Wrightstone Family History
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We created research papers in "pdf" formats, and here are links to our Klinger ~ Kinter and Wrightstone ~ Arnold familes.

We're related to the Wrightstone family through my mother Dorothy (Dottie) Irene Klinger, who was born in 1928 to Irene Mary Wrightstone and Edwin Charles Klinger.  In 1948 Dottie married Robert Harvey Graham.

Like many of our families, the Wrightstone families were early settlers of the 18th century Northern York County Townships of Pennsylvania, which today include Carroll, Monaghan, Fairview, Newberry, Washington, and Warrenton (Warrington). The family origins are still being researched.

Our research is hampered with the German and English pronunciation and spelling versions of the Wrightstone name. We know the original German spelling of Wrightstone was Richtstein or Richstine; meaning the “right stone.” English speaking British and Dutch cultures influenced the pronunciation, and subsequently the spelling of Richstein changed to Rightstone. The name Richstein or Richstine is still being used, but by the mid 19th century our specific family name further evolved from Rightstone to its current spelling of Wrightstone.

We also are mindful of given names, which includes German baptism naming traditions and the religious practice of using Christian Saint’s name for all the children; Johann Jacob or Johann Wilhelm. It was also a common practice to name the first born son after the child’s paternal grandfather and the second born son after the maternal grandfather.  [1]  Johann Wilhelm Richstein would have been known in German circles as Wilhelm, but with English influences, this person may have also been recorded as John or William.

From what we have researched, [2]  we believe our Wrightstone family immigrated to America sometime between 1750 and 1770. [3]  From our family stories we believe our Wrightstone family 1st settled in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. After a brief period the family wanted to experience more of the Colonial English influences, and migrated away from traditional German enclaves of Germantown and other Colonial Pennsylvania German communities. Historically, Colonial German farm families didn’t traditionally cross the Susquehanna to venture west until about 1780-1790.

We're looking for a Johann Jacob Richtstein (Wrightstone) [4]  who would have been born in Colonial Pennsylvania about 1765 to 1775. [5]  Johann would have been known as Jacob, and we believe he married a woman named Elizabeth. [6]  This Elizabeth was born 1770-1780, most likely before 1775 when John was born.

•    We know John and William both came into Fairview Township York County area circa 1820. [7]  It was here in 1830 Fairview John was married and William was living with his mother and other siblings.

We believe Jacob and Elizabeth married circa 1790, and had the following children. [8]

i.    John Wrightstone (1791-1856) Our lineage is connected to John, who before he died in 1856, had three sons and five daughters. His daughters went on to marry, but we believe only two sons survived to start a family; Michael and John Wrightstone.

ii.   Un-named Wrightstone who was born 1800-1810. In 1830 a male and female of this birth range were living with John and Margaret Wrightstone. It could be a sister, Leah who married Joseph Sipe, [9]  or some other female sister or male brother to either John or Margaret.

iii.  William Wrightstone (1807-1881), William had one son and one adopted daughter. His son was named Jacob, who had nine sons and three daughters. You can imagine how many children Jacob’s sons had in their families.

iv.   Un-named Female Wrightstone was born 1810-1825. In 1830 she was living with her mother and 23 year old brother William.

v.    Un-named Female Wrightstone was born 1810-1825. In 1830 she was living with her mother and 23 year old brother William.

William Wrightstone (1807-1881)

We only created a partial account of William’s family, but here’s our research paper on this very large family.

William Lawrence [10]  Wrightstone was born February 25th 1807 in Pennsylvania. He and his brother John Wrightstone lived in early 19th century Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania. It was here in Fairview Township that William would live, farm, and marry Catherine (Katie) Morgan on April 10th 1836. Katie was born April 9th 1816. [11]

In 1836 William was a private under the command of Captain James Snell’s 7th Company, attached to the 86th Regiment in the 1st Brigade, 11th Division of the Pennsylvania Militia. On May 9th 1836 William and other members of the 7th Company disobeyed orders to conduct Battalion training. A General Court Martial was held in Carlisle on June 10th 1836, and the entire 7th Company was sentenced to pay a $30.00 fine and was restricted from holding any military appointment for five years.

