In the Beginning

The Wright Genealogy
Wright Beginnings, circa 1050

It has been said that the Wright family descended from the Normans who settled in Normandy in northern France before 1000 C.E. These peoples were Saxon Vikings that had originally come from northern Germany and the Jutland peninsula – “Norman” was Old French for “Norse men.” After settling in France, these Saxons invaded the British Isles and set up small kingdoms such as Sussex, Wessex, and Essex. These medieval kingdoms united in 924 and called themselves “England.”

Genealogical Tree

Genealogical Tree

In 1066, the English throne passed to Harold Godwinson of Wessex who became King Harold II. William, Duke of Normandy claimed that the throne had been promised to him and gathered an army to invade England. This army was equipped in part by John Wryta of Bayeux, a renowned armorer and skilled craftsman in metal and wood. The army also included John’s sons – John, Richard, William, Henry, and Thomas Wryta. William defeated Harold and became King William I (better remembered as William the Conqueror). For their part in the conquest, the Wrtya brothers were given lands in the old Saxon kingdoms of Norfolk, Essex and Sussex which, under Norman rule, became English counties.

Quill PenFrom: The Wright Genealogy; From John to Wilbur & Orville

This line will be traced to verify.

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Creating a Memoir for My Grandchildren – Part I

Mom &  Me 1951

Mom & Me 1951

I was born in Claremont, in Sullivan County, New Hampshire on the 29th day of June in 1951 at the same hospital where my father was born 22 years earlier. I still have the original birth certificate given to my parents from the hospital. I was named Candyce Lynne Wright, my mother being infatuated with Candace Bergen. My father’s name is Richard Leland Wright. Mom’s name is Kathleen Helen Jackson Wright. I was the first of six children born to them, and a girl!

Lebanon, NH, City Directory 1952

Lebanon, NH, City Directory 1952

We lived on Spencer Street in Lebanon in Grafton County, New Hampshire while my dad attended Dartmouth College. Dad was in the Navy ROTC and had his duty to fulfill after graduation. I believe that while dad was in the Navy, the first place we lived after that was Exeter with my paternal grandparents. Mom and I stayed there while dad was aboard ship. Eighteen months after I was born my sister, Karen Jo, was born at the Naval hospital in Kittery, Maine. Her middle name is the feminine version of dad’s friend Joe.

Over the next twelve years the number of my siblings grew. Those born after Karen were:
Richard Leland Wright, Jr
Kimberly Kay Wright
Karalee Joy Wright, who we all called ‘Kelly’ and
Christopher Allen Wright. Christopher’s middle name was given to him in honor of my dad’s brother Allen.

The Wright Children abt 1963 or 1964

The Wright Children abt 1963 or 1964

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