Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: James P.McPherson, J.P., Married Lindsay Wright & Isabella McDonald, June 8th, 1862

From the Diary of James P. McPherson, entry dated June 8, 1862
John McDonald was one of the Scots families that greeted James P. McPherson when he arrived in Wisconsin.  The McDonald's lived in Verona, which was just over the ridge from the village of  Springdale where McPherson would soon make his home. 

On June 10th, 1850, McPherson noted that he removed a splinter from the foot of  13 year-old Isabella McDonald, daughter of John & Janet McDonald.  Although her father,  was often mentioned  in the J. P. McPherson's diary, Isabella was not mentioned again until this June 1862 entry:

8 -- Sun.   Married Lindsay Wright & Isabella McDonald. At T. Adamsons afternoon.

The 1860 Federal Census for Verona listed the 24 year-old Scotsman Linzy Wright as working as a day laborer for the McDonald's neighbor, John Eddy.  When the young couple married in 1862, Wright was 26 years-old and his bride, 24 years-old. The Wrights later made their home in Bridge Creek, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


  1. Ouch! I wonder if she typically walked bare-footed during the summer months.

  2. Sheryl, I would imagine that going barefoot was the norm for kids in rural 1850s Wisconsin. I would imagine that it was a BIG splinter for old J.P. to have mentioned it in his diary. J.P. and Mary seemed to be very resourceful -- jack of all trades sort of people, which included a bit of healing as well.

  3. Nice Story i never hear this !!! Thank you for share :)

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