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The William F. Wrights of Ontario origin

Updated February 8, 2002

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My paternal Great grandfather, James Wright and his wife, Keziah Clarke Chinnick migrated from Luppitt, Devon, England to London, Ontario, Canada in 1857 and on to settle in Strathroy, Ont., in 1865. He establsihed a tanning and shoemaking trade there, becoming a prominent member of the community. They had twelve children, two of which died in infancy.

My grandfather, Frederick John was the sixth of their children. He too established a flourishing trade as a shoemaker in the town of Strathroy, Ont.. Fred maried Mary Wilson and they had a daughter, then three sons. My father, Frederick George was the middle son.

George as he was known married Mary Fern Kathleen (Kay) Heaman. Dad was a successful clothing retailer in Exeter, Ont. until 1953, when he moved our family to Pinellas Park, Florida. I am the eldest of three sons born to them.

My maternal great grandfather was William Heaman. He migrated to London, Ontario from Devon, England. He established a coal and cement business there, which became Heaman & son, when my great uncle Albert joined the company. Wm. was active in many community and professional organizations, and was elected to local city government.

My grandfather Col. Wm. John Heaman, was William Heaman's eldest son. In youger days was in the hardware business in Exeter, Ont.
He joined the army in WWI and retired a Colonel. He entered the political arena in London, serving on city council and then as mayor of the city for five and a half years during WWII. He married Fern Dudley and they had two sons and a daughter, my mother, Kay.

My maternal grandmother's ancestors go back to the American Revolunionary War. Her father was William H. Dudley and her mother Olive Melissa Bryant. It is through Olive's family that most of my family information has been obtained. Her ancestry includes the following surnames: Bryant, Dunn, Page, Sayles, Steele and Fowler.

At present I am researshing the Dudleys, ancestors of my grandmother, Fern. Her father William H. Dudley was the first husband of her mother Olive Bryant. According to my information, Wm's father was Lucian Dudley and his mother was Julia Hendrick. I also trying to find the marriage dates of Wm. and Olive and also of my grandparents, Wm. John Heaman and Fern Dudley. Fern's stepfather was Charles Huettson Skelton. She is also known as Fern Dudley Skelton.

I would also like to find information on the Wilsons, my father's maternal grandparents.

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