Third Generation

6. Hellen WILSON was born at Bush, a farm near Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 4 Nov 1814. Helen died 22 Mar 1855. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL.

She married John WRIGHT in Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 24 Jun 1831. John was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 23 Nov 1805, the son of Joseph WRIGHT and Elizabeth SMITH. He died 19 May 1852 in Clear Lake Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL.

The following excerpts and paraphrasings are from a John WILSON letter and autobiography (Hellen's brother). Click here for the complete text -

When the Wilson and Wright families immigrated to Sangamon County, they lived with Thomas Richardson for the first two or three months. Then John Wright bought a farm from Wm B. Ide a Morman preacher, 280 acres about 200 prairie and 80 timber. He paid about $4.50 an acre, about 150 acres were under fence and nearly all in cultivation. There were two cabins on the farm, not very fine buildings but tolerable comfortable and we felt well satisfied when we moved into them. The Wilsons and Wrights lived together for about three years. John Wright and James Wilson were slow to adopt the customs of the country, everything was so different from what they had been used to. John was not very old but James was near 60 years old.

In 1852 John Wright died under very distressing circumstances. He went out in the morning before breakfast. It was thought to hunt a young horse that was out on the range. All stock at that time was turned out on the commons. When he did not return during the day the family became alarmed and notified the neighbors and they commenced to search for him. In two days, he was found dead about one half mile from his house. He died a natural death. From appearances it was supposed death was caused by cramp colic. His widow, Nellie, died in the year 1855 with typhoid fever.


Hellen WILSON and John WRIGHT had the following children:

 
22. i. Elizabeth WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 8 May 1832.
 
23. ii. Joseph WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 11 Feb 1834. Joseph died 7 Feb 1855. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL.
 
24. iii. James WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 5 Apr 1836. James died 18 Mar 1909 in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL. He married Priscilla COOPER 1867. Priscilla was born in Williams Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 30 Nov 1842, the daughter of James Witcher COOPER and Zerilda TAYLOR. Priscilla died 25 Oct 1903 in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL. James' occupation: Farmer. James and Priscilla had twelve children.
 
25. iv. John L. WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 1 Aug 1838. John died 20 Apr 1889 in Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Taylor Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Margaret J. TAYLOR. Margaret was born in Williams Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 9 Dec 1843, the daughter of James S. TAYLOR and Sarah HALBERT. Margaret died 4 Apr 1922 in Williamsville, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Taylor Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. John's occupation: Farmer. John and Margaret had five children.
 
26. v.  Walter W. WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 5 Aug 1840. Since another son, born on 23 May 1847, was given the same name, this Walter is assumed to be deceased before 1847.
 
27. vi. Thomas WRIGHT was born in Hightae, Dumfriesshire, Scotland 17 Sep 1841. Thomas died 16 Aug 1929 in Illiopolis, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Riverside Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Catherine E. SIMPSON near Niantic, Macon Co, IL, 25 Mar 1873. Catherine was born in St. Clair Co, IL 26 Nov 1849. Catherine died 6 Dec 1904 in Illiopolis Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Riverside Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. Thomas' occupation: Farmer. He was listed as a resident in the census report in Illiopolis Twp, Sangamon Co, IL, 1910. Thomas and Catherine had five children.
 
28. vii. Jane WRIGHT was born 21 Jun 1844 in Sangamon Co, IL, and died 7 Oct 1895. She married George JOHNSTON 20 Jan 1870 in Sangamon Co, IL4, son of James JOHNSTONE and Mary RODGERSON. He was born 18 Mar 1846 in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and died Abt. 02 Feb 1927 in Mt. Pulaski Cemetery, Mt. Pulaski, Logan Co, IL. Jane and George had three children. Jane's sister, Lillias, married George's brother, William.
 
29. viii. Walter W. WRIGHT (twin) was born in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL 23 May 1847. Walter died 6 Dec 1908 in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL. He married Susan C. COOPER 28 Feb 1876. Susan was born in Sherman, Sangamon Co, IL, the daughter of David COOPER and Juliet WITHROW. Susan died 13 Feb 1947 in Lincoln, Logan Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL. Walter's occupation: Farmer. Walter and Susan had five children.
 
30. ix. Mary Ann WRIGHT (twin) was born in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL 23 May 1847. Mary died 26 Nov 1909 in Illiopolis, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill, Decatur Road, Springfield, IL.
 
31. x. William Wallace WRIGHT (twin) was born in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL 29 Apr 1850. William died 26 Aug 1927 in Illiopolis, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred 27 Aug 1927 in Riverside Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Clara B. She was born 4 Oct 1860 and died 27 Jun 1898. Her body was interred in Riverside Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. William's occupation: Farmer. He was listed as a resident in the census report in Illiopolis Twp, Sangamon Co, IL, 1910. William and Clara had seven children.
 
32. xi. Lillias Helen WRIGHT (twin) was born in Riverton, Sangamon Co, IL 29 Apr 1850 in Sangamon Co, IL, and died 12 Jan 1922 in Illiopolis Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. She married William JOHNSTON 27 Mar 1873 in Sangamon County, IL, son of James JOHNSTONE and Mary RODGERSON. He was born 04 Sep 1848 in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and died 20 Jul 1930 in Illiopolis Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. Lillias and William had six children.
 

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