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Braman/Brayman/Wright in PA, OH, IN
Posted by: Steve Heath Date: February 20, 2002 at 21:07:09
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This is quite lengthy, but hopefully will spark an exchange of information that will help me in my search.

I am seeking to expand what I know about the lineage of my paternal grandmother, whose maiden name was Opal
Evangeline Braman. She was born January 10, 1895, in Egypt, Michigan, and supposedly died in 1918 (date not
certain) in Vidor, Texas. I am suspicious of the death information because she would had to have died at the age of 22
or 23 with four children, one of whom was my father. At any rate, here is the lineage as I currently know it:

John Jay Wright (I have no other information) married a Cherokee woman from Pennsylvania by the name of Gerusha,
probably about 1830-35. I do not know how many children they had, but one of them was a son, Jay Wright (I do not
have any information on birth or death dates). Jay was obviously married because he had 10 children, but I have no
information about his wife. The children were:

Andrew Jackson Wright (born in 1842)
Ellen Mary Wright (1844)
Ira Wright (1846)
Alden Wright (1849)
Harriet J. Wright (1849) (twins??)
Jerome Wright (1854)
Jay Wright (1856)
Peter Wright (born 1859, died 1927, married to Emma; they had a son, George Wright, who was born in 1880 and
died in 1960. He married Maggie Stewart, who was born in 1883 and died in 1964.)
An infant who was stillborn (year??)
Charles Wright (born 1837, died 1909)

Charles Wright was my great great grandfather. He married Mary Jane Canfield, who was born in 1846 and died in
1920. I have no other information about dates and locations. Charles and Mary Jane Canfield had eight children:

Leslie Canfield (born 1866, died 1939, married Etta Donnelly and had two children, Wayne Wright and Minnie Wright.
Wayne married Florence Helmrick and had two children, Wayne Wright and Donald Wright. Wayne had a daughter,
Stephanie, with his first wife, Jean, and a son, Jeffrey, with his second wife, Barbara. Donald married Sue Trall and they
had four children: David Wright, Gary Wright, Donald Wright and Mary Ann Wright. Minnie, meanwhile, married Ralph
Omara and they had two children, Ralph Omara and Shirley Omara.)

Minnie Wright (birth and death dates unknown; married Wesley Matthewson and had three children: Margaret
Matthewson, Merton Matthewson and Wesley Matthewson).

Leona Wright (born 1875, died 1924; married Walter Dobson and had a son, Kenneth Dobson, who was born in 1908
and died in 1970. Kenneth married Cora Mae Roth and had two children, Karen Dobson and Peggy Dobson. Peggy
married Alan Dorton and had a daughter, Peggy Ann Dorton.)

Anna Wright (born 1879, died 1963; apparently never married.)

Ernest Wright (born 1882, died 1925; Ernest married Bessie Drake and had three children: Lois Wright was raised by
her Aunt, Leona; Georgia Wright was adopted out; a male child was stillborn.)

Leon Wright (born 1884, died 1959; married Louise; apparently had no children.)

Leroy Wright (born 1886, died 1967. He was married twice. His first wife was Lydia Boyer, who was born in 1887 and
died in 1914. Leroy and Lydia had three children. A daughter, Marjorie Wright, was born in 1910 and died in 1972. She
married Dale Ritter and they had a son, Warren. Warren was married-I do not know her name-and had three children:
Craig Ritter, Kathy Ritter and Brenda Ritter. A son, Hubert Wright, was born October 17, 1911 and died in 1984. Hubert
married Sue Brown. They had no children. A son, Lloyd, married a woman named Edith and had three children: Charles
Wright, Peggy Wright and Richard Wright. Leroy's second wife was Lois Roe. Lois was born in 1889 and died in 1972.
They had no children together.)

Tola Wright (born May 1, 1870 and died in November, 1930, possibly in Capitola, California.)

Tola Wright, who was my great grandmother, married Charles Braman, who was born April 12, 1857, and died in June
of 1937. Together, they had seven children:

Mary Louise Braman (born August 22, 1897; death date unknown; married K. M. Smith; apparently had no children.)

Commodore Perry Braman (born December 25, 1900; died February 22, 1972; married Faye Milton; apparently had
no children.)

Lawrence Hugh Braman (born September 7, 1906; died March 29, 1976; married twice. His first wife was Frances Neff.
They had a son, Lawrence Dean, who married Elberta Knight and had a son, Dean Braman, who was born March 19,
1955. Dean married Pamela Beyer and had two children: Michael Dean Braman, born November 26, 1973, and Mildred
July Braman, born September 3, 1976. Lawrence Dean Braman and Elberta also had a daughter, Margaret, born April
27, 1960. Lawrence Hugh Braman's second wife was Katherine Smith. They apparently had no children.)

Ruby Marie Braman (born June 10, 1909; died in January, 1910)

Gerald Duane Braman (born November 25, 1910; died August 17, 1958; married to Edith Sidelinker; apparently had
no children.)

Marion Keith Braman (born March 25, 1915; may still be living; married to Faye Stevens. They had two children: A
daughter, Linda Mae Braman, was born January 10, 1949. She married Laurance Gillen and had one daughter, Sarah
Anne Gillen, born September 1, 1970. A son, Thomas Keith Braman, was born June 30, 1952. He married Shirley
McGregor and they had a son, Brandon Keith Braman, who was born July 10, 1971.)

Opal Evangeline Braman (born January 20, 1895; died sometime in 1918.)

Opal was my grandmother. She married Roy J. Stage, who as born March 11, 1894, in Fremont, Indiana, and died in
May of 1970 in Bronson, Michigan. Opal, if the death date is accurate, was only 22 or 23 when she died. She and Roy
had four children:

Ernest Stage (dates unknown)

Roy Stage (dates unknown)

Delores Stage (dates unknown)

Richard Signor Stage (born November 12, 1915, in Steuben County, Indiana; died July 16, 1988, in Beaumont, Texas.
He was married four times and fathered at least 16 children. My mother, Florence Orene Hosford, was his second wife.
She was born September 23, 1917, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is still living. I was born Stephen Richard Stage on June
19, 1947, in Santa Rosa, Callifornia.)

Again, if you can help me push the Braman/Wright lineage back in time I would appreciate receiving the information. I
hope all of this has been helpful to you.


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