George Washington Wright

George Washington Wright was born 1853 in Letcher 
County, Kentucky, son of Andrew Jackson and Harriet 
Adams, grandson of 
Joel Martin and Susannah (-?-) Wright. 
George married Harriet Addington, a daughter of 
William and Nancy (Kilgore) Addington, in 1876 in 
Letcher County, Kentucky. 
Harriet died in 1932 and George Washington died in 
1936. Both are buried in the Wright Cemetery on 
John Moore's Branch.

	1.  Andrew Jackson Wright

	2.  Thomas Benton Wright

	3.  William Wright 

	4.  Armanda Wright 

	5.  Barbara Wright

	6.  Geneva Wright
	7.  Martha J. Wright

	8.  Franklin Monroe Wright
	9.  Elizabeth Wright

	10. Daniel Boone Wright 

	11. Florence Wright

	12. Booker Wright

	13. Clarissa Wright

	According to Phebel Wright, son of 
Franklin Monroe Wright, 
George Washington Wright was born,  grew up 
and married in Letcher County, Kentucky.  The effects 
of the Civil War created much turmoil in Letcher 
County and in 1903 George Washington decided to remove
his family from the area. He sent his son, 
Andrew Jackson (Andy), to the Elkhorn City, Kentucky 
area (John Moore's Branch) to check out the area 
for farm land and timber. Andrew was a young man 
at this time with four small children and he 
discovered there were large tracks of land in the 
area with heavy timber on it. When Andrew (Andy) 
returned to Letcher County 
and told his father what he had found.
George Washington sold his farm in Letcher County 
for $300.00 and came to John Moore's Branch in 1904, 
moving his belongings and family with a wagon and 
a team of horses.  He bought a piece of property on 
John Moore's Branch for 300.00 and later he bought 
his brother,  Lige's (Elijah) property 
which was situated just above the land 
he had purchased.  
"Lige" had bought his land from G.Tom Hawkins who 
at one time was a state representative, an attorney 
and a school teacher.  At the time George Washington 
came to John Moore's Branch there were three 
log buildings on the Creek. He lived in one 
with his family and later he hired a 
Mr. Elswick to move his sawmill to 
John Moore's Branch.  Mr. Elswick cut and sawed 
timber for George Washington 
for a new home. The house burned many years 
later after the death of George Washington and his 
wife and the chimney is still standing (just below 
the Wright Cemetery).  At the same time in 1911 
George Washington built a school house for the 
county on John Moore's Branch from 
the timber he had cut and sawed. George Washington 
eventually owned the majority of property on 
John Moore's Branch, 500 to 600 acres of land.


Contributed by Nell Blumel
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