Biography of Col. Elisha Wright
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Wright, Col. Elisha, is accorded the honor of having been the pioneer of Barre, he having settled in the western part of the town in 1818, and in advance of Solomon Bragg or Mr. Blunt, both of whom he afterward discovered in the region east and southeast. Colonel Wright was a native of Sharon, Litchfield county, Conn., born October 15, 1791. His parents came first to Montgomery county, but soon went west and settled in East Bloomfield, Ontario county, where both died. Being for various causes dissatisfied with life in the more settled region of Ontario county, Mr. Wright determined to seek a home in the widnerness, and accordingly started out, having then no definite plan in view, but in traversing the ridge in Barre he discovered a favorable location, which included the lands now owned by A. D. Bannister, and there he made his "pitch," taking title from the land company for 100 acres for $600. In five years be cleared his farm and went to Batavia to pay for it. He had done so well the company gave off $100 and sold him another one hundred acres for $500. In 1819 Colonel Wright returned to Ontario county, aud January 14 married Nancy Phillips, whom he brought to his new home and here both lived and died, be June 22, 1874, aged eightythree, and his wife in 1886. Colonel Wright was a large hearted, public spirited man, and his life as a farmer was abundantly successful, he owning 500 acres of land and other valuable property. He was an earnest Whig and strong Republican, and in 1843 represented his county in the Legislature of his State, and was the founder and main supporter of the M. E. Church at West Barre. His children were as follows: John Selim, born October 24, 1819, and died in Kansas, January, 1881; Clarissa Phillips, born May 12, 1821, married Daniel L. Dusinberre September 29, 1846, and after his death married (February 16, 1853,) Rev. Allen Steele; Mary Amy, who married Hiram Snell, late of Milford, Del.; Nancy Caroline, wife of C. D. Paine; Sarah Maria, wife of Zeno Timmerman, of Medina; Syene Jane, wife of George M. Street, late of Hammond, Wig. Rev. Allen Steele was a native of Connecticut, and in that State ne was educated and entered the ministry. On February 16, 1853, he married the daughter of Colonel Wright. He came from New York to this region in 1856 and built the house at West Barre where he afterward made his home, and where he died January 14, 1873, after a ministry of forty two years in the M. E. Church. Of his marriage one child 'was born, Josephine Alice, who married Charles Bickford Peck. In 1855 Mrs. Steele adopted Elizabeth Ellen Steele, now wife of David K. Mull.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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