Biography of Solomon S. Wright
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SOLOMON S. WRIGHT, an honored pioneer of Scott township, Sandusky county, was born in St. Lawrence county, N. Y., August 25, 1816, and died in Helena, Sandusky county, Ohio, June 5, 1892.

He came to Ohio with his parents in 1835, settling in Scott township, where he resided until 1877, when he purchased a store in the village of Millersville. Mr. Wright. like his brother, settled in Scott township when it was comparatively a wilderness, and lived, not only to see it one of the best agricultural townships in Sandusky county, but helped to make it such, clearing and making for himself a good home, and an excellent start in life for his children. In 1856 he was married to Miss Louesa Brownell, formerly of Rhode Island. Mr. Wright began his career as a merchant in the little village of Greensburgh (Tinney), in 1856, and the firm of S. S. Wright & Brother was well and favorably known throughout Sandusky and adjoining counties as one of the most substantial county general merchants in that part of the State. Mr. Wright was a man noted for his integrity and uprightness of character. He left a wife and two sons. His funeral services were held at his residence at Helena, June 7, 1892, the sermon being preached by Rev. Schumaker, of Tiffin, and the interment was made in Metzger Cemetery.

His wife, Louesa Brownell, was born October 12, 1837, in Rhode Island, and now makes her home near Fremont. Her father, Horace Brownell, was a native of Rhode Island, born in 1811. In 1830 he came to Ohio, bought a farm in Scott township, where he died June xo, 1869. He was one of the pioneers of Scott township, making for himself and family a comfortable home from the wilderness where he first located. His wife was born in Rhode Island in 1813, and died at Gibsonburg, in February, 1887. She was the daughter of Amasa and Debora (Ross) Harris, who were the parents of four children: Elias; Louesa, born October 12, 1837; Julia, born May 15, 1842; and Mary, born October 12, 1844. Louesa Brownell's (Mrs. Wright) paternal grandfather, George Brownell, was born about 1786; his wife, Mary Bussey, was born about 1790. They had one child, Horace Brownell. Mrs. Wright's maternal grandmother. Debora Ross, was born about 1773, and was the mother of a large family.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Solomon S. Wright are as follows: Silas E., born January 22, 1857, completed his education in Fostoria Normal School, and has been associated with his father in business at Millersville; on December 21, 1885, he was married to Anna Schumaker, of Toledo; about 1888 they left Millersville and located on the farm where he now lives, and where he has erected a good house and outbuildings. Mr. Wright is a member of the I. O. O. F., and politically is a Democrat. To them have been born two children - Inez, born October 18, 1886, and Martin, born January 9, 1890. Mrs. Wright was born December 3, 1864, in Toledo, where she was educated, after which she learned dressmaking, which she followed until her marriage. She is the daughter of John C. and Mary Schumaker. Her father was born, August 11, 1829, in Hanover, Germany; his wife was also born in the same place in 1833; they were married April 1, 1853, and had a family of six children. Mrs. Wright's paternal grandfather was born in Germany in 1814, as was also his wife, about the same year.

W. R. Wright, the other son of S. S. Wright, was born January 19, 1864. in Scott township, where he received his education. and at nineteen years of age went into the livery business at Gibsonburg, after one year transferred his business to Millersville, where he remained three years. He then sold out and settled on the farm where he now lives at Tinney. In 1889 he married Miss Louisa Snearing, of Fremont, who was born March 2, 1865, in Sandusky county; she was educated in Fremont, and afterward made a specialty of music under Prof. Dickinson. For five terms Mrs. Wright was a teacher in the public schools of Sandusky county. Her father, Sophferia Smearing, was a fine linguist, writing and speaking fluently three different languages. He was born in Franceabout 1830. In 1856 he was married to Mrs. Nancy Miner, née Nancy Stull, who was born in Reading, Penn., in 1829. Four children were born to them. Mrs. Snearing's parents were born in Germany, and moved to this country in 1827.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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