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The WRIGHT family of Hanover, and Amherst Counties, Virginia

Updated May 28, 2007

Our ancestors of early Hanover and Amherst Counties, Virginia were: JOHN JAMES WRIGHT, born in 1842 Amherst County; his father, HENRY TALLEY WRIGHT, b 1817 in Hanover County (one of six children--but no evidence yet); his father, who is believed to have been WILLIAM (Thompson?) WRIGHT, b. ca. 1785, and his wife, believed to be a Miss TALLEY (based on son Henry's middle name). Have found no TALLEY linkage, so this is still guessing. Also have discovered that there was a preacher named Henry TALLEY in St Paul's Parish in Hanover Co. before and after the time of HTW's birth, so our Henry Talley Wright mag have been named for this preacher. Before William there is "said" to have been a LAFAYETTE WRIGHT who may have been a stowaway on a boat from England, but I have found nothing to support him at all. I have found evidence of William in an 1841 Amherst County Deed of Trust where the parties are Henry T., and William, and wife, Elizabeth--this Deed suggests a son-parent relationship, but doesn't assure me of William or Elizabeth being Henry's parents. A note from a long deceased relative who did early research, indicated that HTW was orphaned at age 13, but "William's" presence in the 1841 DOT has caused me to doubt that--but, maybe we should explore that route as well. Another issue is: If HTW was born in Hanover, what drew him to Amherst? There are at least two other Wright families in early Amherst--but there doesn't "seem" to be a connection. Our quest is to find more information on our earliest ancestors, and to help provide linkage for those of you who have found your roots within our family. Because crucial records were destroyed in Hanover County during the Civil War, information on William Wright and his parents is a major challenge. Early surnames include: ALLEN; BALDOCK; BEAHM; CARROW; DAVIS; DAWSON; DODD; GUTHRIE; HAMILTON; MEADOR; PADGETT; PETERS; RHODES/RODES; SMOOT; STINNETT; TALLEY/TALLY, and WHITTEN.
Also researching surnames: DEAN; DEANE; PACE; COX; WILLS; WHITTON; KEY; LACY; COMER; TYLER; HUMBER; TERRELL; CHRISTIAN; WILLIS, and WASHINGTON (these are all in my DEAN lineage and mostly rooted in VA). If you have any information or suggestions, or if I can be of any help to you, please email me.

