The first American Wright, Samuel, was an English-born Puritan. He immigrated to Boston as part of the “Great Migration” of Puritans to Massachusetts in the 1630s, less than two decades after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Dan Wright, Revolutionary Soldier
Samuel Wright’s great-great-grandson, Dan Wright, was born in Connecticut in 1757 and served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He fought in the Battle of Saratoga. After the war, he earned a living as a carpenter and a farmer, taking part in the rapid American expansion and settlement of the western frontier. In 1814 he and his family settled on a farm near Centerville, Ohio, just south of Dayton.
Settling the Frontier
Dan Wright and his family took part in the rapid American expansion and settlement of the western frontier. In 1814 they settled on a farm near Centerville, Ohio, just south of Dayton. His youngest son, also named Dan, married Catherine Reeder, a Centerville woman and the product of two first-generation Ohio families. Dan and Catherine—Wilbur and Orville’s grandparents—continued the Wright tradition of moving west and settled on 80 acres in Indiana.