Source: Atlas of Montgomery County (Chicago: Beers, 1878) p 55
WRIGHT, James, PO Crawfordsville; Attorney; native of Putnam Co Ind; settled in this co. 1865.
Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 (1913) p 719
Agriculture in Union Township, Montgomery County, has an able exponent in the person of James Wright, another of our worthy native sons and a man who has done not a little to encourage a better grade of farming and stock raising in his community and also a better code of civic and moral life, for he is a man who has always believed in progress and has, while laboring for his individual advancement, sought to promote the general public good. Such men are to be commended in any community and they are always worthy of attention in any work of the province assigned to the one in hand. Mr. Wright was born in Scott Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, June 26, 1848. He is a son of John and Julia Ann (McCoy) Wright. The farmer was born in North Carolina, where he spent his earlier years and from which state he made the long overland journey to Montgomery County, Indiana in 1830, and settled in Clark Township, among the pioneers; there he worked hard to establish a home. After remaining there some time he removed to Scott Township, where he developed a good farm on which he spent the rest of his life, dying there many years ago. The family consisted of 8 children: Lucy; Mary Ann (deceased); Thomas W; James of this sketch; John M; Samuel A; William (deceased); and Albert (deceased). James Wright grew to manhood on the home farm and there assisted his father with the general work during the crop seasons and in the winter time he attended the district schools, then took up farming for himself at which he has remained active to the present time with ever increasing success. He has not specialized on anything, carrying on general and mixed farming. He has a farm of 52 acres and has kept his place well improved and under a high state of cultivation, and he has a good grade of live stock and pleasant home and substantial outbuildings. Mr. Wright was married on Jan 11, 1877 to Eliza Corn, daughter of Hobert and Rachel (Randall) Corn, both native of Kentucky, from which state they both came to Indiana with their parents when they were young. These families settled in Brown Township, Montgomery County where they established permanent homes, and there the parents of Mrs. Wright spent the rest of their lives, engaged in general farming. Nine children were born to them: namely: Margaret and Joseph, deceased; Mary; Nancy; Asa; Eliza; who married Mr. Wright; George; Susan; Eva and James. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Wright, named as follows: William, lives in New Market; Stella and Harley, deceased; John E lives in Crawfordsville; Ora married Dr. VanCleave and they live in Crissman, Illinois. Politically, Mr. Wright is a Republican, but he has never sought or held office. Fraternally, he belongs to the knights of Pythias at New Market, and he is a member of the Methodist Church. -- kbz