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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Henry Wilson Wright, editor of the Verona Independent, is a native of Indiana, born in Owen County, April 18, 1847, and is the son of Abram and Ellen (Gardner) Wright, natives of New York and Kentucky, respectively. The Wrights trace their ancestry back to an early settlement of this family in New York State. The Gardners were of old Kentucky stock. Henry Wilson Wright was reared in Southern Indiana, and after attaining his majority was ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, serving it as traveling minister for about nine years. His father was also a traveling minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. H. W. Wright afterward went to Iowa and located at Seymour, where he edited the Seymour Enterprise in an able and efficient manner for one year. He then edited the West Point Post, at West Point, for four years, and in 1884 he moved to Lawrence County, Mo., where he established his present journal, which he has ably conducted to the present time. He is president of the board of public instruction for Verona, and is now serving his third term. During the late unpleasantness between the North and South he served for three years in Company C, Ninety-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Union army, and served in all the important campaigns of Sherman’s and Thomas’ army. He was married in New Philadelphia, Ind., to Miss Mary T. Taylor, daughter of Isaac N. and Mary (Martin) Taylor, both natives of Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Wright were born five children, two sons and three daughters: Edith B., Arthur, Laura, Watson and Mary. Mr. Wright is a member of the Masonic fraternity and J. M. Baird Post, G. A. R.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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