ehenezer; to son Thomas; to son
Timothy; to dau. Mary Stanley; to dan Abigail
Miller; to children of son Crafts; viz., Calhj and
Martha; to son Stephen; to dau Mabel Bclding:
to dau Sarah Floioer; and to widow Abigail .
Inventory, £1845-12-10.
Samuel (7) was Constable, 1691. Selectumn, 1704.

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II I S T O K Y O r r II E ^\' R I f! II T TAMIL Y

(8) SAMUEL WI^KrllT ("C^iptaiir'), son of Samuel

(7) and Rebecca C. AVright.
Born Jan. 6th, 1692-3, in Wethersfielcl, Conn. : died

June 6th, 1732.
Married Ahif/ail, dan of Jt)nathan Goodrich, Jan.

18th, 1718. Abigail was born Xov. 29th, 1694:

died July 10th, 1777, in Lenox, Mass. Residence.

Wethersfield, Conn.

CHILDREN

(9) Samuel Wright, born May 28th, 1722, in Wethers-

field, Conn. ; died Oct. 1789, in Lenox, Mass.
Abigail WHght, born March 11th, 1724.
Rebecca Wright^ born Sept. 7th, 1726: died May

13th, 1813: unmarried, aged 86 (Will "I").
Lucy Wright, born Jan. 26th, 1729.
Jloses Wright, born July 3rd, 1731 ; died Dec. 20th,

1822 ; aged 90.



Samuel Wright (8), the sea-captain, was born in
Wethersfield, Conn., Jan. 6th, 1692-3, and died at sea
June 6-7th, 1732. His home was in Wethersfield, Conn.
He was captain and part owner of a sloop running be-
tween New London (or Rocky Hill), Conn., and Barba-
does, West Indies. The following description of Rocky
Hill at this period, is from "Stiles Ancient Wethersfield,'"
Vol. II, page 903 :

"It would be difficult for the residents of the present
Rocky Hill village to realize what a scene of bustling
activity old Stepney Landing presented during the period
of its commercial prosperity. There were eight or nine
stores about the landing, whose owners were owners of
vessels being built in the adjoining shij^yard, or taking
in goods, or unloading at the docks.

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HISTORY () V T H E \\^ RIG H T F A M T T. Y

'"These stores all dealt in so-called West India goods
—rum, brandy, wines, sugars, teas, molasses, salt, sea-
coal, etc.; and all imported directly. Among their ex-
poils were : horses, cattle, hogs, hay, hoop-poles, barrel-
staves, salted beef, pork and fish, potatoes, onions, etc."

In 1730, Nathaniel Stillman and Samuel AVright, Jr.,
are mentioned as each part owner of a sloop.

From the diary of Joshua Hempstead, of New Lon-
don, Conn., covering a period of 47 years, September,
1711, to November, 1758:

"June 1st, Thursday, Fair.

"June the 7th, Wednesday, Received a letter from my

son Stephen, by Captain from Barbadoes. Samuel

Wright who Avas belonging to Wethersfield, brought

in dead, June 6th, 1732.''

He is mentioned in his father's will, made April 8th,
1734. as having lately died. His inventory was taken
Juno 28th, 1732, by Daniel Wright and Jonathan Belding,
iuid administration Avas granted the widow the day be-
fore.

Inventory of movable estate, £1573-16/05d.

Remaining for distribution, £1434-1 l/03d.

For the widow, £478-03/09d.

For Samuel, oldest son, £318-15/10d.

To the remaining children, each, £159-07/lld.

His inventory included : ''mm, sugar, and negro and
Indian slaves."

Before the 13th of August, 1741, the widow had
changed her condition by becoming the wife of Noadiah
Dickinson, made her exhibit and Noahdiah moved the
court that her right of dowry might be set out to her.
Moses Wright, the youngest son, was then aged ten years.
and Samuel, the oldest son, nineteen years old. Samuel
chose Jonathan Goodrich as his guardian ; Moses and Re-
becca, aged fourteen, chose their step-father Dickinson as

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their guardian, and went Avith their mother, to live in
Goshen. Conn. We have no further record of the daugh-
ters, Abigail and Luc3\ Noadiah Dickinson died in 1745.

