Asa Torrence WRIGHT Family

Of Shiawassee Co, Michigan


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        This information has been copied from a book called, "Owosso,
Michigan, A To Z" and "Portrait and Biographical Album" of Shiawassee
County, Michigan.   Both outline family information on Asa Wright.

    John Alexander Wright, a native of Ireland, settled in Canada in
1839.  He married Alice Dunn and had at least one child; William.

    William Wright was born in Frontenac, Portland County, Ontario,
Canada November 29, 1842.   William married Rhoda Ann Orser in 1870 and
their children were:   George U., Edmund Grant, Asa Torrence, Howard and
a daughter, Sadie Pearl   They came to Owosso Township in 1876.   They 
lived very near the Mathias farm, the site of a large house resembling an
 old English manor.   They moved to Owosso City in 1903.
    William died May 3, 1911.   He and Rhoda are buried in Dewey
Cemetery.  

    George U. Wright was born on January 21, 1871 in Sydenham,
Ontario, to William and Rhoda Ann (Orser) Wright.   He lived with his
parents near Burton, Owosso Township.
    At the age of 15, George enrolled in Vande Venter's Business_School,
which was located in the upstairs of the building on the northwest corner
of Main and Washington Streets.
    Music was George's whole life.   He played with the Owosso Light
Infantry Band, the Owosso City Band, and he was a member later of the
Old Band Boys.   His musical career with the Shrine Band of Saginaw took
him all over the United States and Canada.
    George married Bessie Douglass, daughter of Hugh Douglass, a
cooper in Owosso.   Bessie was born in November of 1871 in Michigan.
They lived on North Saginaw Street.   They had no children.   George died
in 1966 at the Ovid Nursing Home, the oldest musician in Owosso and
the oldest living charter member of the Owosso Elks Lodge.   Even in his
90s, George showed up wherever there was music, the Elks Lodge, the
Owosso City Club, any band concert.
    Edmund Grant Wright married Minnie Holland and her sister Anna lived
with them.   When he was semi-retired, he clerked in various Byerly
stores.   (It was Grant who told many stories about the Mathias farm.)

    Asa Torrence Wright was born in Sydenham, Ontario on August 4,
1872 to William and Rhoda Ann (Orser) Wright.   He was the proprietor of
the Central Casting Company.   He married Mary Alta Brown (daughter of
Eugene Brown and Clarissa Olive Love) in Owosso on March 25, 1903.  Their
home was at 601 Shiawassee Street.
    The Wright's had three children: Asa Jr., born in 1906; Thelma
(married a Hartshorn), born in 1910; and Maxwell Eugene, born in 1914. Asa
served as the Mayor of Owosso from 1932 to 1934.  He was a Methodist and a
Republican.

    Nothing more known on Howard Wright.

    Sadie Pearl Wright married a Mr. Claud Nutson.  Doug Nutson is
 Sadie's grandson.

