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Leonard  Wright

Leonard Wright

Male 1809 - 1871  (62 years)


  • Name Leonard Wright  [1, 2
    Birth 1809  Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    • parents Leonard Wright & Frances Story [1]
    Emigration 1849  Natal Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3
    • Emigrated 24 Jun *1839* from Gravesend per Falconer tree - not consistent with other sources [1]
    Death 1871  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    Person ID I2953  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 08 Sep 2011 

    Family Elizabeth Danby,   b. abt 1815, Burton Agnes Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1897, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Notes 
    • Leonard and Elizabeth Wright came from East Riding Yorkshire as Byrne Settlers on 24th June 1849 on the "Henry Tanner", bringing with them four of their children, Sarah, Frances, and the twins William and Mary. Richard was left in the care of Elizabeth's brother Christopher Danby whilst Jane and Elizabeth were left in the care of other relatives.
      Sadly they were never to see Jane again but Elizabeth did return for a visit in the 1870's after her husband Leonard died.
      The journey took three and a half months and the ship was very old which leaked, and the passengers had to help to bail all through the journey. The ship was condemned immediately afterwards.
      The "Henry Tanner" arrived at Port Natal on the 10th October 1849 and small boats were used to ferry the passengers to Shore the following day.
      By the 1st November the family had taken residence in Pietermaritzburg only to find that their allotment was barren and stony, however they did take a lease on a farm outside the town and moved there on the 15 March 1850.
      In 1852 they moved again, this time to just outside what is now Colenso where they built a house, kept a hotel, ran a butchery and had a ferry boat on the Tugela, from which he made 250 pounds a year. Leonard Wright once saved Dick King and his cattle and natives from drowning while crossing the Tugela in flood.
      [from article on the Wright family at Ladysmith History website.]
    Children 
    +1. Frances Wright,   b. 18 Aug 1843, Kelk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1922, South Africa? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Photos
    Leonard & Elizabeth Wright
    Leonard & Elizabeth Wright
    abt 1850?
    Last Modified 01 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F0800  Family Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Falconer tree.
      accessed on Genes Reunited 03 May 2009

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, Bishop's transcripts for Foston-on-the-Wolds Parish Church (IGI), 18 Aug 1843.
      dau Frances

    3. [S07] Other Sources, Ladysmith History website.
      website accessed 08 Sep 2011