- History of George Wright
by K Wright Dunkley and published in his book "Joseph
Dunkley Ancestors and Descendants"
- George Wright was born in Kilkenny, Kilkenny,
Ireland, September 10, 1807. His father was Isaac
Wright. George, a carpenter by trade, was thrifty
and honest. While in Ireland, he married Ellen Tweede.
Four children blessed their marriage: John,, born
about 1829, Sarah, July 6, 1831, William Tweede,
born November 15, 1832 and Maria, born in 1834.
Between 1834 and 1836, his wife Ellen died.
- About a year later he married Rebecca Hasley
(also spelled Hazley, Hazeley, and Haesley). While
living in Sheepstown, Down, Ireland Two Daughters
were born, Susan about 1836, and Fanny, born December
25, 1837. The Wright and Hasley families then moved
to Dundee, Scotland, where James was born November
14, 1840 and Deborah, January 12, 1844.
- Deborah was but six weeks old when her mother
became so ill she knew she would soon die. Consequently,
she called her sister, Deborah Ann, to her bedside,
gave her her rings and earrings, and then exacted
a promise or Deborah Ann that she would marry her
husband after she died and would be kind to her
children. After Rebecca's death, Deborah Ann assumed
the responsibility of caring for George's eight
motherless children. She took care of the children
nearly a year before she married George.
- Theirs was a happy home, and according to the
children Deborah Ann was the most wonderful stepmother
that ever lived. To support the large family, George
continued his trade in carpentry while his wife
kept a shop in a part of the dwelling. Deborah Ann
also practiced as a midwife. The children received
all possible educational training. When they had
daytime work they attended night school. William
was a bookkeeper for a large Glasgow factory.
- Elders John Burnside and James Maxwell brought
the message of the restored gospel of the Savior
to Glasgow in 1846. George and Deborah Ann attended
their meetings, believed and were baptized in March,
1846 by John Burnsides. They were confirmed member
of The Church April 4, 1846 by James Maxwell.
- Deborah Ann's first child, Rebecca, was born
while they were living at Glasgow, September 14,
1846. While Rebecca was only a small child, they
moved to Busby, a small town a few miles from Glasgow.
The following six years, three more children were
born to them; George, 31 August, 1848, Margaret,
May 19, 1851, and Jane, November 28, 1852.
- In 1854 the dread disease of cholera plagued
the vicinity in which they lived. The father, George,
contracted the disease, and died September 16, 1854.
This was hard for Deborah Ann with such a large
family to care for, but she carried on as best she
could with the help of her oldest stepson, William,
who assumed a large part of the responsibilities.
She had much courage, and her faith was strong.
These two combined were an inspiration to her after
the death of her husband.
- It was only three months after his death that
a son, Joseph S. was born, December 25, 1854. On
December 31, 1855, when Joseph was one, William
married Mariah Brown. Mariah was born in Ireland,
June 3, 1830. Mariah was a member of the Latter-day
Saint church as was William, who had joined September
6, 1846. They were very desirous of coming to America
to join the saints, so they left their home and
loved ones and traveled by rail to Liverpool, England,
and set sail for America March 21, 1856, with a
company of saints. They sailed six weeks before
they landed in Boston, Massachusetts. In May, they
went to Iowa by rail, and then crossed the plains
with the Daniel B. McCarthy company. They lived
in Salt Lake City until 1858 when Johnson's army
came, and at this time they moved to Provo. They
moved to Franklin, Idaho, April 14, 1860 and were
among the first Pioneers to arrive there.
- After William's marriage, and their departure
from Scotland, Deborah and her children worked and
saved all they could, hoping that they too might
be able to come to Utah. The girls worked in the
cotton factories and print works. With some help
from William, they were ready to leave for America
in 1868. They left their home, June 24, 1868, with
a company of 457 saints, Elder Harvey H. Cluff was
in charge. They arrived in New York in August and
on August 24th they began the trek across the plains
with Captain John Gillespie's' ox team company.
They arrived in Salt Lake City September 15, 1868.
- The family moved at once to Franklin, Idaho
so that they might be with William again. It had
been almost twelve years since he had set out for
America. Their home in Franklin was built on the
location where Alonzo Durrant now lives. In a few
years Deborah Ann's children were all married. Deborah
Ann died of a sunstroke April 21, 1881, and was
buried in Franklin, Idaho. She had two sisters,
Mary and Rebecca, and one brother, Thomas.
- Children of the first family of George Wright.
- John - went to sea and was never heard
- Sarah - married John Sanderson; lived
in Scotland and came to America. Died in Pocatello,
Idaho, March 30, 1922.
- William T. - married Mariah Brown;; lived
and died in Franklin, Idaho.
- Maria - stayed in Ireland.
- Children of the second family of George Wright.
- Susan - married James McGaw; moved to
Australia, lived and died there.
- Fanny - married Robert McCalpen in Scotland;
had two children, George and Margaret. Robert died
in Scotland. Fanny and the children came to America
and lived in Franklin. She married Alfred Challis.
Died in Franklin.
- James - married and came to America;
lived and died in Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Deborah - married Mr. Chalmers; lived
and died in Massachusetts.
- Children of the third family of George Wright.
- Rebecca - married William Woodward; lived
and died in Franklin, Idaho.
- George - married Ella Hofhine; lived
in Franklin and Blackfoot, Idaho and died at Blackfoot.
They were married December 12, 1878 in Salt Lake
- Margaret - married Joseph Dunkley and
lived and died in Whitney, Idaho.
- Jane - married John Biggs, lived and
died in Franklin, Idaho.
- Joseph - married Verena Foster; died