Jay County Obituaries
Obituary from 24 April 1984 edition of the
"Portland Daily Commercial":
Elisha Wright, son of William and Celia Wright, was born at
Washington (now Green's Fork,) Wayne County, Ind., December 25th, 1831;
died at his home in Portland, April 17th, 1894, aged 62 years 3 months
and 22 days.
He was first married to Emily Osborn, December 29th, 1853. They
came to Jay county and settled near Pennville, in February, 1855. On the
24th of October of that year he was separated from his young wife by
the hand of death.
On the 25th of December, 1856, he was again married to Elizabeth J.
Hiatt, to whom were born five sons and three daughters, who with their
mother, survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father,
except one son that died in infancy. He also leaves three brothers and one
By careful and diligent labor, he aquired a competency of this world's
He was of a lively, social, disposition with his family and intimate
friends, a kind husband and father and an obliging neighbor.
He was born and educated a Friend, but was lost sight of by his home
church, and while his name may have been retained on the records, yet
he and his wife made request and were received into membership by
Portland monthly meeting, in the Penville preparation meeting, and was
a worthy and faithful member. Only a few days before his sickness he
attended and took great interest in a revival meeting and the building up
of a church in the neighborhood of his old home. His profession of
religion was largely manifested by his life. He was fond of reading his
bible and good books. During his sickness he prayed earnestly, and said
that he was ready to go, and soon after quietly passed away.
Funeral services were held in the friends church at Portland, April
19th, at 10:30 a.m.. conducted by E.C and M.B. Thornton. Internment in
Submitted by: Ted Smith