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Capt Daniel Wright
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1778
Rutland County
Vermont, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1873
Half Day
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Daniel Wright served as a captain in the Vermont militia; 3rd regiment, 2nd brigade, 2nd division during the war of 1812.
In the spring of 1833 Captain Daniel Wright settled in Vernon Township, IL. He is noted as the first white settler in Lake County. Prior to that, the only white men were trappers and traders passing through the area.

Captain Wright became friends with the Indian Chief Potawatami and lived with them until he built a log cabin near the Des Plaines River. He won the confidence of the Indians who were friendly and they helped him to erect a 20 foot by 20 foot log cabin. In violation of the Indian treaty, he did not wait until 1836 but arrived in the summer of 1834 and settled on virgin prairie a short distance from the Des Plaines River, about a mile south of an Indian campground in the area now known as Half Day, IL.

Wright brought his wife, several children, a cow and yoke of oxen which he used to plow the tough prairie land.
Shortly after his wife and seven children arrived (September 7, 1834) from Mt. Vernon, their former home, a son died and three days later his wife died presumably from the hardships of the trip. One year later his oldest son died.

Local historians have concluded that because Captain Wright was from Mt. Vernon he suggested our township be named Vernon.

The Wright's daughter, Carolina, became Lake County's first bride, marrying another "first settler", William Wigham. Hiram Kennicott officiated. He,along with Mr. Wigham came to Lake County in 1834. The Wigham's had two children. William Wigham, Jr. resided on the Wright farm for many years.

Capt. Wright was active as a farmer and a cooper. He built his cabin when he was in his mid-fifties and in spite of the hardships associated with pioneer life, he lived to be ninety-five years old and is buried in the Vernon Cemetery in Half Day. A stone memorial was erected in his memory on his old farm on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue.

Family links: 
  Simeon Wright (1750 - 1847)
  Martha "Freelove" Foote Wright (1750 - 1812)
  Ruth Todd Wright (1790 - 1837)*
  Rachel Millard Wright (1801 - 1888)*
  Josiah Wright (1807 - 1865)*
  George H Wright (1813 - 1835)*
  Caroline Wright Ober (1816 - 1864)*
  Daniel B Wright (1828 - 1834)*
  Robert Wright (1771 - 1843)*
  Simeon J Wright (1772 - 1833)*
  Freelove Wright Mead (1774 - 1858)*
  Daniel Wright (1778 - 1873)
  Wait Wright (1783 - 1866)*
  Sally Wright Loveland (1785 - 1825)*
  Jonathan Wright (1787 - 1866)*
  Rachel Wright Scovel (1792 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship
Vernon Township Cemetery
Half Day
Lake County
Illinois, USA
Created by: tom murray
Record added: May 29, 2006
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