Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The Wright family has roots in Old Rayne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The children of James and Elizabeth (Hay) Wright were christened in St. Nicholas Church near Old Rayne and the family births marriages, and deaths are recorded in the Old Parish registers. Wright family graves still exist in the Kirkyard.

One of James and Elizabeth's children was Leslie Wright.
Here is a small excerpt of how Leslie got his name:
[Copied from the back of a postcard showing Leslie Castle c.1900 - brought to the Wright Family Reunion 2001 by Harry Wright]
William Leslie, who owned this estate, was a friend of Leslie Wright (dad's father) & it was from him the name "Leslie" originally came. Leslie Wright was a tenant in the estate at one time. Dad and Mother brought home a piece of slate from the roof. It was here Dad met an old lady who remembered carrying him in her arms. She said she wouldn't have recognized him.

Leslie Wright married the lovely Mary Ann Lowe.
They came to the United States and first settled in Ohio. In later years, they moved their clan to Columbia County, Wisconsin.
This paragraph, copied from the typewritten Leslie Wright obit, gives us more information about Leslie's life:
"Being an early settler, he was well known and highly respected for his sterling Scotch qualities and business integrity. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church in Scotland and Ohio, but when he came to Wisconsin, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church of which he was an active member until promoted to the church triumphant. A greal [sic] lover of God's word, much of which he had committed to memory, a good singer and a lover of good music, and a splendid conversationalist, his company was eagerly sought by all who knew him and his presence was always an inspiration and benediction and no words seem so fitting to the close of such a full rounded life as the words of St. Paul: 'I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.'"

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