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Victor Wright (1819 – 1867)

Victor Wright was born in the 1819 to Daniel and Azubah Wright. Victor married Marietta F. Foote and they had two sons. One son, Erastus, was born February 24, 1855 and died March 26, 1855 at just 4 weeks and 2 days old. Victor Wright was a smart and busy man who sold merino sheep for a living.

Victor Wright and Marietta Foote Wright
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AN UNTIMELY DEATH

Victor Wright met an untimely death on December 6, 1867 at just 48 years of age. It happened that he was on his way back from Middlebury when something startled his horses. This drove them off course and the horses jumped off a ledge. Victor fell out of his gig and was mortally wounded. He died at a farmhouse nearby. He is buried in the Fair Cemetery in Cornwall, Vermont.

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The deadly curve
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House where Victor died

PETTICOAT STRIP

As a young man, Victor fell in love with a young woman named Marietta Foote. At the same time, however, Victor had a pursuer by the name of Anna Mae. Anna Mae professed her love for Victor, and she was determined to win his love in return. She decided to make up a story and told people that she and Victor were engaged, but Victor did not wish to marry her and said so. There was to be no engagement to Anna Mae! Anna Mae was very mad about this, so she decided to get a lawyer and take Victor to court for breach of promise. She actually won, and so it was decided that she could pick out one parcel of Victor's land.

Forrest and Kate at the Petticoat Strip
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Victor, being the smart man he was, decided to take manure and spread it on the rockiest piece of land he owned. He then planted corn over the manure-covered land. This caused what little soil there was to become quite fertile, and the corn grew to be the tallest of any he planted that year. When Anna Mae came to choose her piece of property, she saw how well the corn had grown in this section of Victor's property and she chose the piece. After all, it had the tallest, healthiest corn on it. However, the following spring when the spring floods appeared, the manure was quickly washed away and Anna Mae found she no longer had good soil for corn, just rock turf. The neighbors called it "Petticoat Strip"!


Stories told to Kate K. and Forrest W.-L. by Nancy Means Wright and Spencer Wright.