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Larkin Wright
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Birth: 1775
Orange County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1848
Monroe County
Missouri, USA

A possible burial in Founders' Cemetery.

He was the son of William Wright and his wife Mary Bledsoe, both of Orange County, Virginia.

He married on 21 Nov 1799, Orange County, VA, to Lucy James, daughter of George James. Minister James Garnett performed the ceremony.

The earliest mention of Larkin Wright besides his marriage record was in his Uncle John Bledsoe's will dated 12 Sep 1800 and probated the next year in Orange County, VA, in which he bequeaths to his wife "one sorrel mare I had of Larkin Wright." He also bequeathed 100 acres to a brother of Larkin's stepmother.

By 1810, Larkin and Lucy were living in neighboring Culpeper Co., VA with their children:

1810 census, Culpeper County, VA, p. 87:
Larkin Wright
one male aged 2644, b. 1765-1784 - Larkin
one female age 2644, b. 1765-1784 - Lucy
one female age 16 25, b. 1785-1794 - servant?
one male age 10 15, b. 1795-1800 - William
four males age under 10, b. 1800-1810 - John, Whitfield, George, Warden/Norden
one female age under 10, b. 1800-1810 - Mary
Slaves: one

Lucy died, probably in 1812 or 1813. She left probably nine children: William J., John, Whitfield, George B., Warden/Norden, unknown son, Mary, and two more unknown sons.

Larkin remarried on 21 Oct 1813, Madison County, VA, to Nancy Ann Sebree. She was either the sister or cousin of Elizabeth Sebree who married John Wright, who was either the brother or cousin of Larkin. Both families were Baptists living in Madison Co., VA until the 1830s and 1840s when they migrated to the Marion /Ralls /Monroe /Randolph counties area in northeastern Missouri. The ceremony was performed by Rev. James Garnett, a Baptist minister.

The 1820 census shows that Larkin now has eighteen slaves, up from only one ten years earlier. This probably indicates that Nancy brought a large inheritance with her, and perhaps Larkin had received his inheritance early from his elderly father who would die in 1833. This may be confirmed by his father William's 1832 will:
"Second, I have given to my first wife's children, that is to George B. Wright, John Wright, Larkin Wright, Frances Sleet, wife of John Sleet, Nancy Rhodes, deceased, who was the wife of George Rhodes, and Lucy Rhodes, deceased, who was the wife of Richard Rhodes, each their full share and part in real and personal estate which they have had in possession for some time past, now confirm it to them and their heirs forever."

1820 census, Madison Co., VA
Larkin Wright
Male aged 2644; b. 1776-1794 - Larkin
Female 2644; b. 1776-1794 - Nancy
Male 1825; b. 1795-1802 - William J. b. 1800
Male 1825; b. 1795-1802 - John? b. 1801
Male 10-15; b. 1805-1810 - Whitfield b. 1803
Male 10-15; b. 1805-1810 - George B. b. 1805
Male 10-15; b. 1805-1810 - Warden/Nordan b. 1807
Male 10-15; b. 1805-1810 - ?
Female 1015; b. 1805-1810 - Mary b. 1809
Male under 10; b. 1810-1820 - ?
Male under 10; b. 1810-1820 - ?
Male under 10; b. 1810-1820 - Robert b. 1816
Male under 10; b. 1810-1820 - Walker b. 1819
Slaves: 18

1825 or 1826, their married son Whitfield died, leaving infant son Whitfield Jr. His widow remarried and moved to Kentucky.

1830 Madison Co., VA, census
Larkin Wright
Male aged 50-59; b. 1770-1780 - Larkin
Female 40-49; b. 1780-1790 - Nancy
Female 20-29; b. 1800-1810 - Mary
Male 15-19; b. 1811-1815 - ?
Male 10-14; b. 1816-1820 - Robert b. 1816
Male 10-14; b. 1816-1820 - Walker b. 1819
Female 5-9; b. 1821-1830 - Susan b. 1823
Female under 5; b. 1826-1830 - ?

In 1833, Larkin and Lucy's daughter Mary married Benjamin Franklin Walker in Madison Co., VA.

1836 - Their daughter Mary Wright Walker died, leaving two small children.

