Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 147-149

The following we copy from the Havana Post of April 1, 1865:

“Another aged and respected citizen has departed to that bourne from whence no traveler returns”. The subject of this sketch, after having outlived his generation, and lived his day, which was protracted longer than life is commonly desirable, died of typhoid pneumonia at his residence in this city, on the 28th of March, 1865, aged sixty-eight years, eleven months and thirteen days. The death of the aged, unlike that of the young, suggests reflections that are usually interesting, whatever may have been the sphere of life of the deceased. The comparative length of the journey he has traveled, the number and the variety of the vicissitudes of his life, point a moral that, like a beacon of greater or less brilliancy, should serve instead of experience to those who are measurably to follow in the same pathway.

“The subject of this article was born in the town of Deerfield, Mass., April 15, 1796. About the year 1801 the family moved to Chittendon County, Vermont, where he lived till he was eighteen years of age. At this time our country was at war with England, and, with others of his neighbors, he enlisted in the regiment known as the “Green Mountain Boys.” We are not farther advised of his military adventures than that he took part with his regiment until it was mustered out of service.

“At the conclusion of the war he emigrated to western New Your, when, in 1824, he married the lady who, though now well stricken in years, still survives him. Here, by persevering industry, he acquired a respectable property, but afterwards engaging as a contractor on the Erie Canal, he had the misfortune to lose, through the rascality of his associates, his entire property. It can be said, to his honor, however, that he paid every fathering of his indebtedness and with the conscientious satisfaction that he owed no man; in 1845 he immigrated to Illinois, and settled in Fulton County. In 1849 he moved to Havana, where he has since resided. Although he has taken no prominent part in the business affairs of this city, yet he has constantly been identified with them, and his fellow-citizens have frequently testified their confidence in his integrity and conscientious faithfulness in the performance of every duty in trusted to him. Mr. Wright was one of the oldest A. F. and A. M. Masons in the Lodge at this city. Having been initiated into the mysteries of that sublime order at the age of twenty-one years, he continued faithful to its obligations till the Grand Master above called him from labor to rest, frequently occupying the highest offices in the Lodge, and being an officer of this body at the time of his death. He was also identified with the Morgan trouble, and was a witness in the legal investigation made by Hon. William L. Marcy, of New York. It is needless to add that he remained faithful to the order, and lived to be gratified that its principles had triumphed over the malignant attacks of its enemies. His funeral was attended by the lodge in this city in a body, and he was buried with the ancient ceremonies peculiar to the order. When we have said that Mr. Wright was a good Mason, we have said everything that need be said as to his character. His frailties were such as to be easily covered by the mantle of Christian charity, while his virtues, which were many, should be entered upon perpetual record”

Over twenty years ago we made the acquaintance of the subject of the above article, and gladly endorse the very full and impartial biography there given. Now, that over eleven years has elapsed since the above was written, we will add further, that Mrs. A.T. Wright, his widow, still survives, and, though far advanced in years, enjoys unusual health, and is an active and efficient exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a society that has long felt her influence for good.


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