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Joseph Wright

  • Birth 17 Mar 1757 Goochland County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 1831 Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 84443815

Joseph Wright's birth in Goochland County is noted in The Douglas Register. Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy(Virginia and Ohio volumes) records the 1786 joining of the Society of Friends in Bedford County, VA, by Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth (surname unknown), and their 1802/1803 move from Bedford Co, VA, to Columbiana Co, OH, as well as Joseph's 2nd marriage to Esther Morgan, and Joseph's death (see records of Salem Monthly Meeting, Columbiana Co, OH, in Hinshaw, vol. IV, p. 790).

Hinshaw says the land originally owned by Salem M.M. occupied "the site of the present business center of Salem," and the property was held until 1871 or later, so it would be the logical burial place for Joseph Wright to be buried in 1831. Also, the sign for the cemetery shows it to have been in use 1818-1891.

Joseph Wright (1757-1831) was the son of John Wright (born 1732-36, died 1814 in Bedford Co, VA) and Mary Pace Wright (born 1739, died aft 1804, probably in Bedford Co, VA).

Many thanks to Robert N. Grant for his extraordinary work on the genealogy of the Wright families of Bedford County and elsewhere in Virginia.

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See Brown, Douglas Summers, A History of Lynchburg's Pioneer Quakers and Their Meeting House [Lynchburg: J.P. Bell Co., Inc., 1936 (1st edition); copyright 1997, The Session of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church], p. 88, where the list of "Birth Certificates from South River Records" includes, "Joseph and Elizabeth Wright [as the parents]: Thomas, Nancy, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Benjamin, 1779-1791."

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Working list of children of Joseph & Elizabeth:
1. Thomas Wright b: 7 SEP 1779 in Bedford Co, VA (linked below)
2. Joseph Wright b: 18 JAN 1781 in Bedford Co, VA (linked below)
3. Nancy Wright b: 1 FEB 1783 in Bedford Co, VA; married Ashley Johnson; died 1820-1830, probably Highland Co, OH
4. Mary Wright b: 10 JUN 1784 in VA; married Jonah Morlan/Moreland; died 24 JUL 1815, probably Highland Co, OH
5. John Wright b: 27 OCT 1786 in Bedford Co, VA; married Hannah Gilbert; died 1822, Highland Co, OH (linked below)
6. Elizabeth Wright b: 27 OCT 1788 in Bedford Co, VA; died JUL 1802 in Bedford Co, VA
7. Benjamin Wright b: 21 SEP 1791 in Bedford Co, VA; married Mary Atkinson; died 1851 in Clinton Co, OH
8. Martha Wright b: 26 OCT 1793 in Bedford Co, VA; married Isaac Morlan/Moreland; died 17 Feb 1868, probably in Columbiana Co, OH
9. Charity Jane Wright b: 22 FEB 1796 in Bedford Co, VA; married George W. Mankin (linked below)
10. Judith Wright b: 5 DEC 1798 in Bedford Co, VA; married Zimri Whinery (linked below)


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  • Added: 4 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84443815
  • Jay Wright
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Wright (17 Mar 1757–16 Apr 1831), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84443815, citing Friends Burial Grounds, Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Jay Wright (contributor 47711501) .