Elijah R. Wright
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See Isham's farm in Crowson's Cove, Sevier Co., TN,
where Manerva was born and lived her first six years
|21.00--Mr. Wright m. Mrs.
Wright (nee unk.)
22.00--Mr. Wright m. Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.01--Mr. Wright m. Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.02--Mr. Wright m. Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.03--Mr. Wright m. Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.04--Mr. Wright m.
Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.05--Mr. Wright m.
Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
23.06--Mr. Wright m. Mrs. Wright (nee unk.)
m. Minerva Gwin
|21.00--Richard Gwin m. Sarah Chesley
22.00--Isham Gwin m. Mary Canterbury23.01--Polly Gwin m. Thomas Walker, Jr.
23.06--Isham Gwin II m. (Betsy Snowden/Mary Likens)
23.07--(Chesley?) Gwin m. unk.
23.11--Minerva Gwin m. Elijah Wright
23.12--Mahala Gwin m. John B. Houston
Meet the seven (or eight?) known children of Elijah and Minerva: 24.01--Ruth Ann Wright
(ca. 1829 - ca. 1860-70) m. Young Childers
24.02--Susan Wright (ca. 1831 - unk.)
m. unk. 24.03--Isom G. Wright (ca. 1832 - unk.) m1. Millie Childers, m2. Catherine Spiker
24.04--Mary Jane Wright (ca. 1833 - 1891) m. Charles Stalcup, m2. Henry Stalcup 24.05--Benjamin Wright (ca. 1836 - bef. 1870) m. Rebecca A. (nee unk.) ca. 1836 24.06--Bazle (Basil?) Wright (unk. - unk.) m. unk. 24.07--Leander (H.?) Wright (1839 - 1909) m. perhaps Ellen Crandall
(1845 - unk.)
m. Sarah A. Hammond
[John M. Gwin Note: I've found two Elijah [Rights] of about the same ages in the 1830 census of Orange Co., IN. One is living next to Isom Gwin (this is ours, I'm quite sure) and the other is living two doors from Jonathan Wright. I've also found an Elijah Wright on Findagrave.com, b. 1804 in KY; d. 28 Feb 1844; bd. Liberty Cem., Orleans, Orange Co., IN--Find A Grave Memorial# 67441965. His parents are listed there as Jonathan Wright (1772-1838) and Sarah (nee Reed) Wright (1778-1840). Granted, the dates of birth and death for this Elijah fit for him to be either Minerva Gwin's husband or the other Elijah, since she was born a few years after this Elijah and is listed as a widow in 1850, some six years after this Elijah's death. But because he is the son of Jonathan, I do not believe him to be our Elijah but the other.]
[JMG Note: I got Elijah's and Minerva's children's names from Isham's 1855 probate record; Elijah's first name is from Doris Gyarmati (see note in 1850 census chart below).
Also, someone logged in Minerva's and Elijah's marriage date on this USGenNet website: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/in/county/orange/marriages/marrg.htm
Wright, Elijah m. Crawford, Lucinda 08-05-1823
Wright, Elijah m. Grew?, Minira 07-31-1827The second entry above just HAS to be Minerva Gwin--THANK you to this unknown researcher and contributor! (:-)
Further, if both of these Elijahs are the same person--and I believe they are--then he was married twice, Minerva being his second wife, the marriages being about four years apart.
Many more related marriages from this good website are listed in the outline below as well.]
|Above is part
of a page of the 1850 census of Orange Co., IN, comprising
the names of 20 of my relatives, including
Gggg-grandmother Mary Canterbury Gwin. All four of
the households listed are those of descendants of Isom and
Mary Gwin. My transcription of that page follows:
It is this very document that has led us to the following speculations.
1. First of all, we know that Isom and Mary disposed of (most likely sold) their 249-acre plantation in Crowson's Cove--today's Wear's Cove--Sevier Co., TN, and moved to Indiana.