On June 13th 1836, in Hogestown Cumberland County Pennsylvania, a court of appeal was convened on charges of “non-attendance to duty of Battalion training.” On Friday, November 11th 1836, Joseph Ritner, the Governor of Pennsylvania, pardoned all parties of the 7thh Company. [12]

Records also show that the 9th Company was also fined for not attending and neglect of duty at Battallion training in Hogestown on May 9th 1836.

William died January 25th 1881; age 73 years, 11 months, 0 days at 8 o’clock in the morning. [13]  His will and bond was probated on February 11th 1881 for Fairview Township York County PA. His wife Catherine and George W. Atkins renounced themselves as administrator. [14]  He was laid to rest at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery New Cumberland, Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania. [15]

Catherine died June 17th 1896; age 80 years, 3 months, 8 days. She was living at the Messiah Rescue and Benevolent Home, Brandt Cottage, Bailey Street, Dauphin County Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Her last bill at the home was paid on September 1st 1896. She was laid to rest with her husband at the Mt Olivet Cemetery. [16]

There is also a Catherine who died 1887 buried with William and Catherine Wrightstone.

William and Catherine Wrightstone had one son and one adopted daughter.

i.    Jacob M. Wrightstone (1837-1894)

ii.   Mary Jane Ferry (b. 1857)

Jacob M. Wrightstone (1837-1894)

Jacob Morgan [17]  Wrightstone was born March 17th 1837 to William Wrightstone an Catherine Morgan. He lived and farmed his entire life in Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania. Jacob married Mary F. Ross on November 24th 1864, who was born December 15th 1843. [18]

Jacob died February 27th 1894, age 56 years, 1 month, 10 days in Fairview Twp at 5:53 in the evening, submitted by Edward E. Wrightstone. [19  He was laid to rest with his parents at the Mt Olivet Cemetery New Cumberland, Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania. Jacob’s wife issued a Guardian Bond, which was filed March 1st 1897, to her son Edward E. Wrightstone for Marlin F. Wrightstone, Levi M. Wrightstone, Susan Wrightstone, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wrightstone. Marlin and Levi signed March 1st 1897, and the girls; Susan and Elizabeth signed on February 8th 1897. [20]

In 1900 Jacob’s wife Mary Jane lived with her son Edward and Martin Thomas, and by 1920 she lived with her son Levi Wrightstone. Mary died January 9th 1923, and was laid to rest with her husband at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in New Cumberland.

Jacob and Mary Wrightstone had twelve children.

i.    Edward Elmer Wrightstone (1864-1932)

ii.   William Lawrence Wrightstone (1867-1930)

iii.  George H. Wrightstone (1869-1956)

iv.   Lizzie Hake Wrightstone (b. 1870)

v.    Abraham J. Wrightstone (1871-1902)

vi.   Catherine J. Wrightstone (1873-1940)

vii.  John A. Wrightstone was born November 5th 1875, and died from scarlet fever at home on May 3rd 1880: age 4 years, 5 months, 28 days. [21]

viii. Jacob E. Wrightstone was born September 1st 1877, and died from scarlet fever at home on May 4th 1880; age 2years, 8 months, 4 days. [22]

ix.   Susan A. Wrightstone (1881-1923)

x.    Levi Miller Wrightstone (b. 1883)

xi.   Nathaniel C. Wrightstone Nathaniel was born March 10th 1886, and died from scarlet fever at home June 20th 1887; age 1 year, 3 months, 10 days. [23]

xii.  Martin Thomas Wrightstone was born April 18th 1888. He died May 14th 1935. [24]  He worked as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Enola Pennsylvania. Martin lived with his Mother Mary Jane and her brother Levi at 35 Bridge Street New Cumberland Borough.

Martin married Mabel Loyer on July 5th 1912 in Hazelton Pennsylvania. She was born February 23rd 1887. [25]  Martin’s WWI registration dated June 5th 1917 indicated he was single and his mother was his next of kin.

Mary Jane Ferry (b. 1857)

Mary Jane Ferry was informally adopted as an orphan girl and raised by William Wrightstone and Catherine Morgan, and who has assumed his last name. [26]  Mary Jane was born November 1857 in Maryland to William and Catherine Ferry. In 1860 Mary lived with William and Catherine Wrightstone in Fairview Township York County.

