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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

CATHARINE "KITTIE" WRIGHT (nee WISE)
1854-1887

 

A FAITHFUL WIFE &
LOVING MOTHER

KITTIE
WIFE OF
T.G. WRIGIT
DIED
NOV. 7, 1889,
AGED
35 YRS. 15 DS.

Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord
They rest from their labors
and their works do follow them
.

 

Author - Marcia Farina

Catharine Wise, the daughter of Abraham Wise and Mary J. Dugan, was born in Ohio, perhaps Tuscarawas County, on October 23, 1854 (date calculated from tombstone inscription).  The family moved to Indiana within a few years, then to southeastern Illinois by 1860, then to Hancock County on the western border of Illinois by 1870.

Catharine, known as Kittie, became the second wife of Thomas G. Wright on August 18, 1880. Rev. William Griffin performed the nuptials.

Thomas, a native of Fountain Green Township and a member of the large family of Hickerson Wright and Cynthia Donohue, was eighteen years older than Kittie, and had led an active life that included multiple trips to California and some years there engaged in mining.  By the time Thomas and Kittie were married, he had settled down to farming and raising stock on his sizeable farm in Fountain Green Township.

Thomas and Kittie had two children before Kittie's early death.  Follow the link to Thomas for further information on their children.

The LaHarper
November 8, 1889, Page 8, Column 2

DIED.-----At the home 1 miles southeast of Fountain Green, Ill., Thursday, 3 o'clock a.m., Nov. 7th, 1889, of consumption, Mrs. Thomas G. Wright, aged 35 years and 15 days.

The lady's maiden name was Kittie Wise.  She was born in Ohio, and was married to Mr. Wright Aug. 18th, 1881 [sic].  Two children were born to them, Thomas H. aged seven years and Gracie aged four years.  These dear little ones are too young to know the mother want.  Her parents made their home with Mr. Wright, for several years, but died, the mother first, and father a year or so ago.  Three sisters, who live in distant states, and two brothers who reside in this vicinity survive her. Mr. Wright has the sympathy of all in his great loss.

The burial will occur Saturday at 11 o'clock at Majorville.

 

The Carthage Republican
November 13, 1889, Page 1

Mrs. Thomas Wright, who had been confined to her bed for the past five months with lung trouble, died Wednesday, November 6, 1889.  The funeral took place Saturday, November 9, at the Majorville Church.  The services were conducted by Rev. T. J. Ward, of Burnside.  She leaves the husband and two children, and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn the loss.  She was a daughter of Abraham Wise.  She was 35 years and 15 days old.  She was married to Mr. Wright, August 18, 1880.  She was an affectionate wife and mother and exceedingly kindhearted neighbor.  She suffered much for twelve months, yet bore her sufferings with patience and resignation.  It has been but a short time since her parents and brother died of the same disease.

1860 Illinois Census, Richland County, Decker Township, page 85
enumerated July 15, 1860, dwelling #615

Abm Wise, 39, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 400, born OH
Mary J, 36, female, white, born OH
Elizb, 16, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Amanda E, 15, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Margt A, 11, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Sarah J, 10, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Isabel, 6, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
[continued on next page]
Cath Wise, 5, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Wm H, 4, male, white, born OH
Jas D, 3, male, white, born IN
Robt, 21, male, white, farm laborer, value of personal estate 120, born OH [Abraham's half-brother]
Thos Dever, 17, male, white, born OH

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Augusta Township, page 14A
enumerated June 27, 1870, dwelling #6

Wise, Abram, 50, male, white, farmer, value of personal estate 410, born OH, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Mary J, 48, female, white, keeping house, born OH
Sarah, 19, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Isabelle, 17, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Catharine, 15, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year
William H, 13, male, white, born OH, attended school within the year
Joseph, 12, male, white, born IN, attended school within the year
Robert, 9, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 118B
enumerated June 23-24, 1880, dwelling #211

Wise, Abram, white, male, 61, married, farmer, born OH, father born VA, mother born PA
Mary J, white, female, 58, wife, married, keeping house, born OH, both parents born OH
William H, white, male, 24, son, single, farm laborer, born OH, both parents born OH
Joseph D, white, male, 22, son, single, at home, born IN, both parents born OH
Robert P, white, male, 19, son, single, at home, born IL, both parents born OH
Catharine, white, female, 25, daughter, single, at home, born OH, both parents born OH

The Carthage Republican
April 13, 1887, Page 1, Column 4

Fountain Green

April 11th -- Mrs. T. G. Wright has returned home from a visit with her parents in Harper County, Kansas.

 

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