DEATH OF JOHN WRIGHT -pub.
At one Time a Prominent Citizen of Garrett County
To the Editor of The Republican
(Garrett County, Maryland)
I notice in the newspapers the death of Mr. John Wright, in
Salisbury, Pa., on the 1st day of March, 1901, in his 93rd
year, after a prolonged illness, mostly the result of
extreme age. He was by some years the oldest person in
his town. It would seem proper and advisable that
something should be written and published on the
Maryland side of the line of one so noted for all that is
great, true and virtuous, especially as he was a prominent
citizen of what is now Garrett county for many years of the
most active part of his life.
He was the oldest son of James Wright, born on a farm on
the eastern slope of Negro mountain, on the Pennsylvania
side of the old Province Line. The place was known as
Pack-House. Suppose from the fact that it was near the
old Braddock road, over which in olden times all useful
articles, large and small, were carried on pack horses with
their enormous saddles. This place was not far from the
historic battle ground of the Indian and Negro, where the
latter slew the former. Hence the name Negro mountain.
Old Mr. James Wright had a number of sons and daughters,
but the subject of this little tribute was the most
prominent. He stepped over the line in early life and was
quite a prominent and useful citizen there for many years,
especially during the flush years of the old National road.
He was then quite conspicuous in business affairs. He and
family live in Grantsville a number of years. And just here
recollections tell me that we were then adjoining
neighbors, a little over 45 years ago. He lived at different
other places in old Allegany county, once for awhile on the
old Brown farm, which was immediately on the State line;
from there he moved to Salisbury, only two miles distant,
where he resided and was much represented for the whole
residue of his prolonged life.
He leaves his widow Rebecca, whom he married in New
Jersey, where he lived for a time in early life. They had an
even dozen of children, most of them surviving , four sons
and eight daughters, only one left in Garrett county, she
the wife of Alfred Yeast, a grandson of one of Alleganys
early pioneers. Two well-doing daughters have lived for a
number of years in the far away State of California. Though
far apart from precious parents they often contribute to the
comforts and satisfactions of the two left behind.
It can be and deserves to be said of John Wright that he
was an excellent citizen and most worthy man in the
relations of a good and useful life, never offensive or
aggressive, always smooth and polite in manners and ways;
in fine, a gentleman of the olden time type. For many years
a devout and worthy member of the German Baptist
(Dunkard) church, to which he was a credit and it a
comfort to him. He will be much missed by many people
and in many places.
The writer knew him long years ago in high youth and
with mingled feelings of sorrow and pleasure he offers
this poor tribute to his memory and for the comforts and
satisfactions of the many he left behind near and dear to
AN OLD FRIEND.
MARCH 9, 1901.
|Chief Cornplanter||Abraham P. Beachy|
|John W. Beachy||Calvin T. Hay|
|Peter S. Hay||J.D. Livengood|
|Jost J. Stutzman||Dennis Wagner|
|John Wright||Markley Family|
|Representative Citizens 1||Representative Citizens 2|
|John and Elizabeth Peck||Edward Mallory|