Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina

John Wallace Wright

One of my great-grandfathers was John Wallace Wright (3 Jun 1898, Morgan Co., KY - 3 Aug 1936, Boyd Co., KY), son of William Calvin and Emma (Leslie) Wright. John Wallace married (1) Lora Ethel Conley. They divorced when their only child, my grandfather, was young. John married (2) Gracie Lucinda "Lucy" Williams.

William Calvin Wright

According to family tradition, my second great grandfather William Calvin Wright (1871, VA - 1957, Rowan Co., KY) was the son of William Jasper and Rebecca "Becky" (Green) Wright. William Calvin married (1) Catherine Yates on 25 Aug 1894. Catherine is said to have died a few weeks after their marriage. William married (2) Emma Leslie about 1897. Both of these marriages were purported to have occurred in Morgan Co., KY, but I have yet to find records for either of them. Emma and William were the parents of at least 5 children: John Wallace (above), Amos Jasper, Albert Melvin, Doshia Lee, and Charlie Coon.

William and Emma appear on the 1900 Census in Morgan Co., KY with John Wallace (age 1) and on the 1910 Census for Morgan Co., KY with John (12), Amos (5), and Albert (4). William was a widower by the 1920 Census. Family tradition places Emma's date of death in November 1915 in Rowan Co., KY, but I have yet to substantiate this. I believe it is more likely that she died in Morgan Co., KY. William and his family were enumerated as follows on the rolls for Coffee Creek, Morgan Co., KY:

Cal Wright, 48
Wallace, 22
Jasper, 17
Melvin, 14
Doshia, 9
Charlie, 6

William married again sometime after the 1920 Census. He and his 3rd wife, Dollie (Forkum) Williams Wright are buried in Caudill Cemetery, Sharkey, Rowan Co., KY, along with some of William's descendants by his second wife.

William Jasper Wright

William B. "Bill" Wright

Jonathan Wesley Wright

Useful links:

For more information on these Wright lines, see Loyd T. Fleming's database on the Cantrill-Cantrell-Cantrall Genealogy Page. One of Loyd's sources is Negetha G. Powers' book, The Wright Connection. For a brief description of this source and distributor information, see Dickenson Co., VA Books and Resources.

Rowan Co., KY GenWeb

Morgan Co., KY GenWeb

Russell Co., VA GenWeb

Dickenson Co., VA GenWeb

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