Name: Thomas WRIGHT
Given Name: Thomas
Birth: ABT 1796 in Baltimore, Maryland
Death: 15 Mar 1955 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
1. Lived at "Church Farm"
Change Date: 2 Sep 2011 at 20:59:45
2. From: Emory, Mary Bourke. Colonial Families and Their Descendants. Press of the Sun Printing Office. Baltimore. 1900.
Col. Thomas Wright and his next brother, Mr. Stephen Lowrey Wright, were educated at Princeton College, and were noted for their studious habits and unparalleled perseverance in mastering abstruse questions and problems, as well as for their great strength and courage. Col. Groom, of Elkton, was a classmate of theirs and an intimate friend throughout their lives. I have heard a much esteemed citizen of Queen Anne's County, Mr. Richard Tilghman Earle, state that when these two splendidly formed brothers, who were as brave as "Julius C?sar" himself, first entered Princeton, the "town" boys, en masse, made an attack upon these Maryland students, supposing them to be cowardly, but they were sadly mistaken, for, as each one of those "pugnacious" chaps advanced, they were as promptly knocked down, and compelled to yield to "coolness and bravery." On another occasion, in Centreville, on their way back to the "Old Academy," where they both taught school, and were considered the most thorough instructors who ever presided there and were greatly admired for their dignified and primitive manners, a "Yankee book agent" (there were book agents in those days, too), importuned them on the street and insisted upon those gentlemen purchasing his stock in trade, which they did not need, and could not by any gentle means put the agent off. Finally, my uncle became impatient and said to his brother: "Oh! Thomas, come on, come on; we must set our boys an example for punctuality." The Yankee said to the Colonel, not knowing the relationship and who seemed not to be in such a hurry as his brother: "That man's a fool." As quick as thought the Colonel felled the agent to the ground at one single blow, and there left him for his impertinence with an ugly bruise on his forehead. At that time there were numerous gates on the public road through the Peninsula--"fifteen," I have been told--from Centreville to "Bennett's Point," much to the annoyance of travellers. The Yankee's next stopping place for selling his books was at Queenstown, where, as soon as he made his appearance, he was questioned as to how he received such a hideous scar. With "Yankee" ingenuity, he quickly contrived a reply, and said: "One of those devilish old public gates flew back on me and struck me in the face."
Col. Thomas Wright, of the "Church Farm," had seven children--Thomas, Margaret, Mary Nicholson, John Spencer, Stephen Collins, William Darby and Benjamine Nicholson. Thomas, the eldest, was a great favorite, and inherited his father's taste for music. He was beloved for his purity of character. I remember the last time he ever played for me on his violin in the old "Reed's Creek" Hall.
"Ole Bull, he put a little rosin on the bow, And he took a little inside, too," etc, etc.
I was very young then and thought it the sweetest music I had ever heard, because so lively and played with feeling. His pet name was "Tom Poon." Before he grew to manhood, the fatal, deceptive disease consumption ended his life. Nature had bestowed on this promising young man all that was moral and good. Before his race was run he was transported to a heavenly home.
3. 1850 Maryland Census
Queen Anne's County
Thomas Wright 52 Farmer $6,000 b. MD
" Margaret 21 b. MD
" Mary 19 b. MD
" Spencer 15 b. MD
" Collins 12 b. MD
" William D. 10 b. MD
" Benjamin 8 b. MD
4. 1860 Maryland Census
Father: Thomas WRIGHT
Mother: Margaret LOWERY
Rebecca Pue LUX b: 1804 in Baltimore, Maryland
27 Jun 1823
in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
From: Emory, Mary Bourke. Colonial Families and Their Descendants. Press of the Sun Printing Office. Baltimore. 1900.
Col. Thomas Wright, of "Church Farm," eldest son of Col. Thomas Wright and Margaret Lowrey, his wife, married Miss Rebecca Pue Lux, a very beautiful woman, who was devoted to her children.
- Thomas WRIGHT b: in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- Margaret WRIGHT b: 1829 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- Mary Nicholson WRIGHT b: 1831 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- John Spencer WRIGHT b: 21 Oct 1834 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- Stephen Collins WRIGHT b: 1838 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- William Darby WRIGHT b: 21 Jan 1839 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
- Benjamin Nicholson WRIGHT b: 29 Apr 1841 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland