I was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Arizona and am still living here. I am researching Family History mainly in Graham and Greenlee Counties in Arizona. Also, Hopkins and Christian Counties in Kentucky. Families I am researching are Wood, Gilliland, Mullins, Hawkins, Colvin, Smithson, Layton, Norton, Webster, Crabtree, Lamb, Ashby and Carr. If I can assist in your search, I would be happy to help.
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help i found Chester C Bright on your findagrave site i was wondering if it is the same one his dad is Joseph C Bright and mom is Maud Lord Bright the born and death dates are the same, Chester C Bright is my uncle
John Benjamin Besner Jr. Mom I saw your info on find a grave and was wondering if you could help me with something. John Benjamin Besner is my great great grandfather and I am trying to find information on his mom. I have found different variations of her name and am not sure or not she was buried in Arizona. I wondering if you found her grave or know anything about her? Any information would be great. Thanks for your help.
Killing of the Wright Brothers Alonzo Hamilton Parker: 13 SL FILM #1320837315 As with all pioneers, Alonzo's life was not without trials, privations, and tragedy. His son-in-law, Seth Wright, was killed in an Indian ambush along with Seth's brother Lorenzo. Following is a copy of a news article relating to the incident as prepared by Alonzo and submitted to the Deseret News: Killing of the Wright Brothers: We have received from Alonzo H.acker, of Layton, Graham County, Arizona, who writes under the date of 10 Jan 1886, the following particulars of the death of Lorenzo and Seth Wright. On 30 Nov there was a general meeting held here. On arriving home at 9 o'clock in the evening it was ascertained that some horses tied at the corral of Frank Lee had been out loose and stolen; also, that a number of horses that were running on the range near town were missing. About 11:00 at night Lorenzo and Seth Wright, R. Welker, W. Morris, and F. Lee started after the stolen horses, and by the aid of a lantern the trail was easily followed. Six miles distant the thieves were seen, when Seth jumped from his horse and was just ready to shoot, but Lorenzo told him not to do so. Seth's horse got away and went into the stolen band of horses when two of the boys rushed in and got the animal, in doing which they cme close up to two more of the thieves who jumpd from their horses and hid. "Two of the boys then went to Solomonville to get more help, when Sheriff Stevens and two other men joined them. "Before they returned the thieves had moved on. The boyts gollowing in the morning, and saw some men camping by the road side. On inquiring they learned that the thieves went around them, but some of them had been seen and were described to the boys as being Mexicans. Stevens said, "rush on, boys, they are Mexicans and there is no danger." The sheriff's horses began to lag, when he said, Boys, if you will let me have the best horse, I will take the lead." Lorenzo and Seth were riding the best horses, but neither saw fit to exchange horses, but F. Lee did, and while they were changing horses and saddles the boys rushed on, Loreno and W. Morris were riding side by side, as were also Set Wright and R. Welker, when they were fired at by the Indians, who lay in ambush not two rods away. Seth was shot through the lower part of the body and exclaimed, "I am shot." He put his hand on the wound, his gun fell to the ground and his horse ran with him some 300 yards, when Seth fll off and was shot again under the left eye. "When Seth said, "I am shot", his brother Lorenzo jumped from his horse to the ground, took deliberat aim and shot at an Indian and was just ready to fire a second shot when his right arm was broken, after which he was unable to use his gun. He then tried to make jis escape by running, but was shot through the back while running in a stooping position, the ball coming out the breast. Two balls struck one of his legs; he also received a shot on the top of his at close range, probably after he was dead. Had they known they were Indian thieves instead of Mexicans, they would not have met such a fate. "Thus we are called to mourn the loss of two promising young men, who in life were together and in death are not separated, for they lie side buy side in one grave, sleeping that quiet sleep that awaketh not into this world of sorrow. They were the sons of the late Jonathan . Wright of Brigham City, Utah. "Lorenzo was 31 years of age and leaves a wife and four children. Seth was 21 years and 9 days old, and leaves a wife and one child. ..................................... A monument to the memory of the Wright brothers was erected and dedicated on 24 Sep 1938 near the spot where this tragedy occured. It is 18 miles east of Safford near the Safford-Duncan highway. The monunment was a project of the St. Joseph and Mt. Graham Stakes. Although this tradedy was hard to bear, Alonzo was well conditioned to bear any visisitude of life at this point of time. The trials that he was called upon to bear seemed only to strengthen his ability to endure.
Alonzo was not only known for his dry wit and humor, but also for his gift as a writed. Several of his articles were published in the Deseret News. He was a gifted in the art of composing verse, and was called upon on many occasions to ompose a toast or a tribute in the form of a poe. His neice, Vessa Packer Freestone, recalls a verse that he composed especailly (COPY ENDS HERE)