Enoch Wright & Tryphena West genealogy

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  • ID: I31
  • Name: Enoch WRIGHT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 MAR 1763 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA
  • Death: 7 JUN 1810 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
  • Note: G. Frederick Wright gives year of death as 1808 in his book. p. 11and gave it as 7 May, 1810 in his 1903 address. 1
  • Burial: Whitehall - just off Abair Road on old Wright property.
  • Note:

    G. Frederick Wright, Enoch's grandson says the following in his book, "Story of My Life and Work" (1916):
    "Enoch Wright, my grandfather, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1763. His parents came from Northampton, Massachusetts. What their name was I have not been able to learn, for the Wrights were at that time a numerous family in the Connecticut valley.
    "At the close of the Revolutionary War we find Enoch, at the age of sixteen years, enlisted as a teamster in the campaign which ended in surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, en event which he was allowed to witness. His discharge from the service was dated on the field, and reads as follows:

    Camp York Town, Virgine: Oct. 10: 1781 thius Certifyes that Enoch Wright is Discharged the
    wagon Servis on Account of Inebility of helth & not haveing Any Teme of his own thotBest So to
    Jos Cogswell W. M. G.
    Sd Wright has Purchesd his Self a Hors & hath Liberty to take it home.
    all Isuing Comiss are Desird to furnish the Barer With Provisions to Connecticut.

    "Why he should have gone to Connecticut is not certain, but it is surmised that he was attracted thither by the presence of Tryphena West, whose family was originally from Connecticut, but was found not long after residing in Pittsfield." pp. 3-4
    Search of records in Forbes Library in Northampton, MA has yielded nothing about Enoch - Trumbull records list many Northampton Wrights but not Enoch. The Judd manuscripts of Northampton Genealogies (found in LDS library) list a large number of Wrights, but not Enoch.
    In a 21 Jul 97 email Lillian Collins has searched Revolutionary War records (did not specify) but apparently found nothing re Enoch's parents. And in a 9 Sep 97 email she said that she has searched thru "some" DAR records but all stop with Enoch.
    In a 1903 address (reproduced in a newspaper article entitled "Pioneer Life at East Bay" published October 9 or 12, 1903 - probably in the Whitehall Chronicle) given at the dedication of a memorial boulder placed over the graves of his grandparents, George Frederick Wright stated that Enoch was born 26 March, 1763. In his 1916 book GF Wright only gave the year. No record (that I know of) clearly establishes the date of marriage of Enoch and Tryphena however Pittsfield, MA vital records show marriage of "Mr. Wright to Mrs. West 18 June, 1783." It has been assumed by many that this is Enoch and Tryphena. Note that surrounding records are entered in the same way: Mr. surname to Mrs. surname with no given names.
    In a hand-written letter to Margaret (probably M. Kneil Crowell) dated 22 Apr 1931 the writer (later identified as most likely being Frances Mary Wright Sturges, daughter of Johnson Wright) she said "Enoch Wright came from Pittsfield Mass. married there to Tryphena West. Came up to No. New York about 1790 and bought land from N.H. grant for a shilling per acre. Discovered mistake in title so pd. another shilling per acre. Had two children born in Mass. , Sarah and Orrin" (Other children born in Whitehall.) Clearly this is a mistake in that Sarah was the fourth child.
    "Paternal Family Lines of Frances Mary Wright Sturges (1858 - 1944)" (typed manuscript - copy sent to T. R. Kneil 1997 by Patricia Smith or M'Elise Spencer) states that Enoch was born 26 March 1763 in Pittsfield, MA and that he married Tryphena West 1782 or 1783 (two different dates given) in Tolland, Connecticut.
    Wright Bible owned by J. D. Wright - copy found in Michigan State Library (Michigan Bible Records and Genealogical Notes, 1935-1936 compiled and Indexed by Vivian Lyor Moore) gives Enoch's birth as 28 March 1763 in Pittsfield.
    A listing of births, deaths etc. of the Colburn and Wright families in the hands of Gertrude M. Kneil of Pittsburgh, PA (now in the hands of TR Kneil) apparently was copied (I would guess) from a bible . It is "signed" in the following manner: "Copied by Mary Ann Smith, July 31st 1861, Whitehall, N.Y." The original source is unknown to me (TRK). In it she writes that Enoch Wright was born in Pittsfield, Mass., March 26, 1763 and Tryphena West born Tolland, Conn. January 21, 1760. Their marriage was not recorded. Death dates correspond with other records.
    In a letter addressed to William J. Morison, Asst. Professor of History, Louisville, Kentucky and written by Mrs. G. Franklin Brown, in Fond du Lac, Wis, dated 26 Jun 1972 (letter in Archives at Oberlin College in Ohio). Mrs. Brown says, "In reply to your letter of June 19, I do think it was very possible that the father of Enoch Wright (1763 - 1810) was Josiah Wright (c. 1726 - 1806) born in Northampton, Mass. who removed to Pittsfield, Mass. in 1752. Josiah was the son of Samuel Wright (1683 - ) and Jemima King. (See p. 163, DESCENDANTS OF SIR JOHN WRIGHT, by Curtis Wright, 1915. Josiah's death date was April 16 1806 at Pittsfield - V. R. Pittsfield City Clerk's Office)
    "I have written innumerable letters to various city and township clerks trying to verify the birth of Enoch Wright, the marriage and (to the Berkshire Co. Probate Ct.) a will for Josiah, with no success. Another early settler to Pittsfield was William Wright, who came there in 1754. He died in April 8, 1777, leaving a will, naming his children, but Enoch was not one. However, he did name his 'beloved brother Josiah Wright.' as his sole executor.
    "Another (two) Wrights mentioned in Smith's HISTORY OF PITTSFIELD, was a Joseph Wright and Joseph Wright, Jr. V.R. Pittsfield City clerk's Office have recorded the death of a Joseph Wright in 1768, but no will was filed in the Co. Probate's Office for him. He may possibly be of the Joseph Wright family, (p. 155, C. Wright's DESC. OF SIR JOHN WRIGHT) either #1087-a or a son of that Joseph.
    Jean Goodman in an email dated 6 May 99 said:
    "I didn't find anything on Enoch Wright in my search of Tolland CT, but did find a good deal of information on Tryphena West and that line."
    In a letter from Barabara F. Cook, Archivist, Tolland Historical Society, dated 4 Feb 1999 to Gertrude Kneil she says:
    "Tryphena West was born in Tolland 21 Jan 1760 to Samuel West and Sarah Lathrop West.... Sarah Lathrop was the daughter of Ichabod Lathrop and grand-daughter of Hope Lathrop who moved here from Barnstable in 1726. Ichabod married Abigail Baker of Barnstable, on November 9, 1732. Sarah was the fourth of seven children (and the second Sarah), born January 22, 1740.
    "Tryphen's [sic] birth is recorded in the Vital Records Vol 2 page 17, and Vol 5 page 58. Unfortunately there is no record of her marriage to Enoch Wright."
    Email dated 1 May 1999 Lillian Collins wrote: He (her husband
    Don) "says that he thinks that the Josiah and Elizabeth Wright that were in Pittsfield came from Wethersfield, CT and are not the descendents of Joseph Wright and Ruth Sheldon. I wonder if we
    should now be looking for the genealogy of Josiah Wright and Elizabeth Williams. Don says that Josiah's father was Ebenezer Wright and Sarah Butler. He has Elizabeth's father as Ephraim Williams and mother Elizabeth ?. Don also said that Josiah Wright that was in Pittsfield also had a
    brother William there.

