Name: Byard WRIGHT
Birth: ABT 1800 in DE or MD
Note: 1910 census Andrew says his father born in Delaware. Probably Sussex Co., DE
Death: 1860/1865 in Illinois
Burial: Cherry Point Cemetery, Evans Twp., Marshall Co., IL
Occupation: Pioneer, Farmer
Change Date: 11 JAN 2017
An old stone marker rests in a corner of Cherry Point Cemetery, Marshall County, Illinois looking almost discarded. It bears no inscription other than the name Byard Wright. This is the tombstone of our earliest known Wright ancestor.
Byard was born about 1800 in either Delaware or Maryland according to conflicting U.S. census records. He married Nancy Dallis on February 10, 1825, in Pickaway County, OH. Parents unknown.
Byard and Nancy owned a farm in Union Township, Ross Co., where he was enumerated in the 1830 census. Most likely their first five children were born here. As of November 2016, only 3 of the 5 - Walter, Byard W., and Sally have been identified. About 1836 the Wrights moved to Clinton Co., OH, where five more children were born. Then during the fall of 1847, they trailed west to Marshall County, Illinois. In 1848 their youngest child, Susan, was born in Marshall Co.
Byard and Nancy lived in Illinois the rest of their days. As their children married several moved to neighboring counties: George, Andrew and Susan resided in Livingston; Lloyd resided in LaSalle; and William Harrison lived in Woodford. Elizabeth left Illinois with her family for Fonda, Iowa. Byard W. and Sally, who married Alexander Brown, remained in Marshall County.
Byard senior died sometime before 1865 because he wasn?t listed in the 1865 Illinois state census nor the 1870 U.S. Census. After Byard?s death, Nancy lived with Lloyd?s family in LaSalle County. She is buried in the Dana Cemetery, LaSalle Co. Her tombstone reads,"Nancy Dallis Wright, Mother of G.W. Wright, Born 1805, Died June 13, 1887". George must have paid for the tombstone because only he is named on the stone.
Pickaway County, OH
Feb. 10, 1825 married to Nancy Dallas
Not listed as a taxpayer in 1825 in Pickaway Co.
Not listed as a taxpayer in 1827 in Pickaway Co.
Ross County, OH Deeds
Oct 29, 1832 Wright Byard From Harvey Robert W. vol. 27, p. 119, Union Twp., 124 acres $200
April 18, 1834 Wright Byard and wife To Dougherty David S. vol. 28, page 520 Union Twp. 124 acres $350
Oct 4, 1836 Wright Byard From Cavender Joshua vol. 32, p. 380, Union Twp., 21 acres $135
Sept 27, 1837 Wright Byard and wife To Sevenberger Gottfried vol. 35, p. 61 Union Twp. 21 acres $125
1830 Census Union Twp., Ross Co., OH
Wright, Biard: 2 males under 5, 1 male 20 to 30, 1 females 20 to 30
Walter was the eldest child. A second son was born after Walter but died before the 1840 census count.
Byard Jr. was born Jan 1830. He is probably the third son, named for his father according to the Anglo-Saxon naming pattern.
1840 Census Wayne Twp., Clinton Co., OH
Wright, Byard: 2 males under 5, 1 male 5 to 10, 1 male 10 to 15, 1 male under 50
1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 10 to 15, 1 female under 40
Two daughters were born between 1830 and 1840. Sally (1831) is the female 10 to 15.... we don?t have the identity of the younger female 5 to 10.
Four sons were living in 1840. They are Walter (1826), Byard W. (1830), George (1836) and Andrew (1838). One male child died between 1830 and 1840.
1850 Census Marshall Co., IL (p.231)
Byard Wright, 50, DE
Nancy Wright 45, OH
George Wright, 15, OH
Andrew, 13, OH
Harrison, 11, OH
Betsy, 9, OH
Lloyd, 6, OH
Susan 2, IL
Byard, 20, OH
Walter Wright, 25, OH (p.227)
Cassy Wright, 19, OH
Mary Wright, 3 OH
Margaret Wright, 2, OH
Nancy Wright, 7/12, OH
Father: 4th great grandfather WRIGHT
Nancy DALLIS DALLAS b: 1805 in Ohio
10 FEB 1825
in Pickaway Co., OH
- Walter WRIGHT b: ABT 1826 in Pickaway Co. or Ross Co., OH
- Son WRIGHT b: ABT 1828
- Byard W. WRIGHT b: 17 JAN 1830 in Ross Co., OH
- Sally WRIGHT b: 26 NOV 1831 in Ross Co., OH
- Daughter WRIGHT b: ABT 1834
- George Washington WRIGHT b: 29 MAR 1836 in Clinton Co., OH
- Andrew J. WRIGHT b: 16 APR 1838 in Clinton Co., OH
- William Harrison WRIGHT b: 23 NOV 1840 in Clinton Co., OH
- Elizabeth Jane (Betsy) WRIGHT b: 25 DEC 1842 in Clinton Co., OH
- Lloyd C. WRIGHT b: 3 JAN 1844 in Clinton Co., MO
- Susan A. WRIGHT b: 19 OCT 1848 in Marshall Co., IL