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Betsy Wright (1787 - 1835)

Betsy [uncertain] Wright
Born in Coventry Township, Tolland, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Died at about age 47 in Coventry, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Betsy was the twin of Polly Wright. Polly and Betsy are the names used in their birth record in the Coventry town records. I can speculate that their formal first names were Elizabeth and Mary. At the time they were born, nicknames were often used.

Family tradition says that Betsy was a dwarf. Several pieces of furniture, which were supposed to have been hers, have been passed down in the family. These were scaled for a very small child - about 2 years old, perhaps an indication of her size.

A series of letters written to Betsy also survive.


Connecticut birth record for Betsey Wright
Birth: 03 Jun 1787, Coventry Township, Tolland, Connecticut
Parents: Roswell Wright and Mary Jeffray [1]


Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions ... Silver St. Cemetery:
Betsey Wright, Daughter of Roswell and Mary, died 8 Jan 1822 at age 35.
Burial: Silver Street Cemetery, (Coventry, Tolland County) Connecticut, USA [2]
From FindAGrave memorial. Gravestone inscription: Betsey, Daughter of Roswell & Mary Wright: Died Jan. 8, 1822; Aged 35. Other data, excluding burial location, is unsourced and information only.
Betsey Wright died 8 Jan 1822. She is buried at South Street Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA
Roswell Wright Unknown-1845
Mary Wright 1759-1787 [3]


  1. “Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Betsey Wright, 03 Jun 1787; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
  2. “Connecticut, Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934” [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. (
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 22 May 2019), memorial page for Betsey Wright (unknown–8 Jan 1822), Find A Grave: Memorial #36374848, citing South Street Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Sara (contributor 47069894).

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Betsy was twin to Polly. Their names seem to be nicknames for Elizabeth and Mary.

Besty was a dwarf.

posted 9 Apr 2009 by Becky (Nally) Syphers
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Betsy by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Betsy:

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