|96. David C. Wright was born in 1815 in Kentucky. He died in 1847 in Exira, Audubon, Iowa.
A family tree on ancestry.com shows him as being the son of John B. Wright and Elizabeth Stevens.
There are only traces of David out there, possibly because he died so young. If he is, in fact, the David Wright who is the brother of James S. Wright and son of John Barrett Wright, than the family is well documented, as they were quite interested in civic life. If that is the case, we can piece together the following biography.
David was born in 1815 in Kentucky, or possibly Ohio or Indiana or Virginia. He was raised in a Quaker family in which his father spoke with thee's and thou's and wore proper Quaker clothing. His family, consisting of his mother, father and as many as 5 children, settled in Randolph County Indiana in 1817. His schooling was 3 months of the year in the winter and was overseen by a Scottish schoolmaster who practiced corporal punishment and sometimes tippled. His mother died in 1825. In 1830, the family moved to Champaign County, Illinois near Homer, where John B. bought a farm of 160 acres. John B. also remarried to Anna Stanfield in 1831, providing David and his siblings with a stepmother. David married Eliza Swearingen in 1837 at age 22 in the single most well-documented event of his life. in 1839, His nephew Randolph (through his brother Jesse B) came to live with him for a time in 1839 in order to attend school. In the 1840 Census, he and Eliza had one female child under the age of 5, which would have been Elizabeth Ann. He an Eliza later had three other children: Mary in 1841, John in 1843 and Phoebe in 1846. And then, in 1847, David died at the age of 32. His is buried in Bodkin Cemetery, and his widow went on to remarry 7 years later. Eliza lived with her new husband, John Bruner, his four children, as well as three of her four (Elizabeth Ann had married in 1856), and their two in Vance township at the time of the 1860 census. Later, the Bruners moved to Exira, Iowa.
All of this is based on a lot of assumptions, except perhaps for his marriage, children and death. ______
97. Eliza Swearingen (Florence Elizabeth Ann Swearingen?) was born on Oct 16 1814 in Lewis (or breckinridge) County, Kentucky. She was either the daughter of John Swearingen and Elizabeth Meyers or Van Swearingen and Margaret Robinson. If her parents are John and Elizabeth, their roots are well traced.
Rec'd from Find a Grave member #47927883
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