Mary Jane married February 11th 1892 at age 32 to Lewis W. Coble who was 41 years old and living in Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania. After she married, she and her husband lived in Newberry Township York County. On the 1920 Census for Newberry Township, Mary listed her birth, and the births of her parents, in the state of Maryland.

Lewis Coble was born November 1849, and was adopted at age 16 months, circa March 1850. [27]  Lewis was a stone mason, and was first married to Annie, who was born circa 1858. In 1880 Lewis was 32 years old and Annie was 22 living in Conewago Township York County Pennsylvania. Together Lewis and Annie had three children:

i.    Annie Coble who was born circa 1872.

ii.   Jane E. Coble who was born circa 1874.

iii.  Cora M. Coble who was born circa 1877.

Lewis divorced Annie on September 15th 1890. He then married Mary Jane Wrightstone February 11th 1892.

Together Lewis W. and Mary J. Coble had three children.

i.    Lee S. Coble was born June 6th 1892. [28]  He married Muriel, and together they had five children: In 1930 Lee lived at 241 Jonestown Road, Colonial Park, Lower Paxton Township Dauphin County Pennsylvania.

a.  Ava G. Coble was born circa 1917

b.  John W. Coble was born circa 1919

c.  Helen G. Coble was born circa 1922

ii.   Peter Coble was a twin born May 15th 1899 [29] 

iii.  Ann Coble was a twin born May 15th 1899.

Lewis’s marriage application listed his age as 41, making his birth circa 1851. However there are no John and Catharine Coble anywhere in the USA with a child named Lewis, except in Newberry Township in 1850 and 1860 census, where Lewis is born circa 1848. A 1900 census record for Lewis is garbled, but it can be read as November 1849. And the 1920 census record also supports a birth date for Lewis as 1849. The marriage application dated 1892 is in error for his age.

Lewis Coble died April 16th 1931 at 12:30 A.M. (30 minutes past midnight). Services were held at the Yocumtown Church of God by Reverend L. A. Hartman, and he was laid to rest at the Paddletown Cemetery, 60 South Main Street, Manchester York County Pennsylvania. He identified his daughter from his first wife as the executor of his will: Daughter Emma (Jennie) Drawbaugh, William Parthmore Executor. [30]  When Lewis died he had one daughter; Mrs. Charles Drawbaugh of Fairview Township York County; and one son, Lewis S. Coble, Colonial Park Harrisburg; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One brother Peter Coble of Linglestown, a half brother David Drawbaugh of Paxtonia, and a half sister Mrs. Enuna Rudy of new Cumberland.

End Notes

[1.] Naming Conventions and Customs: 18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Customs & Patterns, August 18th 1995, Charles F. Kerchner Jr., 3765 Chris Drive, Emmaus PA, 18049-1544

[2.] Our Research: We are assuming 1st son is John and the 2nd son was William; suggesting John Rightstone (1791-1856) was named after his paternal grandfather, and William Rightstone (1807-1881) was named after his maternal grandfather. John’s first known son and second born, Michael, was after his maternal grandfather, while William’s first son and first born, Jacob, was named after his paternal grandfather.

•    We are suggesting this assumption to continue our research. Johann Jacob Richtstein (Wrightstone) is the father of two sons; John and William. Johann Jacob is known as “Jacob” and his father was known as Johann Wilhelm (William) Richtstein. German families would know them and record them as Jacob or Wilhelm, while the English may have recorded them as Jacob or John, or William or John.

[3.] Wrightstone Colonial Origins 1750-1770: This assumption is made largely from the census record of two brothers; John Wrightstone (1791-1856) and William Wrightstone (1807-1881). In the 1880 census record, William, indicated his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Assuming their parents married at 18 years of age, about 1790, they would have been born in Pennsylvania about 1772. The largest German migration to Colonial Pennsylvania occurred about 1845 to 1770.

[4.] Johann Jacob Richtstein Name: This is a reasonable assumption, which is based on German religious naming conventions; William Wrightstone (1807-1881) naming his 1st son, Jacob; a 1810 John Wrightstone Census cited in the Bibliography.

