392 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana
the old bugle he used in the war is still in his possession, and becomes dearer and more valued every year. While in infantry Mr. Samuels was wounded in the right shoulder, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 5, 1862, where 2,500 Union troops defeated J. C. Breckenridge, with 6,000 rebels, who left his wounded, including one General (Clark) on the field. since the war Mr. Samuels has been nearly exclusively engaged in the general mercantile business. He was married September 30, 1886, to Miss Nancy Isabelle Wann, a daughter of William H. Wann, of Lodi, Indiana. They are the parents of one child, a daughter named Ellen V. Mr. Samuels came too Cayuga in 1886, where he has built a comfortable home, and is one of the substantial and most respected citizens of the place. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the Knights of labor and Grand Army of the Republic. He is a member of the Baptist church.

WILLIAM WRIGHT, a worthy representative of one of the old and respected pioneer families of Vermillion County, was born on the homestead which he now owns and occupies, the date of his birth being December 4, 1831. He is a son of George and Mary (Briggs) Wright, and a grandson of George Wright, Sr., who settled here as early as 1820. George Wright, the father of our subject, was a man of more than ordinary ability, ambitious and energetic, and made, considering the disadvantages of the times, rapid progress. He was a man of strict integrity, kind and generous almost to a fault, and if in his power to aid he never turned away a needy man from his door. Politically he was always loyal to the Whig party. In religious views he never doubted God's goodness, and believed in the final salvation of all men. His death, which was a source of universal regret throughout the county, occurred December 4, 1852, on the day his son William attained his majority. He was born in Ontario County, New York, July 11, 1801. He commenced life for himself at the age of eighteen years but came to Vermillion County about the same time as his parents settled here, in 1820. He was married in 1822 to Miss Mary Briggs, who was born near Seneca, in Lake County, New York, in 1806, a daughter of John Briggs. Her parents came to Indiana and settled in Vigo County in 1816. Both were natives of England. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wright commenced housekeeping at the Wright homestead, where all their five children were born. Two children died in infancy; their daughter Jane married James Rush, and died six month after her marriage. Ann became the wife of William Wood, and is now deceased, and William is the subject of this sketch. The mother was a strong, lion-hearted woman, and feared nothing. She was accustomed to all kinds of manual labor, and worked out-doors as well as in-doors. In the early years of the county wild game and wild animals roamed almost undisturbed through the woods, and wolves would even gather near their house to eat the crumbs swept from the family table. At one time Mrs. Wright drove away a bear that was feasting upon the body of a live hog. She lived to witness the marvelous development of Vermillion County, to see its forests vanish and become replaced by the homes of thousands of people. She died December 9, 1883, beloved by all who knew her. William Wright, whose name heads this sketch, was reared at the homestead, and has succeeded, by inheritance and purchase, to

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