Gazlay Family History

FamilyJane Brennan



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Record Created: 25 February 2015; Last Edited: 28 February 2015 
NameJane Brennan
Born ca. 1821 in Leith, Scotland1, 2, 3
Married 1 May 1843 in St. Helier, Isle of Jersey to James Wright1, 3
Died 22 January 1901 in Orleans, Jefferson County, New York3


Jane’s biography provides interesting details of her life:3



Mrs. Jane Wright’s Death Means a Good Woman at Rest.

Tuesday afternoon, very suddenly, after a prolonged illness, in her 81st year, Mrs. Jane Wright died at the residence of her son, Dr. Richard B. Wright, of the firm of Wright & Ross, Lyndonville, her home for the last twenty years.

Jane Brennan, a native of Leith, Scotland, was married on May 1, 1843, at St. Helier, Isle of Jersey, to James Wright, and officer of the British Royal Artillery. After Lieutenant Wright’s retirement from the British army in 1845, they made their home at Redwood, Jefferson county, where they reared their family of five children, two sons, Richard and Frank, and three daughters, Mrs. Gazley, of Cortland; Mrs. William H. Sanborn, of Bakersfield, Cal., and Mrs. N. P. Bush, of Lake Preston, South Dakota. Mrs. Wright leaves nine grandchildren. Her husband’s death occurred in 1872. A lifelong and devoted member of the Episcopal Church, she was greatly endeared to all who knew her by her kindliness of heart, gentleness of speech, and worthy life.


Spouse 1FamilyJames Wright
Born ca. 1821 in Ireland
Married 1 May 1843 in St. Helier, Isle of Jersey to Jane Brennan
Died 1872
Children of Jane Brennan and James Wright:
1.FamilyRichard Wright
Born ca. 1847 in Jefferson County, New York
+2.FamilyMartha Eliza Wright
Born October 1850 in Jefferson County, New York
Married to Henry A. White
Married 2 November 1896 to Dr. Henry Champion Gazlay
Died 29 January 1922 in Cortland, New York
3.FamilySarah A. Wright
Born ca. 1851 in Jefferson County, New York
4.FamilyEmma Wright
Born ca. 1854 in Jefferson County, New York
5.FamilyFrank Wright
Born ca. 1859 in Jefferson County, New York


  1. New York State Census, 1865, Jefferson County, Alexandria, Page 29, family of James Wright (44, Ireland, laborer); wife Jane Wright (44, England, 6 children); child Richard Wright (18, Jefferson, male, clerk); child M. E. Wright (17, Jefferson, female); child G. A. Wright (14, Jefferson, femalie); child E. Wright (11, Jefferson, female); child G. F. Wright (6, Jefferson, male).
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, New York, Jefferson County, Town of Alexandria, Page 53, family of Jane Wright (47, England); Richard Wright (22, New York, clerk, d. g. store); Sarah Wright (18, New York, apprentice, milliner pref.); Emma Wright (16, New York); Frank Wright (10, New York).
  3. Obituary, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York (available at; 24 January 1901, Mrs. Jane Wright, died 22 January 1901 in Orleans, New York. The article provides vital and biographical details and the names of her husband and children.