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Family Photos

  • Henry Talley Wright and family, in 1850 census (42 KB)
    Henry Talley Wright, Nancy Jane Smoot Wright, and children as they are listed in 1850 Amherst County, Virginia Federal Census.
  • My grandfather, John Talley Wright ca. 1890s (58 KB)
    John Talley Wright, probably in his 20s
  • Wright Family at JTW's farm, Father's Day, 1959 (58 KB)
    John Talley Wright's children, grand-children and great-grand-children. His second wife, Julia is beside him.
  • Jesse Bernard Wright family of Kingman, AZ 1930s (66 KB)
    Jesse B. Wright, Josephine Carrow Wright, Bernard, Mary Elizabeth, John Joseph, and Jesse Edward Wright, in Kingman, Arizona in the 1930s (Picture courtesy of Michael Wright)
  • My grandmother, Lula Belle Davis ca. 1890s (59 KB)
    Lula Belle Davis Wright, as she appeared in her 20s
  • Baldock home in Amherst (93 KB)
    The 1920s home of Grace Lillian Wright-Baldock and husband, Walker A. Baldock and family. The home is next to the "Amherst Mill" that was owned by the Baldocks. It brought the first electricity to the city in the early 1920s.
  • Jesse B. Wright and his 1900-01 VMI football team (61 KB)
    Jesse is 4th from left, in second row (he played center). His close friend, George C. Marshall, is 2nd from left in 2nd row (he was left tackle). Notice the shape of the "early" football. (Picture courtesy of V.M.I.)
  • J.T. Wright with his seven children. ca. 1950 (94 KB)
    From left to right, in order of age: John Talley Wright, Raymond, Jesse, Annabelle, John,Jr.(Jack), Winston, Grace, Kathleen.
  • Oldest living Wright (94 KB)
    Bessie Wright Beahm, shown at age 102 in 2000 with a ggg grandaughter. Born July 19, 1898, Bessie's 109th birthday will be on July 19, 2007. Picture is courtesy of Florence Flowers.
  • Amherst Mill -- Owned by the Baldocks (1920-36) (66 KB)
    The Amherst Milling Company was owned and operated by Walker Baldock. In the early 1920s it provided the first reliable electricity to the town. The mill ground corn and grain for the surrounding area farmers (and still does!). Walker's arm was caught in the milling machinery, and because no one was around to help him, he was forced to "cut his arm free of the equipment before bleeding to death." After recovering, he continued to operate the mill with only one arm. Walker and Grace and family lived next to the mill (see pic of house). The children used to swim in the stream that powered the mill.
  • Wright families 1999 (189 KB)
    Some descendants of John Talley Wright gather at Connie Dean Vest's home. This was the first Wright family get-together since 1984. During the '70s and until 1984 there was an annual summer "Wright" picnic at Bryant Park, in Richmond, VA. (Picture courtesy of Connie Vest)
  • "Mystery" Wright (51 KB)
    Robert Wright's signed and noted photo-portrait was found in family belongings, probably indicating he fits in somewhere. All I know is that he was born April 16, 1840 in Norfolk, Virginia, served in the Confederate Navy on the gun-boat "Jamestown" (as 3rd Assistant Engineer), and participated in the Monitor-Merrimac battle. He later served on the Iron-clad "Richmond"; In S.C. in the torpedo fleet; and finally out of Wilmington, N.C. in "blockade running."
  • John Talley Wright - Portrait (607 KB)
    This seems to be the earliest picture I have of grandpa. Pic courtesy of Frank and Tish Perkins.
  • Henry Talley Wright (77 KB)
    Henry (also called "Uncle Talley" by some family) died in 1914. Suspect this photo was taken in the early 1900s. Courtesy of Carl and Dot Rainey.
  • J. T. Wright family, ca 1914, North Ave. Richmond (65 KB)
    L-R: Jesse, Anna Belle, Grandma Davis, Jack, Lula Belle, Grace, Raymond, Winston, and Kathleen being held by John T. Wright. In front of home on North Avenue.
  • My great-grandmother, Emma Rhodes Wright, ca. 1916 (48 KB)
    Emma Caroline Rhodes Wright (wife of John James Wright) about 1916, with Raymond McLean Wright (rt), and Mary Hester Beahm (lt), "Hester" has her arms around younger brother, Edgar Carson Beahm.
  • January 1920, partial census image of Wright fam. (208 KB)
    1/2/1920 J.T. Wright family with all 7 children at home at 1409 North Ave. Also 2 families renting. J.T. Wright is enumerated as "Tally" Wright.
  • At Wright farm in Barboursville, VA, July 4, 1920 (46 KB)
    Jesse is 3rd from left; Raymond is 5th from left, and young man standing in the middle row is believed to be Jack. Please let me know if you can identify others in this family/friends photo. Frank
  • Brothers and sisters at funeral of Raymond, 1974 (64 KB)
    Brothers and sisters, (with spouses) in top 2 rows (minus Kathleen and Frank Perkins). Bottom row L-R, Frank Perkins, Jr.; Bette and Raymond Jr. Wright; Daphne and George (Sonny) Stanford, and Hester Beahm Taylor.
  • Grace Wright Dean and husband, Franklin E. Dean (63 KB)
    Grace and Frank were married for 56 years prior to Frank's death September 20th, 1990. They were dear parents. Grace passed May 5, 2002. Picture was taken in late 1970s.
  • Grandchildren of John T. and Lula Wright 1936 (106 KB)
    Six grandchildren pose for yhis 1936 picture taken at the Rose Avenue home. There would be a total of ten -- four yet to come. Recognize your youthful selves??
  • John James Wright during Civil War (53 KB)
    John James Wright, Amherst Artillery. As displayed in Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, VA.
  • John James Wright and wife, Emma Rhodes Wright (77 KB)
    Photo probably taken between 1910--1922. John died in 1922, and Emma, in 1929. Photo courtesy of Raymond Wright, Jr.
  • Thomas Jefferson Wright (81 KB)
    L-R, Edward H. Wright, unidentifiable son, Thomas J. Wright, and (based on age of Eddie), possibly "young" Harry R. Wright. If the picture was taken ca 1915, Eddie would be 20, and Harry 11. In Nelson County. (Courtesy of Kathy and Walter Harlow)
  • Garland Rodes Camp C. V. A. (92 KB)
    John J. Wright (#9) in this post-war portrait of Confederate Veterans.
  • Susan Peters, wife of Thomas Jefferson Wright (111 KB)
    Appears to have been taken at a young age. Courtesy of Walter and Kathy Harlow.
  • Susan Peters Wright, wife of Thomas J. Wright (64 KB)
    Susan Wright with son, Henry Thomas Wright, ca 1935? in Nelson County, VA. (Courtesy Kathy and Walter Harlow)
  • John Talley Wright and Lula Belle Davis Wright (69 KB)
    John Talley Wright, Lula Belle Davis Wright, and daughter Anna Belle Wright, ca. 1908 in front of home on North Avenue, Richmond, VA.
  • Susie Christine Wright (110 KB)
    Thomas Jefferson and Susan Peters Wright's daughter. Born 8/22/1901 died 8/26/1926. Buried at Jonesboro Cemetery.
  • Nannie Florence Wright (47 KB)
    Florence Wright-Beahm, daughter of John J. and Emma Rhodes-Wright. "Aunt" Florence often visited with children of John Talley Wright. photo courtesy of Carl and Dorothy Rainey.
  • Thomas and Susan Wright's Children (70 KB)
    Right to left: Harry, Gertrude, Eddie, ?, a son, Susan.

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