Joseph Benedict Mayer Wright was my g grandfather, he was born in Newberry SC to William T Wright and Mary Blease Wright. He was the youngest of nine children, he and his sister Emily Eason were the only ones that reached adult maturity. By the time he was 4 years old he was orphaned, his mother and father died within a few months of each other. According to his fathers last will and testiment he was awarded to a relative, Joseph James Darlington, a lawyer that lived in Washington DC. I dont have any more information about him until he shows up on a census in Abbeville County with a wife, Annie Rebecca and children. He eventually died an old man amongst some of his children in Columbia SC. He and his wife are buried in Olympia Cemetary in Columbia.
obit Joseph B.M. Wright, 70, died suddenly at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Thomas, 524 Georgia St. He had been in declining health for several months. He had made his home here for the past 25 years, where he was a member of the Baptist church. Mr Wright was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie Ellis Wright; four sons, Charles C Wright of Irmo, Eugene D Wright, Walter C Wright and John C Wright, all of Columbia; two daughters; Mrs. W.A. Thomas and Mrs. Emily Brown of Hollywood Calif. 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held from the Whaley Street Methodist church at an hour to be announced late. Interment will be in the Olympia cemetery. Active pallbearers will be O.P. Elkins, Alonzo Cauthen, Ruben Aaron, Walter Aaron, W.E. Thomas, Thomas Nichols, Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be E.A. Ballentine, Eugene Ballentine, George Moore, Joe Lowman, Dr. Herbert A. Dove, Ruth Dennis, Ralph S Rustin, W.D Rustin, N. P. Smith, and the following members of the Fishermen's Club of the Whaley Street Methodist Church; Grady Eargle, Lamar Eargle, Vernon Abbott, Randolph Arant, Darrell Goins, Otis Mills, Bill Turbyfill, Clyde Coker, R.G. Amick, Douglas Beaman, Earl Rast, Olyn Brigges, James Corley, Larry Gates, R.N. Rogers, George Cooper, Joe Brown, Robert Faulkner.