Andrew Jackson Wright|
and Harriet Adams
Andrew Jackson Wright (same as
Wright) b about 1827 Perry Co KY d 13 Nov 1878 at 51 years of age, (1860 Letcher Co KY Census), s/o
Joel Martin Wright and Susannah Bates.
Andrew Jackson Wright
m. 13 Jun 1843 Letcher Co KY to Harriett Adams b about 1830 KY d after 1880
Letcher Co KY, d/o William Adams
and Christina Crase. Children of Andrew Jackson Wright and Harriett Adams;
Nancy 'Monk' Wright
b Jun 1877 Letcher Co KY d 1964 Letcher Co KY, buried Solomon Wright
Cemetery, Beefhide, Letcher Co KY, m. 12 Sept 1894 Letcher Co KY to George B Mullins
b about 1873 s/o Booker Mullins and Charlotte
Charity "Chat" Wright. Some children of Nancy "Monk" Wright and George B
Mullins; I. Joshua Mullins II. Bill Mullins.
b about 1847 d in Prison as a result of the ongoing
battles with the same William S Wright (Lunce) who
participated in the feud with Noah Milburn Reynolds II (Noah wrote about this
feud in his book
"The Feuds of the Mountain Parts of Kentucky".
William Wright m. Mary M Unknown.
b 19 Jan 1848 d 26 Jan 1941 at 93 years of age, m. 1872 to Macager
White, b 22 Sept1847 d 22 May 1912 at 64 years of age, s/o Alfred White and Elizabeth Adams.
Harriett Elizabeth Wright
b about 1851 d 10 Aug 1923 at 72 years of age, buried Riley Meade
Cemetery, Millstone Letcher Co KY m. 15 Jul 1871 Letcher Co KY to Benjamin Brown.
George Washington Wright
b 21 Aug 1853 d 7 Nov 1934 age 81 buried John Moores Branch, Pike Co KY m. 19
Feb 1876 Letcher Co KY to Harriet Addington,
b Feb 1858 Letcher Co KY d 1930 Pike Co KY at age 72. buried John Moore
Branch, Pike Co KY, d/o
and Nancy Kilgore.
Lucinda "Sidney" Wright b 15 Jan 1855
Letcher Co KY d
28 Mar 1924 at age 69 m. 14 Sept
1878 to John Anderson,
b 26 Apr 1857 d 26 Dec 1938, s/o
James Anderson and
Jane Perlina Potter.
b June 28, 1855.
Samuel "Sam" Wright
b about 1857.
Clarinda "Clarey" Wright b about 1861 m. Martin Adams.
Elijah "Lige" Wright
b about 1863 died; murdered in the feud with
William S Wright (Lunce).
b Apr 13, 1865 m. William L J "Stonewall Jackson" Wright; s/o
Aaron Wright and Isabelle
Deaton. Child of William L J
"Stonewall Jackson" Wright and Mary Wright;
I. John Quincy Wright b 2 Dec 1881
This is the story of Mary and her family.
Mary was born April 13, 1865 in Kentucky. She was the tenth child. She
married William L. J. "Stonewall Jackson" Wright. He was from the Solomon H
and Rachel Pickering Wright family. When Stonewall was 20 and Mary 21, they
married. On December 2, 1881 Mary and Stonewall had a son, John Quincy
Wright. Times were hard and jobs were scarce in Kentucky. The couple heard
of good paying jobs in the coal fields of West Virginia and moved there in
1897 when John Q. was 16.
Gambling was illegal in this West Virginia community. The local officials
were set on breaking up a local bunch that were gambling. Stonewall was
deputized and told to go with the posse to help arrest this group of
gamblers. He didn't volunteer, but you didn't say no when they put a badge
on you and made you a deputy for a manhunt. Apparently, the gamblers knew
about the raid and ambushed the group on their way out of town. Stonewall
was shot and killed in the ambush.
