Just two days before the celebration of the completion
of the new courthouse, the ground upon which it was built given Hunt County
by her husband, Mrs. M. H. Wright passed to that city not built by man.
Mrs. M. H. Wright, aged eighty-four years, died
early Tuesday morning, April 9, 1929, at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
John H. Middleton. This pioneer woman was one among those listed
for special honors in today's courthouse and birthday celebration, both
as a pioneer and the widow of the donor of the original townsite and highly
worthy because of the cultured, unselfish, and useful life she had lived.
Nancy Emily Davis was born in Alabama, October 24,
1844, when an infant was moved to Union County Arkansas where she grew
to young womanhood and was married to Dr. Samuel Fuller Turner at the age
When her husband went into the Civil War, she went
as a nurse and they served through the conflict.
After the war, they came to Texas, settled at Calvert,
where Dr. Turner was buried in the sixties.
Two years later, she came to Hunt County with her
sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Foster, settling at Kingston.
Trading at Greenville, she met McQuincy Wright, the red-headed Welch man
who woed and won her, and they were married on Saint Valentine's Day in
They lived for a time at Jefferson and Athens, suffered
misfortune, but returned to Greenville, regained fortune, but in 1890,
she was left a widow again.
This brave pioneer woman is survived by four children
as follows: Burchard Wright, Arkansas; Roy Wright of Amarillo; Sterling
Wright of Los Angeles, California; and Mrs. John D. Middleton of this city.
Funeral conducted from Grace Presbyterian Church,
Wednesday morning, April 10, 1930, by her pastor and burial in East Mount.
This brave mother largely reared her children after
she became a widow and was of that type of motherhood who gave their lives
a loving service. Since her children had gone out for homes of their
own, she had lived with her only daughter, Mrs. Leta Middleton.
The city offices closed Wednesday during the funeral
hour as a mark of respect to the memory of this pioneer woman.
April 11, 1929, The Greenville Messenger)
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