[Hannah Taylor Wright Hadley, b. February 26, 1826, in Fayette Co., IN, married William J. Hadley at Whitelick Mo. Mtg. on October 25, 1848, and died November 13, 1898. Her parents were Joel Wright and Elizabeth Taylor. Joel Wright was a son of Jonathan Wright and Susannah Griffith, daughter of Thomas Griffith and Eve Faulkner. Hannah Wright's husband, William J. Hadley (1823-1889) was the son of John and Hannah (Hadley) Hadley.]

A Copy Of
Aunt Hannah Hadley's History of the Wright Family
Submitted by: John R. Myer

Wright is originally an English name some of whom, according to history, distinguished themselves for bravery, in the armies of the early centuries and received a reward from the King therefor --

The first Wright known of our ancestors (Captain of the Kings Body Guard) was a soldier, in the army of King William of Orange, at the Battle of the Boyne, July 1st 1690, was noted for gallant service for which King William gave him a grant of land in Ireland. He met there a French family of the name of Pyshon, who had received land in the same way. This man Wright married a daughter of this Pyshon family.

About the year 1725 they came to America, and located in Adams County (now New York County) Pennsylvania. They had three sons, Joel, Thomas and Jonathan. Joel (the eldest) who lived and died in Maryland was a learned man. His brother Thomas was a wealthy man, and Jonathan Wright. These three sons were the children of Jonathan and Eliza Wright. The youngest son, Jonathan, our beloved grandfather, was born Jan 27th 1748. He died in Fayette County Indiana March 25th 1829 and was buried in the cemetery at Poplar Ridge.

He married Susannah Griffith, daughter of Thomas and Eve Griffith. She was born April 6th 1749, died May 21st 1827, was buried in the same cemetery with her husband.

Thomas Wright, the brother of grandfather, was as has been said a man of means, of whom this story is told. During the War of the Revolution the sheriff came to collect War tax - he said to him - "Thee knows I am opposed to war, and its taxes. Thee can, however look in my desk while I go to attend to my stock, and if thee sees anything thee cares to have for thy Government, just use it for I hate the English". The sheriff as the story goes, found the exact amount of money needed to pay his taxes, and he confiscated it. With this prelude we give the following genealogical history of Jonathan Wright's descendants. Their children -

In the year 1797 Jonathan and Susanna Wright, with their children moved from New York County (then Adams Co.) Pennsylvania, to Baltimore Co. Maryland, and were members of the Society of Friends and belonged to Gunpowder Monthly Meeting.

In the year 1805 they moved from Baltimore Co. Maryland, and settled in what was called the Western Country, afterwards the State of Ohio. They started the 12th of October and reached Green County, Ohio on the 10th day of December in the year 1812. They moved to Cincinnati, bought a house and lot on 4th Street, midway between 4th street and Plum - then Western Row, now Central Avenue where then was but about half a dozen shingle roofed houses in the place. When quite advanced in years, he and wife, moved with some of their children to Fayette Co. Indiana, where they lived until their deaths. We copy a sketch of the history of the family, which is quoted as good authority written by their youngest daughter, Rebecca Hill. It is as follows:

The following taken from the Records kept by Edward Shaw, whose mother Elizabeth Wright married John Shaw. She was a daughter of Jonathan and Susanna Wright.

"In the year 1812 Jonathan Wright my grandfather and family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio from Todds Fork having sold his farm. He bought a frame house and lot on 4th St. midway between Plum, then Western Row, now Central Ave. on the south side of the street. The first saw- mill I ever saw was the Ox-saw- mill, on the north east corner of Columbia St. and Western Row - I was then five or six years old. My father John Shaw came to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1805 from Red Stone Pennsylvania"- There were about half a dozen shingle roofed houses, in the place -

He has seen men shoot wild ducks from a small porch, with a plank seat on each side of the front door of the one story Stone Tavern, on the N. west corner of Sycamore and lower Market St. in a large pond where the lower Market House now stands - My father went among the Indians on a friendly mission appointed by a committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends - After this he spent two or three years in the employment of the Government in the interest of the Indians -

In the War of 1812 and '13 he was put in charge of 260 friendly Indians whom he brought to Warren Co. Ohio - located them on the Ceasers Creek bottom or valley on the west side of the creek, immediately opposite where the town of Harveysburgh now stands. This was done to feed and divert them from joining the enemy at the time of Hulls surrender - He also aided the Asst. Surgeon in amputating several limbs.

My father was on intimate terms with Gen. Wm. Henry Harrison who was then Gov. of the Northwestern Territory - and was also well acquainted with Gen. Lewis Cass. I have letters to him from both of these men, now in my possession. At the close of the war father resolved to settle in Cincinnati Ohio, and drew up a subscription paper and called on the early Friends in order to get them to make that place their future home. He raised $500 and bought of Nicholas Longworth nearly two acres of ground with a one story hewed log house on it.

This they used as a church for a number of years without much change. In this little Church my father was married to my mother in the year 1814 and I was born on the 29th of April 1815, the spring after Andrew Jackson whipped the British in New Orleans the 8th of the preceeding Jan.

Taken from the records kept by Ed Shaw. Elizabeth Shaw was educated at West Town Boarding School near Philadelphia and was a teacher in that institution one or two terms and afterwards taught school in Highland and Clinton Co. Ohio.

