John  Wright

          “John Wright, Noble Township, was born in England Sept. 16, 1830.  His parents were William and Elizabeth Wright.  His father was born in Derbyshire, England, where or near where he has always lived, and is now living at the advanced age of 86 years.  He has long been a member of the Church of England, and in politics is a Whig.  Mr. Wright’s mother died in 1842 … // Mr. Wright landed in New York City, and, after remaining there a few days, came west to Shelby Co. and went to work for William Wright for $9 a month for eight months, then worked about from place to place, until he bought 140 acres of his own, and worked after that on it more or less until he married, which event took place on the 10th of August, 1852, when he was united to Miss Ann Ridlen, in Decatur Co., and they commenced life in earnest.  The tract of land, which he owned, was new, but by constant effort they have made from it their present handsome farm and home.  Mr. and Mrs. Wright have had eight children – William W., Mary E., Thomas G., Charles S., Sarah E. (deceased), Orpha, Flora (deceased) and George C.  Mrs. Wright is a member of the United Brethren Church.  She has a happy faculty of making her home pleasant, and is well-fitted to the duties of a wife and mother. // Mr. Wright and his brother George are at present the only members of their family living in this country, all the rest being in England.  They have both prospered in this, the land of their adoption, and are ranked as among the best and wealthiest farmers in Shelby Co.  Politically the subject of this sketch is a Democrat.”
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell, whose aunt-by-marriage, Charity Ann ‘Chat’ (Cuskaden) Mitchell, was a granddaughter of  John & Ann (Ridlen) Wright
Atlas of Shelby Co., published 1880, page 104

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