The progenitor of the Wright family, with two brothers, came from Ireland or England, about 1750, perhaps earlier, and settled in Dutchess county, New York, near the Hudson river. He married Abigail Smith.
(I) Jacob Wright, or Jacob Henry Wright, as the name is also given, was born in Dutchess county, about 1756. He settled on a farm near the village of Moravia, Cayuga county, New York, and, later in life, removed to Preble, New York, where he died in 1849, aged ninety-three years. He was a farmer all his active life. In 1790 there were three men named Jacob Wright in New York state, according to the federal census. One lived at Canaan, Columbia county, and two were of Montgomery county, living respectively at Canajoharie and Caughnawaga. One of them was a captain in the revolution, in Colonel Philip Van Cortland's regiment.
Jacob Wright married Anna Armstrong, who died in 1850, aged eighty-two years. Children: Henry, mentioned below; Thomas; Smith; Joshua, born in Windham, near Catskill, on the Hudson, August 13, 1813, and came, with his family, to Moravia and Preble, died May 20, 1802, married Rebecca A. West, and had five children: Eleanor, married Sullivan Smith; Ann, married Harmon Loomis; Charity, married ______ Camborn.
(II) Henry, son of Jacob Wright, was born in Dutchess county, New York, in 1788, died in Illinois, in 1865. He came to Cayuga county, with his parents, when a young man, and followed farming for an occupation. He lived for some years at Preble, New York and spent his last years in the home of his son, at Huntley, Illinois. He married Martha Egbertson, born in 1794, died in 1856. Children of Henry and Martha (Egbertson) Wright: Abram, died aged about twenty-five years; Ann Maria, died aged twenty years; Egbert Alanson, mentioned below; Jerome; Rebecca, married Joseph Barre; Jacob Henry; Harriet, married Jerome Fulton; Charles, lives in Huntley, Illinois; Andrew.
(III) Egbert Alanson, son of Henry Wright, was born in Windham, Greene county, New York, August 21, 1821, and is now (1911) living with his daughter in Homer, New York, at the advanced age of ninety years. He received a common school education. About 1827, he came to the town of Tully, with his parents, and afterward removed to Truxton where he lived and worked for fifteen years. In 1864 he came to Homer, after living for some years at Preble, New York, and since then he has made his home in Homer. He purchased a large farm, near the Little Fork station, in Homer, known as the Walrad line and conducted it successfully for many years. This farm is now owned by his son for advancing age obliged him to retire from active labor he has made his home with his daughters at Homer Village. He has been an ______, progressive and industrious man. In politics he is a Republican. At one time he held the office of road commissioner, or "path sitter," but he never cared for public office. He married, January 16, 1843, Miriam Winslow, born at Preble, New York, July 26, 1824, died February 9, 1897, daughter of Ira and Dyphena (Waterman) Winslow (see Winslow XI). Children: 1. Anna Maria, born Jan 15, 1844, lives in Homer, New York; married Abram Knapp, deceased. 2. Harriet _____, born July 19, 1845, lives in Homer; married David W. Carver, deceased. 3. Mary Amanda, born July 2, 1847, lives in Homer; married Richmond Klock. 4. Jennie, born February 17, 1849; married Merritt Hallenbeck of Tully, New York. 5. Lewis, born January 17, 1853, lives in Detroit, Michigan; married Martha Devendorf, and had Elmer Mert and Ann. 6. Henry S., born March 6, 1859, died November 24, 1861. 7. Nellie __, born October 8, 1860, died October 19, 1861. 8. Charles E., born March 24, 1862, died March 28, 1863. 9. Rollin Egbert, mentioned below. 10. Robert Trowbridge, twin of Rollin Egbert, born May 20, 1866; married Feb 11, 1891, Roxanna B. Cay, of Preble, daughter of Irving and Deborah Cay; they had a daughter, Sarah Emily, born February __, 1896.
(IV) Rollin Egbert, son of Egbert Alanson Wright, was born in Homer, New York, May __, 1866. He attended the public school of his native town and the Homer Academy. He has always followed farming for an occupation and has always lived on the homestead, since he was born, which he now owns. Mr. Wright is keenly interested in public affairs, and has been, for the past seven years, road commissioner of the town of Homer, and largely through his skill and management the town has one of the best roads in the state. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of Homer Lodge No. 352, Free and Accepted Masons; of Homer Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Homer; of Little York Grange, No. 441, Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Baptist church, of Homer.
He married, January 16, 1888, Adelia Huntley, born February 25, 1869, of Otisco, Onondaga county, New York, daughter of Warren and Mary (Henderson) Huntley. Children: Smith, born July 18, 1890; Laura A., July 25, 1893; Miriam, May 17, 1901, died aged seventeen months; Arthur Warren, July 26, 1905; Mabel Irene, September 24, 1908.
If you have any suggestions, please e-mail Vicki Hall Titus
01 July 1998 Thanks for Stopping By!