Probate records, Manwaring's digest. Inventory of
estate of Xoahdiah Dickinson, £2200-9/03d. Taken July
11th, 1745. Administration to widow Abigail, who gave
bond with Samuel Wright, in £800 old tenor.

March 4th, 1746, Benoni Hills of Goshen was inter-
rogated before the court with respect to withholding and
concealing some of the movable estate of Noahdiah Dick-
inson.

April 5th, 1748, widow Abigail moves her dowry of
real estate be set out to her. One third of the real estate
was then set out to her. Mrs. Abigail Wright Dickinson
afterwards removed to Lenox, Mass., with her son Samuel
and daughter, Miss Rebecca Wright. She died there and
the grave-stone, which is still standing, has this record :

"This Monument is erected
by Miss Rebecca Wright,

in memory of

J/rs'. Abigail Dickinson^

Her Mother.

July 10th, 1777."



The different versions of the tradition of the sea cap-
tain, which have been handed down in our family, are as
follows :

First — In the Ohio record:

"The fifth generation was a sea captain, the oldest of
the family. (Proof : The retaining of the bed-staff.) He
died at sea ; Avas brought to New London, Conn., and
buried. He had five children, two sons and three daugh-
ters. His name was Samuel^

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H I S T O R Y (' F THE M' R I O H T F A M I I. Y

Second — In the family of Andre iv Wiight, son of
Samuel (9) :

''^Andrew was a son or grand-son of Samuel^ the sea
captain who died at sea."

Third — In the family of Joseph Wright, son of Sam-
uel (9) :

"His (Joseph's) grandfather was captain of a vessel
at sea, and they have a tradition that he Avas lost at sea
in a storm, and the night he was lost his wife had a vision
or dream ; she saw him and he was sailing very fast. They
lived in a sea-shore town in Connecticut."

Fourth — In the family of Gideon Wi'ight, son of
Samuel (9) :

Thev have a tradition that Samuel was born at sea.



The will of Rebecca Wright, daughter of Samuel
(8) saj's in part :

*'Now residing in the family of Mr. Samuel Wright,
of Stockbridge'" (probably her nephew).
Gives tomb-stone to herself and mother, Abigail
Dickinson; commands that her real estate in
"Wethersfield be sold to pay her debts, the remain-
der to be divided between LA'dia Wright, Rebecca
Wright, Polly Wright, Daniel Ives Wright, and
Josiah Wright. (These are the names of her
nephews' children.) Orders that Samuel be dis-
charged from paying a note owing her by him,
and gives to him a silver spoon, for life, and after
to his son Daniel Ives Wright, etc."

The inscription on her grave-stone in Lenox reads :
"In memory of Miss Rehecca Wiight,
AMio died May 13th, 1813. Aged 8G."

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IflSTOIIY OF THE W K IP II T FAMILY

MOSES ^Y RIGHT, son of Samuel (8) and Abigail
Goodrich Wright.

Born July 3rd. 1731; died Dec. 20th, 1822: aged 90
years.

Married ThanhfuU daughter of Nathaniel Norton of
Suffield, Conn.', Oct. 14th, 1760. They went to Cole-
brook. Conn., about 1769; later removed to Che-
nango Co., New York. In the South Cemetery in
Colebrook, is this record:

"Deacon Moses Wright, died Dec. 20th, 1822 :

aged 90.
"Thankful, wife of Moses, died Aug. 18th,

1821 ; aged 79."

CHILDREN

Thanhful Wright, married Luke Roberts.

Abigail Wright, married Joseph Cook.

Norton Wright, baptized 1761 ; married Lucy Ban-
ning (had 8 children).

Moses Wright, Jr., baptized Dec. 3rd, 1767; married
Anna, daughter of Eben Garnsey. She died.

Mary Wright, married John Walcott.

