Wright Joseph[1]

Male 1757 - 1844  (86 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    All

  • Name Wright Joseph 
    Born 28 Dec 1757  County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _FSFTID 9J3Z-FWS 
    _UID 3702F430834048E89ED6CA5447081293D647 
    Died 23 Aug 1844  Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • from Wiegle's Broomhall website: Joseph Wright and Hannah Green came to America from County Wexford, Ireland in 1801. Joseph was a founder of Belmont OH, laying out the town on the same plan as Dublin, Ireland. Benjamin may have married (2) Eliza Jones, and the 2 youngest children who appear on the 1850 census may belong to her.

      Assume birth in County Wexford.

      In the book, Centennial History of Belmont County, part of which we have in our Petranek files and on page 292, it notes: Belmont Village -- Belmont or Wrightstown was laid out by Joseph Wright in 1808. The name Wrightstown ought to have been perpetuated in honor of the enterprising andintelligent Irish gentleman who first settled there. Mr. Wright was the first school teacher and taught in the old, round-log school house fo ryears. He was also the first postmaster. One of the oldest citizens in Belmont today is George Ewers, aged 75 years. The population of the village in 1880 was 350. In 1900 it returned at 422. The village was incorporated December 17, 1897, with W. H. White, mayor, and W. D. Strahl, clerk.

      Information from Nancy L. Wright-Huff, gr-gr-granddaughter of Benjamin Green Wright and Jane Broomhall, dated Nov. 3, 2005 sent via e-mail to Carol Petranek:
      1. Joseph WRIGHT was the founder of Belmont. He designed and laid out the original town, in 1808, using the same plan as Dublin in Ireland. At that time, the town was known as "Wrightstown." The first families to settle there were the Wrights, Dillons, Greggs, Hollingsworths, Bralls, Hogues, Groves, Calhouns, McCaffreys and McKissons.
      2. Joseph resided in Dublin, Ireland for many years.
      3. He left Dublin, Ireland, sailing for America from Liverpool on 1st 7th mo 1801 with brother, Benjamin, aboard a ship owned by Wilson & mares; arrived Baltimore, MD on 28th 8th mo 1801.
      4. Founder of town of Belmont, OH; settled on the site 27 Apr 1802; laid out town in 1808 in a plan like that of Dublin, Ireland.
      5. Served as the first school teacher in Belmont, Ohio.
      6. Planted the first orchard of 50 trees in 1804.
      7. First postmaster of Belmont, 25 Mar 1818.
      8. From Obituary: Joseph "held the doctrins of that portion of the Society of Friends termed Orthodox."

      Article from a Wheeling(?) newspaper, circa 1929
      BELMONT, O., 127 YEARS OLD, LAID OUT LIKE 'AULD' DUBLIN
      Pleasant Ohio Community, Situated on Healthful Hilltops, Settled by John Wright in 1802
      Belmont, O., Dec. 1--(Special)--The dream of a native of old Ireland, a town laid out on the plan of famous Dublin, in the Emerald Isle, came true in the town of Belmont, O., 127 years ago. The town, rich in historical lore, stands today almost exactly as it was laid out by its emigrant Irish founder.
      It was Joseph Wright who came from Ireland to Belmont County, Ol, and settled the present site of the town of Belmont, April 27, 1802, and who in 1808 laid out the town of Belmont on the plan of Dublin, his native city. The map made by Joseph Wright at that time is still extant, and in possession of one of his descendants, who still resides in Belmont. At that time, the village was called "Wright's Town."
      Later, the town took its name from the post office, Belmont, meaning "beautiful hills."

      Old Diary Tells Story
      The earliest record of the beginnings of the town of Belmont come from a diary kept by Nehemiah Wright, son of the founder of the village. It was the first land recorded in Goshen township, and was entered jointly by William Philpot, Ralph Hrath and Joseph Wright. The town plot was recorded by Sterling Johnston August 8, 1808.
      Lying in the center of the country settled by the "Friends" or Quakers, it was natural that the first church organized be the "Friends church." The first meetings were held in a log cabin, until 1809, when a brick meeting house was built for worship. In 1829, however, the meeting house was sold and removed. Nothing remains of that early house of God but the grave yard, the deed for which was recorded March 16, 1808. The cemetery is still used.
      The first person to die in the newly settled village was Hannah Wright, wife of Joseph Wright, three years after the migration, May 25, 1805. She was buried at Plainfield, O.
      The first burial in the Friends burying ground was Mary Tompkins, in 1847. The first school house was a cabin built of unfinished logs, and Joseph Wright served as the first school teacher. The second school house was of hewn log construction, and the third a frame, built in 1836. The fourth was brick, constructed in 1861 and the fifth a brick, built in 1875.