    Enoch was appointed Justice of the Peace 20 Mar 1810.
    His will is dated 5 Jun 1810 and probate record is dated 14 Jun 1810 which, of course, means he died in June, not May 7, 1810 as G. F. Wright reported in his 1903 dedication address nor 1808 as GFW reported in his 1916 book.
  • Change Date: 17 DEC 2003

    Marriage 1 Tryphena WEST b: 21 JAN 1760 in Tolland, Tolland Co., CT
    • Married: Possibly 18 June 1783
    • Note: Geo. F. Wright says 1783 in his book. M'Elise Spencer has 1782 in her records. No vital records of marriage have been found.
    1. Has Children Orin WRIGHT b: 4 DEC 1783 in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachsetts
    2. Has Children Chester W. WRIGHT b: 6 AUG 1785 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    3. Has Children Ira WRIGHT b: 11 FEB 1787 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    4. Has Children Sarah WRIGHT b: 27 AUG 1789 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    5. Has Children William WRIGHT b: 5 APR 1792 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    6. Has Children Walter WRIGHT b: 2 SEP 1794 in Whitehall, Washington Co., New York
    7. Has Children Rensselaer WRIGHT b: 18 JUL 1797 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    8. Has No Children Franklin WRIGHT b: 13 JUN 1800
    9. Has Children Grove WRIGHT b: 13 JUN 1800 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY
    10. Has Children Lucy WRIGHT b: 23 OCT 1802 in Whitehall, Washington Co., NY

    1. Type: Book
      Author: G. Frederick Wright
      Periodical: Story of My Life and Work
      Date: 1916
      Publication: Privately published? Bibliotheca Sacra Company, Oberlin, OH
      Page: 11
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