Rebecca Wright, baj^tized Aug. 9th, 1773.

Lucy Wright, baptized Sept., 1774.

Vashti Wright, baptized March 10th, 1778; married
Newell Hayden.

Jerusha Wright, baptized Oct. 1st, 1780; married
David Collins.

Alvin Wright, married Polly Northawa3^
away.

Louise Wright, married Warren Hayes.
Clarissa Wright.



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MOSES WEIGHT, Jr., son of Moses, Sr., and
Thankful Wright.

Born Dec. 3rd, 1767: died July 11th, 1852, in Eagle-
ville, Ohio.

Married Esther Hurd, Feb. 1-tth, 1804. They re-
moved to Eagleville. Ohio, about 1807 or 1808.



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Chapter 111



SAMUEL WRIGHT (9) OF WETHERSFIELD AND
GOSHEX, CONX., AXD LEXOX, MASS.

From this point in our history, we take the family of
Samuel Wright (9), tracing all his descendants, as far as
we have been able to find them, from generation to gen-
eration down to the present time.

There are some unavoidable omissions, and mistakes
may be found in names and dates; but we have put in
statistics just as they were sent to us and we would be glad
of corrections from those who may have records Avhich
are reliable.

We have used abbreviations as follows : "b"' for
births; "m" for married; "'d" for died. In numbering,
we have given numbers only to those having issue, or a
war record, and have shown relationship between father
and son or daughter, in the headings of families.

Where there is little known about a person, that little
is stated with the record of birth, and the person is not
mentioned again. A complete index, giving every name in
the book will be found at the end of the book.



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SAMUEL WEIGHT (9), OF LENOX, MASS.

(9) ^SAMUEL WRIGHT, son of Samuel (8) and Abi-
gail Wright.

Born May 28th, 1722, in Wethersfield, Conn.: died
Oct., 1789, in Lenox, Mass.

Married Marj/, about 1747-8. She died Aug. 18th.
1767: no age given.

Samuel married (second) Mehitahle . before

1769.

Residence, Lenox, Mass.

Children of Samuel (9) and Mary Wright were:

(10) Samuel WHght, b. Jan. 1749: d. Sept. loth, 1811. in

sixty-sixth year.

ThanA'fid Wright, m. Andrew Loomis of Egreniont.
Massachusetts.

Josiah Wright, b. Apr. 1st, 1753: d. May 29th. 1776.
in 21:th year.

Ozias W/'ight, h. Sept. 1st, 1754: d. young.

Ahigail Wright^ b. Jan. 8th, 1757: m. John Light-
body, Philiptown, Xew York.

Ozias Wright, b. Feb. 18th, 1759; d. Sept. 20th,
1778. in 19th year.

Jonathan Wright, b. May 2nd, 1761: d. Mar. 20th.
1778, in 17th j^ear.

(11) Andrew WHght, b. Mar. 11th, 1763; d. Mar. 8th,

1833 ; aged 70 years.

(12) Ebenezer Wright, b. Apr. 29th. 1765: d. Jan. 4th.

1845 ; aged 80 years.
Children of Samuel (9) and Mehitable Wright were :

(13) Joseph Wright, b. Dec. 17th, 1769: d. Jan. 24th.

1851, in 81st year.

{IZa.) Mart/ Aurelia Wright, b. May 7th, 1772: m.

Hawley, living in 1865.

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TIISTOHV OV THE W K I O TI T FAMILY



(U) Gideon Wright, b. Apr. 17th, 1775: d. Aug., 1862;

aged 87 years.
Josiah Wright, b. Aug. ind, 1780; d. after 1866; m.

; no issue.

Lenox, Mass., was settled about 1750, but was not
organized as a town until 1767. Samuel Wright (9) was
elected the first Town Clerk and Samuel, Jr., (10) tyth-
ing man. Samuel (9) assisted in the organization of the
town. He was a prominent man in the town, and prob-
ably served in the Army of the Revolution. Estate set-
tled by son Samuel, Jr., Administrator, Jan. 5th, 1790.
Inventory, £107. Debts, £54. Samuel's charges as Ad-
ministrator, £7. (Pittsfield, Mass., Probate Register No.
1441.)

