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Deacon Joseph Wright

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: England
Death: December 17, 1714 (75)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

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

Occupation: Deacon
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.

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.



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


Birth: 1640 Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA Death: Dec. 17, 1714 Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Dea. Joseph Wright, s. of Thomas Wright, Esq. & Mary Cranbrook, b. after Dec. 17, 1639 prob. at Wethersfield, Conn. He d. testate at Wethersfield Dec. 17, 1714, Æ 75 (1899 known g.s. inscription).

During his lifetime he held several prominent civic positions in developing the town of Wethersfield as well as the Province of Connecticut. He was also a deacon of the Wethersfield Congregational church. As depicted by the image attached to this memorial, Joseph's former gravestone no longer exists, but did exist when the Wethersfield Village, or Ancient Burying Ground, cemetery was fully inventoried in 1899 by Edward S. Tillotson and published under the short title "Wethersfield Inscriptions." (see below)

On Dec. 10, 1663 at Wethersfield, Joseph m. 1) Mary Stoddard, eldest known child of John Stoddard and Mary Foote, b. Mar 12, 1643/4 at Wethersfield. She d. Aug. 23, 1683, Æ 40. They had the following children recorded at Wethersfield:

• i. Mary Wright, b. Apr. 15, 1665, d. Apr. 25, 1735 at Wethersfield, Æ 71 (g.s.); m. Dec. 10, 1685 at Wethersfield, Jacob Griswold, s. of Michael & Ann Griswold, b. Apr. 15, 1660 at Wethersfield. He d. testate July 22, 1737, Æ 78 (g.s.). Ten children of the family.

• ii. Elizabeth Wright, b. Nov. 18, 1667, d. after Feb. 6, 1721/2; m. Apr. 3, 1690 at Wethersfield, Sgt. John Curtis, Jr., s. of Sgt. John & Lydia Curtis, b. Dec. 10, 1667 at Wethersfield. He d. testate on Nov. 7, 1712, Æ 45 (g.s.). Eight children of the family.

• iii. Capt. Joseph Wright, Jr., b. Feb. 14, 1669/70, d. Sept. 2, 1756 at Colchester, Conn., Æ 87; m. May 21, 1701 at Wethersfield, Mary Dudley, dau. of Joseph Dudley & Ann Robinson, b. circa 1678 at Gilford, Conn. She d. at Colchester, Conn. Nov. 25, 1755. Nine children of the family, all b. of record at Colchester. Mary Dudley's mother, Anne Robinson, was the sister of Mary (Robinson) Latimer and Sarah "Saint" (Robinson) Latimer of Wethersfield, daus. of Thomas & Mary Robinson late of Guilford, Conn., latter the memorialist's ancestors.

• iv. Sarah Wright, b. May 16, 1674, d. Sept. 18, 1706 prob. at Guilford, Conn.; m. by 1701 Stephen Hand, s. of Joseph Hand & Jane Wright of Guilford, Conn., b. Feb. 8, 1672/3 at Guilford. He d. at East Guilford (now Madison), Conn. Aug. 14, 1755. He m. 2) Nov. 16, 1708 at Guilford, Sarah Pierson, dau. of Rev. Abraham Pierson & Abigail Clark, b. circa 1675 at Newark, New Jersey. Four children of the Hand family by Sarah Wright and two by Sarah Pierson.

• v. Dea. Thomas Wright, b. Jan. 18, 1675/6, d. in Oct. 1760 at Wethersfield, Æ 85 (g.s.); m. 1) Oct. 4, 1705 at Wethersfield, Prudence Deming, dau. of Ebenezer & Sarah Deming, who d. at Wethersfield Oct. 24, 1706; m. 2) Nov. 3, 1715 at Wethersfield, Abigail Churchill, dau. of Lieut. Benjamin & Mary Churchill, b. Feb. 18, 1680/1 at Wethersfield. Her death is not of record.

• vi. John Wright, b. May 19, 1679, d. intestate Mar. 8, 1713/4 at Wethersfield, Æ 35; m. July 4, 1706 at Wethersfield, Mercy Boardman, dau. of Lieut. Jonathan Boardman & Mercy Hubbard, b. July 4, 1687 at Wethersfield. Four children of the family, the youngest two dying in infancy. Mercy m. 2) before Feb. 1725/6, an unknown man named Heacock or Heacox.

• vii. Jonathan Wright, b. June 18, 1681, d. testate at Newington, Conn. betw. Mar. 29 & July 14, 1740; m. Mar. 26, 1706 at Guilford, Conn., Hannah Hand, sister of Jonathan's sister Sarah's husband, b. July 10, 1683 at Guilford, Conn., who survived her husband. Nine children of record b. at Wethersfield.

Following wife Mary's death, Dea. Joseph m. 2) Mar. 10, 1684/5 at Wethersfield, Mercy Stoddard, his unmarried sister-in-law, the younger sister of his first wife Mary, b. Nov 1652 at Wethersfield. She d. Jan 2, 1714/5, Æ 63. They had the following two children:

• viii. Dea. Benjamin Wright, b. Dec. 6, 1686, d. Oct. 1753; m. June 18, 1719 at Wethersfield, Hannah Holmes, dau. of Jonas & Sarah Holmes, b. Dec. 25, 1694. She d. after 1768. Seven known children of the family.

• ix. Nathaniel Wright, b. Oct. 16, 1688, d. Feb. 1773; m. Mar. 20, 1711/2 at Wethersfield, Anne Deming, dau. of Sgt. Jonathan Deming & Martha Buck, b. Sept. 20, 1690 at Wethersfield. Six children of the family.

Family links:

 Thomas Wright (1610 - 1670)
 Mary Cranbroke Wright (1609 - 1640)

 Mary Stoddard Wright (1644 - 1683)*
 Mercy Stoddard Wright (1652 - 1715)*

 Mary Wright Griswold (1665 - 1735)*
 Elizabeth Wright Curtis (1667 - ____)*
 Joseph Wright (1670 - 1756)*
 Sarah Wright Hand (1674 - 1706)*
 Thomas Wright (1675 - 1760)*
 John Wright (1679 - 1714)*

 Thomas Wright (1630 - 1683)*
 James Wright (1632 - 1728)*
 Lydia Wright Harris (1634 - 1690)*
 Samuel Wright (1636 - 1690)*
 Joseph Wright (1640 - 1714)
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Inscription: Here lyeth the body of Decon Joseph Wright, who departed this life the 17th day of December, Anno Dom. 1714 aged 75 years

On the day Joseph died he was 74 years old, and Ætatis suæ (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 75. This indicates he was b. AFTER Dec. 17, 1639.

Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA Plot: ancient burying ground (A-18-e)

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Deacon Joseph Wright's Timeline

March 5, 1639
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, Eng
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, England
March 5, 1639
South Weald,Essex,Eng
March 5, 1639
South Weald, Essex, Eng
April 15, 1665
Age 26
Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
November 18, 1667
Age 28
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
February 14, 1669
Age 29
May 14, 1670
Age 31
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut