Nathaniel D. Wright


NATHANIEL D. WRIGHT, a prosperous retail grocer of Steubenville, was born in Washington county, Penn., December 1, 1835, the son of Jacob and Margaret (Davis) Wright. The father was born in Washington county, Penn., February 18, 1806, and was the son of Samuel and Sarah (Criss) Wright, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, and the former of whom died at the age of seventy-eight, and the latter died at the age of seventy-three. Margaret Davis was born in Hancock county, W. Va., February 2, 1810, the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Graham) Davis, both natives of Pennsylvania, the latter of Fayette county, that state. Her father died at the age of forty-two, but the mother reached the extreme age of ninety-four. The father of our subject is a hearty and well-preserved man, not-withstanding he is now in the eighty-fourth year of his age, and with his wife, lives in Brooke county. When Nathaniel D., was but two years old his parents removed from his native county to his present residence, where he lived until early manhood on a farm. For about five years he was successfully engaged in the patent right business, but sickness finally compelled him to give it up. On March 7, 1859, he located in Steubenville, where he has ever since been engaged in the grocery business. He has enjoyed a good patronage and there is probably not a retail grocer in the city that is doing a more extensive or profitable business. Mr. Wright was married September 19, 1864, to Margaret E. Starr, who was born in Belmont county, Ohio, April 4, 1845. She is the only child born to Thomas and Margaret (Albaugh) Starr. Her father was born in Huntingdon county, Penn., August 27, 1822. Her mother was born in Winchester, Md., February 19, 1826 and died when Mrs. Wright was but eight days old. In 1849 her father emigrated to California, where he still resides. She remained with friends, being reared and educated at Steubenville. At the early age of fifteen she became a teacher and continued in that profession until the time of her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have two children. The elder, William T., was born July 19, 1866 and was married May 27, 1887 to Nettie Browning by whom he has one child, Mildred. The younger, Edna, born March 15, 1875, is a student in the Steubenville female seminary. Mr. Wright and wife and daughter Edna, are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He is a member of Jefferson lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F., and in politics is a republican. He has served as a member of the city council, from the sixth ward, four years. Socially Mr. Wright and his amiable wife are popular, and they have a wide circle of devoted friends.

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