Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Father of aviation pioneers, Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Published April 5, 1917 - New Castle Daily Courier, New Castle, IN
MILTON WRIGHT DEAD
Father Of Aeroplane Inventors Found Dead By Daughter.
FORMER LOCAL MINISTER
Rev. Milton Wright, age 88 years, wellknown as the father of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the inventors of the aeroplane, died at the home of his son, Orville Wright, in Oakwood, near Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday after a few days serious illness. His death was very sudden, and he was alone at the end, being found dead in bed afterward by his daughter, Miss Katherine Wright.
Milton Wright was born in Rush county, Ind., and is well remembered by the older residents of this county, having lived in the county for about fifteen years. It was in Henry county, near Millville, in Liberty township that his eldest son, Wilbur Wright, now dead, was born.
While in this county, Mr. Wright was a minister in the United Brethren church. He was bishop in the U. B. church for a total of thirty-two years. On leaving here, he went to Dayton, the headquarters of the U. B. church, where he has lived since. His wife died in 1889.
When visiting here, during the more recent years, he always stayed with Jacob Byer and family. Mr. Byer was one of the pillars of the U. B. church here when Mr. Wright was minister.
Susan Catherine Koerner Wright
1831–1888 (m. 1859)