Maj David Wright Sr.

Maj David Wright Sr.

Death 21 Feb 1822 (aged 72)
Burial Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 31097843 · View Source
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Moved to Hartford VT from Connecticut on his honeymoon in 1771.
Was in the Continental Army during the Rev. War.

Book: The Old and the New: An Occasional Magazine devoted to the institutions and history of the town of Hartford, Vermont (1883) p.25 --
Chapter: The Wright District. Benjamin Wright and his sons, Benjamin Jr, Abel, and Jonathan.
"....Benjamin Wright's four sons also settled in the region.. . .Major David, born March 14, 1749, is the projenitor of the Wrights at present living in the town. He married Hannah Bailey, of Lebanon, Conn, in 1771, and brought his bride to Hartford, Vt, where he took up 600 acres of land, comprising the farm now occupied by Mrs. David Wright, the original Ballard farm, the former George Pease farm, and more land which has been sold off both sides.
They came up the Connecticut in a boat on their wedding journey, and a sister either of the bride or bridegroom came with them. At one place where they stopped for the night, Major Wright told the people that the ladies with him were, unfortunately, both deaf; then he went back to the boat and told his wife and sister that the people in the house were deaf, and so he had them screaming away at each other at a great rate. At last one of the travelers asked her hostess how long she and her husband had been so deaf. She replied, ‘Why, we are not deaf; we thought you were.'
Major Wright and his bride first lived in a little log house just in front of the house in which Mrs. David Wright now lives. While living here Mrs. Wright found it hard to make her husband hear when she wished to call him to dinner, having no dinner horn and he being sometimes a long way from the house at work. He cut a long pole for her and she used to go out and strike with it against the gable end of the house, making a noise that could be heard for a long distance.
While they were living in the log house a Mrs. Ryder, whose daughter married Major Wright's youngest brother, Jonathan, and who was at this time living in the old house on the farm of Seth Wright, came to visit Mrs. Wright. It was getting a little dark when she came to start for home, and, as it was a lonely walk through the woods, Major Wright proposed to go with her, but she would not allow him to do so. He asked he what she would do if she saw a bear, and she said she would call to him to come and shoot it. He told her he would listen for her call, and so he sat down in the doorway of his house with his gun in readiness to go to her assistance, if needed. Sure enough, he soon heard her calling loudly, and hastening after her, found her standing in the road, which was then merely a bridle-path, snapping her apron at an old mother bear, who, with one cub, stood by the path snarling at her, while on the other side of the path another cub was up a small pine tree. Mrs. Ryder was standing at the foot of the tree to prevent the cub from coming down, while she snapped her apron to frighten away the old bear. She told Major Wright she wanted that cub for her dinner next day. He shot it for her, the old bear and the other cub making for the woods when they saw a man with a gun approaching."

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