Clipped From The Paris News
The Claiborne Wright Family George W. Wright, lacking three months of being seven /ears old, arrived at Pecan Point, September 5, 1816, with his parents, Claiborne Wright and wife, his sister, Henrietta, his brothers, Travis G., William P., Adam M., and a female Negro stave and probably a Negro man. OlaJborne Wright was born in North Carolina in the latter latter quarter o! the eighteenth century and emigrated to Tennessee, Tennessee, settling at Carthage. He married and there his five oldest oldest children were born. In 1815 he went to Sbawneetown, HI., and engaged in the manufacture of salt, there being saline beds in that neighborhood, but the venture proving unprofitable he returned to Carthage. Believing that the great southwest offered offered opportunities for better fortune he built a keel boat at Carthage, loaded it with household goods and food supplies, christened it the "Pioneer" and having taken his family aboard h« cut the cable March 5, 1816, and six months later tied up at Pecan Point on the north bank of Red river, in what was claimed claimed ms United States territory. It was included as part of Arkansas Arkansas when that territory was organized in 1819, and later was found to be in Indian Territory when the boundary was »ur- » .-eyed between Arkansas and the lands set aside for the Choc- aw, Cherokee and other Indians from east of the Mississippi. Their Boat Sank In River Claiborne Wright believed when he started for this place (hat there was a settlement there and some semblance of civilization. civilization. He found it a trading post of a man named Mabbitt. Whether he would have, remained there or gone further on, hack, is unknown, but the decision was taken from him—soon after his arrival the boat, sank in Red river and with its remaining remaining cargo was forever lost. It had floated down the Cumberland, Cumberland, Ohio nnd Mississippi, been poled and carrle.Ued up the Red and through the grfat rnft above where now is Shreveport, The voyage had weakened its timbers and its work was done. George Wright and his people had come to Texas.