HISTORY OF PERRY COUNTY OHIO (Colborn) 1883 publishes a sketch of MARGARET ANKENY born Somerset County Pennsylvania 13 Dec 1789, daughter of DAVID and ELSIE RITTER) ANKENY. David is a son of Dewalt Ankeny and 2d wife, Margaret Baker Frederick Ankeny. (Aunt Peggy was christened MARIA MARGARETHA ANKENY in church baptism register. ED.)
MARGARET ANKENY married THOMAS WRIGHT 25 Dec. 1809. (In 1810 census Addison township Somerset County Pennsylvania Thomas Wright age 26-45, wife 16-26 with a daughter under 10 ED.) The family included eleven children, the first three born in Pennsylvania . . . They moved family and goods in a four-horse wagon, and were three weeks en-route, arrived Madison township Muskingum (now Perry County) Ohio, April 1813. They crossed the Muskingum River at Zanesville on a flat boat, rented a farm in Madison township for one year, then moved to present Pike township, post office New Lexington, where AUNT PEGGY has lived ever since 1814. She united with the New Lexington Baptist church in 1823 and was baptized in Conly’s mill dam, by the pastor, Rev. James Skinner.
Known for more than fifty years in all this neighborhood as AUNT Peeggy WRIGHT, she recalls having milked twelve to fifteen cows twice a day, pitched wheat and taught her husband how to build (he first wheat stack he ever made. for some years she did all the sheep shearing, recalls one occasion got breakfast, did up her housework, clipped nineteen sheep in the forenoon, and went to the house in time to get dinner for the men folks and family. Ten of eleven Wright children grew to adulthood, seven are yet living-
JACKSON CALVIN JULIA married THOMAS SHELBY, New Lexington area MARY widow of WILLIAM WILLIAMS Madison township DAVID settled Missouri CHARLOTTE married YOST settled Missouri JAMES New Lexington SUSAN married BENJAMIN CARROLL New Lexington
AUNT PEGGY (1883) has eighty grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and has five descendants of the fourth generation . . . She had three miles from home to the church house and said she carried her babe in arms and walked to services rather than be bothered with a riding horse. THOMAS WRIGHT died 5 Jul 1864, after which AUNT PEGGY lived alone for about one year, then her son Jackson moved in the homestead with her.
JACKSON WRIGHT farmer pike township born 2 Feb 1826 in this township, and on the farm where he now lives (1883). Married 26 Dec. 1850 REBECCA GROVES born 16 Aug 1830 Reading township, daughter of Lewis and Ellen Huston Groves, had-
BURRELL B JAMES HORACE LEWIS ALEXANDER MAGGIE CAROLINE MARY ELLEN THOMAS A WILLIAM JACKSON