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STANBURY WRIGHT

Stanbury WRIGHT was born on April 18, 1807, Vergennes, Vermont, the son of William WRIGHT (1767-1841) and Charity (SKINNER) WRIGHT (1760-1839). He married Mary Flagg POTTER in Noble County, Indiana. Mary Flagg (POTTER) WRIGHT was born October 15, 1811, Utica, Oneida County, New York.

Stanbury entered 80 acres of prairie and 40 acres of timber land in Section 36 of Tingley township in December of 1854. He returned to Noble County, Indiana for his family. They, along with his two sons-in-law, Andrew J. GILLETT and John STROUSE with their families, moved to Ringgold County in April of 1855.

Stanbury and Mary Flagg (POTTER) WRIGHT were the parent of 13 children:

1) Lovina WRIGHT, b. 1831
2) Louisa M. WRIGHT, b. 1835
3) Mary "Elizabeth" WRIGHT, b. 21 Apr 1836, OH; d. 27 Nov 1918, Ellston IA
    married 29 Jan 1852, Noble Co. IN Andrew J. GILLETT (1832-1914)
4) Nathaniel WRIGHT, b. 1838
5) Mary Jane WRIGHT, b. 21 Mar 1839, Noble Co. IN; d. 30 Jan 1895, Swan, Noble Co. IN
6) Stanbury WRIGHT II, b. 12 Jan 1840, Noble Co. IN; d. 1913, Sioux City IA
7) Mary WRIGHT, b. 1842, IN
8) Amanda WRIGHT, b. 1843, IN
9) Sophia WRIGHT, b. 1845, IN
10) Irena WRIGHT, b. 1848, IN
11) Anna WRIGHT, b. 1853, either Noble Co. IN
12) Harriett B. "Hattie" WRIGHT, b. 20 Jul 1854, Noble Co. IN
    married 23 Dec 1872 Lewis E. EWAN
13) Ches S. WRIGHT, b. 1858, Ringgold Co. IA

Stanbury was a good man and filled a large place in the newly settled county. According to legend, Stanbury was a great friend of a woman whose husband was supposed to have been killed by an Indian. [The widow of Absalom DRIGGS?]

From The History of Colorado, 1919, Volume 4, page 228:
"Stanbury B. and Mary Flagg (POTTER) WRIGHT . . . were natives of Vermont and New York respectively, the progenitors on both the paternal and maternal side being direct lineal descendants from Puritan ancestors who took active part in the Colonial and the Revolutionary wars. Mr. and Mrs. WRIGHT came to the west at a time when settlers were few, locating first in Indiana, then in Iowa, then in Kansas, and finally in 1879, in Colorado, making their home at Morrison where they continued to reside until the final summons called them to their eternal rest. The father died September 13, 1885 (sic), and the mother September 16, 1889 (sic), each having attained the age of eighty years."

Stanbury WRIGHT died at the age of 79 on September 13, 1886, Morrison, Jefferson County, Colorado. Mary Flagg (POTTER) WRIGHT died September 16, 1891, Morrison, Colorado. They and daughter Annie were interred at Morrison Cemetery.

NOTE: One of Stanbury and Mary's older daughters was married to John STROUSE who came with the family to Ringgold County, Iowa, in 1855.

Morrison Cemetery, Morrison, Colorado


SOURCES:
LESAN, Mrs. B. M. Early History of Ringgold County: 1844 - 1937 p. 18. Blair Pub. House. Lamoni IA. 1937.
STONE, Wilbur Fiske, ed. History of Colorado Vol. 4. Pp. 228. S.J. Clarke Co. 1919.
WPA Grave Survey & Ellston Cemetery transcriptions

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

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