When I started genealogy about 40+ years ago, many of my family wasn’t forthcoming with information. Some of them resented me looking into their past.I never thought to ask if my 2nd great grandmother had any siblings. My mother felt she knew her grandmother, but later, I found out that she was born in middle part of 1926 and her grandmother had died in Dec. 1926. So my mother was too young to know her, she was an infant.
So in one of my last publication on WordPress, I believe I told you about a Rebecca Wilfong who was an Aunt to my great grandmother and she left money to her brother’s children. He died rather at an early at age of 56. His name was John Wright, he had married in 1825 and died in 1942. But back in day when I was researching all I knew was his name, no dates, nothing. Till one day recently someone planted a marriage date in my tree. I was so elated. I wanted to see the source and it was correct. Then I was surprised that on their 1825 marriage record showed both of their parents. It was so exciting.
Recently, I wanted to find out more about this Aunt Rebecca, her own husband died two years after they were married. I tried to look to see if it was accident or if they had flu that year. But his death seems to be mystery. Meanwhile I did come across her funeral notice. Here is copy of of what it said:
“WILFONG – On the 22d inst., Rebecca, relict of the late Isaac Wilfong, in the eighty-fifth year of her age. The realives and friends of the deceased are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of her nephew, William Smith, No. 3700 Baring Street, West Philadelphia, on Thursday, the 26th inst., at 10 o’clock A.M. To proceed to Ardmore Lutheran Cemetery.”
I started wondering who William Smith was, then I looked back on Aunt Rebecca Wilfong Will and noticed I had missed something she had said ‘Thirdly, give devise and bequealth unto my two nieces Susannah Morris, wife of Mathew Morris and Rebecca Smith wife of William Smith, dauther of my Brother John Wright – deceased the sum of money plus she wanted her clothing and household furniture to be divided by these two nieces.’
I had not notice Rebecca wife of William Smith. Then I thought how is one going to find Smith’s in Philadelphia? Well what happen I was looking at the census records and suddenly this thought came to me to check the address, I had to go back to this funeral notice to confirm that the address that funeral was going to be at was 3700 Baring Street. So having an address for Smith I was able to find them in 1900 Census. I feel that someone was guiding me to joined these two hints together. I was so amazed that I actually found the correct family along with their children listed.
My goal is to find all the children of John Wright and Mary Ann Child. John Wright was buried with his parents in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Ardmore, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His wife was going to be buried in Ashby Vault in a Methodist Church, but they went defunct and they moved all the graves over to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia. The ironic thing is most of Mary Ann Wright’s children, cousins and relatives are buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery anyhow. I wondered to myself now, why she didn’t she get buried there in the first place?
So far, I have found Rebecca Wright and her spouse and her two children.
I found Susanna V. Wright she married an Englishmen – Mathew Morris, in one of census it was noted he was an engineer – they had two boy and one girl. The girl dies without getting married.
One thing which is unique to familysearch.org – if you and your friends download the app and if you have a tree up – they can show you how you are related to your friends. I also found out that my 4 great grandfather is somehow related to the Wright Brothers Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were American aviation pioneers who flew planes and were well know. I think that is really neat. But I have not gotten back that far. I am still working my way down the list of children of my 5th great grandfather.
3) Emeline or Emma Wright married Samuel Edwards in 1852. They had seven children in 10 years – 6 boys and 1 girl. Samuel was born in 1838 and died in 1868. Emeline was born 1826 and died in 1898 at age 70 in Philadelphia where she had lived all her life.
4) My 3rd greatgrandmother was Margaret Lawson Wright married 1st Walter Elliot Burroughs and had Eva, Edward and William then Margaret’s 2nd marriage was to Abraham B. Childs; Walter seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. But I am not too worried about him quite yet.
But I did find obituary recently for Abram B. Childs, he was out walking on tracks at age of 91, he was hit by a locomotive on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. That is second relative in my family that wasn’t paying attention to trains coming on the track that were killed by the trains. I guess there have been many of freak accidents. I knew of couple that came into the library where I worked and one day they were coming back to Kewanee from Neponset and apparently it was late at night and didn’t did hear or see the train perhaps they had music on to high and ran into the train and were killed instantly, it was shocked to everyone. He had twin brother that came to the library. It was very sad. My other relative was potter, he used some clay near railroad tracks to make pottery and he got knocked off by train up in Juniata County, Pennsylvania. I sure when they built the Horseshoe Curve Blair County, PA – they probably had accidents that happened just carving out that massive railway out of mountains etc.
Mary Ann Wright was daughter of John Wright and Mary Ann Child. She married Mr. Head according to her Aunt Rebecca will. But nothing has turned up about them yet.
Sally Wright married Jesse Pinder but haven’t finished searching on their line yet.
I am so happy that one of my brickwalls have crumbled and I had no idea about these people until one day when someone that is related to Wilfong’s came across a marriage date and planted on my tree. I checked the resource and it just was such a shock and joy at the same time. Don’t get discourage. Thinks happen for reason. I am so thankful for new family that I am finding out about.
May you have success in your family history as I have. Till next time.