Griffin R Wright

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Descendents of Griffin R Wright

Griffin R Wright born about 1813 in South Carolina, possibly to Solomon Wright and his wife Annie who may have been a MOORE. Griffin Wright married Malinda Ballentine Chapman TUCKER. She had been born Jul 1815 in Stokes County, North Carolina to James Tucker and his wife Edith Chapman White.

Griffin and Malinda married probably about 1835 somewhere in Tennessee. By 1836, he is being taxed in District 6 of Lincoln County, Tennessee.

It is not yet clear whether Malinda's parents came to Lincoln County at this time. An article in the magazine "Lincoln County Pioneers" by Jane Warren Waller Vol. 13, #2, page 49, "Death taken from the Fayetteville Observer Aug. 26, 1875" states : "[James Tucker and Mrs E.C. Tucker] ...They were married in North Carolina August 14th, 1814, moved to this State in the fall of 1823, professed religion soon after and united themselves with the C.P. Church and lived and died in the faith."

So this would tell us that they were somewhere in Tennessee by the end of 1823. The first time I can pin them in Lincoln County specifically is from this website by Julia Molitz, showing the members of the Mt. Hebron Church at Norris Creek (now Belleville, Lincoln County, Tennessee): "Edith Tucker joined on 3 Jul 1836 joined by "Recommended", dismissed by "Death".

James and Edith's sons William and John were married in Lincoln County in 1838 and 1839 so it's likely the whole family is there by then.

Griffin and Malinda had the following children, all born in Tennessee, apparrently all in Lincoln County, Tennessee:

  1. Edith Chapman Wright 1838 married first to Thomas Washington Duncan on 3 Oct 1854 either in Arkansas or in the Indian Territory; and secondly married William C Martin in California;
  2. James Solomon Wright 1839, never married;
  3. Annie Moore Wright ~1840, married a "Mr Hamlin" or Hamblin, Hamblen and she died by 1898;
  4. John Elliot Wright 1841 married first Mary Ellen M L Lowe and secondly C Van Lindt;
  5. William Tucker Wright 1844 married Mary Elizabeth Burrow;
  6. Thomas Jefferson Wright 1846 married Laura Josephine Bourland;
  7. George Washington Higgins Wright 1848 married first Mary Ellen Redwine and secondly Lavina V S Geurin;
  8. Elizabeth Randall Wright ~1850 married Elkanah Archibald "Kana" Richards.

Several of Malinda's siblings and her parents were members of the Cumberland Presyterian Church at Norris Creek in Lincoln County, Tennessee. In 1853, several of these got a letter of dismissal, so they could rejoin the same church in the area to which they were going. There was a C.P. church in Benton County here.

For some time the family apparently lived in Benton County, Arkansas — Griffin R Wright's name appearing on a few land deeds there, on land next to John Tucker who was certainly his brother-in-law. On 7 Mar 1859, Griffin R Wright, for $110 bought from Thomas Denton of Benton County, the land at NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of S22 and the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of S27 in T20N-R34W.

Griffin may have died in Benton County, Arkansas and appears to have died between 1862 and 1870 when Malinda appears on a census without him. Malinda died 18 Jan 1898 in Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, where her probate names all of her children.

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