Stephen A. D. Wright [my great grand uncle] was born 10 August 1867 in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, to Allen Prince and Rebecca Caroline Griswald Wright. Stephen was 9th in birth order of his parent’s brood of 11 children. On 21 February 1894, Stephen married my great grandaunt, Marietta Lee, the sister of my great grandmother, Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver, in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.
From the Reunion Papers of the Jenks Family by Eva Seymour Jenks:
“Marietta Lee, daughter of Charles and Esther Jenks Lee and Stephen A. D. Wright were united in marriage in Pontiac, Michigan, February 21, 1894, by the Rev G. C. Pillsbury. Mrs. Pillsbury and Miss Maggie Green acting as witnesses. The bride was attired in a beautiful dress of light brown, trimmed with velvet and silk braid and very becoming to the wearer. On their homeward trip they spent a few hours with Mrs. Myra Wright Mudge (Mr. Wright’s sister) at Birmingham — then returned to the home of the bride’s parents. For a number of years Mr. Wright was employed in the mill of L. C. Phelps at Southfield burg, and they lived nearby. Some years ago, they bought the old Lee place where they still live.”
The couple had a long life together and provided for their family of 8: Estelle (1894), Mariam Mae (1896) [a frequent correspondent to my grandfather Lee Weaver], Clare Levern (1898), Walter Lee (1901) [see prior blog post], Harvie Morris (1903), Lewellyn Lee (1904), Baby Girl (1905-1905), and Esther Rebecca (1912).
As indicated, Stephen took a great interest in the education of his children and of the community as served as the director of the Southfield Township School Board.
[Robert Churches noted as the Board Treasurer happens to be Stephen’s brother-in-law as he was married to Marietta’s sister, Hannah Almira (Myra) Lee.]