His widoAV, Mehitahlc, (sons) J one ph. Wright, ^1^?-
di-eu-' and Ehenezer of Shoreham, Vt. ; Andrew Loomis of
Egremont and Thankful, his wife; John Lightbody of
Philiptown, state of New York, and Abigail, his wife,
quit-claim to Samuel Wright of Stockbridge, all their
interest in a tract of land in Lenox, being all the land
that Samuel (9) owned in Lenox; deed dated Feb. 9th,
1791.

We have been unable to find a record of his marriage

to Mary , or of the births of the two oldest children,

Samuel and Thankful, and have taken the date of Samuel,
J r.\H birth fi'om the record of death minus his age at that
time, as it appears on his grave-stone in Lenox.

Samuel (9) appears to have removed to Goshen,
Litchfield Co., Conn., after the births of these tAvo chil-
dren, and records in that town give the births of five
more, viz.: Josiah, Ozias, Abigail, Ozias 2nd and An-
drew. Three of these births are also recorded in Lenox,
Mass., to Avhich town he removed before 1766, as his first
deed was recorded that year, and has in it "formerly of
Goshen, Conn."



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TT T S T () n ^' OF THE WRIGHT TAMIL Y

Some have thought that Samuel (9) went away from
Lenox for a time (perhaps to live with his son Samuel,
Jr., in Stockbridge), afterwards retnrning to Lenox,
where he died in 1789.

In the Dwight Collection, Vol. LL, page 30, appears
this item pertaining to Samuel Wright of Lenox:

'•Boston. June 10th, 1773.
"Rec'd of Elijah Williams Esq. thirty three pounds
two shillings in full for Execution against the following
persons: John Holmes, Sheffield, Daniel Taylor, New
jMarlborough and Sam Wright of Lenox.
"By the hands of Mark Hopkins

"for the Treasurer,
£33 :2 "HARRISON GRAY, JR.*'

Said receipt is endorsed in the handwriting of Elijah
Williams, as follows:

"Provincial Trears Rec't for Bushes (sic) Money."

Mr. Dwight adds: "Undoubtedly Wright was a local
constable (collector of taxes). My collection of papers
indicate that these Berkshire County constables did not
pay the Provincial Treasurer at Boston until after the
account was put in the hands of High Sheriff (Colonel
Williams). In these days (1773) cash was a scarce arti-
cle ; not only with the masses, but with the classes, as well :
the latter collected from the former by force, and these
constables held onto the cash until these 'Executions' Avere
put in the hands of Williams.'"

THE CHILDREN OF SAMUEL WRIGHT (9).

(10) SAMUEL WRIGHT, son of Samuel (9) and Mary
Wright.
Born Jan., 1749; died Sept. loth, 1814, in GGth year.

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HISTORY or THE AV R I G II T FAMILY



Married Lijdia Ives, Feb. 27tli, 1775, of Wallingford,
Conn. Lydia Ives Wright died May 30th, 1810, in
her 56th year.

Residence. Stockbridge and Lenox, Mass.

CHILDREN

Mary Wright, b. Feb. 9th, 177G; d. Oct. 16th, 1787;

aged 12 years.
Samuel Wright, b. Apr. 17th, 1781.
Ozias Wright, b. Jan. 28th, 1784.
Lydia Wright, b. Apr. 7th, 1788.
Rehekah Wright, b. Oct. 13th, 1790.
Polly Wright, b. May. 29th, 1793.
Daniel Ives W light, b. Jan. 15th, 1796.
Josiah Wright, b. Jan. 2d, 1799.



''MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIEPvS OF THE
REVOLUTION."

