John T. Wright's mother and father?

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My name is (Shawn) Eric Wright, my father's name is Scott Wright, his Father's name is William Washington Wright, his father's name is Garland Lee Wright, his father was William Washington Wright, and finally, his father was John T. Wright (

I have all of this information with sources in my tree, which is public. I haven't had time to put all those sources here in the wikitree, but I definitely intend to. Either way, I have been stuck for nearly seven months trying to find information on John T. Wright's mother's name, I do have a lead for the father's name, but this portion of my tree is, well, VERY confusing to me.


What I have so far:

John T. Wright was born in October of 1835. He married Susan M. Clayton (daughter of John Wells Clayton 1798-1874, and Ann 'Nancy' Tremains 1803-1872 in Baltimore, Maryland) in 1862. They had my third great grandfather, William Washington Wright the first, on March 15th, 1868 in Maryland.

What's confusing here is I have a census for John T. Wright as a child with a Joshua Low Wright. What's confusing here is there are two different Census documents at different times. Here is their respective information:

Joshua Low Wright Perspective:

1850 Census

1860 Census:

1870 Census:

John T. Wright Perspective:

1850 Census:

By 1860 John T. Wright was married to Susan Clayton with a 3 1/2 year old John Wright.

What's confusing here is the different children, and their ages. The names all line up, these are the same people. These Census records are from the perspective of Joshua Low Wright and John T. Wright. It seems to me that Joshua Low Wright and a Mary Farnandis Wright (that's her legit maiden name, and it doesn't seem the two were related...I think) had the following children:

William O. Wright   1848-1920

Caleb Wright          1855-1889

Daniel S. Wright     1856-1935


What's strange is Mary and Joshua were married on August 30, 1847.

Joshua had three other sons though, BEFORE this marriage as well as before any of these other children were born, BUT, some of these children are in the same census as Joshua with the other children later in life. This makes me think that Joshua Low Wright was married to another woman, had three children, she died shortly after the third birth, and then he remarried, had three more children, and at age the other three left home. But I only have this limited information to prove this, I can't find a marriage record, a death record, a birth record, NOTHING stating any of these three children's mothers and everything I find is listed as the same Mary I see here, but that doesn't seem logical.


Samuel Wright    1832-?

John T. Wright     1835-?

Joshua Wright     1837-?


It looks like between 1837 and 1847 Joshua Low Wright's first wife had died and he remarried in 1847.


You can view the census records I have in my public tree. I'm not a professional geneologist, so please, if you see mistakes, let me know so I can correct them.



in Genealogy Help by Shawn Wright G2G1 (1.0k points)
edited by Shawn Wright

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