Wright family page
Clara Johnson, nee Wright, and daughter Muriel. Clara was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1866, the daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth Wright. In 1896 she married Walter Johnson, who was about ten years younger than her, in London. In 1897 she gave birth to Muriel.
Her husband died in 1900, followed by her father in 1908 and mother in 1910. About this time Clara moved to Jersey to take up a position as housekeeper at Government House.
By 1920 she was shown as a ratepayer at No 58 King Street, running a confectionery shop previously run by John Cocks. He had traded there from 1900 to 1919, and the premises were previously occupied by photographer T Johnson. It is not known whether she had any family connection to him.
The confectionery business was taken over by Gladys Baggs and her sister by 1925. Clara bought a property called 2 Lurline from Charles Alexandre in 1922, and also lived at 11 Grosvenor Terrace, where she wrote her will, leaving everything to her daughter Muriel
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Origins of surname
A 'wright' was a maker of machinery or objects in wood, as in wheelwright, cartwright and wainwright. The name comes from the old English wyrhta, meaning craftsman
The name first appeared in Jersey records in 1799 and there were multiple families and baptisms through the 19th century
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Wright family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page Evelyn Wright née Lodge, Le Colombier Manor, St Lawrence - 18 November 1942, D/Y/A/110 Charles Wright of 7, Esplanade, St Helier Publican - 29 March 1864, D/Y/A/32 George Wright of St Saviour - 20 January 1875, D/Y/A/38 Samuel Wright of St Helier, now of St John, bequeaths to the National School of St John £1 - 30 June 1863, D/Y/A/31
- George Wright, 1 Marine Villas, Beaumont, St Lawrence - 16 February 1932, D/Y/A/92
- Robert Wright, Louward, Samares Coast Road, St Clement - 1 February 1946, D/Y/A/115
- Edward Wright, Pavilion Hotel, Corbiere, St Brelade - 9 January 1937, D/Y/A/100
- Lillian Wright, St Albans, Portelet Bay - 15 May 1937, D/Y/A/100
- Jane Wright, widow of John Dimond - 8 June 1914, D/Y/A/73
- Alice Wright, wife of George Podger, Woodbine, Vallée des Vaux, St Helier - 16 October 1922, D/Y/A/82
- James Wright, Yokohama Villa, Roussel Street, St Helier - 15 June 1920, D/Y/A/80
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The grave of Great War casualty William Wright at Almorah Cemetery, St Helier