Mary and Stonewall had only been in town for three months. The goodness of
neighbors kept them fed. John would pick up jobs as he could sometimes
working for a merchant and earning twenty-five cents or fifty cents. He did
what he could to earn money for them.
The railroad was in town. One day when John was at the station
the station agent asked him if he would like a real job for the railroad.
John was thrilled. He became a brakeman. One day he was caught between two
cars and had his chest and shoulders crushed. He was a long time recovering
from the injuries.
After he recovered he was again at the station and the agent
asked him if was about ready to get back to work. John was ready. He became
a fireman for the engineers. I read in the 1920 census where he was a
fireman, but in 1930 he was listed as an engineer for the steam railroad. He
was with the railroad for 43 years.
John bought land and built a house where he and his mother
lived. When he was 46 years old he married Georgia Compton, daughter of
Robert and Rhoda Cox Compton. They lived with Mary while they searched for a
home for themselves. For two years they searched. A daughter, Daisy, was
born to them. The house next door to Mary's came up for sale and John bought
In one census it shows Mary, John, Georgia and little Daisy living in one
home that Mary owned and next door to them Robert and Rhoda renting a home.
Daisy said that as a little girl Robert and Rhoda lived with them and Mary
lived alone next door. When Daisy got married she moved in with her
grandmother. When her grandmother died in 1955, she had been married for
seven years. Her maternal grandparents had died and she and her husband
moved to the other house to take care of her parents.
Daisy lives there alone now all the family gone. She said she sold her
grandmother' house to a good friend who lost her home when the town was
flooded. Her houses sat high upon the mountain and did not flood. That
friend is still there and promised they would grow old together.
Daisy knew her grandmother very well. She knew that Andrew and Harriett
Adams were her great grandparents. She said that Mary told her that they
were part Indian. She told her that her grandmother was Cherokee. When
Mary's grandfather, Joel Wright, married his wife, she could speak no
English. Mary did not know her real name, but said they gave her the English
name of Susannah. She treasured the Indian doll that she received as a child
and had it hanging in her home until she died. Daisy has the doll today.
b about 1867 m. 14 Dec 1888 Letcher Co KY to Elizabeth Mullins b May 1872 KY
d/o Booker Mullins and Charlotte Charity "Chat" Wright.
Andrew Monroe Wright
b about 1870.
b July 1872 m. Ellen Stewart b 1895 d 1951; d/o
John Wesley Stewart
and Mary Elizabeth "Tump" Johnson. Children of Booker Wright and Ellen
I. Booker Wright Jr
II. Ike Wright b about 1930 Pike Co KY
b about 1878.
Several men in this family were written about by
Noah Milburn Reynolds in his book, "The History of Mountain Feuds". He wrote the following:
The next trouble of particular note was waged
between W. S. Wright (Lunce) on one side, and Lige and Sam Wright on the other.
This trouble grew out of W. S. Wright (Lunce) accusing Lige and Sam Wright of killing
his dog. W. S. Wright (Lunce) mustered a band of fifteen men and went in the night to
the home of Sam and Lige Wright, broke down their door.
The fighting, shooting
and killing commenced. Andy Wright and Bill Wright, known as "Old Bill" Wright
being killed and "Black Bill" Wright was severely wounded.
The W. S. Wright (Lunce) band ran from the scene of battle, leaving their dead and wounded laying where they
Sam and Lige Wright were indicted in court at Whitesburg, Ky. Sam Wright
broke jail. John Davis Bentley (s/o
Solomon Davis Bentley
and Mary Jane Bentley), deputy sheriff, caught Sam Wright, and on his way to jail with
him, W. S. Wright (Lunce), hearing of Sam Wright's capture, waylaid them and shot the
prisoner through the back, severely wounding him.
Later on Sam and Lige came clear in court.
Then W. S. Wright (Lunce) swore that (William) "Black Bill" Wright, who was a brother of Sam and Lige, had betrayed him and
got his men killed, and sent him to the penitentiary for five years. He died in prison.