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 Abbie Wright

Abbie Wright

Hudson Falls, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 2 Oct 1921 (aged 82)
Hudson Falls, Washington County, New York, USA
Burial Hudson Falls, Washington County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 100491303 · View Source
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Reference New York State Historical Association Quarterly

Abbe Ann Wright
Elizabeth Baker Wright Denton

Abbe Ann Wright died October 2, 1921, at the age of eighty-two.

She was a daughter of Major James Wright and Charity Tillman Baker Wright. Her maternal great grandfather, Albert Baker, came from Westchester County, New York, in 1765, was the second settler in Sandy Hill and built the first house in the settlement. Sandy Hill, renamed Hudson Falls in 1910, lies in the south west corner of Kingsbury, a town erected by patent royal granted in 1762 to James Bradshaw of Connecticut, the first settler in Sandy Hill, and twenty-two associates. Albert Baker took a tract of six hundred acres near the falls in the Hudson River at Sandy Hill which have since been known as Baker's Falls, where he built the first saw mill and grist mill in the town. Miss Wright's great uncle Caleb Baker was the first white child born in the town of Kingsbury.

In October of 1780 Major Carleton of the British army swept Kingsbury with fire and sword. There were seventeen families living in the town at the time of this raid; all were forced to flee and every house except two was burned. Albert Baker was then absent from home. His sons Albert and Charles, warned by a neighbor and seeing smoke in the direction of Kingsbury Street, some four miles to the north, yoked their two pairs of oxen and hurriedly placing the rest of the family with whatever household belongings were most convenient into carts hastened to Fort Edward. Next year Albert Baker and most of the other refugees returned and with them were many new settlers.

In 1821 Miss Wright's father established the Sandy Hill Herald a weekly newspaper still published, and edited it for twenty years. Silas Wright, formerly governor of New York, was a cousin of Miss Wright.

For twenty-five years Miss Wright was a teacher and later assistant principal in one of the grammar schools of New York City. Among the prominent men who were her pupils are Dr. William L. Ettinger, superintendent of the public schools of New York City, and Major General Thomas Henry Barry, superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point from 1910 to 1912, whom she tutored while he was preparing for admission to the Academy in 1873.

Elizabeth Baker Wright Denton died February 11, 1922, at the age of eighty-four. She was a sister of Abbe Ann Wright.

Less than a year before the War between the States she married Benjamin F. Denton. He enlisted as a Union soldier at the out-break of the war. Mrs. Denton went south with him as a nurse and remained throughout the war. He was killed at the assault on Port Hudson and his wife brought his body to Sandy Hill for burial.

For thirty-five years Mrs. Denton taught in the public schools of New York City, during twenty-five of which she was principal of a grammar school.

Miss Wright and Mrs. Denton retired from teaching some twenty years ago, the retirement of Mrs. Denton preceding that of Miss Wright by a short interval. They then made their home in the Baker-Wright homestead at 50 Main Street, Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls), a roomy brick house built in 1810 and standing in spacious grounds which are a part of the lands taken by their great grandfather Albert Baker.

Until advancing years shut them in the two sisters were active in the civic, patriotic and religious life of the community. They were members of the Woman's Relief Corps and Mrs. Denton was its president for a long time. During her presidency she caused a handsome flag staff to be erected in the village park near the soldiers' monument. She was a member of Crown Star Chapter O. E. S. Miss Wright was a member of Hudson Falls Chapter O. E. S., a past matron O. E. S. and grand representative O. E. S. of the State of Arkansas.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100491303
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Abbie Wright (30 Sep 1839–2 Oct 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100491303, citing Baker Cemetery, Hudson Falls, Washington County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Ron Fleck (contributor 47633636) .