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Wright, William

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Wright, William
March 04, 2007 05:21PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 499.
[Bourbon County] [Paris City and Precinct]

WILLIAM WRIGHT, farmer; P. O. Paris; was born Feb. 25, 1822, on the farm
he now owns; he is a son of Colonel William Wright, who was born in
Botetourt County, Va., Dec. 15, 1783. The family traces their name to
Adam Wright, a native of the New England States; his son Peter emigrated
to Botetourt County, Va. at an early period, and married Jane Hughard
and settled on Jackson River. To them were born thirteen children,
among whom was James, who married Martha Hamilton, and settled on Pott's
creek. He and brother Thomas emigrated to Kentucky, locating on the
Pike, where Robert Langston lives. James purchased a large tract of
land in 1794, upon which he remained all his life. To James Wright was
born ten children, of whom William, the father of the above, was one of
the number. He married Ann Jackson, and by her had six children, among
this number was William, whose name heads this page, who is a
great-great-grandson of Adam Wright, of the New England States. James
Wright and Martha Hamilton were married Feb. 29, 1776; their children
were Sarah, Jane, Andrew, William, Mary, John, Isaac, Rebecca and
James R. To William and Ann (Jackson) Wright were born six children,
viz: Edwin, Rebecca, Martha J., William, Martha and Mary, but two are
living, William and Edwin, who reside in Coles County, Ill. Martha
Hamilton was born in Virginia, Sept. 25, 1787, she was a daughter of
Andrew Hamilton and Isabella Kinkead, both moved from Virginia and
settled in Woodford County, Ky., in 1794. Andrew was a native of Ireland
and emigrated to Augusta County, Va.; he had eight children, among whom
was John, who was killed by the Indians. Col. William, the father of
our subject, was but eight years of age when he came to this county,
he remained here until his death, June 11, 1880, in his ninety-seventh
year. His wife, Eliza Jackson, was born in Maryland, daughter of Dr.
John Jackson, a native of Ireland, but was educated in Edinburg,
Scotland, and afterward emigrated to Pennsylvania, where he married Ann
Davis, thence to Bourbon County, Ky. Col. William Wright was a man of
more than ordinary ability, he acquired a good education and for
several years taught school, he was out in the war of 1812, and
commanded a regiment from Kentucky. In 1854, he represented his
County in the Legislature; he never sought office; he moved to the
place now owned by his son William, in 1814, the year of his marriage,
and remained on the same up to his death. He was a member of the
Presbyterian Church, and elder of the same, and always sustained the
character of an upright man, and Christian gentleman. His son WIlliam
now succeeds him; he was married Nov. 4, 1857, to Georgia A. Rion,
daughter of Newton B. Rion. Mr. Wright has but one child, Anna M.
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