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Husband: James S Wright
Born: 23 NOV 1813 in Surry Co, NC
Married: 1837/08 in Surry Co, NC
Died: 09 MAY 1902 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Father: Aaron Wright
Mother: Mary Murphy
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Wife: Caroline C Winfrey
Born: 13 DEC 1822 in Surry Co, NC
Died: 05 DEC 1916 in Cherokee Co, NC
Father: Caleb Winfrey
Mother: Arabella Moody
Spouses:

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Children
01 (F): Arabella Cirkendal Wright
Born: 14 OCT 1839 in Surry Co, NC
Died: 31 JAN 1916 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Pinkney Benton Tatham

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02 (F): Martha Wright
Born: 1843/04 in Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 1850/1860 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses:
03 (M): Aaron Alexander Wright
Born: 02 OCT 1847 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 21 OCT 1907 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Annis Dulcenia Waters

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04 (M): Richard Murphy Wright
Born: 28 JAN 1849 in Union Co, GA
Died: 14 FEB 1924 in Swain Co, NC
Spouses: Mariah M C Stillwell

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05 (F): Laura Caroline Wright
Born: 13 APR 1852 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 05 JUN 1943 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: William C Stepp

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06 (F): Emaline Rebecca Wright
Born: 15 APR 1854 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 16 OCT 1941 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Charles Abraham Conley

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07 (F): Plutinie M Wright
Born: 12 APR 1856 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 29 FEB 1904 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Robert Eugene Hampton
08 (M): Americus Erastus Wright
Born: 18 MAR 1858 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 07 APR 1934 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Mary Malinda L Evans

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09 (F): Ivalee M Wright
Born: 21 MAY 1860 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 07 APR 1947 in Cherokee Co, NC
Spouses: Josiah Burchfield

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10 (F): Media Ann Wright
Born: 30 APR 1866 in Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC
Died: 23 AUG 1947 in Clay Co, NC
Spouses: John Bryant West

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Additional Information

James S Wright:

Notes:

!NOTES:Marty Grant's 3rd Great Grand Father.;

!NOTES:B/D 23 Nov 1813 from Tombstone, Red Marble Cemetery, Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC

!NOTES:Born in Surry County, NC proven by 1860 Census.;

!NOTES:Never found any clue as to what his middle initial "S" might be for. It is possible it was SCOTT after his mother's half brothers, but that is just a wild guess.;

!NOTES:From "Our Heritage", Margaret Walker Freel, 1957, p 370 -
"The Wright family is of Irish descent. The first immigrant of the Wrights in America settled in the State of KY for a period. Later the family migrated to near present Oxford, N.C., then to Surry Co. To Aran Wright was born a son by name of James."

!NOTES:I've never seen any direct evidence that James is a son of Aaron, but it seems very likely that he is. My Great Grandmother Della Wright (1896-1982) told me that Aaron was the name of her great grandfather, so that seems to confirm it.;

!NOTES:On 26 Jul 1977, Alton Wright interviewed and recorded my Great Grandmother Della Wright George (1896-1982). I've had a copy of the transcript since about 1980 or so. Della was a granddaughter of James S. Wright and Caroline C. Winfrey, and knew them. In the interview, she made this comment about James S. Wright and Caroline Winfrey:
"James Wright, 1813-1902, that was my grandfather. Grandfather was real old. Sat in a corner, had a walking stick--reach over and hit our toes. That's the only way he knew to play with us, you know. Grandmother, she's always the boss. My Daddy said she was--he was always on to her for being mean to Grandfather. She was a pretty rough old gal. Everybody thought she was. She was good."



!CENSUS:1820 Surry Co, NC pg 774 w/Aaron WRIGHT age 0-9 (1810/20);

!CENSUS:1830 Surry Co, NC pg 146 w/Mary WRIGHT age 15-19 (1810/1815);

!DEED:23 Jun 1837 Surry Co, NC Y-33 M.M. HUGHES and James MARTIN to James S. WRIGHT all of Surry Co, NC. Witnesses: D.S. WRIGHT, John STANLEY;

!DEED:31 Jul 1837 Surry Co, NC W-334 James WRIGHT of Surry Co, NC to Thomas W. CARTER of Jonesville, Surry Co, NC and B.B. BENHAM of same, signed as James S. WRIGHT;

!WITNESS: 6 Nov 1839 Surry Co, NC Deed Y-213 Caleb WINFREY to Lemuel B. JONES, Witnesses: James WRIGHT;


