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John Wesley "Devil John" Wright

Devil John Wesley Wright
"Devil John" Wesley Wright
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John Wesley "Devil John" Wright (aka "Bad John") b 17 May 1844 Letcher Co, KY d 30 June 1931 Pound, Wise Co, VA, at 87 years of age. John was the son of Joel Ellis Wright and Eliza Agnes Bates.

John Wesley "Devil John" Wright married three times. He married Alice Lee Harman. Alice b 4 Mar 1818 d/o Robert Graham Harman and Isabelle Waddill.

John married 14 Oct 1866 Cynthiana KY to Martha 'Mattie' Humphrey b 12 Mar 1835 Cynthiana KY d 12 Mar 1924 Jenkins, Letcher Co KY age 89 years, buried Wyatt Cemetery, Dunham KY, d/o Jamisson Humphrey.

He married 8 Sep 1924 Water Gap KY to Ellen Sanders  b 28 Mar 1863 Pike Co KY d 10 Mar 1948 Wise Co VA age 84 years, buried John Wright Cemetery, Horse Gap, Pound, Wise Co VA,  d/o Levi Greenville Sanders and Matilda Austin. (Levi Greenville Sanders was the son of Greenville "Granville" Sanders and Rhoda Potter.  Matilda Austin was the daughter of Jesse Austin and Margaret. Douglas).

John also had children with Serilda Austin and with Mary Bentley.

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Devil John Wesley Wright
and Serilda Austin

John Wesley 'Devil John' Wright and Serilda Austin had the following children:

 Enoch F Wright b 17 Feb 1859 m. Louisa Warnick.

 Joel Martin Wright b 29 May 1872 m. Alice Johnson.

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"Devil John" Wesley Wright
and Martha Mattie Humphrey

John Wesley 'Devil John' Wright and Martha 'Mattie' Humphrey had the following children:

  James H Wright b 23 May 1865 d 3 Aug 1928 Cromona, KY age 63 years, m. 19 Feb 1887 Letcher Co KY to Laura Belle Whitaker b Aug 1871. James H Wright m. 13 Aug 1902 to 2nd Cora Fleming Stewart.

  Joel Wright b circa 1870.

John Phillip Wright b 7 Jan 1875 d 12 Sept 1898. He was killed by Henry Adams. John Phillip Wright m. 24 Dec 1890 Letcher Co KY to Mary Chaney Reynolds b 21 Mar 1875 Letcher Co KY d 14 Mar 1933 d/o William Henry Reynolds and Frances Matilda Baker.

"Devil John" Wright
and Mary Bentley

John Wesley "Devil John" Wright and Mary Bentley had the following children:

  Flora Custus 'Dussey' Wright b 22 Apr 1876 m. Emmitt Cantrell.

  Eliza "Liza" Wright b 29 July 1878 Pike Co KY d 26 Jan 1929  East Jenkins, Letcher Co KY m. 5 Apr 1901 to Henry Melvin Samuel Vanover b 17 Dec 1877 East Jenkins Letcher Co KY d 5 Feb 1964 Pike Co KY s/o Henry Vanover and Jane Bentley.

  Alice Wright b 23 Sept 1881 m. twice m. Allen Burton m. John Houston s/o  Nathaniel Houston and Mary Houston.

  Easter Wright b 16 Feb1884 m. twice m. Wade Ratliff m. James Bryant.

  Elizabeth Wright b 10 June 1886 m. Riley Mullins.

  Samuel Preston Wright (living status unknown).

  Myrtle Wright (living status unknown).

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"Devil John" Wright
and Ellen Sanders

John Wesley 'Devil John' Wright and Ellen Sanders had the following children;

  Joel Wright b 29 June 1883, m. 3 Jan 1907 to Mary C Reynolds, b 15 Jul 1882 d 19 Nov 1961 at age 79 yrs 4 mos 4 days, d/o Joseph Coleman Reynolds and Mary Manerva Morgan.

1st Obituary of Mary Reynolds

REYNOLDS, Mary d/o J. C. and Nerva Reynolds, b: Jul 15 1882 d: at age 79 yrs, 4 mos and 4 days; md: Joel WRIGHT, Jan 3 1907 (d: Nov 19 1961) he was the s/o John Wesley and Ellen (Sanders) Wright; no children. She leaves, two brothers, Billy, Pound, Va, Colman Reynolds, Washington; 3 half sisters, Mrs. George Rogers, Lexington, Ky, Manda Triplet, Washington, and Aggie Potter, Oak Hill, Ohio. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church. (Source).

2nd Obituary of Mary Reynolds

REYNOLDS, Mary was b: Jul 15 1882 d: Nov 19 1961; the dau of J. C. and Nerva Reynolds; md: Joel WRIGHT, Jan 3 1907; no children. She leaves 2 brothers, Billey Reynolds of Pound, Va and Coleman Reynolds of state of Washington. Member of the Old Regular Baptist Church.

  Daniel Wright b 23 May 1885 m. Melvenia Mullins d/o Booker Mullins and Charlotte, Charity 'Chat' Wright.

  Healthy Wright b 2 May 1887 m. John Benjamin Mullins b June 1897 s/o Booker Mullins and Charlotte, Charity 'Chat' Wright.

  Ira Ellis Wright b 12 June 1889 Jenkins, KY d 7 Feb 1955 Huntington, WV m. 17 Oct 1917 (divorced 8 Jun 1929) to Martha Vermillion. Ira Ellis Wright m. 30 Apr 1945 to 2nd Vianna Early. Ira Ellis Wright and Martha Vermillion had the following children;

  Roby Raburn Wright

  Chester Wright ?? (living status unknown).


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"Devil John" Wright
and Alice Lee Harman

John Wesley 'Devil John' Wright and Alice Lee Harman had the following children:

  Frank Wampler Wright (still alive).

  Bertha Wright b 26 Jan 1896.

  William Troy 'Chid' Wright b 5 Aug 1897 d circa 1987 m. Belle Maggard.

  Conrad Wright (still alive).

  Elizabeth Wright (still alive).

  Clarence Wright (still alive).

  Chester Wright (still alive).

  Carlous Wright (still alive).

  Maudie Belle Wright (still alive).

  Charles Roe Wright (still alive).

  Kedrick Wright (still alive).



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