^''Wright, Samuel. Lee (also given Stockbridge).
List of men raised to serve in the Con. Army from Capt.
Jesse Bradley's Co. Residence Lee. engaged for town of
Lee; joined Capt. Stories Co; Col. Brewer's regt ; term
three years, also, list of men mustered between Jan 20th,
1777 to June 1st, 1778, by Truman Wheeler, Muster Mas-
ter for Berkshire Co; reported rec'd State bounty, also.
Private, Capt. John Williams' Co; Col. Ebenezer Sprout's
reg't : Continental Army pay acc't, for service from June
2nd, 1777 to Dec 31st, 1779. Aaron Wright reported as
having taken place of said Samuel Wright, Jan 1st, 1780.
also Capt. Enos Stories Co, Col. Brewer's reg't; return
dated Camp at Valley Forge, Jan. 25th, 1778; residence,
Stockbridge. Enlisted for town of Sheffield mustered
l)y Truman Wheeler, State Muster Master."

''Wright, Samuel (also given Samuel, Jr.), Lee, (also
given Stockbridge). Return of men raised to serve in

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HISTORY OF THE AV R I G II T F A ZVII L Y

the Continental Army, from Capt. Jesse Bradley's Co:
residence, Lee: engaged for the toAvn of Lee: joined Capt.
Chadwick's Co; Col. Brewer's reg't: term three years.
also, list of men mustered between Jan 20th. 1777 and
June 1st, 1778. by Truman \Mieeler, Muster Master for
Berkshire Co; Cap't. Chadwick's Co; Col Eben Brewer's
reg't. reported State Bounty, also. Private, Capt. J.
Means' Co: Col. Eben Sprout's (12th) regt: residence,
Stockbridge. credited to town of Newbury, also, Capt.
John Chadwick's Co, Col Brewer's regt ; return dated Jan
22d, 1788. residence, Stockbridge, enlisted for town of
Stockbridge. mustered by T. Wheeler.''

Description list dated Jan. 1st. 1781. Capt. James
Means' Co.. 2nd Mass. Regiment: Stature. 5 ft 7 inches:
complexion, light; hair, brown: residence, Stockbridge.
P^nlisted Jan. 1st, 1777, by Lieut. Mansfield, at Lee; enlist-
ment during the war.

His name also appears on a committee appointed for
observing a day of mourning for the death of George
Washington (1799).

••In 1797. John Treat and Daniel Weller of Shore-
ham. Addison Co., Vermont, and Lucinda Weller, wife
of said Weller, for the sum of $300, convey to Samuel
W light of Stockbridge, land lying in Lenox, on the high-
way that leads to James Richards', being the same that
was set off to the widow of Ashbel Treat, late of Lenox.''

The fact of Samuel's ownership of this land, also of
the land (luit-claimed to him by the other heirs of his
father in 1791, together with the records of his children's
births, and the burial of himself, wife and daughter Mary,
in Lenox, lead us to conclude that his residence Avas in
Lenox a part of his life, though he is generally referred
to as Samuel Wright of Stockbridge. He appears to have
been the only son of Samuel of Lenox who remained near
home, all the others removing to Vermont.

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H 1 S T n Y O F T II E WRIGHT P A M I T. Y

Of Sa/ituel's (10) children, we are unable to give l)ut
little information. We found the record of births, in
Lenox, and besides this a mention of Lydia, Rehecca.
Polly^ Daniel Ives and Josiah^ in the Avill of their great-
aunt. Miss Rebecca Wright, as having a share in her proj)-
erty. There was a deed given by Samuel Wright, Jr., and
Ozias Wright, both of Lenox, Sept. 14th, 1809. Also a
release of mortgage on same property, Aug. 15th, 1811,
by Samuel and Ozias of Pompey, New York. This was
also signed by SamueVs wife Lucina or Lovina Fuller
Wright. Lydia Wright (single woman) gave bond, as
guardian of Josiah Wright, son of Samuel of Stock-
bridge, 1814.






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Chapter IV



THE CHILDREN OF SAMUEL AVRIGHT (9).
"THE FIFTH SON"

( 11) AXDRFW ^VPdGin\ son of Samuel (9) and Marv
Wright.
Born Mar. 11th, 1763, in Lenox, Mass.; died Mar.

