The David Wright I am researching lately was born in Troy, New York, USA in 1831 on April 30th. He is my husband’s 3x Great-Grandfather. There are several David Wrights in his family!
At some point we know that this particular David Wright immigrated to Canada, more specifically into the Egremont, Ontario area. When I googled the township of Egremont, I came across a website called www.southgate.ca that explains the history of the area. It seems that the main migration of settlers to Egremont began in 1850.
I was able to find an interactive map on this website here.
When you click on the Search button you can choose between searching “Maps” or “People.” I searched for a map of the Grey County area, specifically the Egremont Township. From there I was able to search a database of the landholders.
Bingo!! There is a record of D.Wright – 100 acres
I can confirm that this is the right David Wright because my dates and nativity match up. In 1880, the date of this map, he would have been 49 years old and I now have the year he settled in the area, 1845. That would make him 14 years old at the time. So, to me it only makes sense that that would be the year that his whole family came to Canada.
In the 1851 Census of Egremont, Grey County below, we can see all the Wright family members who settled in the area. On line number 18 we see David Wright – farmer – born in the United States – age 21 at the time of the Census. John and Sophia Wright (Line 15 & 16) are his parents and my husband’s 4x Great-Grandparents.
My next questions then are how and why did they all come up to Canada?
On Newspapers.com I searched New York newspapers from the era and found the following items from the Buffalo Gazette in 1843. Have a look. I think we can find some answers here…
I can only assume that the family saw an advertisement such as this one above in a newspaper back in their day and followed the trail and promise of land up to Canada.
A few years later, in 1853 David Wright, now 22 years old, married Susanna Foster age 16 and by the end of October of that same year, their first child William Wright was born. I have a 16 year old in the house and I can’t even imagine – 16 and married with a child on the way! The Wright family had many children together over the next several years.
David Wright passed away on January 8th 1902 at the age of 70 in Egremont, Ontario. Up until yesterday, I had not been able to find the exact burial location. Then I did some more searching and found that the Wellington County Museum and Archives has a collection of Mount Forest newspapers from that time period. I searched around the date that I know David Wright passed away and found this article below.
It reads “An old and highly respected resident of Egremont, near town, passed away Wednesday morning, just after midnight, in the person of Mr. David Wright. He was in his 71st year and came to Mount Forest when this place was only a few houses in the bush. After living a while in other places in this immediate neighbourhood, he settled on the farm in the 5th concession of Egremont where he died. His death was due to asthma with which he had been a sufferer for many years. He leaves a widow and family of four sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in Muskoka excepting one son, Thos., on the homestead and two daughters Mrs. Wade of Conn. and Miss Wright at home. One brother Thomas in Bracebridge and one sister Mrs. Thos. Gardiner of Clifford also survive him. He was a kind parent and a good neighbour whose death will be mourned by all who knew him. The funeral is to take place to-morrow (Friday) at 2:30 pm from his late residence to the Mount Forest cemetery.”
So obviously Mount Forest is on the Ancestry Travel Bucket List…