Descendants of William WRIGHT
First Generation
 1.  William WRIGHT died on 3 May 1911 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.  He was
     buried in Dewey Cem, Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     William married Rhoda Ann ORSER.  (Rhoda Ann ORSER was buried in Dewey
     Cem, Owosso, Shiawassee, MI. .)
     They had the following children:
     + 2 M i. Asa Torrence WRIGHT was born on 4 Aug 1872 in Kingston, Ont.
              Asa died on 21 Apr 1937 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
Second Generation (Children)
 2.  Asa Torrence WRIGHT was born on 4 Aug 1872 in Kingston, Ont.  He died
     on 21 Apr 1937 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     Notes: Asa emmigrated to the US from Canada in 1874.
     Noted events in his life were: Occupation, Mayor of Owosso, MI 1920
     Asa married Mary Alta BROWN, daughter of John Eugene BROWN and
     Clarissa Olive LOVE, on 25 Mar 1903 in Burton, MI.  Mary Alta BROWN
     was born on 25 Sep 1877 in Clinton Co, MI. , died on 16 Aug 1965 in
     Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     They had the following children:
     + 3 M   i. Asa T. Jr. WRIGHT was born on 14 Feb 1904 in Owosso,
                Shiawassee, MI.  Asa died on 29 Feb 1968 in Saginaw, MI.
                He was buried in Oak Hill Cem, Shiawassee, MI.
     + 4 F  ii. Thelma B. WRIGHT was born on 15 Jan 1910 in Owosso,
                Shiawassee, MI.  Thelma died on 20 May 1987 in West Palm
                Beach, FL.
     + 5 M iii. Maxwell Eugene WRIGHT was born on 3 Aug 1912 in Owosso,
                Shiawassee, MI.  He died on 11 Oct 1985 in Owosso,
                Shiawassee, MI.  Maxwell was buried in Oak Hill Cem,
                Shiawassee, MI.
Third Generation (Grandchildren)
 3.  Asa T. Jr. WRIGHT was born on 14 Feb 1904 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     He died on 29 Feb 1968 in Saginaw, MI.  Asa was buried in Oak Hill
     Cem, Shiawassee, MI.  Notes: Manager of the Lansing State Journal of
     Lansing MI.
     Noted events in his life were: Occupation.  Mgr MI Liquor Store
     Asa married Katherine Grace McCALL, daughter of Ray McCALL and Gladys
     HELMS, on 3 Jul 1935 in Elkhart, IN.  (Katherine Grace McCALL was born
     on 4 Nov 1907 in Ithaca, MI. , died on 1 Sep 1985 in Owosso,
     Shiawassee, MI. , buried on 3 Sep 1985 in Oak Hill Cem, Shiawassee,
     MI. .)
     They had the following children:
     + 6 M i. Asa III WRIGHT
 4.  Thelma B. WRIGHT was born on 15 Jan 1910 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     She died on 20 May 1987 in West Palm Beach, FL.  Thelma married
     Filbert E. HARTSHORN.  Filbert E. HARTSHORN died in 1968
     They had the following children:
     + 7 F  i. Jo Anne HARTSHORN was born on 22 Oct 1934 in Owosso,
               Shiawassee, MI.
     + 8 F ii. Lynne HARTSHORN was born on 24 Mar 1939 in Owosso,
               Shiawassee, MI.  Lynne died on 29 Nov 1992 in West Palm
               Beach, FL.
 5.  Maxwell Eugene WRIGHT was born on 3 Aug 1912 in Owosso, Shiawassee,
     MI.  He died on 11 Oct 1985 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.  Maxwell was
     buried in Oak Hill Cem, Shiawassee, MI.
     Maxwell married Virginia MADILL on 15 Aug 1938 in Angola, IN.
     They had the following children:
       9 M i. Max W. WRIGHT.
     Notes: Max W. Wright is living in Montrose, MI in Oct 12, 1985.
Fourth Generation (Great Grandchildren)
 6.  Asa III WRIGHT.  Asa married Mrs. Asa.
     They had the following children:
     + 10 M   i. Terry WRIGHT
     + 11 F  ii. Debra WRIGHT
       12 M iii. Tim WRIGHT, living in Tempe, Ariz in Sep 3, 1985.
       13 M  iv. Kevin WRIGHT, living in Haslett, MI in Sep 3, 1985.
       14 M   v. Michael WRIGHT .
       15 F  vi. Sheryl WRIGHT .
 7.  Jo Anne HARTSHORN was born Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     Notes: Jo has done income_taxes for 23 years.   She is an enrolled
     agent, with her own.business.  Occupation.  Income_Tax_Agent
     Jo married William Charles PRENDERGAST on 3 Feb 1951 in Owosso,
     Shiawassee, MI.  William Charles PRENDERGAST was born in Minneapolis, MN.  
     Bill is a real estate broker, with his own office.
     They had the following children:
       16 M   i. William Charles Jr. PRENDERGAST was born Owosso,
                 Shiawassee, MI.  Occupation.  Contractor
     + 17 M  ii. Gary Steven PRENDERGAST was born in West Palm Beach, FL.
     + 18 F iii. Cynthia Rhine PRENDERGAST was born in West Palm Beach, FL.
     + 19 M  iv. Mark Todd PRENDERGAST was born in Boca Raton, FL.
 8.  Lynne HARTSHORN was born on 24 Mar 1939 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI.
     She died on 29 Nov 1992 in West Palm Beach, FL.  Lynne married James
     Duck. They are living in West Palm Beach, Fla in 1987.

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