Wright and Hale Families of 

Southwest Virginia

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In Memory of my Dad

Glenn E Wright

April 3,1926-August 26,2006

Glenda M Hinkle

Sherwood, Ohio

I'm researching the Wright and Hale families that first settled in the counties of Russell and Wise Virginia in the late 1700's and early 1800's.

My father's family begins with John and Martha (McLaughlin) Wright. They're  first found in the Russell Co. census about 1830. After the land they settled was taken to form Wise Co. in 1856, they are found in census records in the area of Virginia City and St. Paul.

My mother's family, Hale, was found most often in Russell Co. around the Castlewood area. They migrated from Franklin Co. Va. Other surnames in my family are Lucas, Shepherd,Silcox,Franklin,Grizzle,Mays and many others.They can be found at the link below.

List of surnames in my family trees

If you have information on these families or find mistakes please e-mail me.


Wright Family Tree

Hale Family Tree


Wright Marriages

Hale Marriages

Russell and Wise Co. Places and Photos


Misc Files

Letter about Coal mining in Wise Co

1853 Roadmap plans to build a road in Russell Co listing many family names

Naming patterns for children born in Scotish, Irish, and German families


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