From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 492-493, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Singleton G. Wright is numbered among the honored pioneers who
have passed away. He was born in Hardin county, Kentucky, January 12,
1816, and died in Huntsville township, February 24, 1886. He has four
brothers, Richard, James, Edmund and William. He came to Illinois on
horseback in 1836 and when he arrived in Schuyler county his saddle
horse constituted his entire property. He worked as a farm hand for
William McKee, near Rushville, and while thus engaged made the
acquaintance of Sarah E. Graham, who afterward became his wife. She was
born in Kentucky, a daughter of Fergus and Martha (Tyree) Graham, who
settled in Schuyler county in an early day.
About two years later Mr. Wright settled on section 17,
Huntsville, where he purchased 320 acres of land. He was industrious
and observed due economy, and thus soon paid for his land and had money
to loan. He carried on stock raising in addition to his farming. He was
an active man until 1880, when he was taken sick with softening of the
brain, which caused his death six years later.
He was a Democrat in politics and a warm friend of public
schools, being elected as School Trustee several terms. He donated the
land occupied by the schoolhouse in the district.
Mrs. Wright still survives her husband and still resides on the old homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright had four children: Frances, the wife of
William Wood, Jr.; Martha and Columbia, who carry on the home farm; and
Alice, the wife of R. Ackley. When Mr. Wright's health failed the work
of carrying on the farm devolved on his two daughters, Martha and
Columbia, as did the other business. These two girls have carried on
the work of the farm successfully, not only superintending the work but
also doing much of the outdoor labor themselves. When their father died
the two girls purchased the interest of the others and now own the farm
with the exception of their mother's dowry. Martha attended college at
Abingdon, Illinois, and taught school for thirteen terms. She was a
close student, rising at four in the morning in order to study. She is
very systematic in all her work. The two are always willing to exert
their influence for the Democratic party.