George B. Wright married 15 Dec 1836, Marion Co., MO, to Caroline R. Merrell. Although his marriage took place a month before that of Dr. John C. Wright's (son of John and Elizabeth (Sebree) Wright), it was written out of order on the register immediately John's, indicating that probably the same person entered both records at the same time. This was before Larkin and Nancy left Virginia, so if George was their son, he came before them and joined his (cousins?) in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO. His presumed brother, named either Warden or Norden (the handwriting on the register is hard to read), married George's wife's younger sister three years later. George was one of the two official witnesses to the ceremony.

In 1837, Larkin and Nancy (Sebree) Wright came west to Missouri with children: John and an unknown son (sons of Lucy), and Robert, Walker, Susan, and the youngest daughter (children of Nancy).

They settled in Monroe County, located in between Howard and Marion counties.

In 1838, Larkin registered his cattle brand in Monroe Co., MO.

1839, Apr 1 - Larkins took out four land patents for a total of about 320 acres of land in neighboring Randolph Co., MO. However, they don't seem to have moved there.
On 1 Apr 1839, Larkin was in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO, taking out land in Randolph Co., MO in four separate patents:

The first was for 78.5 acres in Randolph Co.
WNE 4/ 54-N 13-W No 5th PM MO Randolph

The second was for 80 acres in Randolph Co.
WSE 33/ 55-N 13-W No 5th PM MO Randolph

Another 80 in Randolph Co.:
WSW 9/ 54-N 13-W No 5th PM MO Randolph

And 77.185 in Randolph Co.:
ENW4/54-N13-WNo5th PMMORandolph

Leland Wright, another son of John and Elizabeth (Sebree) Wright, purchased land adjoining or very close to one of Larkin's patents two years later:

20167 MO 5th PM 054N-013W WSE 26 Randolph

On the 1840 census, one person in Larkin's and Nancy's household was listed as blind and one (probably the same person) was unable to read or write. Three members of the household were in agriculture. They lived next door to Nancy (Webb) Beard, the daughter of Theodorick and Sally (Huff) Webb and the widow of Robert M. Beard. Nancy's younger sister Ursula was wife of the Rev. Thomas B. Greer, and their daughter Ursula Jane would marry Larkin and Nancy's son Walker in 1842.

1840 Monroe Co., MO, Jackson Twp., p. 142
Larkin C. Wright
Male aged 6069; b. 1770-1780 - Larkin
Male 20-29; b. 1810-1820 - ?
Male 20-29; b. 1810-1820 - Robert?
Male 20-29; b. 1810-1820 - Walker
Female 5059; b. 1780-1790 - Nancy
Female 2029; b. 1810-1820 - Mary (Beard?) wife of Robert?
Female 1519; b. 1820-1825 - Susan b. 1823
Female 1014; b. 1825-1830 - daughter b.c. 1825
Female under 5; b. 1835-1840 - Robert's daughter?
Female under 5; b. 1835-1840 - Robert's daughter?
Slaves: 0-0-0-1-0-0 0-1-0-1-1
One man, two women, and one girl

Their possible son John, age about 38, was also enumerated in Monroe county in 1840, but didn't appear to be married. He lived with a younger man in his twenties and four teenage girls, age 15-19. This John married the next year to Emily Arnold.

Mar 1841, son Robert Wright became executor of Nancy (Webb) Beard's estate. Larkin gave bond for him.

In March 1841 Monroe Co MO Administration Letter, Robert Wright, with Larkin Wright and George Glenn as security, was appointed executor of the estate of their next-door neighbor, Nancy C. (Webb) Beard. This may indicate that Nancy was Robert's mother-in-law.

1844 - Their daughter Susan married attorney Isaac Scearce and moved to neighboring Ralls Co., MO.

Son Robert died about 1846 in Ralls county. Isaac Scearce took over administration of the estate and settled it in 1847, paying the estate money to a Mary J. Wright and a Larkin N. Wright. This may have been Robert's widow and son, or perhaps both were his children.

Larkin died sometime between 1841 and 1850, when Nancy was listed on the census as a widow in Ralls county living with daughter Susan Scearce.


Larkin Wright's children with Lucy James:

1. William J. Wright, b. 1800, Orange Co., VA; m. 6 Oct 1824, Madison Co., VA, to Mary Blakey [b. 5 Oct 1803, possibly daughter of Churchill Blakey and Mary Clark of Culpeper Co., VA]; he d. after 1840, when he was on the Madison Co., VA census.