2. We have believed all along that he must have reinvested the money from the sale of his farm and bought land in Indiana.
3. From his will, we also know that Isom died in December 1830, some 20 years before this census.
4. From the record books of Providence Church located near today's Fargo, Greenfield Township, Orange Co., IN, we know
a. that the church was founded 7 Aug 1819,
b. that on 4 Sep 1819 Isom was called to preach at Providence from El Bethel,
c. that by 2 Oct 1819, Isom had accepted the call, moved to Providence, and been chosen to served as moderator at their business meeting on that day, and
d. that Isom is mentioned as serving as moderator at the meetings held on the first Saturdays in Nov, Mar, May, Aug, and Oct 1821; Feb, Mar, Apr, and May 1822; and Mar 1826.
5. From the record books of Unity Church record books, we know that
a. "Isom Gwinn" and "Mary Gwinn" were received into fellowship at Unity Church in "Sept. 1825 by letter" where they remained until they were dismissed "by death".
b. "Elijah Wright" and "Manerva Wright" were received into fellowship at Unity Church some ten years later in "Jan. 1835 by letter" where they remained, Elijah until he was dismissed "by death" and Manerva until an unstated date and time.
4. Because he left Providence Primitive Baptist (click here, scroll to page 46), the church he helped found and for which he served over ten years as its first pastor, and because we cannot find his or his wife's grave in the cemetery of that church, we speculate that they are buried on the land he bought.
We know that his wife Mary was listed in the 1850 census as "blind" and speculate that daughter Minerva, also a widow, moved "back home" sometime before this census to care for her aging mother, as shown here. Because the land is listed as Minerva's and its value as $600, we also speculate that Mary must have given/sold the farm to Minerva. We also speculate that David and Elizabeth Gwin Denton, whom we know moved to Indiana with Isom and Mary, must have bought their land abutting Isom's and Mary's, and now in their old age and living alone, have given/sold most of it to their son Thomas. Finally, we speculate that if we can find Isom's and Mary's deed to this land and ascertain the land's location, we'll find their graves.
Now we see that the above paragraph's text (reduced in size and in italics) may not be the case at all. It now appears that the quarter section (160 acres) of land (the SE 1/4 of section 20, T1S and R2E) was sold by William and Sarah (Gwin) Houston to Elijah R. Wright, Minerva (Gwin) Wright's husband, in 1842. We know that Elijah died before the 1850 census, since Minerva is listed there as a widow.
We also know that this same 160-acre parcel of land was sold by Charles M. and 24.04--Mary J. Stalcup on 15 Apr 1854 to 24.03--Isom G. Wright, husband of Millie Childers Wright, Mary Stalcup's older brother.
So IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE JUST AS PLAUSIBLE to speculate that in 1850, Minerva and her kids were living on their own farm--i. e., this same 160-acre quarter section of Sect. 20--and that they took in Minerva's 80-year-old mother, Mary Canterbury Gwin, to live with them. IF THIS IS THE CASE, however, we still do not know what happened to Isham's and Mary's farm. It also means that Isham and/or Mary could be buried on their own farm or on Elijah's and Minerva's farm.
--John M. Gwin
In August 2016, in preparation to visit this property, I used two online maps to create the map below. To get to the 160-acre SE quarter of section 20 purchased by Elijah Wright on 15 Mar 1842 and perhaps still owned by Minerva Wright at the 1850 census, (T1S/R2E/S20, SE 1/4), from Valeene, take 725 S to the northeast 2.3 miles to 575 E, which take to the right 0.6 miles to 775 S. Turn left on 775 S and stay on the blacktop for an estimated 2.5 miles, turning left at the tee onto 950 S. A quarter mile later, the blacktop angles to the northeast for about a block. THIS ANGLE MARKS THE CENTER OF SECTION 20 AND THE NE CORNER OF THE WRIGHTS' 160 ACRES. The blacktop continues along 950 S to the Crawford Co. line, marking generally the northern boundary of the Wright property.