Saturday, May 28, 2016

John Hyrum Wright from Family Search (Grandfather's Brother)

John Hyrum Wright

John Hyrum Wright 1877-1958 John Hyrum Wright was born on July 7, 1877, in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Hyrum Isaac Wright and Ann Elizabeth Harper Wright. He was the oldest of 10 children. He had 7 brothers and 2 sisters. His siblings include: Elizabeth Ann Wright Heaps (1879-1906), Benjamin Harper Wright (1881-1956), William Alfred Wright (1883-1911), Charles James Wright (1885-1958), Franklin Phipps Wright (1887-1922), Reuben Albert Wright (1890-1976), Elbert Arlic Wright 1892-1914, Eileen Hannah Wright Cartwright (1894-1919), and Isaac Leon Wright (1897-1974). John was raised by a good mother and father that taught him to always respect the laws of God and the laws of the land. He was taught to work and work hard. They had a very large farm with many fruit trees and berries to take care of. But they also had fun fishing, boating and ice skating. John’s father, Hyrum Isaac, had immigrated to America in 1866 when he was only 10 years old and settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah with his grandparents. His father and grandfather were farmers and nurserymen and John followed in their footsteps. At the age of 22, John married Alice Heatherington Trinnaman on February 15th, 1899 in the Salt Lake Temple. A little more than a year later they were happy to welcome their first child, Annie Elizabeth, born April 28, 1900. But only 4 months later she died on September 7, 1900. Then 3 ½ years later, Alice gave birth to another beautiful daughter, Florence Lucille, on January 18, 1904. But his sweet wife, Alice, would not live to raise Florence for she passed away just 6 weeks later on March 1, 1904. Alone and with a new baby to raise on his own, John soon found the sweet companionship of the widowed Ada Amelia Johnson Brown, who also had a young daughter, Della. They were married June 6, 1906 and together started raising their two daughters. In 1907, Ada and John welcomed a daughter to their blended family. Edith was born on April 26. Almost 2 ½ years later, Alice joined the ranks on December 1, 1909. Edna followed 2 years later on December 15, 1911 and Ada joined the all-girls club on January 5, 1914. His wife Ada was a beautiful woman and enjoyed singing. She took ill with a kidney disease known as Bright’s disease and after giving birth to her sixth daughter, Gladys; she passed away on the same day, September 16, 1922. Now John was left with a fragile one and a half pound baby and 6 other daughters to raise by himself. John was a good father and provider for his family. They lived in homes in Pleasant Grove, Lindon, on the outskirts of Lehi by the forks of the road, and American Fork. He had a good business as a nurseryman and always provided them with plenty to eat and wear. They had one of the nicest homes in town and owned one of the first cars. They had dogs, cats, horses, and cows. He taught his girls to work. They learned to work on the farm taking care of the animals and picking fruit. In 1923, John married another widow, Mary Strong Davis Hales, on February 14, 1923, who had 5 children from her previous marriage. They are: Hannah Davis Hales, Charles Weston Hales, Elbert Stephen Hales, Caleb Davis Hales, and Earl Hales. In 1929, tragedy strikes the John Wright family again. His 18 year old daughter Edna and his wife Mary contract spinal meningitis. Mary is able to make a full recovery but Edna dies on January 13, 1929. John lived a life full of happiness, pain, fun, hard-work, love, sorrow, and joy. At the age of 81, he died of natural causes on November 28, 1958 in American Fork Utah. He is buried in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Compiled by Sheree Southwick Peterson, a great-granddaughter