Bonnie (Smith) Wright

Bonnie (Smith) Wright

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I am the daughter of Verne Leslie Smith, Jr. (b. 1923) and his wife, Clara R. (Nicholson) Smith (1926-2000).

I was married first to Paul Archer Cummings, Sr., son of the late Archer Fownes Cummings and Ethel Alma (Johnson) Cummings. We had two children and one grandchild. I am now married to Wayne A. Wright, son of James Whitman Wright and Dorothy Margaret Jennings Wright.

My Granddad, Verne Leslie Smith, Sr., left notes about our Mayflower heritage. I took his notes over 30 years ago, and found that it was correct, except he had left out one generation! I was hooked, and over the years I have spent thousands of hours researching my heritage. Mom's mother, Granny (Clara Ziebold) Nicholson, also left details about her family, and, happily, I was able to interview her while she was still alive.

After a few years, I began research on my first husband's family, and found that Paul and I were distant relatives (7C1R) with many common ancestors in this country.

Some years later, I later began some family history work for my then boyfriend, Michael Gould, and found that not only was he my 7C1R, he was also a distant cousin to my first husband, again with many shared ancestors.

When I met my present husband, Wayne Alden Wright, we quickly suspected that we had common Mayflower ties. After research, I have found that he, too, is my 7C1R, and is also related to the other two men who were so very important in my life.

After I spend some time researching these people, regardless of whose ancestor they may be, they become my family, and are cherished and respected.

Some of my research can be found online at; my database there, for obvious reasons, is called "Kissing Cousins." Much more of my notes is in my computer database, and some is still in handwritten form. I am in the process of trying to update all of the bios of our more recent family members on Find A Grave, but it is a timely process, and will take a while. Please feel free to help contribute information!

I am living in Salem NH, and would be willing to attempt to do some cemetery photography in the greater Salem area.

"All these people will live, as long as you remember."
~Idgie Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes


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