Grave marking to honor 18th Century soldier

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By Brandon Mattingly

A grave-marking ceremony scheduled for Saturday at St. Rose Catholic Church will honor Revolutionary War patriot and Washington County resident Morgan Wright.

Wright, who was born around 1755 in Virginia, passed away in September of 1833 in Bear Wallow in Washington County, where his father, Thomas, owned more than 1,000 acres along Hardin and Cartwright creeks.

Historical documents indicate that Wright served 72 days in the Revolutionary militia—May 6 to July 27, 1781—a stint that likely included being involved in the Battle of Green Spring near Green Spring Plantation in James City County, Va., against forces led by infamous Lt. General Earl Cornwallis of the British Army.

Wright’s Revolutionary War ties even extended to the family of his first wife, Elizabeth Threlkeld, whose father, Stephen, is identified as a patriot for providing supplies in support of the American war effort.

Elizabeth Threlkeld, who was married to Wright on Jan. 18, 1792, in St. Marks Parish, Culpeper County, Va., passed away prior to 1815 in Bear Wallow at the approximate age of 46. The couple had seven children—all born in St. Marks Parish— at least four of which had ties to central Kentucky.

- Nancy Ann Wright (1795-unknown) presumably passed away in Richland, Ill., where she resided.

- Thomas Wright (1796-1860) passed away in Independence, Ark. He married Theodocia Simms, the daughter of John Simms and Frances Moore, whom each resided and passed away in Washington County in or around 1843.

- William Wright (about 1797-1856) passed away in Taylor County at the age of 59.

- Richard Wright (about 1798-unknown) married Clarissa Lancaster on March 22, 1830. Information regarding his place and time of death is unknown.

- Lucy Wright (about 1798-1833) married Williams Thomas on May 7, 1816, and passed away at an undisclosed location.

- Charles M. Wright (about 1801-1881) lived in Bear Wallow, where he passed away at the age of 80.

- Stephen A. Wright (1810-unknown) resided in Washington County, but information regarding his death is unavailable.

Following Elizabeth Threlkeld’s death, Morgan Wright married Nancy Moore, the daughter of Harbin Moore and Anne Tutts, on June 2, 1815.

Saturday’s ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Rose and will be performed by the Kentucky Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Information for this story provided by Douglas T. Collins.