Biography of B. L. Wright
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Wright, B. L., was born August 9, 1833, in Hoosick, N. Y. He is a son of Edmond and Charlotte (Payne) Wright, he a native of Hoosick and she of Massachusetts. The grandfather of Mr. Wright was Moses Wright, a native of Rhode Island and one of the early settlers of Hoosick: he was a captain in the war of 1812 under General Eddy; his wife was Miss Haynes of Rhode Island, and her fatherwas one of the early settlers of the town, coming on horseback following his route by marked trees. The father of Mr. Wright was a harnessmaker and lived in Boyntonville for forty years; he died in October, 1873; his wife died about 1846. Mr. Wright was reared in Boyntonville and educated in the common schools and the academy of Hoosick Falls. At the age of eighteen years he went West and finally landed in California when he was about twenty four years old; he remained there twelve years, engaged in mining and in mercantile business. In 1869 he returned to this State and was engaged in mercantile business at Eagle Bridge for five years; in 1879 he came to Johnsonville, N. Y., and built the store he has since occupied. He is a member of the Victor Lodge No. 680, F.: & A. M. October 3, 1872, he was married to Mary E. Silkworth, of Pittstown, N. Y. They have two children: Lena A. and Elsa M. Lena is a graduate from, and Elsa is a member of the class of 1897 at Temple Grove, Saratoga.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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