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Joseph W. Wright

J.W. WRIGHT, merchant, Belle Rive, born September 20, 1849, 
in Hamilton County, ILL., son of James H. Wright, a native of 
Tennessee, an active, energetic man. He came to hamilton County 
in an early day, and there was engaged in the mercantile and 
milling business. He is yet living, in the Black Hills, where 
he is now mining. 

The mother of our subject was Elizabeth Webb, a native of Kentucky.  
She died in April 1882, near McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., ILL. 
She was the mother of nine children, of whom six are now living, 
viz., Thomas B., a large and wealthy business man in McLeansboro, 
ILL; James H., of Chicago; Andrew J., a farmer in Hamilton County; 
Mary E., Arminta Smith, and Joseph W., our subject. Sallie C., 
Henrietta and Eliza J. are deceased. 

Our subject was principally educated in McLeansboro, ILL. In early 
life he clerked for his father in the mill and store. At the age of 
twenty-two, he embarked in the mercantile business on his own account, 
keeping a grocery and dry goods store in Belle Rive, to which place 
he had come in 1873. He is yet engaged in the same business, and 
is also the principal grain dealer of Jefferson County. He is now 
Superintendent of Construction of the T.T. & R.G. Railroad, and also 
General Contractor of timbers on this division. He is identified with 
the Republican part. He is no office seeker nor politician. He was 
married, October 6, 1871, in Hamilton County, ILL., to Miss Artemesia 
Maulding, born September 7, 1852 in Hamilton County, ILL., daughter 
of Jarrett and Julia (Hall) Maulding; they were very old settlers. 
Mrs. Wright is the mother of two children now living, viz., Commodore, 
born January 1, 1874; Edward, born March 6, 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Wright 
are both religiously connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: History of Jefferson County, Illinois
by William Henry Perrin
Published by Globe Publishing, Chicago - 1883
Page 61 & 62 

Submitted By: Sandy (Whalen) Bauer

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