[5.] Johann Jacob Richtstein Birth Date: This is a reasonable assumption: John Wrightstone (1719-1856) was born 1791, and his parents would have been between 16 to 28 years old; 1830 William Wrightstone census, cited in the bibliography, a female 50-60 years old living with William implies she was born sometime between 1770 and 1780.

[6.] The Assumed Names of Jacob Wrightstone and his wife Elizabeth: Johann Jacob; we selected Jacob over John, which is based on John being a son’s name; John Wrightstone (1791-1856). Also, based on German naming traditions; 1st son after the father’s father: William Wrightstone (1807-1881) named his 1st son Jacob. This is also assuming John and William are brothers.

•    Jacob’s wife, Elizabeth, is also based on German naming traditions; 1st daughter after the father’s mother or 1st daughter after the mother’s mother. Margaret’s mother’s name was Barbara Hart, which suggest Elizabeth was named after her father’s mother.

[7.] Two brothers in Fairview Township Prior to 1825: This is a reasonable assumption: John Wrightstone (1719-1856) married Margaret Hart who is the daughter of Michael Hart. Michael Hart was living in Fairview Township in 1820 cited in the Bibliography; John and Margaret Wrightstone’s son was born 1825.

[8.] John and William as Brothers: There are no official records that indicate they are brothers. However, the “brother” connection comes from the great-great grandson of John Wrightstone, our Uncle Clyde Wrightstone, who would visit the gravesite of William Wrightstone and family, recalling how they were his ancestors.

[9.] Leah Wrightstone: This is a possibility, but verification is required. A Leah did marry a Joseph Sipe, who was born in 1801. This Joseph had a son, George Sipe, who was born 1837. The issue is how other researcher writes up, and properly cites, their findings. A marriage between Joseph Sipe and Leah Wrightstone would clear this up. What we know is that a researcher indicated that George Sipe was born to Joseph Sipe and Leah Wrightstone.

•    Joseph died circa 1848, did his wife Leah marry John Wrightstone, or did the researcher intend Leah Wrightstone married Joseph Sipe?

•    Church Records, Family File 3073, Volume XIX, Page 37-81, Henry James Young Genealogical Reports, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA

•    Descendants of Kraft Billet, Compiled by Donald F. Billet, co-author of Billet and Related Families of York, Lancaster, and Dauphin Counties, Pennsylvania 1751-1997, Gateway Press, Inc., 1998.

•    Joseph Sipe Will: Book W Page 340, November 11th 1848, Joseph Weir, legal heir of Joseph Sipe of Conewago Township who died intestate about two years since (Died circa 1846), complains that the decedent’s son (Joseph Sipe Jr.), administrator, has neglected the estate.

[10.] Middle Name Lawrence: This came from William’s estate records, and there are variations on how Lawrence is spelled Laurence; Wills and Estate Records; Will Book-2B Page-394; Bond Book 3A Page 284, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[11.] Catherine Morgan Birth Date: Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Ref: BB394, York Heritage Trust Library-Archives, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17402

[12.] William Ritestone Military Service: Page 8318, Governor Joseph Ritner 1835-1838, Executive Minutes, Pennsylvania Archives, Series 9, Volume X, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[13.] William Wrightstone Death Date and Time: Death Affidavit, February 11, 1881, Book 2 Page: 166, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[14.] Catherine Wrightstone and George Atkins Renunciation: Wills and Estate Records; Will Book-2B Page-394; Bond Book 3A Page 284, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[15.] William Wrightstone Mt. Olivet Headstone: Personal visit to the Mt Olivet Cemetery New Cumberland, Fairview Township York County Pennsylvania

[16.] Catherine Wrightstone Death Information: Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Ref: BB394, York Heritage Trust Library-Archives, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17402

[17.] Jacob’s middle name may be for his mother’s maiden name of Morgan.

