Thomas B. Wright


THOMAS B. WRIGHT, grocer of Steubenville, was born in Brooke county, W. Va., August 10, 1839, the son of Jacob and Margaret (Davis) Wright. His parents, who were respectively natives of Washington county, Penn., and Brooke county, W. Va., had a family of eleven children, of whom he was the fourth, of whom six were sons and of whom eight are now living. His father and mother are both living, their home being in Brooke county, He was raised to manhood on the old home farm, and he then served three months in the Union army, being a member of Company G, First West Virginia volunteer infantry. Returning home, for a short time he was engaged at saw-milling. In 1864 he went to Chicago where, for five years, he was employed as a street car conductor. Returning home again he remained on the farm about two years, after which, in October, 1871, he located in Steubenville, where he has ever since been engaged in the grocery business. He has been very successful and he now possesses a large patronage. He was married May 27, 1875, to Cynthia Jane, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah A. (Barlow) Ford. Her father, a native of England, came to America at about sixteen years of age, and her mother was born in the state of New York. Her mother is deceased, but her father is living in Steubenville. Mr. and Mrs. Wright are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and in politics is an ardent republican. He is an obliging and accomodating business man, and a citizen respected and esteemed by all.

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