Dr. George Wright was born in Romney Township (Chatham-Kent) on March 9th, 1856. He was the 6th of 12 children born to Thomas Wright and the former Ann Cox. His parents had immigrated from Lincolnshire, England. The Wright family had a farm approximately 3 miles east of Wheatley and Dr. Wright’s siblings were; Mary, Joseph, Thomas, Jane, Ellen, William, Sarah, Marcy, John and Hannah. The first 3 children, Mary, Joseph and Thomas were born in England. (Note: One of Dr. Wright’s siblings has been lost to the passage of time….only 10 were found during the research).
After attending local schools Dr. Wright attended a number of other educational institutions, including Hamilton and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute. He also attended the Toronto Normal School and the Canada Business College in Chatham. Dr. Wright supported his educational aspirations, by teaching school.
After teaching school for about 10 years, Dr. Wright attended Trinity College graduating in 1890. He furthered his education and obtained his C.M., L.R.C.P. & S. in Edinburgh and L.F.P. & S. in Glasgow.
While Dr. Wright was in England, he married Mary Green on the 23rd of May, 1890 in Birmingham. Mrs. Wright was born in Stockport, England on the 8th of October, 1866, the daughter of George Green and the former Jane Heyward.
The newlyweds settled in Wheatley, where Dr. Wright had a thriving practice. Dr. and Mrs. Wright had a son George Green Wright born to them on the 29th of May, 1892, in Wheatley.
Dr. Wright was listed in the 1893 Ontario Business Directory as practicing in Wheatley. He was also listed as practicing in Wheatley in the 1897 Farmers and Business Directory for Elgin, Essex, Kent and Lambton County. Dr. Wright was a member of the I.O.F., the Howard Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
Dr. and Mrs. Wright moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1898. Their daughter Florence ‘Jean’ Wright was born in Detroit, in 1903. Dr. Wright worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company until 1915 at which time he went to Glasgow, Scotland to do medical work during WWI.
Dr. Wright died on the 20th of June 1922, in Glasgow Scotland. The Detroit Free Press wrote about his death in the June 23rd, 1922 edition. Dr. Wright was buried at the Erie Cemetery near Wheatley.
According to the 1930 census Mrs. Wright was living with her daughter Florence Jean and her daughter’s husband, James Woodside in Detroit, Michigan.
Mrs. Wright died on the 25th of December, 1937. At the time of her death she resided with her daughter at 2654 Hooker Avenue in Detroit. According to her death certificate Mrs. Wright was buried at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.
*Dr. Wright’s son, George served during World War I and World War II for the United States Army.