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Lucinda B Watt Wright
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Birth: 1806
Warren County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1853
Sublette County
Wyoming, USA

Married to James Birchfield (1807-1834) Dec. 22, 1824. They had 2 daughters Elizabeth Jane and Julia Ann. James died and she married Thomas Huston Wright Jr. (1816-aft ?1880).
Information below & pictures are from

Died on the Oregon Trail
Lucinda Watt died on the Oregon Trail and was buried along side the trail. The grave is on a remote stretch of the Green River Desert segment on the Sublette Cutoff was long a mystery. Lucinda (Watt) Birchfield Wright was born in Kentucky where she married James Birchfield. They moved to Illinois where Lucinda had three children. Birchfield apparently died in the winter of 1835/1836 and Lucinda then married Thomas Huston Wright. The two of them had four more children. In 1853, the Wrights along with their children, some with families of their own, set out for Oregon.

Lucinda Birchfield Wright, then 47, died on the Sublette Cutoff on 25 June 1853. The cause of death was not recorded. Lucinda's nephew wrote: "Uncle Huston's wife died on the Green River desert and was buried at the side of the road. I shall never forget how desolate we felt as we hitched up the oxen and pulled out, leaving the freshly broken earth by the side of the Old Oregon Trail as the only visible sign that one of our number had finished the journey, while we must still travel on. There were four families of us that stopped to bury my aunt, in a blanket in a shallow grave, with a few feet of earth and the wide sky over her."

A wooden headboard which is believed to have been the original gravestone was found on the site In 1961. It is now on display at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming.

(Information below received 3-13-17 ----Many thanks for the data.
Please credit Reg P. Duffin of La Grange Park, Illionis, for the research on Lucinda Wright. It was he who first uncovered and wrote up the info you have posted about her. It was published in the Annals of Wyoming about 1997)

On snow46c2 added this on 4 Dec 2009 and
mamalou194 originally submitted this to "Orrison" on 29 Nov 2009

Family links: 
  Gabriel Watt (1788 - 1848)
  Elizabeth Simmons Watt (1788 - 1860)
  Elizabeth Jane Birchfield Story (1827 - 1899)*
  Julia Ann Birchfield Smith (1833 - 1891)*
  Silas W Wright (1845 - 1870)*
  Lucinda B Watt Wright (1806 - 1853)
  Elijah Watt (1808 - 1889)*
  Elsie C. Watt Barr (1815 - 1892)*
  Joanna Watt Davenport (1816 - 1867)*
  Sarah S. Watt McCord (1819 - 1896)*
  Elizabeth Watt Botkin (1829 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Buried on the Oregon Trail on the Sublette Cutoff in the Green River Desert segment
Created by: Carol Snow-Barnes
Record added: Dec 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45126596
Lucinda B <i>Watt</i> Wright
Added by: Randall Brown
Lucinda B <i>Watt</i> Wright
Added by: Carol Snow-Barnes
Lucinda B <i>Watt</i> Wright
Added by: Carol Snow-Barnes
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Rest in peace
- Dee
 Added: Aug. 10, 2010

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Aug. 9, 2010
To my GGGrandmother Lucinda - I would have liked to know your story.
- niki cotton
 Added: Dec. 14, 2009

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