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Updated September 5, 2000

John Hamilton Wright

6521 Sandypoint Ct.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


We have been researching the following families and have developed a data base of thousands of names. The brief list below references the main families involved in our search and direct line members with era dates and locations.
Rev. Isaac J. Wright 1819-1889 IN>OH>IL>WI>TN>WI
Dr. John Calvin Wright 1859-1940 WI
Hamilton William Wright 1904-1975 WI>CA
John Hamilton Wright 1933-Present CA

Oliver Perry Downing 1831-1912 OH
Benjamine Downing 1860-c. 1896 OH
Moria Otis Downing 1882-1946 OH>CA
Norman Haynes Downing 1906-1965 OH>CA
Norman Roberts Downing 1932-Present CA

Peter Hamilton 1830-1897 IR>WI
Rosannah Hamilton 1863-1936 WI
Sarah Hamilton 1858-Aft.1936 WI>VA
Dr. John M. Hamilton 1865-Aft. 1936 WI>IL

Joseph Haynes 1825- OH
George W. Haynes 1858- OH
Madge Haynes 1886-1962 OH>CA

Jacob Lantz 1791-1858 PA
John Lantz 1829-1911 PA
Lewis Wetzel Lantz 1855-1912 PA>OH
Harry Burt Lantz 1880-1944 OH
Wetzel Lewis Lantz 1915-1987 OH>MI
Carolyn Ann Lantz 1938-Present MI>CA

Henry Miller 1750-1846 VA,IN
Henry Miller 1802-1860 KY>IN>WI
Sarah Catherine Miller 1830-1859 KY>IN>WI

William Toney 1794-1871 VA>WI
Rhoda Toney 1825-1851 OH>IL

William Lydick 1838- OH
Elizabeth Lydick 1863-1894 OH

Claude Homer Reed Anthony 1891-1975 MI
Zora Anthony 1921 Present MI

Gene Phillp Arseneault CA
Caren Anne Arseneault MD>CA
James Lewis Arsenault 1965-Present CA
Joseph Anthony Arseneault 1967 -Present CA
Sean Joseph Arseneault 2988-Present CA

John Fredrick Bock PA
John Fredrick Bock 1909-1997 PA>CA
Patrica Joan Bock 1933-Present CA

Laurins Martin Thorpe 1816-1898 CT>WI
Julius Colon Thorpe 1849-1917 IN>WI
John Roberts Thorpe 1872-1959 WI>CA
Theron Emery Thorpe 1901-1972 WI
James Rogers Thorpe 1939-Present WI

Current research focuses on the parents of REV. ISAAC J.WRIGHT.

Rev. Wright was born in Indiana in 1819. He married Rhoda Toney in 1842 in Preble County, Ohio, which is on the border of Ohio and Indiana. The Toney family is well documented and family records mention Isaac and Rhoda's family. During the the remainder of the 1840's they lived in Ohio (possibly Gasper Twp., Preble County). Rhoda had two children while they were in Ohio, William T.Wright (March 11, 1843-April 9, 1871) and Melinda Wright 1848. The family left Ohio about 1849, probably with the intent on moving to Southern Wisconsin. On the way they stayed somewhere in Illinios, where Rhoda gave birth to a third child, Isaac Jesse Wright (August 2, 1850-November 24, 1871). It appears Rhoda died giving birth to Isaac Jesse. After Rhoda's Isaac Sr. moved on to Port Andrew Richland County with the children. His life in Richwood Twp, Richland County, WI is well documented in the "History of Crawford and Richland Counties Wisconsin".

In about 1856 he married Sarah Catherine Miller, daugther of Henry and Margaret (Sharp) Miller. Sarah had been married before to a Joseph David. The 1860 Federal Census shows another child living with Isaac by the name of Martha (b. 1856). It is not known if Martha belonged to Isaac or Joseph David. Sarah died giving birth to John Calvin Wright in 1859, the same year her father, Henry Miller, died. The Civil war broke out and Isaac Sr. joined the Union Army as a 2nd lieutenant in the 11th Wisconsin Infantry on Octonber 24, 1861. He resigned from the army June 18, 1892. His eldest son William enlisted in Co. B, 25th Regiment and became somewhat of a hero and having the GAR meeting hall in Exselsior, WI named after him.

At the time Isaac joined the Union Army he had just spent four years clearing his farm on Bird Creek in Richwood Twp. He was recently widowed with five children in one of the most frontier parts of Wisconsin. It is known that he was a circuit minister in the United Brethern Church. It was a significant sacrafice for him to enlist and he must have deeply believed in the cause.

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