8th. 1833, in Shoreham, Yt.
Married (first) Jerusha Benton^ Ma}^ 178'2 (prob-
ably in Lenox, Mass). Jerusha died Mar. 4th,
1813 ; aged 51 years.
^Married (second) Phehe, widow of Eobert Hopkins,

July 18th, 1813.
Eesidence, Shoreham, Yt.

The children of Andrew (11) and Jerusha Wright
were :
(1.")) Jei'usha. Wn'ghf, b. Oct. 2nd, 178*2-3. in Lenox.
Mass. ; d. Mar. 19th, 1869.

(16) Ayidrew Wright, b. 1784-, in Lenox, Mass.; d. 18-10.

(17) Elizaheth Wright, b. Mar. -1th. 1785, in I^nox,

Mass. ; d. Sept. 28th, 1871.

(18) Jonathan Wtight, b. 1791, in Shoreham, Yt.; d. Apr.

12th, 1839.

(19) Thaaliul Wright, b. Feb. 11th, 1793, in Shoreham.

Yt. ; d. Dec. 6th, 1877.

(20) Polly Wright, b. May 17th, 1800, in Shoreham, Yt.;

d. Nov. 14th, 1834."
The children of Anch-ew (11) and Phebe Wright
were:

(21) Samuel Wright, b. 1814-15, in Shoreham, Yt. : d.

1846, in Michigan.
Phebe Wright, m. Oman Bronson : had two daugh-
ters, Ellen and Emmaline Bronson.
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From '■''Massachusetts Soldiers of the Revolution.-''

ANDREW WRIGHT (11), served in the Eevolu-
tionary Army as private, Capt. Joseph Raymond's Co.,
Isreal Chapen's Regt. ; enlisted Oct. 18th, 1779. Dis-
charged Nov. 21st, 1779. Service 1 month, 8 days, at
Chiverack, including 3 days (60 miles) travel home. Reg-
iment raised to reinforce Continental Army for three
months.

Also: In list of men raised for 6 months' service by
Brig. Gen. Paterson as having passed muster, in a return,
dated Camp Totaway, Oct. 25th, 1780.

Also: Pay roll for 6 months men raised by the town
of Lenox, for service in the Continental Arijiy during
1780; marched June 30th, 1780, discharged Dec. 30th.
1780: service, 6 months 5 days, including travel (90 miles)
home.

Also: Private, Capt. Josiah Yates' Co. Entered
service Oct. 12th, 1781. Discharged Oct. 20th, 1781.
Service, 12 days. Mileage, out and home, 160 miles.
Company marched from Lee and Lenox to Stillwater Oct.
12th, 1781, by order of Brig. Gen. Rosseter, on alarm.

Also:' Capt. John Bacon's Co., Col. Caleb Hyde's
Reg't., Gen. Rosseter's Brigade. Entered service Oct.
20th, 1781. Discharged Oct. 28th, 1781. At Stillwater
on alarm.

Battles engaged in not mentioned.

Residence of soldier at enlistment, Lenox, Mass.

Date of application for pension, July 24th, 1832.

Residence at date of application, Shoreham, Addison
Co., Vermont.

Age at date of application, sixty-nine.

He Avent to Shoreham, Addison Co., Vt., in May.
1785; returned to Lenox .in the fall, and moved his fam-
ily to Shoreham the next spring, taking his next younger
brother, Ebenezer with them. At this time he had a Avife.
Jerusha, and three little children, Jerusha, Andrew and

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II I S TORY OF THE WRIGHT F A :M I I, Y

Elizabeth. He settled about one mile east of ''Kichville,"
which was then called '"Hackleburny," on an eminence
which commands a beautiful view of the surrounding
country.

The first house which he built was on the south side
of the road adjoining what is now "East Shoreham Cem-
etery.*' This house was built of logs, but later he built a
frame house on the opposite side of the road, and it was
standing until a few years ago, when it was destroyed
by fire.