1825 Madison Co., VA - William J. Wright witnessed a Kirtley deed. The Kirtleys were connected to the Walkers, and Larkin's daughter Mary married a Walker whose mother was a Kirtley:

Madison Co., Deed Book 9, pp. 14-15
Date: 27 Jul 1825
Grantor: Abraham Kirtley [#122] (of Madison Co.)
Grantee: Richard P. Kinsey (of Madison Co.)
Amount: Abraham Kirtley indebted to George A. Rucker (for $48 dated 23 Feb 1825) & to
Jacob Haines (for $90 dated 23 Feb 1825)
Description: "the following negro slaves . . . Melind a girl, and Henry a boy"
Witnesses: William J. Wright, John Rouzee, Jr., & Ambrose Booton

1830 census, Madison Co., VA
William J. Wright
One male age 20-30; b. 1800-1810 - William
Three females 30-40; b. 1790-1800 - Mary and ? and ?
One male under 5; b. 1825-1830 - George?
One female under 5; b. 1825-1830 -

Nov 1833 Madison Co., Deed Book 11, pp. 439-440 {8204}
Date: 28 Nov 1833
Grantors: Francis Kirtley & Elizabeth, his wife (of Madison Co.)
Grantee: William Early (of Madison Co.)
Amount: $1
Description: 193 acres of land in Madison Co. "on the Rapidann River . . . whereas William J. Wright and James Blakey have become securities in a guardians bond executed by the said Francis Kirtley to the County Court of Madison for the guardianship of his five children to wit - Edwin N., James A., Francis, Mary Jane, and Harriet E. Kirtley . . . the legacies to which the said children are entitled from the estate of their grandfather Edwin Nichols."

A possible descendant of William wrote:
"My cousins and I think there is a chance that this William J. Wright, as he is referred to in the Virginia Marriages book, might be our great-great grandfather. We have been trying to trace him back to our great grandfather, George Louis Wright. One of my cousins had information from their grandfather, that George's father was a William John Wright, and that he died in Madison County, Virginia. When we went to the census, we found a William J. Wright in Madison county with both the 1830 and 1840 census. After that he disappears. However, there is this marriage record in Madison county in 1824 between a William J. Wright and Mary Blakey. Patricia Roberts has linked the William who married Mary Blakey as the same William who is the first child of Larkin and Lucy James Wright. The William J. Wright does have a son the right age for my Great Grandfather, born in 1838." Karen Yablonovitch, Nov 2004

"We believe that he [William J. Wright] was born in Madison county, VA about 1800 and lived there most, if not all, of his life. He had four sons, George, Saith, Tom and Bill." J.L.Wright, Oct 2004

William J. Wright's possible children:
1) George Louis Wright?, b. 1838, Madison Co., VA.
2) Seth Wright?,
3) Thomas Wright?
4) William Wright, Jr.?


2. John Wright?, b. 26 Dec 1801, VA; m. 18 Nov 1841, Monroe Co., MO, to Emily Arnold [b. 15 Jul 1812, KY; d. 7 Mar 1858; buried Fox Cemetery, Monroe Co., MO]; he d. 16 May 1869, Monroe Co., MO; buried Fox Cemetery, Monroe Co., MO. Only circumstantial evidence links this John to Larkin Wright, but they did have a son this age who is otherwise unaccounted for. Like Larkin, John was a carpenter.

1850 census, Monroe Co., MO, p. 90
John Wright, 47, carpenter, real estate $3,580, born VA
Emily, 35, KY, insane
William A., 8, MO
Ann M., 4, MO
Mary L., 9 mos, MO


3. Whitfield Wright, Sr. b.c. 1803, Orange Co., VA; m. 1823 Madison Co., VA to Frances Smith [daughter of Asa Smith and Barbara Yager]; he d. 1825/26, Madison Co., VA, leaving one son, Whitfield Jr. His widow remarried to Robert C. Mason son of Isham B. Mason and Lucy Sebree, and moved to KY. The Smiths and Wrights maintained their connection over several generations. Whitfield Jr.'s widow would later marry Larkin and Nancy's son Walker in MO as his second wife.


4. George B. Wright? b.c. 1805, Orange or Culpeper Co., VA; m. 15 Dec 1836, Marion Co., MO, to Caroline R. Merrell [daughter of Eli Merrell]; he d. Fall 1841? [Eli Merrell's letter from Merrellsville, Marion Co., MO, June 18th day 1842 to his brother: "I suppose Taylor told you of my sickness and that our produce was stored at Vicksburg, Miss[issippi]. My son -in-law was in partnership with me, he went down [the Mississippi River] last fall took yellow fever and terminated in death, left things in a scattered condition."


