A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 903
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTIES.
was called out at an early date to take part
in public matters. HIe was one of the first
Commissioners of the county, and as such
assisted in getting the county business in
shape and in setting the wheels of tlhe local
government in motion. Not long after
the county was organized he was elected
Sheriff and was the chief executive officer
for some time. However, he never became
an office-seeker,-in fact never filled any
office after he vacated that of Sheriff.
Our subject was a man who, as he believed,
found the best field for the exercise
of his talents and industry in looking after
his own private concerns. He kept closely
about his home and devoted his attention
studiously to his farm and domestic affairs.
Like many of the other early settlers of
the county, his opportunities for securing
an education in his youth were very limited,
and he grew up no master of books,
but was a man, nevertheless, of good practical
sense, alive to all of his duties as a
citizen, and was one who took a pleasure
in discharging those duties. If he knew
but little of those social, political and religious
questions which form the bone of
contention in so many learned and ofttimes
heated discussions in these days, he
was skilled in the art of getting on in a
new country and lie knew how to be most
helpful to his fellow-men in their struggle
to secure a foothold for themselves and
those who depended upon them.
For many years he was a Mason and
stood well with the order. Going back to
what he believed to be "first principles,"
he took the Bible as his rule of conduct,
and insisted upon that plain, straightforward
interpretation which characterize the
teachings of tile Chulrcli of the )isciples,
commonly known as tle Cllristiall Church,
and from its origin lie was one of its
Mr. Wright was married four times and
became the father of fifteen chilblren. Ilis
first marriage was to a Miss Ilale, and took
place in Georgia. This lady died in a few
years, leaving two sons, Mahlon and Thaddeus,
both of whom became grown. Tile
elder died in the Confederate alrmy during
the late war, and thle younger is now a
resident of California. Mr. VWright's second
marriage was to Miss Jennett Winn,
a Georgia-born lady and a representative
of an old Georgia family, in which State
the marriage occurred.
This lady accompanied Mri. Wright to
Texas and bore him a faithful companionship
for many years during his early struggles
in that new country. She died at the
old homestead north of Palestine. She
was the mother of five children who became
grown, and their names are: H., who
now occupies the old Wright homestead
just referred to; Charles, a farmer of Anderson
county; Frances, the widow of
Wesley Robinson, residing in the county;
Emeline, the wife of R. B. Wallace; and
George A., of Palestine, whose sketch apyears
in this volume.
Mr. Wright took for his third wife Mrs.
Martha Metcalf, then of Anderson county,
and to this union were born four children:
Albert; Martha, who is Mrs. Walter P.
McMeans; Ella, who is now Mrs. Owen
Sullivan; and Nathaniel, deceased, all of
Anderson county. After this wife's death,
Mr. Wright married Miss Julia Folly, of
this county, who bore him four children;
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/917/?rotate=270: accessed July 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.