The Families of Adam Keith

Manufacturers, Merchants, and Artisans


Merchant and postmaster


William Clark Wright [1821-after 1880]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Adam Keith4>Mary [Keith] m. [William Clark] Wright5

From History of Grant County, Wisconsin, 1881, p. 1006.


“WILLIAM C. WRIGHT, merchant and Postmaster, Martinville [Grant Co. WI]; was born Feb. 24, 1821, in Herkimer Co., N. Y. He came to Winnebago Co., Ill., in 1839, with one shilling in his pocket; worked out by the month two years, and received $15 per month; then went to Galena, Ill., where he worked one year in the lead mines; then went to Rockford, Ill., and was married to Mary Keith, by the Rev. John Crummer. They then removed to McHenry, Ill., where he bought 120 acres of land from the Government and went to farming, at which he continued eighteen years; came to Wisconsin, and bought 120 acres of land on Sec. 13, town of Clifton, and farmed it for one year; then sold out the farm, and bought the place where he now lives from S. Millard, and commenced as a merchant; was appointed Postmaster, and has been the same ever since. He has been a church member forty-seven years, and was one of the builders of the Free Methodist Church, and now owns it. Rev. G. C. Coffee preached the first sermon there in the fall of 1872. Mr. Wright has been on the School Board, and has always taken an active part in the interest of the town. He is a temperance man, and assisted to organize a Good Templars' lodge in the village, which meets in the M. E. Church. They have one daughter - Emma E., who was married to William Stephens, by Rev. G. C. Coffee, at the residence of her father. She has two children - Ida May and Arthur W.”