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Shirley Gragg (#46979665)
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Researcher of Wright, Dickens, Gallimore, and Primm families of Rowan and Davidson County, North Carolina. Also Wright families of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Also ELIJAH POWELL and family of Iredell and Davie Counties, NC.
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BK (blueridgeb)
RE: Obadiah Wright
Shirley, it is wonderful to hear from you.

I am sorry that I haven't been able to identify Obadiah's family.

My Dad believes he is related to Isaac Wright who ran Wright's Ferry near Knoxville, but we haven't been able to make a connection other than proximity.

My Dad also believes Obadiah is related to the Wright's who were in the Overton and Fentress counties area. But again, we haven't been able to make a connection. There are researchers who are confident Obadiah is not connected the the Overton/Fentress Wrights.

Dad's DNA matches include a high number (about 18) of descendants of the Quaker Wright's that began in Pennsylvania, moved to Virginia, moved to North Carolina, moved to Ohio, then moved to Indiana. But again, sadly, I have not been able to make a connection. Dad (now 93) says his father told him they are Pennsylvania Dutch. This would fit in with the Quaker link.

I would love to hear about your research and work together to see if we can solve the mystery.

Added by BK (blueridgeb) on Nov 09, 2015 8:04 AM
L. Brown
RE: St. Paul's Methodist Church
Hello Shirley,

You are welcome for the photo I added of St. Paul's Church in Randleman. I took it about six years ago after visiting an aunt that lived a few miles from there. She has since moved to a medical facility in Thomasville and I no longer travel that way.

My ancestors once preached at St. Paul's and several are interred in the cemetery. That said, I know only what I've read about the church on-line which is not much. I've heard that the people in charge of the museum do not have a list of cemetery burials (I spent an hour walking around before I found the graves associated with my family and the stones were in such poor condition for most that they were partially unreadable). I do not know who pays for the upkeep or takes care of the cemetery. Your best bet might be to contact the Courier Tribune in Asheboro to see if they've digitized their 1905 obituaries yet. I believe they've been in the process of doing that and charge only a minimal fee for copies of a single article (at one time there was a Courier Tribune list on the internet that gave the names of deceased Randolph Co. residents from the early 1900s but it did not tell where the individuals were buried, however, I don't know if that list is still available free of charge).

If I do return to St. Paul's I'll take a copy of Celia's information and get back to you should I find anything.

Good luck with all,
L. Brown
Added by L. Brown on Oct 24, 2015 6:14 PM
George E. Wright
Obediah Wright (memorial #32247369
Dear Shirley:

I sure wish I could find some information on Obediah Wright's parents. He is a major brick wall in my genealogy research.

I have found him listed in the 1870, 1860, 1850, and 1820 federal census. The earliest listings have the following source citations:

1820 U.S. census, Overton County, Tennessee, population schedule, Page 251, Obadiah Wright. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm publication M33, roll 122.

1850 U.S. census, Bledsoe County, Tennessee, population schedule, Eastern district, page 387, dwelling 216, family 216, Obediah Right, 7 Sep 1850. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm publication M432, roll 870.

I suspect that Obediah was "someone's" child who left North Carolina as a young man. He is listed in the census as "cannot read or write" so he might not have ever written home and was never listed in any NC wills. Someday, I just might get in contact with someone that has some leads for me.
Added by George E. Wright on Oct 17, 2015 10:40 AM
Polly Fry Hagerman
RE: Headstones?
Will have to check it out. Lots of old stones in Marlboro that are impossible to read. Polly
Added by Polly Fry Hagerman on Oct 08, 2015 3:34 AM
Rachel Reeves Wilson
RE: Thank you
I've seen you're on ancestry. I left info of a date and then realized it was you. We can message on there or email me at
Added by Rachel Reeves Wilson on Oct 06, 2015 11:51 AM
Rachel Reeves Wilson
RE: Thank you
Thank you so much.I will delete Elias H. Powell. I also have a duplicate for his wife and will delete as well. I will link Francis parents to him.I'm kin to a lot of people in that cemetery so we are probably kin too! I have contacted Find a grave about duplicate cemeteries to see if we can merge them somehow. Thanks again.
Added by Rachel Reeves Wilson on Oct 05, 2015 4:41 PM
RE: Your request
Thank you.
Added by TarheelGator on Oct 05, 2015 1:05 PM
RE: Cenith Richardson
Thank you, you are very kind. If I have other family members just let me know and I`ll transfer them also. Joan
Added by joan on Oct 05, 2015 9:17 AM
Transfer has been made. Good luck. Joan
Added by joan on Oct 05, 2015 9:14 AM
Hi, thanks for the info on Mrs. Richardson. I have added it to her memorial. If you are related I would be happy to make a transfer. Thanks again and have a wonderful day. Joan
Added by joan on Oct 05, 2015 8:31 AM
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