Joshua Foster Wright, Jr.
Joshua Foster Wright, Jr. was born May 16, 1836 and died February 28, 1900. He was a
Mason. Joshua was the son of Wilson L. Wright and Hannah Boswell Wright. His grandparents
were Joshua F. Wright, Sr. who came with his family from Virginia and settled at
Clarkrange. He was probably the first settler in that region. Joshua F., Sr. was the
father of Wilson L. and Mitchell (Mitch) Wright. Wilson was an office holder in Fentress
County for forty-two years in succession. He rode to Jamestown on a side saddle to attend
the sessions of the county court of which he was a member when very old and unable to ride
otherwise. He was serving as County Judge when the second courthouse was built. Wilson
married Hannah Boswell Wright and they had the following children: Major John C. Wright,
Sr., Joshua Foster, Jr., Boswell F. Wright, Jane Wright who married Wash Peavyhouse and
they were the parents of Abe, John, Sam and Virgil Peavyhouse; Elizabeth Wright who
married John Conatser; Victoria Wright who married Erasmus Pile; Permelia who married a
Benjamin Brannon. Elizabeth Wright married John Conatser and they had one son, Pierce, and
one daughter, Margaret. Pierce married Loucinda Delk and their children were Pearl, Ellen
and Victoria. Pearl married Dr. Lockhart and Ellen married Sam Smith whose children were
Sam, Jr., Edith Eleaner, Ella Grace and William Luther. After John Conatser died,
Elizabeth married Thannie Mullinix and their children were Vina, Marion, Abagail who
married Hiram Pogue, Hattie who married Charlie Anderson, and Celestia who married a
Bradley of Sparta.
Victoria Wright who married Erasmus Pile had two daughters, Ella and Delta. Ella married
S.E. Frogge and their children were Wright, Maxine and Justine. Delta married W.E.
Mullinix and their children were Lucille, Glenn and Eston. Victoria died and Erasmus
married Cindy Young. They had two daughters: Carrie and Victoria. Carrie married Clay
Conatser and Victoria married Arvil Key.
John C. Wright, the eldest son of Wilson, became a Major in the Ninth Tenn. Volunteer
Cavalry of USA where he served throughout the Civil War. He married Mary Williams and
their children were Ida, Minnie, Jim, Cos, Webster, and Noble. Noble married Fley Baxter
and their children were John B., Harlan, Mary Elizabeth, Ellen and Bonnie. Noble served as
County Judge in 1926.
Joshua Foster Wright, Jr. married Zibbie Angeline Price who was born June 21, 1842 and
died August 30, 1905. They were the parents of Edmond Jasper, Louis McPherson (Mack) and
John Marion. Edmond Jasper was born May 20, 1864 and married Alice Ann Mace. Their
children were Jasper Dewey, Oakley Edmond, Ophie Ethel, Rebecca Victoria, Ruby Esther, Ray
Fred and Roy Porter, Sr. Mack taught school, served as county court clerk and as deputy
sheriff, and was a Mason. He married Virginia Alice Millsaps who was born March 23, 1873.
They had one son, John Elmo born September 19, 1894, and one daughter, Maude Gertrude born
January 11, 1898. John Elmo married Bertha Crockett and they had one daughter, Maudine who
married Marvin Shanks. Maude Gertrude married Joe Rowland and no children. Mack died
August 19, 1899 and is buried in the Franklin Cemetery in Popular Cove. After Mack died,
John Marion married Mack's widow, Virginia Alice Wright. They had one daughter, Rosemary
Wright Burch born October 1, 1905, and one son, Jasper Marion born November 15, 1911.
Zibbie Angeline Price, the wife of Joshua F. Wright, Jr., was the daughter of John H.
Price born in 1912 who married Sarah Wright Price born in 1815. Zibbie's brothers and
sisters were Jenina, Edmonson, Marion, Nancy, Benjamin, and William.
by Ruby E. Wright