William Wright (1760 - 1831) MP

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Birthplace: Culpeper County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Washington, Mason County, Kentucky, United States
Managed by: Ben M. Angel
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About William Wright

In the fall 1784 William went to spend the winter at Parker’s Station, a stockade constructed by his future father-in-law, Captain Richard Parker. A station was different from a fort. They were smaller and were meant to be private residences rather than for the public. Each station had a specific man who normally owned the land and housed not only his family, but also often other families, normally blood kin. Some stations were stockaded for defense against the Indians and other families and individuals would come there for safety. Stockades were along trails used by immigrants to Kentucky. A station was constructed as a temporary residence. They were not well constructed and it was that cabins built there were “green cabins,” because the bark was left on the logs, which caused warping. Many were not even chinked, with daubs of mud filling the cracks. Sticks and mud daubs composed the chimney, because the pioneer didn’t plan on living there for long. When the Indian threat subsided, most of the stations were deserted. The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society gives us an interesting description of a deposition given by William Wright and Richard Slack. It states, “Slack swore that his home as ‘about one and one half miles from the little Beech fork.’ He was living there in the year 1782 when he ‘was called out to guard Bullits Lick and camped on the ground at or near where Parker improved on the Big Beech at the mouth of Cartwrights Creek’. William Wright swore that ‘some time in the winter of 1782-83, he thinks in January’83, he in company with Mr. Richard Parker was at the mouth of Chaplains fork of the Beech in pursuit of Elks and seeing the Junction of the Waters he asked Mr. Parker the names of the same who informed him that one was Chaplings fork and the other the little Beach from which time he further saith that he had generally heard the appellations little attached to the Beach above the mouth of Chaplains fork when it has been necessary to distinguish the same from the Beach below said mouth of Chaplains fork of the Beach.’ The little and big Beach rivers were Considered by him to be ‘the same water course’ and that ‘the heads of the little Beach and Chaplains fork are about twenty-five or thirty miles apart by land.’ Early records of Nelson County, Kentucky show that both William Wright and his father-in-law, Captain Parker, were active in civic affairs of that time. On September 14, 1790, the county authorized William to be paid nine shillings for his work as a guard at the public jail in 1789. On June 15, 1791 the county referred to the road “that runs from Beech Fork at Richard Parker’s to the Widow Grundy be divided and all who live along it to assist in keeping the road repaired.” This road had been laid out by Captain Parker and donated to the county. On August 11, 1791 in the Court of Quarter Sessions, William and Richard served together on the jury of Oliver Heavenhill versus Peter Kerns. The jury found Kerns guilty of trespass and assault and battery. However, there must have been extenuating circumstances, since they ordered Kerns to pay a one-cent fine and court costs. There are many other cases of record where William and Richard were members of juries.

     William Wright was born on September 20, 1760 and died on October 12, 1831 in Washington County Kentucky at the age of 71 years.  Having reach this age while spending the vast majority of his years pioneering at wilderness area is tribute to his strong constitution and his skill at surviving.  He is buried in the Wright Farm Cemetery located near Springfield, Kentucky.
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William Wright's Timeline

1760
September 20, 1760
Culpeper County, Province of Virginia
1790
April 22, 1790
Age 29
Nelson Co, KY
1792
October 8, 1792
Age 32
Kentucky, United States
1806
October 6, 1806
Age 46
Washington County, Kentucky, United States
1831
October 12, 1831
Age 71
Washington, Mason County, Kentucky, United States