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Wright was a dedicated genealogist who could trace his roots back to his
"great-grandfather's great-grandparents" in sixteenth-century England. In 1538,
John Wrighte and his wife Olive had purchased Kelvedon Hall in Essex. His great-great
grandson was Samuel Wright. Samuel migrated to America in the 1630s, coming ashore
in Boston. He settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he owned 41 acres and a toll
bridge. The local Congregational Church was without a pastor, so Samuel was appointed to
dispense the Word. He became known as "Deacon" Wright.
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Samuel's great-great grandson, Dan Wright, saw action in the
American Revolutionary War and settled in Vermont with his wife Sarah in 1790. He raised
his family there, but in 1814, Dan and Sarah, together with their four children, traveled
to new state of Ohio and took up residence in Centerville, Ohio, near the frontier town of
Dayton. He soon moved to Miami County where his land abutted National Road,
the first national highway (now Route 40). Dan's son, the younger Dan Wright, moved to establish a farm in Rush County,
Indiana with his young wife, Catherine. Milton, their second child, was born here in 1828.
- John Wrighte (d. 1509) married Agnes Kelvedon, and begat
- John Wrighte (b. 1488, d. 1551), who married Olive Hubbard and begat
- John Wrighte (d. 1624), who married Benett Green (second wife) and begat
- Nathaniel Wright (b. 1581), who married Lydia James in 1612 and begat
- Samuel "Deacon" Wright, who emigrated to America.
- Samuel "Deacon" Wright (b. 1613, d. 1665) married Margaret (d. 1681), and
- James Wright (b. 1639, d. 1725), who married Abigail James in 1665 and begat
- Samuel Wright (b. 1674, d. 1734) , who married Rebecca Sykes in 1704 and begat
- Benoni Wright (b. 1719, d. 1761), who married Eliza Smith in 1742 and begat
- Dan Wright (b. 1757, d. 1832), who married Sarah Freeman in 1785 and begat
- Dan Wright (b. 1790, d. 1861), who married Catherine Reeder (b. 1800, d. 1866) in 1818
- Milton Wright, the father of the Wright brothers