!CENSUS:1840 Surry Co., NC pg 112 Caleb Winfrey age 40-49 (1790/1800)
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Analysis (who each person *might* be):
1m 40-49 (1790/1800) Caleb Winfrey (c1799)
1m 20-29 (1810/1820) James S. Wright (1813) son-in-law
1m und 5 (1835/1840) Isaac Winfrey (1835) son
2f 30-39 (1800/1810) Arabella Moody Winfrey (c1803) wife
..................... Eliza Moody (c1810) sister-in-law
2f 15-19 (1820/1825) Caroline Winfrey Wright (1822) daughter
..................... Emaline Winfrey (1825) daughter
1f 10-14 (1825/1830) Eliza Winfrey (1829) daughter
1f 5-9 (1830/1835) Elizabeth Winfrey (1831) daughter
1f und 5 (1835/1840) Arabella Wright (1839) grand-daughter;


!CENSUS:1850 Cherokee Co, NC # 915/915
James Wright, 37 Farmer $600 NC
Caroline, 27
Arabella 17
Martha 6
Alexander 4
Richard 1
James Cromwell 15
* James Cromwell/Crummell is a nephew, son of Rebecca Wright Cromwell/Crummell;


!CENSUS:1860 Cherokee Co, NC Valleytown Dist. Valley Town PO # 891/891
James S. Wright 45 Farmer $2200/530 Surry
Caroline 35 "
Orra 20 "
Alexander 12 Cherokee
Richard 10 "
Laura 8 "
Emaline 6 "
Plutine 4
Americus 2
Ivlee 2/12
Jerry Rogers 22 farm laborer, Macon;


!CIVIL WAR 1861-1865:
James was too old to serve in the war, though based on family tradition he was a staunch Republican and Union supporter. His sons were too young to serve. After the war James became Postmaster because he was the only one in the area who hadn't committed "treason" against the United States during the war.


!CENSUS:1870 Cherokee Co, NC Valleytown Township, Valleytown PO # 20/20
James Wright, 56 Farmer $1000/300 NC
Caroline 46
Alexander 22
Richard 20
Laura 18
Rebecca 16
Plutina 14
Americus 12
Ivalee 10
Median 3;

!NAMED: 8 Sep 1879 Cherokee Co, NC marriage of Andrew Jackson JOHNSON and Calla M. MILLER by James S. WRIGHT, Justice of the Peace;

!NAMED:24 Dec 1879 Cherokee Co, NC Marriage of William E. MORGAN and Lilly CRUSE, by J.S. WRIGHT, JOP;


!CENSUS:1880 Cherokee Co, NC PHF 325-43-43 Valleytown Township
James S. Wright W M 66 M Farmer NC-NC-NC
Caroline W F 57 Wife M Keeping House NC-NC-NC
Plutinie W F 23 Dau S At Home NC-NC-NC
Median W F 13 Dau S At Home NC-NC-NC


!CENSUS:1900 Cherokee Co., NC Valleytown # 143/143
James S. Wright, head, Nov 1813, 86 M 62 NC-NC-NC
Caroline C. wife Dec 1822 77 M 62 17-9
Tinnie M. dau Apr 1856 44 S
Larra B. Rogers, Lodger, May 1886 14;

!DEATH: 9 May 1902 from Tombstone, Red Marble Cemetery, Rhodo, Cherokee Co, NC;

!TOMBSTONE:Cherokee Co, NC Red Marble Cemetery "James S. WRIGHT 23 Nov 1813 - 9 May 1902";

Caroline C Winfrey:

Notes:

!NOTES:Marty Grant's 3rd Great Grand Mother;

!NOTES:Maiden name WINFREY per D/C of several of her children, and per family tradition.

!NOTES:Middle (or first) name might be Catherine. See her 1910 census entry which lists her as "Cathern". However, "Catherine Caroline" or "Caroline Catherine" doesn't roll off the tongue. The 1910 entry may be a census error.

!NOTES:I have no explicit proof that Caroline C. Winfrey is a child of Caleb Winfrey & Arabella Moody, but it seems 100% certain that they are her parents. Caleb Winfrey and the Wrights were associated in both Surry and Cherokee Counties, and Caleb did have a child her age who is other-wise unidentified. Caroline named a daughter Arabella, presumably after her mother Arabella Moody Winfrey. They Winfreys and Wrights were neighbors in both Surry and Cherokee Counties.;

!NOTES:On 26 Jul 1977, Alton Wright interviewed and recorded my Great Grandmother Della Wright George (1896-1982) and I've had a copy of the transcript since about 1980 or so. Della was a granddaughter of James S. Wright and Caroline C. Winfrey, and knew them. In the interview, she made this comment about James S. Wright and Caroline Winfrey:
"James Wright, 1813-1902, that was my grandfather. Grandfather was real old. Sat in a corner, had a walking stick--reach over and hit our toes. That's the only way he knew to play with us, you know. Grandmother, she's always the boss. My Daddy said she was--he was always on to her for being mean to Grandfather. She was a pretty rough old gal. Everybody thought she was. She was good."


