George  Wright

          "George 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.

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