      Planted First Orchard
      From the diary of Joseph Wright, it is learned that heplanted the first orchard of 50 trees April 20, 1804, on part of seven acres of land which he had cleared for the planting of corn.
      An inkling of the hardships of the early settlers is revealed in the brief notation in Joseph Wright's diary of "January 21, 1804. Snow three feet deep."
      Joseph Wright was appointed the first postmaster of Belmont, his commission bearing the date of March 25, 1818. The first store, in a hewn log house one and one-half stories high, was opened by Nathan Pusey. This building was used as a dwelling house and store room, afterwards being occupied as a dwelling by the Misses Lowry.
      The Baltimore and Ohio railroad passed through the village in the year 1852, hailed as a momentous one in the history of the little town.
      Among the first families to settle in Belmont were the Wrights, Dillons, Greggs, Hollingsworths, Bralls, Hogues, Groves, Calhouns, McCaffreys and McKissons.
      ###

      Post by Floyd Simpson - Apr 16, 2011
      Rural Belmont County OH website: http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?c=c&htx=v&siteid=0081446f-0002-0000-0000-000000000000&contentid=ZZZZZVTL020000&contentclass=HIST

      We have Joseph Wright as mentioned in J.A. Caldwell, Vol 92 pg 111 (Ohio History travel notes of 1804) quoted here..."In the afternoon we left J. Middletons and found our way through difficult, winding and intricate paths 9 miles to Joseph Wrights' in Plainfield settlement on the heads of McMahns Creek. This friend, with his wife and a number of children, 3 of them nearly young men grown, came over from Ireland and settled down in the woods about two years ago. He was a shopkeeper in Dublin. None of them knew anything of farming ...they have now 50 or 60 acres of land...
      Also he is mentioned as the representative of Charles Osborn's anti slavery newspaper "The Philantropist" in 1818, mentioned in the US census of 1820, mentioned in C.B. Galbreath, "Anti-Slavery Movement in Ohio" ref: also "Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly XXX, Oct 1921

      From: History of Goshen Township
      First Settlers of Goshen Twp were John Adams, in section #1. 1797 1800,
      Wm Philpot section #12, Ralph Heath and Joseph Wright 1802
      Belmont was settled by Joseph Wright as the first village in the township. he came from Dublin, Ireland and in 18908 laid out the town as recorded by Sterling Johnston in Book B, P 288 Aug. 1808...the first church organization was the "Friends Church" with a deed for the lot and graveyard dated Mar. 16, 1808. This article goes on to say the first school was constructed here, a log house and taught by Mr. Wright. The first store in town was est. by Mr. Nathan Pusey on lot 45, it was a hewn log house, one and a half stories.The first death in the village was Mrs. Hannah Wright, wife of Joseph Wright who died May 25 1805 and was buried in Plainfield. Joseph Wright was the first postmaster with a start date of May 25, 1818
      The first burial in the Friends Burial Ground was Mary Tompkins, 1817.
      Our Legion has received information from a direct descendant of Joseph and Hannah Wright with the following information. She says that only 5, maybe 6 Quakers were buried in the graveyard back of the current Legion post. they were, Joseph Wright, Mary, Nehemiah, John and Abrigail. she said there were never any grave markers as that was the Quaker custom.
      My reference here is from Gertrude Rutenbaugh, I am not sure she is still alive as this has been some years ago but the phone she called me from was 937 382 5727.
      ###
    Person ID I582  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 6 May 2013 

    Father Wright John,   b. 23 Feb 1731, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1810, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Smithson Abigail,   b. 31 Jan 1733, Ballintore, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1807  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1755  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Information from Nancy L. Wright-Huff, gr-gr-granddaughter of Benjamin Green Wright and wife, Jane Broomhall,, dated Nov. 3, 2005 sent via e-mail to Carol Petranek: Birth date and place, death date and place, marriage.
    Family ID F340  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Green Hanna,   b. County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1805, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1797  County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Wright Benjamin Green,   b. 11 Dec 1798, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1891, Rural, Rock Island, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Wright Abigail,   b. 15 May 1800, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1832, Wheeling, , West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     3. Wright William,   b. 28 Feb 1804, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1836, Richland, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Jenkinson Mary,   b. 24 Nov 1754, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1790, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married Abt 1784  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Wright Joseph, Jr.,   b. 24 Apr 1785, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1808, Atlantic Ocean near Baltimore Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     2. Wright John J.,   b. 3 Aug 1786, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1831, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     3. Wright James J.,   b. 8 Jul 1788, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1845, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Wright Nehemiah,   b. 17 Mar 1790, Dublin, Christchurch, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1873, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F327  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Evins Elenor,   b. Abt 1771, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 May 1806  Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Source: Nancy Wright-Huff, Descendants of Thomas II Wright, sent to Carol Petranek November 2005.
    Children 
     1. Wright Smithson E.,   b. 1807, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1891, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Wright Joseph,   b. 15 Mar 1809, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1864  (Age 55 years)
     3. Wright Joel,   b. 6 Jan 1812, Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1834  (Age 22 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F337  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] www.springhillfarm.com/broomhall.

    2. [S42] Nancy Wright-Huff.

    3. [S4] Family Member.


Home Page |  What's New |  Most Wanted |  Surnames |  Photos |  Histories |  Documents |  Cemeteries |  Places |  Dates |  Reports |  Sources