!CENSUS:1830 Surry Co., NC pg 143 Caleb Winfrey age 30-39 (1790/1800)
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Analysis (who each person *might* be):
1m 30-39 (1790/1800) Caleb Winfrey (c1799)
1f 20-29 (1800/1810) Arabella Moody Winfrey (c1803) wife
1f 5-9 (1820/1825) Caroline Winfrey (1822) daughter
2f und 5 (1825/1830) Emaline Winfrey (1825) daughter
..................... Eliza Winfrey (1829) daughter;


!CENSUS:1840 Surry Co., NC pg 112 Caleb Winfrey age 40-49 (1790/1800)
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Analysis (who each person *might* be):
1m 40-49 (1790/1800) Caleb Winfrey (c1799)
1m 20-29 (1810/1820) James S. Wright (1813) son-in-law
1m und 5 (1835/1840) Isaac Winfrey (1835) son
2f 30-39 (1800/1810) Arabella Moody Winfrey (c1803) wife
..................... Eliza Moody (c1810) sister-in-law
2f 15-19 (1820/1825) Caroline Winfrey Wright (1822) daughter
..................... Emaline Winfrey (1825) daughter
1f 10-14 (1825/1830) Eliza Winfrey (1829) daughter
1f 5-9 (1830/1835) Elizabeth Winfrey (1832) daughter
1f und 5 (1835/1840) Arabella Wright (1839) grand-daughter;


!CENSUS:1850 Cherokee Co, NC # 915/915
James Wright, 37 Farmer $600 NC
Caroline, 27
Arabella 17
Martha 6
Alexander 4
Richard 1
James Cromwell 15;


!CENSUS:1860 Cherokee Co, NC Valleytown Dist. Valley Town PO # 891/891
James S. Wright 45 Farmer $2200/530 Surry
Caroline 35 "
Orra 20 "
Alexander 12 Cherokee
Richard 10 "
Laura 8 "
Emaline 6 "
Plutine 4
Americus 2
Ivlee 2/12
Jerry Rogers 22 farm laborer, Macon;


!CENSUS:1870 Cherokee Co, NC Valleytown Township, Valleytown PO # 20/20
James Wright, 56 Farmer $1000/300 NC
Caroline 46
Alexander 22
Richard 20
Laura 18
Rebecca 16
Plutina 14
Americus 12
Ivalee 10
Median 3;


!CENSUS:1880 Cherokee Co, NC PHF 325-43-43 Valleytown Township
James S. Wright W M 66 M Farmer NC-NC-NC
Caroline W F 57 Wife M Keeping House NC-NC-NC
Plutinie W F 23 Dau S At Home NC-NC-NC
Median W F 13 Dau S At Home NC-NC-NC


!CENSUS:1900 Cherokee Co., NC Valleytown # 143/143
James S. Wright, head, Nov 1813, 86 M 62 NC-NC-NC
Caroline C. wife Dec 1822 77 M 62 17-9
Tinnie M. dau Apr 1856 44 S
Larra B. Rogers, Lodger, May 1886 14;


!CENSUS:1910 Cherokee Co., NC Valleytown Township, Topton Precinct # 406/420
Cathern C. Wright, head, 87 wd 17-9 NC-NC-NC;


!NOTES:Death Certificate not found, though there should be one, she died 5 Dec 1916 per her tombstone.;

(02) Martha Wright:

Notes:

!NOTES:Marty Grant's 2nd Great Grand Aunt.;

!CENSUS:1850 Cherokee Co, NC # 915/915
James Wright, 37 Farmer $600 NC
Caroline, 27
Arabella 17
Martha 6
Alexander 4
Richard 1
James Cromwell 15;

!CENSUS:1860 x
- Deceased or married. No one in family remembers her, so she must have died young;

Marriage Notes

!MARRIAGE:
No marriage record was found for James and Caroline in either Surry or Wilkes Counties. The 1900 census lists them married 62 years, which is ca 1837/38. They were living in Surry at that time, but near on the Wilkes border.

!CHILDREN:
James S. Wright and Caroline C. Winfrey had 17 children as proven by the 1900 and 1910 census. Only nine of these lived to adulthood. My grandmother Luella George Grant and her sister Marynell George Lequire both told me that there was more than one set of twins who died as infants, or who were stillborn. Of the 8 children who died young, only one of them is known to us by name. The other 7 (probably including at least two sets of twins) are unknown to us. They may not have received names, or else they were forgotten over the years. Unfortunately no family bible has come to light that might have all the names and birth dates in it.

The other 10 children are well proven by various records, including the 1850 through 1900 census, as well as family knowledge, death records, and scads of other records.

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