Name: William Henry WRIGHT
Suffix: , Sr.
Birth: 22 FEB 1814 in Suffolk, England
Death: 12 OCT 1885 in Knox Co., OH
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier, Knox Co. OH
Change Date: 19 JUN 2015
!Wright, Sr., William, a native of Suffolk county, England, was born February 22, 1814, he was reared on a farm. In 1837 he emigrated to America, landing in New York, July 4th. He continued his journey westward until about the eighteenth of July, when he reached Gambier, this county, where he located and engaged as a gardener with Bishop Mellaine. In October, 1837, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ransom, daughter of John and Mary Ransom. Miss Ransom was born in the county of Suffolk, England, January 5, 1820, and emigrated to America with her parents in 1837. They came over on the same vessel, and reached Gambier at the time that Mr. Wright did, where her parents located. Shortly after Mr. Wright's marriage with Miss Ransom, they settled in Gambier. He continued his work with Bishop for four years. In 1841, they moved to Mt. Vernon, remained until 1853, when he purchased and moved on a farm in Monroe township, this county, he then turned his attention to farming. In 1859 he sold his farm and moved his family to Gambier. He leased all of the college farming land for six years, and commenced farming on a larger scale, which he made a success. In 1850 he moved his family upon the farm where they are now living in College township. At the time of the expiration of his lease of the college land, in 1865, he purchased one hundred acres of the farm on which he was living, from the college trustees, and has since bought one hundred acres more adjoining his first purchase, which makes him a farm of two hundred acres, one hundred seventy five acres of it is first-class bottom land, the remainder being upland. He makes stock-raising a specialty on his farm. He is the father of twelve children, ten of whom are now living, seven sons and three daughters. Two if his sons William and John, served three years in the war of 1861. William served in the Ninety-sixth Ohio volunteer infantry, and John in the Fourth Ohio volunteer cavalry. N. N. Hill, Jr., History of Knox County, Ohio, It's Past and Present, Graham & Co. Publishers 1881, Pg 843
!1850 Census: Mount Vernon, Knox Co., OH Ward 4
William Wright, 40, M, Teamster, Eng.
Mary Wright, 30, F, Eng.
Mary A. Wright, 10, F, PH, Knox Co.
William H. Wright, 8, M, OH, Knox Co.
Albert Wright, 6, M, Oh, Knox Co.
John T. Wright, 4, M, OH, Knox Co.
Oliver Wright, 2, M, Oh, Knox Co.
!1860 Census: Gambier, College Twp., Knox Co., OH Page 87 Fam. 637
Wm. Wright, 48, 1812, England, M
Mary Wright, 40, 1820, England, F
Mary Wright, 20, 1840, OH, F
Wm. H. Wright, 18, 1842, OH, M
Albert Wright, 16, 1844, OH, M
John Thomas Wright, 14, 1846, OH, M
Oliver T, Wright, 12, 1848, OH, M
Charles W. Wright, 8, 1852, OH, M
Sarah J. Wright, 6, 1854, OH, F
Edgar T. Wright, 4, 1856, OH, M
Clara E. Wright, 2, 1858, OH, F
!1870 Census: College Twp., Knox Co., OH
William Wright, 56, M, W, Farmer, 13200, 2000, Eng.
Mary Wright, 50, F, W, Eng.
Albert Wright, 26, M, W, Fram Laborer, 300, OH
Charles Wright, 18, M, W, OH
Sarah Wright, 16, F, W, OH
Edgaer Wright, 14, M, W, OH
Clara Wright, 12, F, W, OH
Frank Wright, 8, M, W, OH
!1880 Census: College Twp., Knox Co., OH Page 244C
William Wright, 1813, Eng., Self, FB & MB Eng., W, M, Married, 67, Farmer
Mary Wright, 1820, Eng., Wife, FB & MB Eng., W, F, Married, 60, Keeping House
Charles Wright, 1852, Oh, Son, FB & MB Eng., W, M, Single, 28, Farm Laborer
Clara Wright, 1859, Oh, daughter, FB & MB Eng., W, F, Single, 21
Edgar Wright, 1857, Oh, Son, FB & MB Eng., W, M, Single, 23, Farm Laboer
Frank Wright, 1862, Oh, Son, FB & MB Eng., W, M, Single, 18, Farm Laborer
Albert Wright, 1844, OH, Son, FB & MB Eng., W, M, Single, 36, Farm Laborer
Sarah Wright, 1855, OH, Daughter, FB & MB Eng., W, F, Single, 25
Mary RANSOM b: 6 JAN 1820 in Debenham, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England
- Mary Ann WRIGHT b: 1840
- William Henry WRIGHT b: 1842
- Albert WRIGHT b: 1846
- John Thomas WRIGHT b: 13 MAY 1846 in Mount Vernon, Knox Co., OH
- Oliver Taylor WRIGHT b: 1848
- Charles W. WRIGHT b: 1852
- Sarah Jane WRIGHT b: 1855
- Edgar F. WRIGHT b: 1856
- Clara E. WRIGHT b: 1858