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Susan Wright
and Unknown

Susan Wright - Photo From Karen Mullins Facebook July 28, 2018
Susan Wright b 15 Oct 1819 d 13 Jan 1915; buried Meade Cemetery, Appletree Branch, Rockhouse KY; d/o Joel Martin Wright and Susan Unknown. Susannah Wright never married. Children of Susan Wright and Unknown;

1. Lutisha Wright b 16 Dec 1843 d 15 Nov 1924; m. 12 Oct 1873 to James Madison Meade b Jul 1843 Floyd Co KY; s/o Thomas Kronis Meade and Mary Polly Hall.

2. Anna Wright b Dec 1849; m. 8 Mar 1881 to Lewis Hall. Children of Lewis Hall and Anna Wright;

i. Mary "Alice" Hall b 1883 KY d 1922 KY; m. John A "Johnny" Hall b 12 Dec 1876 d 23 May 1956 buried Hall Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; s/o Thomas Hall and Martha Patsy Whitaker. John A "Johnny" Hall m. 20 Aug 1896 to Mollie Wright; John A "Johnny" Hall m. 25 May 1904 to Sarah Ann "Sally" Reynolds b b 16 Oct 1885 d 26 Sept 1931; buried Hall Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; d/o William Henry Reynolds and Frances Matilda Baker.

ii. Rozzie Hall b 1 Jul 1886 d 5 Oct 1959 buried Isaac Potter Cemetery, Neon, Letcher Co KY; m. 29 Nov 1902 to John "Johnny" D W Potter b 4 Oct 1882 Jenkins, Letcher Co KY d 26 Feb 1953 Fleming, Letcher Co KY; buried Isaac Potter Cemetery, Neon, Letcher Co KY; s/o Isaac Potter and Emeline Bentley. John "D W" "Johnny" Potter m. (2) Clarisse Johnson b 11 Apr 1901.

3. Andrew Wright b 18 Jan 1853 d 13 Jan 1886; m. Mary Jane Collier; d/o William Collier and Rebecca Meade.


About Big Susan Wright
From Karen Mullins Facebook
Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:09 A.M.

(Re: Photo Above of Susan Wright): This is the only picture I have of Susan. It came from Alma Meade Bolling. Lois Wright Tweedy and her brother, Orville Wright, interviewed Alma back in the 80s and were told this about Susan.

Susan was called "Mam" by her children and grandchildren. She was a tall woman and was called "Big Susan". Susan was blind the last thirty years of her life. The toliet was outside the house. They made her a lead -- a rope that led from the house to the toliet so she could go outside alone. Grandpaw (James Madison Meade) kept her. He told all that she had helped raise them and no matter what she asked for from the store, they were to give it to her.

She was particular in the way her clothes looked. After she was dressed she'd feel her clothes to make sure everything was fastened properly. Then she'd put on an apron and if she found a patch on it, she would not have it saying "Tish, is there a patch on that old apron? Well I won't wear it." Susan learned to count up to ten in Black Dutch, but never learned another way (English). Her grandchildren remembered that two of he numbers were "seter and elether".

Susan's tombstone reads "Susan Wright, daughter of Joel and Susan Wright, born October 15, 1819, died January 13, 1915. Rest Mother, Rest in quiet, while friends around in sorrow o're thee weep." Our grandpa, Matt Meade, bought the tombstone.

Grandmother Susan is said to be a Bolling. Our grandpaw Matt Meade always said, "It's the devilish old Bolling coming out in us" is the reason the Wrights are so mean. Roy said, "All the meaness there is in the family, there must be Bolling in all generations." Susan is supposed to have come out of Wise County, Virginia.

Their old "home place" was built in 1891. Susan was living in the Meade house at the time with them. Susan's children were Loutishie (Tish), the granny of Alma and Flossie, Andrew, know as "Little Andy" and Ann. Susan was never married and said she'd never tell who their daddie's were. It was said that Tish was a Quillen. Susan had stayed with her sister, Betz, who was married to a Quillen. "Mam" left McRoberts, where the Old Wright Settlement was, and lived with her sister, Betz, at Rockhouse. It was there that her first child, Tish, was born.

Betty Ann Fulton is Henry Quillen's granddaughter and asked me, "Alma, did you ever hear it said that when your grandmother, Betz, had a baby, she'd jump out of bed and your grandmother, Susan, would jump in?" Susan didn't always stay with Betz. She lived with another sister. She lived down near Jenkins at Little or Big Elkhorn near where Bad John Hall lived.

Tish always went with Susan when she milked and strained milk in the morning. They'd go to the well and Tish was to wash that straining cloth nine or ten times 'cause you wash it better than anybody else." Susan smoked a clay pipe. Many times Flossie visited and watched her sitting around smoking that clay pipe and the smoke curling. Flossie used to ask Olvin why they let Susan hull beans and throw hulls at the grate with the hulls coming out. It looked like she'd get burned up.


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