AKA Cox, Upper Byrds Creek and Woodland Plot
Township, Richland County, Wisconsin
Tales The Tombstones
Tell - Republican Observer - February 14, 1957
Also located in the town of Richwood is what is
known as the Wright cemetery, located on section 24. It is on land,
owned back in the long ago, by L. J. Wright, who donated the land for
burial purposes. It is located north of the village of Byrds Creek,
some two miles a bit east of the school house which has "Byrds Creek
School" painted upon it. This burying ground is located perhaps 300
feet from the road and cannot be seen from the highway as it stands
upon a hillside and is quite hidden from view. It is enclosed by a wire
fence, part of which has been knocked down.
Years ago a church stood near the site. It was a U.
B. church and now there are no signs of it except a few stones that may
have been a part of the foundation.
I. J. Wright, who donated the land for the cemetery,
settled in Richwood in 1855 where he purchased 300 acres of land. He
took part in the Civil War and became a second lieutenant. He sold his
farm and moved to Muscoda, later to Tennessee and then back to Muscoda.
He was ordained as United Brethren minister, serving for some
time as a circuit preacher. He no doubt organized the little church
which was located near the cemetery which bears his name.
One of his sons was Dr. J. C. Wright, born March 19,
1859 in Richwood, attended the country schools, the Muscoda high school
and Rush Medical College in Chicago, from which he graduated in 1882.
He began the practice of medicine at Excelsior and continued there for
many years, moving to Antigo where he remained until his death. Dr.
Wright was well known in Richland county.
In this cemetery is buried William T. Wright,
another son of I. J. Wright. He was born March 11, 1848, and passed
away in April 1871. When the G.A.R. post at Excelsior was organized in
1882 it was named William Wright Post No. 51, and, according to the
county history, had a membership of 53. Regarding him we now quote from
the county history: "William Wright, the gallant young soldier in whose
honor the was name, was a son of I. J. Wright, and was born in Ohio. He
came to Wisconsin with his parents and assisted in tilling the soil.
When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Co. B, 25th regiment and
served until mustered out of service. Returning home he attended school
at Sextonville. He was united in marriage with Mary Barnes, and engaged
in farming until his death. Mr. Wright was a whole souled, good hearted
fellow, surrounded by a wide circle of friends. His name was chosen for
the name of Post 51, at the suggestion of Edward Dosch, who was his
'chum' in early days."
When the post was organized Edward Dosch was
chosen as adjutant.
Another Civil War veteran to be buried in this
cemetery is J. W. Austin, who was a member of Co. H, 5th Wisconsin
Infantry. He has a government marker for his headstone. Mr. Austin
enlisted June 15, 1861. He was wounded at Rappahannock Station and also
at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was mustered out July 30, 1864. Co.
"H" was mostly made up of Richland county men and one of the captains
was Jeremiah J. Turner of Viola, who was killed in action May 3, 1863,
at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Others who have gravestones in the Wright cemetery
are Joseph Cox and his wife Matilda. Mr. Cox died September 20, 1880,
at the age of 83. His wife was born in 1805 and died March 20, 1874, an
infant, John, son of W. and M. Wright, died in 1871 and a two year old
boy Paul H., son of A. and H. Shannon, died November 25, 1872. From the
dates upon the stones it can be learned that the Wright cemetery is an
old burying ground.
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