Monday, May 23, 2011

He Got The Last Word

I generally don't make comments about peoples names unless the are unique. I just can't resist this one. Not because it is unique but because it just struck me as if he was getting in the last word.

Located at Norwood Cemetery in Rhea, AR.
I. M. Wright
Feb 7, 1826
Apr 16, 1901

Barbary Wright
May 20, 1832
Feb 18, 1892

Note: Full name is Isom Melchezedec Wright and Barbary's maiden name is Latham.

The following is from Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of NW Arkansas; Biographical Appendix, p 909; Benton Co., Pub. 1889.

Isom M. Wright. Prominent among the successful and wealthy farmers of Benton County, Ark. , may be mentioned Mr. Wright, who is deserving of special mention. He was born, reared, educated and married in Alabama, the first event taking place in 1826, and the latter in December, 1847. His wife whose maiden name was Barbra Latham, was born in Alabama in the 20th of May, 1832, and by Mr. Wright became the mother of the following family: William A., James A., Celestia (wife of E. H. Pass), Elizabeth Jane (wife of Samuel Garrett), Henry W., E. L. and Isaac J. In 1850 Mr. Wright moved to Fannin County, Tex., and after residing there about seventeen years came to Benton County, Ark., in the autumn of 1867, where he has been engaged in tilling his valuable farm of 920 acres. He is a Democrat , and during the late war served a few months in the Confederate Army. His parents, William and Clarissa (self) Wright were born in North Carolina in 1800 and 1804, respectively. The father was reared in hi native state, and married in Alabama when he was about twenty-five years of age. He moved to Fannin County, Tex., in 1853, and there resided until his death in 1872. His wife died in Washington County, Ark., October 16, 1885. The following are their children: Isom M., Susan E (widow of J. F. Dabs), William Neton, Zina Catherine (wife of William Shaffin), Mary Adeline (wife of W.L. Gualtny), Jasper A., and Vina Jane (wife of Charles Johnson).

Following info is from

1870 United States Federal Census about Isam Write
Name: Isam Write
Birth Year: abt 1826
Age in 1870: 44
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1870: Flint, Benton, Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Isam Write 44
Barbara Write 39
James Write 19
Elizabath Write 15
Henry Write 13
Ephriam Write 11
Isaac Write 7
Salestchar Port 17
Elias Port 19

1880 United States Federal Census about Isam Wright
Name: Isam Wright
[Isom Wright]
Home in 1880: Ball, Benton, Arkansas
Age: 44
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Barbra Wright
Father's birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's birthplace: South Carolina
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farming
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Isam Wright 44
Barbra Wright 88 [48]
Ephram T. Wright 19
Isie J. Wright 16

This census shows him with his second wife Serena who was 19 years younger than him.
1900 United States Federal Census about Isom M Wright
Name: Isom M Wright
Home in 1900: Hico, Benton, Arkansas
[Siloam Springs, Benton, Arkansas]
Age: 74
Birth Date: Feb 1826
Birthplace: Alabama
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: N Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: N Carolina
Spouse's Name: Sarena E Wright
Marriage year: 1899
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 1
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Isom M Wright 74
Sarena E Wright 55

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