The land for the "God's Acre*' was given bj' Andrew
to the town, and in this plat he lies buried, with many of
his descendants and kinsmen near him.

The inscription on his grave-stone reads :

ANDREW WRIGHT

ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SHOREHAM

DIED MARCH 8tH, 1833, AGED 70 YEARS

FATHER OF 13 CHILDREN, 59 GRAND-CHILDREN

AND 16 GREAT-GRAND-CHILDREN.

There are no records of his children's bii hs in Shore-
ham, but from his descendants we have found the names
of eight of them. It is supposed the others died when
voung.



THE CHILDREN OF AXDEEW \\^IGHT (11).

(15) JERUSHA WRIGHT, daughter of Andrew (11)

and Jerusha "Wright.
Born Oct. 2nd, 1782-3, in Lenox, Mass. ; d. March

19th, 1869, in Conneautville, Pa., aged 85 3'^ears 5

mos. 17 daj's.
Married Amd Sheldon, 1803; he died Oct. 18th.

1867, aged 88 yrs. 2 mos. 21 days.
Residence, Springtownship, Pa.

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CHILDREN

(22) Bedora Sheldon, b. Jan. 25th. 1804, in Shoreham,

Vt. ; d. Mar. 9tli, 1837.

(23) Samuel Wright Sheldon, b. Jan. 15th, 1806; d. Nov.

26th. 1896.

(24) Tryphenia Sheldon, b. Nov. 17th, 1808; d. Jan. 25th,

1884.

(25) Syhle Sheldon.

(26) Hiram Sheldon, b. Sept. 27th, 1812; d. May 16th,

1895.

(27) Jernsha Sheldon, b. May 10th, 1815; d. Feb. 10th,

1894.

(28) Aarad Sheldon, b. July 18th, 1817: d. 1864.

(29) Andreio Sheldon, b. July 22d, 1819; d. 1881.

(30) Jonathan Sheldon, b. 1822; d. Oct. 30th, 1893.

(31) Dermjter Sheldon, b. Oct. 5th, 1824; d. July 24th,

1853.

(32) Thankful Sheldon, b. 1835; d. Nov. 28th, 1865.



Arad and Jenisha Wright Sheldon lived in Shore-
ham, Vt., until 1812-13, then moved to what was then the
wild and undeveloped West, first settling in Steuben Co.,
New York. Afterwards they moved to Springtow^nship,
Pa., w^here they raised a large family, many of whom
lived to a good old age, Arad was a member of the Order
of Free Masons.



(22) BEDORA SHELDON, daughter of Jerusha (15)

and Arad Sheldon.
Born Jan. 25th, 1804, in Shoreham, Vt.; d. March

9th, 1837.
Married Rohert //. Sloan, Jan. 16th, 1823.
Residence, Springtownship, Pa.

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H I S T O i: V OF THE W IJ I G II T F A M I I. Y
CHILDKEX

(33) Ja7ie Sloan, b. July oth, 1827: d. Feb. 28th, 1895.
Green Sloan, b. Apr. 26th, 1829 ; d. Apr. 24th, 1899.

Married Hannah A. Sloan, 1864; no children.
Syble Sloan, b. June 19th, 1832; d. Mar. 28th, 1902.

Married A. J. Stafford, Feb. loth, 1866; Smith

Church, Oct. 16th. 1874.
Arch Sloan, b. Nov. 2nd, 1834; d. Apr. 30th, 1899.

Married Catherine Frey, Sept. 10th, 1857.



(33) JANE SLOAN, daughter oiBedora. (22) and Rob-

ert H. Sloan.
Born July 5th, 1827: d. Feb. 28th, 1895.
Married /. S. Bail, Oct. 10th, 1850.
Eesidence, Springtownship, Pa.

CHILDREN

(34) Dora E. Bail, b. Feb. 25th, 1852.

(35) Harry Bail, b. Dec. 21st, 1854.

(36) Archie Bail, b. Aug. 10th. 1872.


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