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The Whitney Family of Connecticut

by S. Whitney Phoenix
(New York: 1878)

Transcribed by Robert L. Ward.

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Whitney Family.
2313 II. George Frederick Wright, b. in Manlius, N. Y., 23 Nov. 1807; a fur-dealer; married, 28 Ap. 1839, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, Laura Louisa Parsons, who was born in Sandisfield, Mass., 27 Feb. 1823, dau. of Joseph Gibson and Roxana Lucretia (Case) Parsons. He was first employed, as an accountant, in Auburn, for two years, or more; then, for a time, in the same capacity, in the State Prison at Auburn; after which he went to Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained two years. Thence he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and there engaged in the dry-goods trade, continuing for seven years, till the Spring of 1842, when he removed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and settled on a farm, which is now nearly in the centre of the city. Here he engaged in the fur-trade, which, with other enterprises, occupied his attention, till he died of consumption, at his residence on Algoma Street, 6 Jan. 1869. The following extracts from an editorial notice of his death, published in an Oshkosh paper, show something of his character, and of the estimation in which he was held: "Probably the death of no other person could create here a sensation so pro found, and so sorrowful, especially among the older residents of the city." 6967
"The old log-house, in which he first lived, has been carefully preserved, and still stands in the extensive and beautiful grounds which surround the more modern dwelling. He was one of the. sagacious few who early foresaw the destiny of the spot on which a city has grown up around him. During all the twenty-six years of his residence; in which he saw the canoes and Indian trails, of the early days, disappear, giving place to the steamboats and railroads, which the needs of an increasing civilization and a growing population demanded; and watched the wilderness become the busy, thriving city; he pursued the even tenor of his way, foremost in every good word and work; open-handed, generous, always dispensing an unlimited and most hearty hospitality; the friend alike of old and young, of rich and poor; respected by all; esteemed by a large circle of more intimate friends; and warmly loved by the few on whom he lavished the wealth of his great affections."
"During all his residence here, Mr. Wright has been extensively engaged in the purchase of furs, and by steady attention to business, and a keen shrewdness that was always mingled with his jolly, unfailing good- nature, together with the increase in value of his real estate, he accumulated a respectable fortune, notwithstanding the heavy losses he experienced in some public enterprises. His business frequently required tedious journeys through the frontier settlements; and probably no man was so well known, from the Wisconsin river on the West, to away up into the peninsula of Michigan on the North, in city, town and hamlet, down to the settler's rude cabin, or the ruder wigwam of the Indian in the still far woods; and wherever known, he was trusted and loved, and his coming hailed with delight."
He held the office of justice of the peace, and other County offices. His widow was living at Oshkosh in 1874.
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