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Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Research Successes - Wrights

For many years I have been stymied in searching for the parents of Charles Wright, my grandmother's grandfather. I knew where he was born in Carleton Rode, Norfolk, England about 1815, so not THAT long ago, but earlier than the British civil registration. From, it appeared that his wife Mary Ann's maiden name was Grant. Then in September, I found parish records for Carleton Rode online at:  Wow!

Among the earliest christenings were these:
Event Ref No Event Date Individual Given Individual Surname Father's Given Father's Surname Father's Occupation Mother's Given
66 25/05/1817 Sarah WRIGHT Benjamin WRIGHT Husbandman Lydia
67 25/05/1817 Charles WRIGHT Benjamin WRIGHT Husbandman Lydia 

There was no other Charles Wright in that time period, so this has to be my Charles. From the Carleton Rode Parish transcription, the Wrights were apparently not very observant Anglicans. (One girl was christened at age 18.) In fact Grandma said that some of them were Baptists, although I didn't find them in the Baptist records. Maybe they were just Baptist sympathizers. So Charles being born in 1815 and christened (with an older sister) two years later was very consistent.

Now that I had Charles' parents' names, I could find Lydia's maiden name in the England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 for Norfolk  Carleton-Rode 1725-1812
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials
William christened age 2 years, Phoebe aged 9 months
page 106/131
Births 1802
William and Phobe son and daughter of Benjamin and Lydia Wright (late Hawes) were publicly baptized July 12, William aged 2 and Phobe aged 9 months

I could now look for Lydia's christening. I found it in Carleton Rode on 24 Mar 1776 and it listed her parents as William Hawes and Elizabeth Humphrey. And I found other family members as well.

But it didn't end there, this new information allowed me to find this:
I am looking for information about the family of Benjamin Wright who married Ann SCOTT at Carleton Rode 27 Nov. 1758. They had the following children born 1759-1771:-
Elizabeth (John Woodrow)
Charlotte (Elisha Briggs)
Mary (William RINGER)
William (Sarah Clarke)
Richard (Ann Briggs)
Benjamin (Lydia HAWES).

And this tantalizing possibility:
Name: Benjamin Wright
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 22 Jul 1733
Christening Place: Sisland, Norfolk, England
Birth Date: Birthplace: Death Date: Name Note: Race:
Father's Name: Samuel Wright Father's Birthplace: Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Bridget Mother's Birthplace: Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I07419-1 System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 1702652 Reference ID: p22 

So I have reasons to do the genealogy happy dance!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ,was Charles's grandmother called Sarah Wright ?

I have a book signed by a Sarah Wright on January 9th 1783 & given to her grandson ,Charles Wright on a day trip to Bath ,England 1845 (also signed by Charles 1845)

If this has any significance to your family history you can contact me at

I became intrigued & after a lot of goggling found myself here & its the first time I have been able to find any reference to a "Sarah Wright"

Look forward to hearing from you

Regards Jake

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:59:00 AM MST  

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