5. Warden or Norden T. Wright? [name from marriage record is hard to read], b.c. 1807, Culpeper Co., VA; m. 14 Nov 1839, Marion Co., MO, to Phebe Merrell [daughter of Eli Merrell and Nancy McCrary; Witnesses George Wright & Simon Frasier. He might also have been the son-in-law who died Fall 1841.


6. Son Wright, b. 1810, Culpeper Co., VA; On 1810 census listed with family b. 1800-1810; 1820 census listed with family b. 1810-1815; 1830 not listed with family - either died, living in another household, or moved away.


7. Mary Wright, b. Aug 1809, Culpeper Co., VA; m. 29 May 1833, Madison Co., VA, to Benjamin Franklin Walker [b. 7 May 1808; d. 30 Apr 1889, "The Willows", Madison Co., VA; son of Meriwether "Merry" Walker and Elizabeth Kirtley]; she d. 28 Apr 1836, Madison Co., VA, leaving daughter Lucy Ann Elizabeth Walker and son Thomas Jefferson Walker.


8. Son Wright, b. 1810-1820, Culpeper or Madison Co., VA; On 1820 census with parents; 1830 not enumerated with parents.


9. Son Wright, b. 1810-1814, Culpeper or Madison Co., VA; On 1820 census with parents; On 1830 with parents b. 1810-1814; 1840 he may have been counted with parents b. 1810-1820 in Monroe Co., MO.


Larkin Wright's children with Nancy Sebree:

10. Robert G. Wright; b. 1816, Madison Co., VA; m. to Mary J.? Beard?; 1839 was a tailor in Monroe Co., MO; 1840 apparently living with wife and children in parents' household; 1841, administered estate of Nancy (Webb) Beard; d.c. 1845, Ralls Co., MO; 1846 brother-in-law Isaac Scearce/Sears settled his estate and paid Mary J. and Larkin N. Wright.


11. Walker Wright, b. 16 Apr 1819, Madison Co., VA; m. 1st 16 Aug 1842, Monroe Co., MO, to Ursula Jane Webb [b. Ronoake, Franklin Co., VA; d. 21 Jun 1866, Monroe, MO; buried Webb Family cemetery; daughter of Theodorick Fitzgerald Webb and Sarah Huff]; he m. 2nd 2 Jun 1867, Cairo, Randolph Co., MO, to Catherine Smith, widow of Whitfield Wright Jr. [she was b.c. 1829, Madison Co., VA; d. 18 Dec 1894, Cairo, Randolph Co., MO; buried Pleasant View cemetery; daughter of Augustine Smith and Frances Anderson]; he m. 3rd 1898, Paris, Monroe Co., MO to Mary J. Hall, widow of James Thomas [she was b. 1 Jul 1837, MO; d. 3 Mar 1924; buried Holliday [probably Bethel], Monroe Co., MO; daughter of John Hall and Frances Thomas] he d. 5 Jul 1901, Randolph County, MO; buried Pleasant View cemetery.


12. Susan A. Wright, b. 1823, Madison Co., VA; m. 19 Dec 1844, Monroe Co., MO, to Isaac Scearce (Sears) [b. 1805, KY; d.c. 1859, New London, Ralls Co., MO]; she d. 1880-1900, Paris, Monroe Co., MO.


13. Daughter Wright, b. 1820-1830, Madison Co., VA; 1830 Madison Co., VA census with parents b. 1825-1830; 1840 Monroe Co., MO census with parents b. 1825-1830.
Family links: 
  William Wright (1730 - 1833)
  Mary Bledsoe Wright (1740 - 1786)
  Lucy James Wright (1780 - 1812)
  Nancy Ann Sebree Wright (1782 - 1860)
  Whitfield Wright (1801 - 1825)*
  Mary Wright Walker (1809 - 1836)*
  Walker Wright (1819 - 1901)*
  Susan A. Wright Bell (1823 - 1890)*
  Bledsoe George Wright (1759 - 1835)*
  Nancy Wright Rhoades (1770 - 1810)*
  Larkin Wright (1775 - 1848)
  Lucy Wright Rhoades (1776 - 1831)*
  Alex P Wright (1788 - 1872)**
  Eleanor Wright Newman (1792 - 1868)**
  Sidney Leancy Wright Bledsoe (1808 - 1889)**
  William Madison Wright (1811 - 1890)**
*Calculated relationship
Founders' Cemetery
Monroe County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Jun 02, 2011
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