David Hollingsworth, Elizabeth Wright's grandfather, on her mothers side, was born in New Castle Co, Delaware in 1734 - removed to Center Co, Penn. Her grandmothers maiden name was Sarah Green born in Center Co, Penn. They were married in 1757. Their children:

David Hollingsworth's family is of Saxon descent - were from Northeast Cheshire England. The name was derived from "Holly (a tree) and "worth" (a farm). The church of the family and the Hall - both several centuries old are still standing. This estate includes 625 acres of land - copyright secured in 1884 by William B. Hollingsworth - 62 McCullough Street Baltimore.

But little record is left of the family of Jacob Taylor, father of Elizabeth Taylor Wright wife of Joel Wright. Jacob Taylor had a half brother named George Whipps who died April 5th 1813 aged 80 years - Susanna Whipps, his wife died Feb 23rd 1812 aged 75 years.

Jacob Taylor was born Jan 1st 1762, died May 2nd 1849 aged 87 years - Springborough Ohio. Hannah Hollingsworth Taylor his wife was born Oct 8th 1761, died Aug 12, 1828. Children:

[Missing page....Joel Wright] He took a job of surveying for the Government in the Territory of Michigan, in the year 1832 - was gone most of the winter - He was suddenly killed when from home, by a family horse, at the residence of Hugh Maxwell of Union County, where he and his wife had gone to spend the night, the 19th of January 1835. He was ungearing his horse in a lot where several colts were running loose which angered the horse, and he came around to the side of the horse and it was after dusk, and not speaking to the horse he was unhitching it is supposed he was angered, and thinking it a loose horse stuck with his fore foot and hit him in the stomach and ruptured a blood vessel. He lived until morning - It was about 10 miles from home, but his sons, Jacob and Thomas received word and hastened to his bedside and saw him while conscious some little time before he died -

He had lived a conscientious life and seemed to have nothing to do but await his time - He had great confidence in his sons Jacob and Thomas who were but 16 and 18 years old. They were faithful to their trust and proved to be all that could be ______ in caring for their mother and 5 dependent children - ever kind and obliging to their widowed mother and the fatherless children -

A sketch of, or record, I have I will _____ of our uncle Benjamin and Rachel Farquhars family which was furnished me by a friend of theirs, which is as follows, in reference to their children -

    Dr. Uriah Farquhar was born May [Jan] 1795
    Cyrus Farquhar was born July 1796
    Allen    "      "    "  July 1798
    Jonathan "      "    "  April 1800,  Died  1825  
    Josiah   "      "    "  Feb   1803,  Died  1838
    Susanna  "      "    "        1804,  Died  1805
    Edwin    "      "    "        1807
    Rebecca  "      "    "        1850
    Rachel                               Died  1855

Taken from an old Bible an old relic published for the ____ pressed Bible in Philadelphia in the year 1798. Given by Dr Allen Farquhar to his parents - Dr Uriah Farquhar married Keziah Elam - He was born in Frederick County Maryland Jan 5th - 1795. He was 4 [11] years old when his father moved to Wilmington Ohio. At the age of 19, he studied medicine with Dr. Martin D. Lathrop in Waynesville Ohio. He was married the 20th of November 1820. He entered into the practice of Medicine with Dr. Graham N. Fitch - He possesed a remarkable memory, would recite the whole of Popes Essay on Man Grays Elegy and other selections from the British Poets, besides whole chapters from the old and new Testament - Dr. Farquhar was genial pleasant gentleman, an early and sincere christian and on the morning of the 3rd his spirit returned to God who gave it birth.

Cousin Edward Shaw gave me, Anna Wright, the following -

"I would like to leave a little of my experience while living with my grandparents and maid Aunt Susan Wright at Poplar Ridge Fayette Co. Ind. twenty miles south of Richmond in the years 1823-24 and part of 1825 - I lived with them as company & errand boy - I was about 8 years old - It was while my parents were at Upper Sandusky Ohio - Grandfather had a peach orchard on the southern slope of the hill going up to the meeting house with thick wood on top of the hill that protected it from the storms and I have never seen such a profusion of peaches in an orchard from that day to this a large proportion of the limbs had to have props to prevent their breaking- It was natural fruit - Uncle Joel Wright who lived near built a Kiln for drying them so Aunt and I cut and dried several bushels - and we made peach leather by reducing the ripe peaches to a pulp and spreading on a planed board & dried - and the children were very fond of it & the old people did not object to it - & we fed bushels to the hogs - & that is the way we lived in that early day. Wild grapes were abundant both the blue and little fox grape. We made our own sugar and molasses from the sap of the sugar tree - We also sowed flax and made our own thread on the little wheel and we got 6 1/4 cts a pound for butter and 3 cts a dozen for eggs and were paid in trade; calico - at 12 1/2 cts per yard - 18 3/4 cts and 37 1/2 cts per yard - And I remember one year the army worm was passing through the country - They marched in solid column and Aunt and I boiled a quantity of water, and met them before they reached the door yard and scalded thousands of them and saved the grass in the yard and prevented them from getting into the house - And that year or the next the squirrels were migrating from one part of the country to another - Went in droves and seemed to travel in direct course passing through improved farms & many were killed, in crossing streams, with clubs -

Another circumstance I remember Uncle Joel and his hired hand were loading a saw log on the wagon, two cousins and I were there walking around and heard a rattle and looked and saw a large rattlesnake curled up, it seemed two feet high and was ready to spring at us. When we called Uncle who came with his hand spike and killed it - It was as large as my wrists and 6 feet long - Uncle took it home and skinned it and it had 9 rattles on the end of its tail - It was very fat and Uncle tried out the fat and got more than a pint of oil out of it. Children -

Record of Joel and Elizabeth Wright and their children