[18.]  Mary F. Ross Information: Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Ref: BB394, York Heritage Trust Library-Archives, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17402

[19.] Jacob Wrightstone Death: Death Affidavit, March 20, 1894, Book 7 Page 306, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[20.] Guardian Bond for Underage Wrightstone Children: Marriage Applications and Licenses, Guardian Bond, Mary J. Wrightstone to Edward E. Wrightstone, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[21.] John and Jacob Death Information: Non-Population Census Schedules for Pennsylvania, 1850-1880: Mortality, M1838, 11 rolls, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[22.] John and Jacob Death Information: Non-Population Census Schedules for Pennsylvania, 1850-1880: Mortality, M1838, 11 rolls, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[23.] Nathanial C. Wrightstone Death: Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, Ref: BB394, York Heritage Trust Library-Archives, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17402

[24.] Martin Thomas Wrightstone Birth and Death Dates: WWI Draft Registration Card, Roll 1927083; York County, Pennsylvania; Draft Board: 1 United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls

[25.] Wrightstone Researchers: Boog Graham, 479 County Line Road, York Springs, PA 17372 ~ Great Grandson of Edwin and Hattie Wrightstone ~ Great-Great Grandson of Michael Wrightstone and Eliza Jane Kline; Marie Zirilli, 17 Dorchester Road, Hummelstown, Pa 17036 ~ Great Granddaughter of Ida May Wrightstone, daughter of Michael Wrightstone and Eliza Jane Kline; Great-Great Granddaughter of Michael Wrightstone and Eliza Jane Kline; Herbert and Michael J. Sklenar; sklenarh@vmemail.com;

[26.] Mary Jane Ferry Assumes the Wrightstone Name: Calendar of Vital Records of the Counties of York and Adams, York Heritage Trust Library-Archives, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17402

[27.] Lewis Coble Adoption: Marriage Application and Licenses, Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Cumberland County Court House, Courthouse Square, Carlisle, PA, Book 6 Page 39

[28.] Lee S. Coble Birth: Birth Records (1893-1906), Book 01, Page 074, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[29.] Peter Coble Birth: Birth Records (1893-1906), Book 02, Page 037, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[30.] Lewis Coble Estate Records; Will Book 3N Page 465 and 25G Page 79, , York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA.

Bibliography

1. 18th Century Pennsylvania German Naming Customs & Patterns, August 18th 1995, Charles F. Kerchner Jr., 3765 Chris Drive, Emmaus PA, 18049-1544

2. 1790 Jacob Richtstein (Richsstein) Census: Long Swamp, Berks, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 89; Image: 103; Family History Library Film: 0568148; First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

3. 1810 Jacob Wrightstone Census: Coventry, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: 47; Page: 232; Image: 0193673; Family History Library Film: 00063; Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls). Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

4. 1820 Michl Hart Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania; Page: 76; NARA Roll: M33_114; Image: 159; Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

5. 1830 William Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania, Page 269; NARA Roll: M19-160; Family History Film: 0020634, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Original data: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

6. 1830 John Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania, Page 261; NARA Roll: M19-160; Family History Film: 0020634, Family History Film: 0020634, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Original data: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

7. Michael Hart Estate Will: Book 3Q Page 174, March 26th 1840, John Rankin, administrator of Michael Hart late of Fairview Township, yeoman, to Jacob Cocklin Jr. of Monaghan Township for $245.30 21 acres 118 Perches in Monaghan Township. Michael Hart had a daughter Margaret, wife of John Rightstone. York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17401.

8. William Wrightstone Estate Records, Will Book-2B Page-394; Bond Book 3A Page 284, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

9. 1830 John Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania, Page 261; NARA Roll: M19-160; Family History Film: 0020634, Family History Film: 0020634, Ancestry.com and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Original data: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

10. 1830 William Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania, Page 269; NARA Roll: M19-160; Family History Film: 0020634, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Original data: 1830 U.S. Census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

11. 1870 Wm and Catherine Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1468; Page: 318B; Image: 253; Family History Library Film: 552967; 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.; Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

12. 1880 William Wrightstone Census: Fairview, York, Pennsylvania; Roll T9_1205, Family History Film: 1255205; Page: 175.3000; Enumeration District: 1, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census, Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

13. 1880 Lewis W. Coble Census, Conewago Township York County PA, Roll T9_1206; Family History Film: 1255206; Page: 309.2000; Enumeration District: 7; United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.