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Williston H. Wright

Williston H. Wright

Male Abt 1836 - 1863  (~ 27 years)

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  • Name Williston H. Wright 
    Born Abt 1836  , Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Role: Household
    1850 U.S. census - Josiah Wright household (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
    1850 U.S. census - Josiah Wright household (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
    Josiah Wright, 72, male, farmer, value of real estate owned $2500, born Conn.
    Altana Wright, 40, female, born N.Y.
    Addison Wright, 40, male, farmer, born N.Y.
    Stephen Wright, 22, male, farmer, born N.Y.
    Judson Wright, 19, male, farmer, born N.Y., attended school within the year
    Williston Wright, 14, male, born N.Y., attended school within the year
    Census 1855  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Role: Child
    1855 New York census - Addison C. Wright and Josiah Wright households (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co.)
    1855 New York census - Addison C. Wright and Josiah Wright households (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co.)
    household 17, frame building, valued at $400
    Addison C. Wright, 43, male, born Herkimer Co., widowed, 42 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land

    household 23, frame building, valued at $400
    Josiah Wright, 80, male, born Conn., widowed, 43 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land
    Stephen K. Wright, 26, male, child, born Oswego Co., 26 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter
    Josiah J. Wright, 23, male, child, born Oswego Co., 23 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land
    Williston H. Wright, 18, male, child, born Oswego Co., 18 years resident of this town, clerk
    Occupation 1855  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    clerk 
    Will Oct 1857  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • In his will, Josiah names his six living children Addison C. Wright, Stephen K. Wright, Josiah J. Wright, Sarah (wife of Myron D. Hitchcock) and Mary M. (wife of William Gorsline), and Williston Wright, as well as mentioning his two deceased wives, a deceased son, and a deceased daughter in a request to have headstones erected for them.
    • Role: Heir
    Will and Codicils of Josiah Wright (Oswego Co., NY)
    Will and Codicils of Josiah Wright (Oswego Co., NY)
    A full transcription is available on final two pages of the PDF.
    Census 1860  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Williston is enumerated living in the household of B. B. Coe, a cooper, along with another cooper named Norton Read.
    1860 U.S. census - W. H. Wright (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
    1860 U.S. census - W. H. Wright (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
    dwelling 153, household 153 (household of B. B. Coe)
    W. H. Wright, 24, male, cooper, born in N.Y.
    Occupation 1860  Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    cooper 
    Residence 1862  Watertown, Jefferson, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Military 11 Aug 1862–10 Aug 1863  [5, 6
    Company B, 29th Wisconsin Volunteers 
    Clipping from 'Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Volume II'
    Clipping from "Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Volume II"
    Williston H. Wright's entry is on page 396.
    Name Willis H. Wright 
    Find-A-Grave ID 16795492 
    Died 10 Aug 1863  Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Cause: chronic diarrhea 
    • Available official records from the era simply list an upsecified "disease" as the cause of death, but one more modern source notes diarrhea.
    Williston H. Wright's Wisconsin Allotment Fund statement
    Williston H. Wright's Wisconsin Allotment Fund statement
    The receipt notes the money is to be paid to Addison C. Wright of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY upon proof of death.
    Buried Worden Sweet Cemetery, Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • It's possible that this monument is merely a memorial marker and Williston is actually buried in Natchez -- there is a W. H. Wright listed as buried at Natchez National Cemetery who was involved in the Civil War, but insufficient additional information is available to confirm that person's identity. (see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/152063480/w-h-wright)
    Headstones of Willis H. and Josiah Wright, Worden Sweet Cemetery (Scriba, NY)
    Headstones of Willis H. and Josiah Wright, Worden Sweet Cemetery (Scriba, NY)
    Josiah Wright's headstone just reads "JOSIAH"

    WILLIS H. WRIGHT
    member of Co. B, 29 Wis. Vol.
    DIED
    at Natchez, Miss.
    Aug10, 1863
    Aged 26 Years
    A sacrifice for liberty
    Person ID I181  Main Tree
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2022 

