- William T. Wright’s record states that his father,
George, was born in County Down, 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. The following
four children blessed their marriage: John, born
about 1829, went to sea and was never heard from;
Sarah, born July 6, 1831; William T., born November
13, 1832; and Maria was born in 1834. Between 1834
and 1836, his wife Ellen died.
- After her death he married Rebecca Hazely, also
spelled Haesly. Their daughter Fanny was born December
23, 1837 and Susan was born July 11, 1839. They
were both born in Sheepstown, County Down, Ireland.
The Wright and Hazely families moved to Dundee,
Scotland, where James was born November 14, 1840,
and Deborah January 12, 1844. Deborah was but 6
years old when her mother became so ill she knew
she would soon die; consequently, she called her
sister Deborah Ann to her bedside where she extracted
a promise from her that she would marry her husband
after her death and would be kind to her children.
Deborah Ann assumed the responsibility of carrying
for George’s 8 motherless children. William said
the home was a happy one and that Deborah Ann was
the most wonderful mother that ever lived.
- To support the large family, George continued
his trade of carpentry while his wife kept a shop
in part of the dwelling. Deborah Ann also practiced
as a midwife. The children received all possible
educational training. When they had to work during
the day, 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 to Glasgow in
1846. George and Deborah Ann accepted their message
and were baptized in March 1846 by John Burnsides.
They were confirmed members of the church April
4, 1846, by James Maxwell. Deborah Ann’s first child,
Rebecca, was born while they were living in Glasgow,
September 4, 1845. When Rebecca was a small child,
they moved to Busby, a small town a few miles from
Glasgow. The following children were born to them:
George, August 31, 1848; Margaret, May 19, 1851;
and Jane, November 28, 18952.
- 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 kept the family together
with the help of her oldest step-son, William, who
assumed a large part of the responsibility. She
had much courage, and her faith was strong. These
two combined were instrumental to her after the
death of her husband. It was only three months after
his death that a son, Joseph Smith Wright was born,
December 25, 1854. On December 31, 1855, son William
married Mariah Brown. She was born in Ireland Jun
3, 1830. Mariah was a member of the church as was
William who joined September 16, 1846. They were
very desirous of coming to America to join the saints,
so they left their home and traveled by rail to
Liverpool, England, where they sailed for America
March 21, 1856, with a company of saints. They sailed
six weeks before they landed in Boston. They went
to Iowa by rail and they crossed the plains with
the Daniel D. McCarthy Company that arrived in Salt
Lake City in 1856. In 1858, when Johnson’s Army
came, they continued to move to Provo. They moved
to Franklin April 14, 1860, and were among the first
pioneers to arrive there.
- After William’s marriage and their departure
from Scotland, Deborah Ann with 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 shops. With some help
from William, they were ready to leave for America
in 1862. They left their home June 24, 1868 with
a company of 457 saints. Elder Harvey H. Cluff was
in charge of the group. They arrived in New York
August 5, and on the 24th, they began the trek across
the plains with Captain Gillespie’s ox team company.
They arrived in Salt Lake City September 15, 1868.
The family at once moved to Franklin so that they
might see Will again for it had been 12 years since
he had set out for America. They were soon able
to find work and built the home which was located
where Alonzo Durrant now lives. In a few years all
her children were married. Deborah died of a sunstroke
April 21, 1881, and was buried in Franklin. She
had two sisters, Mary and Rebecca, and one brother,
- Children of the first family (George & Ellen
- John - abt 1829 (Went to sea and was never
heard from again).
- Sarah - 6 Jul 1831 Married John Sanderson in
Scotland and came to America. She died in Pocatello
30 Mar 1922.
- William T. - 13 Nov 1832 Married Mariah
Brown and lived and died in Franklin.
- Maria - 1834 Stayed in Ireland.
- Children of the second family (George &
- Francis “Fanny” - 23 Dec 1837
- Susan - 11 Jul 1839 Lived
and died in Australia.
- James - 14 Nov 1840 Died
- Deborah - 12 Jan 1844 Lived
and died in Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Children of the third family (George & Deborah
- Rebecca - 4 Sep 1845 Lived
and died in Massachusetts **
- George - August 31, 1848 Died
in Blackfoot, Idaho.
- Mary Ann - ?? Is she a child??? Died
in Whitney, Idaho.
- Margaret - May 19, 1851 Worked
in Crescent Castle; Colton Hill, Edinborough, Scotland,
where she was given Singing and dancing lessons
and became a great Favorite of the servants there.
She came with 457 saints on the packet constitution,
the last Sailing vessel to bring any large groups
across the Atlantic. The company walked for 3 weeks
across the plains.
- Jane - November 28, 1852 Died
in Franklin, Idaho.
- Joseph Smith - December 25, 1854 Died
in Long Beach
** This states that Rebecca (daughter of George T. and
Deborah Ann Hazely) lived and died in Massachusetts. She
actually lived and died in Franklin, Idaho.