The explanation for Emanuel's place of birth may be in the location of the family. Washington and Scott County, VA, are in the southwest corner of Virginia, right near both Kentucky and bordering on Tennessee. His birth might have been in any one of those three states.
The 1870 Census for Washington County, VA, listed Emanuel M. A. Wright, age 5 and born in TN.
The 1880 Census for Washington County, VA, listed Emanuel Wright, age 15 and born in VA.
The 1900 Census for Russell County, VA, listed Emanuel F. Wright as born in December 1865 in KY.
The 1910 Census for Appomattox County, VA, listed Emanuel F. Wright, age 46 and born in VA.
The 1920 Census for Buckingham County, VA, listed Emmanuel E. Wright, age 54 and born in KY.
The 1930 Census for Buckingham County, VA, listed Emanuel F. Wright, age 68 and born in KY.
The inconsistencies in these listing could indicate that these were different persons, but may also simply reflect some uncertainty in Emanuel's mind about the precise place of birth.
Emanuel is an unusual name among Wrights. There is only one other listed in the index to the 1870 Census and that was an Emanuel born in 1862 in Dinwiddie County, VA. No Emanuel Wright is listed as born in KY. The 1880 Census listed only one other Emanuel Wright and he was born in 1865 in WVA. The 1900 Census listed only one Emanuel Wright with wife Mary and he was in Russell County, VA, which is adjacent to Washington and Scott Counties, VA, where Richard and Rebecca Wright resided. That all tends to point to Emanuel F. Wright as the son of Richard and Rebecca Wright.
However, the 1900 Census for Russell County, VA, listed Emanuel F. Wright and Mary E. Wright as married 5 years. The Russell County, VA, website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~varussel/vitals/marriages/1894.html listed the following marriage:
GROOM/ AGE RACE STATUS PLACE OF PARENTS DATE OF MARRIAGE/
E.F. WRIGHT 29 WHI SIN KY J.L & EMILY WRIGHT 15 NOV 1894
NANCY F. RASNAKE 17 WHI SIN RUSSELL JAS H. & NANCY P. RASNAKE JOHN H. DUTY
The initials and age are correct for your Emanuel F. Wright, the place of birth is right, the date of marriage is right, but the name of the wife is wrong. I think you may want to obtain a copy of this marriage record and make sure it has been transcribed properly. If this is your Emanuel F. Wright, then his parents would appear to be J. L. and Emily Wright.
Hope this is of some help.
Robert N. Grant
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