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Benjamin Drake Wright

Female 1799 - 1875  (76 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Drake Wright 
    Benjamin Drake Wright
    Benjamin Drake Wright
    Born 23 Jan 1799  Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Probate 1843  Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Acted as executor (along with brother-in-law, Filomeno de la Rua) for the estate of his mother-in-law. 
    Died 28 Apr 1875  Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Findagrave memorial for Benjamin Drake Wright
    Findagrave memorial for Benjamin Drake Wright
    Created by: L.L. Scott
    Record added: Nov 13, 2005
    Photographed
    Find A Grave Memorial# 12320795
    Notes 
    • "Benjamin Drake Wright was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on January 23, 1799. Wright moved to Pensacola in the Spring of 1823. From 1824 to 1837 he was a member of the Legislative Council of the Territory of West Florida. Wright married Josephine de la Rua on February 23, 1826 and they had 8 children. He was a member of the 1838 Constitutional Convention, served in the Territorial Senate 1839-1840 and in the Florida Senate after statehood in 1845. He served as Supreme Court Chief Justice for 7 months in 1853 and was a member of the 1865 Constitutional Convention. Benjamin Drake Wright died in Pensacola, Florida on April 28, 1874."

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    • BENJAMIN DRAKE WRIGHT

      Benjamin Drake Wright was admitted to the bar of Luzerne county, Pa., April 7, 1820. He was born in this city January 23, 1799. He was the second son of William Wright, who probably emigrated from Ireland with his brother, Thomas Wright, about 1663. He served through the revolutionary war, and when peace was declared he removed to Wrightsville, in this county, now the borough of Miners Mills, where his brother Thomas resided. He was a schoolmaster, and at one time lived at the corner of Union and North Main streets, in this city, where his relative, Thomas Wright Miner, M. D., resided, and where he died. The wife of William Wright was Sarah Ann Osborne, a Quakeress. They had four sons-Major Thomas Wright, U. S. A.; J. J. B. Wright, a surgeon in the United States army, who died at Carlisle, Pa.; William Wright, who resided at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; and Benjamin Drake Wright. One daughter married Benjamin Drake, and another, Job Barton, the father of the late Samuel M. Barton, postmaster of this city. In his early manhood Benjamin Drake Wright removed to Florida. He was an alderman of Pensacola, Fla., subsequently mayor of the city, and also collector of the port. He was United States district attorney of Florida, under the territorial government, judge of the United States court of Florida, and chief justice of the Supreme Court of the state of Florida. He married, February 23, 1826, Josephine de la Rua, daughter of John de la Rua, granddaughter of Francisco de la Rua, a native of Madrid, Spain. The latter's wife was Josefa de la Rua, a native of Canary Islands. Mr. and Mrs. Wright had a family of eight children, six sons and two daughters, of whom three survive, Laura-wife of A. T. Yniestra; George Wright and Henry T. Wright. Benjamin D. Wright died April 28, 1875.
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    Person ID I15476  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2015 

    Family Josephine de la Rua,   b. 1811, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1826  Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. Laura Wright,   b. Apr 1834, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. George Washington Wright,   b. 22 Feb 1839, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1918, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
     3. Henry Thomas Wright,   b. 11 Nov 1842, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1899, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F3862  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jan 1799 - Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Feb 1826 - Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Acted as executor (along with brother-in-law, Filomeno de la Rua) for the estate of his mother-in-law. - 1843 - Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Apr 1875 - Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S193] Sullivan v. Richardson, 14 So. 692, 698 (Fla. 1894).

    2. [S007837] Headstone, St. Michael's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida.
      Year only.

    3. [S194] Florida Memory, (Tallahassee: Florida State Library and Archives), https://floridamemory.com/items/show/47205#sthash.8v0eV0Ch.dpuf, accessed 10 Aug 2015.

    4. [S195] Families of the Wyoming Valley: Biographical, Genealogical and Historical [3 vol.], George B. Kulp, (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: E.B. Yordy, printer, 1885-90), 3: 1125-1126.

    5. [S336416] Transcribed Marriage Records of Escambia County, Florida from 1821 to 1900, (Pensacola, Florida: West Florida Genealogical Society, 2011), 232.
      Misc. notation: "St. Michael Roman Cath. Ch. John de la Rua, father of the bride." Escambia Marriage Book A, p. 21.