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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DAVID C. WRIGHT was born August 12, 1843, in Hopkins County, this State, and is a son of David and Ellen (West) Wright, natives of North and South Carolina, respectively. The father was a blacksmith by trade, as was also his father, George Wright, a Revolutionary soldier, with whom he removed to this State, locating in Hopkins County at an early date. He worked at his trade through life in connection with his farm interests; his death occurred in 1870; his wife having departed this life in 1864. They were parents of ten children. Our subject was reared on a farm in his native county and obtained what education the common schools and a course of home study could give. At the breaking out of the late war, and while yet only eighteen years of age, he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Kentucky Infantry, which was subsequently attached to Morgan’s command, and participated in the famous Indiana and Ohio raids. At Pomeroy, on the Ohio River, he was made prisoner and taken to Camp Chase, where he was retained two months; then removed to Camp Douglas, where he was held for sixteen months; he was then paroled and subsequently exchanged. At the close of the war, he returned to Hopkins County and engaged in farming, but removed a year later to McCracken County and continued the same vocation. After the death of his father-in-law, in 1874, Mr. Wright purchased the place from the heirs; it now consists of 180 acres, on which he has many improvements. In 1883, having served several months as deputy sheriff, Mr. Wright was nominated and elected sheriff of the county, by a majority of 900 votes, but circumstances prevented his taking the office. Mr. Wright is one of the county’s most respected and enterprising citizens. He was united in marriage July 20, 1868, to Miss Sallie J. Bryan, of this county. They have one child, Louie O.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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