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Joseph Wright, Deacon

Birthdate:
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Wright, Esq. and Mary Wright
Husband of Mary Wright and Mercy Wright
Father of Mary Griswold; Elizabeth Curtis; Nathaniel Wright; Joseph Wright, II; Thomas Wright and 5 others
Brother of Thomas Wright, Jr.; Samuel Wright, Sr.; Lydia Harris and James Wright, of Middletown

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Deacon Joseph Wright

His first wife was Mary Wright, and after her death in 1683 he married Mercy.

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Joseph Wright, the son of Thomas Wright and probably his second wife, Margaret Butler, was born, probably in England or Massachusetts, about 1639. He was a cooper by trade. In 1662 he received from his father a homestead on the east side of High street near the burying ground. This he conveyed to the town for use as a parsonage in 1664, receiving a lot with an old schoolhouse on it, on the west side of Rose lane (Main street) in exchange. This he conveyed to Hugh Welles in 1665, and received in exchange a lot on the east side of High street, north of his first home.

Joseph Wright was chosen Constable in 1672 and 1703 and Townsman in 1690 and 1691. He also held many minor offices. He was called "Captain" in 1690, and "Corporal" in 1703. He was also a Deacon in the church.

He was buried in the Wethersfield cemetery, where his gravestone has this inscription: Here | lyeth the | body of Decon | Joseph Wright, | who departed | this life the 17th | day of December, | Anno Dom. 1714, | aged 75 years. In his will, dated February 14, 1711-12, he mentions his wife, Mercy, and living children. [Hartford Probate Records, Vol. 9, page 21.]

The first wife of Joseph Wright was Mary Stoddard, daughter of John Stoddard and Mary Foote, who was born in Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut on March 12, 1643/4, and married December 10, 1663. She died there August 23, 1683. Joseph Wright married, second, in Wethersfield, March 10, 1685, Mercy Stoddard, the younger sister of his first wife, who was born in November, 1652. She survived her husband. Each of these daughters received 36 pounds at the distribution of their father's estate, March 2, 1664-5.

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A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND, BEFORE 1692 - Vol. 4 - Savage, James - 1860-62:

WRIGHT, JOSEPH, Wethersfield, s. of the first Thomas of the same, freem. 1667, by fam. tradit. is said to have had two ws. By the first Mary, m. 10 Dec. 1663, wh. d. 23 Aug. 1683, aged 38, he had Mary, b. 15 Apr. 1665; Elizabeth 18 Nov. 1667; Joseph, 14 Feb. 1670; Sarah, 16 May 1674; Thomas, 18 Jan. 1677; Joseph, 14 Feb. 1679; and Jonathan, 18 June 1681. His next w. Mercy, m. 10 Mar. 1685, brot. him Benjamin; and Nathaniel, 16 Oct. 1688; and he is said to have d. early in 1715, but to have made his will three yrs. bef. -------------------- Joseph son of Thomas 2 Wright by his first wife was born about 1639 and died December 17 1714 at the age of seventy five years. He married first December 10 1663 Mary Stoddard who died August 23 1683 and second Mercy Mary's sister.

Children of Joseph and Mary baptismal dates

  1. Mary April 15 1665 married a Mr Gris wold
  2. Elizabeth November 18 1667 married John Curtis
  3. Joseph February 14 1669 married Mary Dudley of Guilford
  4. Thomas January 19 1676 married first Prudence Deming second Abigail Churchill
  5. John May 19 1679 married Mercy Boardman
  6. Jonathan mentioned below

Children of Joseph and Mercy

  1. Benjamin December 1686 married Hannah Holmes
  2. Nathaniel October 16 1688 married Ann Deming

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Deacon Joseph Wright's Timeline

1639
March 5, 1639
England, United Kingdom
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, England
March 5, 1639
South Weald,Essex,Eng
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, Eng
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, Eng
1663
December 10, 1663
Age 24
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
1665
April 15, 1665
Age 26
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1667
November 18, 1667
Age 28
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
1668
October 16, 1668
Age 29
1669
February 14, 1669
Age 29