Rebecca Ann (Heaton) Wright (1841-1890) was my maternal third great-grandmother. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records
Rebecca was born 1841 in Ohio, likely in Brown County1.
1.1. Birth Certificate
The State of Ohio did not require birth certificates at the time of Rebecca's birth. Statewide recording of births started in 1867.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
If Rebecca's birth was mentioned in a newspaper, I've not yet located it. Will need to check with state and local archives to see if they have any newspapers from the time period.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I'm not aware of any surviving Heaton family Bible that mention's Rebecca. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one can be located.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I'm not aware of any baptismal record for Rebecca. I am not sure of the church affiliation of the Heaton family at this time.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Rebecca was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Rebecca married Joseph Wright on November 1, 1857 in Schuyler County, Missouri2. Rebecca's parents had moved to Liberty Township, Schuyler County, Missouri in the mid-1850s, along with others from Brown County, Ohio.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if Rebecca and Joseph's nuptials were mentioned.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if mention was made of Joseph and Rebecca's anniversaries, either. Their 25th wedding anniversary would have been November 1, 1882. Rebecca passed away before their 50th. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication that a divorce ever occurred, and a recent search of court records during the time period did not turn up a divorce record.
1.3. Death Certificate
Rebecca died March 25, 1890 in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana3, from german measles. The State of Indiana did not require death certificates at this time.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
Record of Rebecca's death has not been found in any extant local newspapers from the time period.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Will need to search records of the local historical society to see if they have any records of funeral homes that might pertain to Rebecca. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next trip.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Rebecca's tombstone in the I.O.O.F. cemetery in Alexandria, Indiana has been photographed
4. A link to her memorial page at FindAGrave can be found here.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census
On June 18, 1880, Rebecca was enumerated in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana5 in the Joseph Wright household as Rebecca Wright, wife, female, age 42, Keeping House. Rebecca was born in Ohio, as were both her parents.
2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census
On September 13, 1870, Rebecca was enumerated in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana6 in the Joseph Wright household as Rebecca Wright, female, age 31, Keeping House. Rebecca was born in Ohio.
2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census
On June 28, 1860, Rebecca was enumerated in Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio7 in the Joseph Wright household as Rebecca Wright, female, age 20. Rebecca was born in Ohio.
2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census
On August 23, 1850, Rebecca was enumerated in Scott Township, Brown County, Ohio8 in the James Heaton household as Rebecca A. Heaton, female, age 9, born Ohio. Rebecca had attended school within the year.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
No state census records in Ohio are known to exist.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet examined these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Wright farm.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Rebecca was female.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by her husband that would make Rebecca eligible for pension benefits.
3.3. Service Records
Not applicable, as Rebecca was female.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Madison County, Indiana and Brown County, Ohio to see see what records might mention Rebecca. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Plat maps of Madison County, Indiana will need to be searched to see what information that can be gleaned that might be relevant for my search.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records to research for Rebecca include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. Heaton, Dean, "The Heaton Families : 350 Years in America", Gateway Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982, page 120.
2. Ancestry.com. Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.
3. Sandra Freeman, "John William Wright - Ellen King family group sheet," compiled [n.d.] (Alexandria, Indiana, USA). Notes say information from Zelma Cooper & Gloria LeMaster.
4. FindAGrave, Inc., FindAGrave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 Oct 2016), Rebecca Ann (Heaton) Wright memorial.
5. Joseph Wright household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Monroe Twp., Madison Co., IN, ED 21, SD 3, Page 39, dwelling 329, family 330; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 293., Page 106.
6. Joseph Wright household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Monroe Twp., Madison Co., IN, Page 38, Alexandria P.O., dwelling 275, family 270; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 336., Page 210.
7. Joseph Wright household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Washington Twp., Brown Co., OH, Sardinia P.O., dwelling 360, family 360; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 938., Page 25.
8. 1850 U.S. Census, Brown County, Ohio, population schedule, Scott Township, page 338 (stamped), dwelling 921, family 926, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 October 2016); National Archives, Washington, D.C..
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.