The Descendants of William Wright, circa 1830, probably from Windsor in Berkshire.


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2. Rev.Dr. William WRIGHT [99786] (William1) was born in Sep 1809 in Windsor Berkshire England, was baptised on 5 Sep 1809 in Windsor Berkshire England, and died on 20 Oct 1870 in Colchester Essex England at age 61.

General Notes: From a considerable Amount of Information on the Life of the Rev. Dr. William Wright, provided in a File of Information by Chris Wright in June, 2013, is included an Obituary on his Death, published in the East & West Suffolk Gazette on October the 21st, 1870. It reads as follows:
Dr W Wright, Headmaster of Colchester Grammar School
Death of the Rev. Dr. WRIGHT.

Another of our foremost and most useful public men has been struck down by the hand of death. The Rev. Dr. Wright, who has done so much service in his generation as Headmaster of Colchester Grammar School, and who only a few days ago walked amongst us with mental powers unimpaired and with means of usefulness apparently as great as ever, will be seen in our midst no more. He died after a short but painful illness yesterday morning. A blank is thus made which very many will regard with sorrow - and with good reason.

First, his own family, whose interests he kept so affectionately in view in the unceasing application of all his energies, and whose advancement he watched with some tender care; Next the many Pupils, whom he treated like a parent and taught like a scholar, and who must ever look back upon him with gratitude and love; and further, his Neighbours and friends with whom he mixed in society, and who enjoyed the advantage of his polished, edifying, and Christian conversation; all these will regret his loss and venerate his memory, as well as his parishioners at Berechurch, whom he tended so assiduously as a spiritual pastor. Unremitting attention to his duties was the distinguishing feature of the character of the lamented gentleman, and his hours of repose from his arduous occupations he studied to make profitable and agreeable to his family and friends.

He was a member of the University of Cambridge, and graduated as a Wrangler in the year 1833. His active life was throughout its whole course devoted to teaching; first at London University College,- afterwards at Huddersfield, then at Leamington, and finally at Colchester, where he was elected from amongst many candidates as Head Master of the Grammer School in 1851. Those who remember what the Grammer School was before the care of it was committed to him, and see what it is now, will be able to form some estimate of what the town owes the Rev Dr Wright. The expenses necessarily attendant on the education of a numerous family, and his endeavors to promote to the utmost the interests of the School and the comforts of his Pupils, prevented him from making anything like a provision for his declining years, had it pleased the All-wise Disposer of Events to prolong his life after the discharge of the duties of his office should have become impossible, But that was not the case. He died, so to say, at his work; and he has left the memory of essential services rendered to many, and of Christian courtesy exhibited to all; and Corchester may well number him amongst her departed worthies, and offer a tribute of sincere sympathy to his Widow and children in their sad bereavement. In addition to his duties as Master of the Grammer School and Curater of Berechurch, Dr Wright was Chaplain to the Borough Gaol and indefatigable in his attention to the spiritual wants of the prisoners....

Noted events in his life were:

Education: a Cambridge 'Wrangler' and Doctor of Religion, Cambridge Cambridgeshire England.

Residence: when he applied to marry Nancy, 20 Jun 1834, Edgbaston Birmingham Warwickshire England.

Occupation: Headmaster at the Establismnent of a College, 1837-1843, Huddersfield Yorkshire England.

Occupation: Headmaster at the Establismnent of a College, 1844-1851, Leamington Spa Warwickshire England.

Occupation: appointed Headmaster of the Free Grammar School, Sep 1851, Colchester Essex England.

Death: at the Free Grammar School in Lexden Road, 1870, Colchester Essex England.

William married Nancy Goddard TOWNSEND [99787], daughter of William Henry TOWNSEND [99803] and Nancy GODDARD [99804], on 25 Jun 1834 in All Saints Church Cambridge Cambridgeshire England. Nancy was born circa 1819 in Saffron Walden Essex England, was baptised on 12 Apr 1819 in Saffron Walden Essex England, and died on 6 Dec 1874 in Leamington Spa Warwickshire England aged about 55.

Noted events in her life were:

Residence: at 83 Harcourt Terrace with her Sister-in-Law, Amelia at the Time of or after her Husband's Death, 20 Oct 1870, Colchester Essex England.

Death: at Anker Villa, Claremont Road, 6 Dec 1874, Leamington Spa Warwickshire England.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 7 M    i. William Algernon WRIGHT H.I.M.C.S. [99788] was born on 3 Nov 1835 in London England and died on 22 Apr 1880 in Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture Kyushu [Island] Japan at age 44.

   8 F    ii. Amelia WRIGHT [99789] was born on 10 Aug 1837 in St Pancras Middlesex England and died on 24 Aug 1837 in St Pancras Middlesex England.

General Notes: Amelia died at One Year of Age.

+ 9 M    iii. Francis Nelson WRIGHT [99790] was born on 17 Nov 1840 in Huddersfield Yorkshire England and died on 25 Jul 1900 in Hampstead Middlesex England at age 59.

   10 M    iv. Allan Percival WRIGHT [99791] was born on 9 Dec 1842 in Huddersfield Yorkshire England and died on 28 Jan 1843 in Huddersfield Yorkshire England. (Infant Death)

+ 11 F    v. Amelia Katherine WRIGHT [99792] was born on 25 May 1844 in Huddersfield Yorkshire England, died on 6 Jan 1927 in Sydenham Kent England at age 82, and was buried on 11 Jan 1927 in Kedington Suffolk England.

   12 F    vi. Ada Constantia WRIGHT [99793] was born on 15 Jun 1846 in Leamington Spa Warwickshire England and died on 14 Sep 1846. (Infant Death)

+ 13 M    vii. Ven. Archdeacon Alfred Cecil WRIGHT [99794] was born on 24 Mar 1848 in Leamington Spa Warwickshire England and died on 7 Jan 1909 in Wakapuaka Nelson Marlborough New Zealand at age 60.

+ 14 M    viii. Lt.-Col. Henry Octavian Percival WRIGHT [93651] was born on 10 Oct 1849 in Leamington Spa Warwickshire England, died on 28 Jan 1924 in Kalk Bay Western Cape South Africa at age 74, and was buried in Muizenberg Western Cape South Africa.

+ 15 F    ix. Edith Florence WRIGHT [99795] was born on 13 Jul 1851 in Leamington Spa Warwickshire England, died on 19 Jun 1878 in Agra Uttar Pradesh India at age 26, and was buried on 20 Jun 1878 in Agra Uttar Pradesh India.

+ 16 F    x. Louisa Ethel WRIGHT [99796] was born on 22 May 1855 in Colchester Essex England and died on 4 Dec 1936 in Wokingham Berkshire England at age 81.

+ 17 F    xi. Sarah Lillian WRIGHT [99797] was born on 7 Oct 1858 in Colchester Essex England and died on 29 Jun 1933 in Southampton Hampshire England at age 74.


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