Wright is a native of England, born March 11, 1835. He was the seventh born of ten children
– five sons and five daughters. His
parents, William and Elizabeth (Gould) Wright, were both natives
of England, William Wright was a farmer, and was one of the self-made
men. He reared nine children to
manhood and womanhood, eight of whom are now living. He was a member of the Episcopalian
Church. George Wright was reared on
a farm, and received a good education.
He remained home until sixteen years old, when he started for America,
November 2, 1852. He went to live
with his brother [see John Wright bio] in this
county. Having limited means,
he set out to find work. He found
work on a farm, and later in life bought the farm, where he has since
resided. He married Mary Avery
in 1855; born in this county September 19, 1836, the daughter of
George and Sophia (Bartley) Avery – the former born in Auroa*, N.
Y., in 1800, the latter in Adams County, Ohio, in 1812, who were among the early
settlers of this county. By this
marriage, three children were born: Frank Carlton, born May 20, 1856;
Albert William, born October 16, 1861; Sophia E., born August 3,
1864. Mrs. Wright died February 5,
1871, from consumption. She
belonged to the Presbyterian Baptist Church. Mr. Wright was married again on June 3,
1873, to Miss Ellen Short, who was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, March
31, 1840, the daughter of Thomas K. Short and Sarah Allen, both
natives of England. Mr. Wright’s
present home is on the left bank of Flat Rock, and he has one of the most
beautiful homes in the township.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright are Universalists in belief.”
From pp. 737-8 of Brant & Fuller's 1887 History of Shelby County, Indiana
* Probably is a misprint; should be Aurora, N. Y.?
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell, child-neighbor of Albert W.
Wright at Waldron in the 1940s.
Sophia E. (Wright) Alley was the mother of George W. Alley, partner with
my grandfather, George W. Mitchell, in a sawmill on Flat Rock south of Waldron
during the 1920s. Sophia’s other
child, Ethel, married F. Hardy Thorp, Noble Twp. farmer, whose mother was Minnie
Mitchell, daughter of ‘Hardy’ Mitchell.