    Father Josiah Wright,   b. 1773, , , Connecticut Colony, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1869  (Age 96 years) 
    Mother Altana,   b. Abt 1790, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1855  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married CA 1826 
    • This marriage date is an estimate based on the birthdate of their eldest known child.
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1836 - , Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1855 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - clerk - 1855 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Oct 1857 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1860 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - cooper - 1860 - Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1862 - Watertown, Jefferson, Wisconsin, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: chronic diarrhea - 10 Aug 1863 - Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Worden Sweet Cemetery, Scriba, Oswego, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S53] 1850 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Oswego County, Town of Scriba; page 380 (stamped); dwelling 1910, family 2078; Josiah Wright; downloaded 10 October 2019 (Reliability: 3).
      1850 U.S. census - Josiah Wright household (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
      1850 U.S. census - Josiah Wright household (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
      Josiah Wright, 72, male, farmer, value of real estate owned $2500, born Conn.
      Altana Wright, 40, female, born N.Y.
      Addison Wright, 40, male, farmer, born N.Y.
      Stephen Wright, 22, male, farmer, born N.Y.
      Judson Wright, 19, male, farmer, born N.Y., attended school within the year
      Williston Wright, 14, male, born N.Y., attended school within the year


    2. [S54] 1855 New York State Census, Oswego County, population schedule; Town of Scriba; page 3 (stamped); family 22; Josiah Wright; downloaded 2 June 2022 (Reliability: 3).
      Josiah's son Addison C. Wright is enumerated on the same page, four dwellings earlier.
      1855 New York census - Addison C. Wright and Josiah Wright households (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co.)
      1855 New York census - Addison C. Wright and Josiah Wright households (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co.)
      household 17, frame building, valued at $400
      Addison C. Wright, 43, male, born Herkimer Co., widowed, 42 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land

      household 23, frame building, valued at $400
      Josiah Wright, 80, male, born Conn., widowed, 43 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land
      Stephen K. Wright, 26, male, child, born Oswego Co., 26 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter
      Josiah J. Wright, 23, male, child, born Oswego Co., 23 years resident of this town, farmer, native-born voter, owner of land
      Williston H. Wright, 18, male, child, born Oswego Co., 18 years resident of this town, clerk


    3. [S56] Probate -- Oswego County, NY, volume K; page 426; Josiah Wright (Reliability: 3).
      Will and Codicils of Josiah Wright (Oswego Co., NY)
      Will and Codicils of Josiah Wright (Oswego Co., NY)
      A full transcription is available on final two pages of the PDF.


    4. [S62] 1860 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Oswego County, Town of Scriba; page 19 (written); dwelling 153, household 153; W. H. Wright; downloaded 11 June 2022 (Reliability: 3).
      1860 U.S. census - W. H. Wright (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
      1860 U.S. census - W. H. Wright (Town of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY)
      dwelling 153, household 153 (household of B. B. Coe)
      W. H. Wright, 24, male, cooper, born in N.Y.


    5. [S61] Book -- Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Volume II, downloaded 11 June 2022; page 396 (Reliability: 2).
      Roster of 29th Regiment Infantry, Company "B"
      Name: Wright, Williston H.
      Residence: Watertown, WI
      Date: Aug 11., '62
      Remarks: Died Aug. 10, '63, Natchez, Miss., disease.

    6. [S55] Cemetery -- Worden Sweet Cemetery (Scriba, NY), Headstone of Willis H. Wright (Reliability: 2).
      WILLIS H. WRIGHT
      member of Co. B 29 Wis. Vol.
      DIED at Natchez, Miss
      Aug 10,1863
      Aged 26 Years

    7. [S63] Magazine -- The American Revenuer, downloaded 11 June 2022; pages 94-95 (Reliability: 2).
      Figure 27 shows the Allotment Fund receipt issued to Addison Wright for $70 once the State had proof that Williston H. Wright was dead. Private Wright of Regiment 29, Company B enlisted August 11, 1862, and designated $10 per month to the State Treasurer starting February 1863 with clear instruction "If I die, to Addison Wright, Scriba, Oswego County, New York." Approximately one in fifteen volunteers chose to allot a portion of their pay to the Wisconsin State Treasurer. The money was held in the State Treasury until it was requested by the volunteer or the volunteer died. Wright died of chronic diarrhea in Natchez, Mississippi on August 10, 1863.
      Williston H. Wright's Wisconsin Allotment Fund statement
      Williston H. Wright's Wisconsin Allotment Fund statement
      The receipt notes the money is to be paid to Addison C. Wright of Scriba, Oswego Co., NY upon proof of death.


    8. [S55] Cemetery -- Worden Sweet Cemetery (Scriba, NY), Headstone of Willis H. Wright (Reliability: 3).
      WILLIS H. WRIGHT
      member of Co. B 29 Wis. Vol.
      DIED at Natchez, Miss
      Aug 10,1863
      Aged 26 Years