Martha M (Park) Wright 1826-1909

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Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909
Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909, Moss Point, Mississippi


When Martha M. (Park) was born on June 17, 1826, in Athens, Georgia, her father was Baptist Park and her mother was Frances. She married James P. Wright in 1845 in Jackson, Butts, Georgia when she was 19 years old. They had one child, Frances M. “Fanny” during their marriage.

In 1840, when Martha was 14 years old, her mother, Frances “Fanny” (Chandler) Park, died. 

In 1845, Martha married James P. Wright. She was 19 years old. January 8, 1845 brought Martha a daughter in Georgia whom she named Frances “Fanny”.

According to an 1850 Census: Martha lived in Jackson,  Butts County, Georgia – Subdivision 45. The census lists Baptist Park 50 as a farmer, Martha M. Wright 22, Frances V. Parks 20, Nancy C. Parks 18, Frances M. Wright 5.

Baptist Parks 1850 US Census Clip
1850 US Census clip showing Baptist Parks, Martha M. (Parks) Wright, Frances V. Parks, Nancy C. Parks and Frances M. Wright

Martha’s father, Baptist Parks, died in 1853. 

1860 US Census shows Martha M. Wright and her daughter, Fanny residing in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia.

1860 Martha M. Park Residence.jpg

In 1870, a census shows Martha living in Moss Point, Mississippi with her daughter and son-in-law.

1870 US Census John Wesley Morris Family
1870 US Census John Wesley Morris Family. Martha (Parks) Wright is listed living with her daughter and son-in-law in Moss Point, Mississippi.

Martha’s daughter, “Fanny”, died July 9th in 1883 at the age of 43. 

In April of 1896, John Wesley Morris, Martha’s son-in-law (Fanny’s husband), passes away leaving the children with Martha to raise. John Wesley Morris had been a saw mill proprietor who friends of the Dantzler family. 

A 1900 census in Moss Point, Jackson County, Mississippi, lists “Mary Wright”, but if you look at the original document you can see it probably was “Martha” and was scribbled over. It lists four Morris grandchildren living with her-Lillie, John, Thomas and Harvey.

Gravestone for Martha M. (Parks) Wright
Gravestone for Martha M. (Parks) Wright in Griffin Cemetery, Moss Point, Mississippi – Morris family plot.

She died on November 4, 1909, in Moss Point, Mississippi, having lived a long life of 83 years, and was buried there in the Morris family plot located in the Griffin Cemetery. I had a friend who takes photos for a grave location website take this photo for me.


Martha M PARK (1826 – 1909)
was my 3rd great-grandmother

Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT (1845 – 1888)
daughter of Martha M PARK

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934)
son of Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

Jane Lucille “Janie” MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRISG

The daughter of Jane Lucille “Janie” MORRIS


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