Wilbur  Wright

Wilbur Wright

Male 1867 - 1912  (45 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Wilbur Wright 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 16 Apr 1867  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 May 1912 
    Person ID I302477  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2006 

    Father Bishop Milton Wright,   b. 17 Nov 1828, Rush County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1917  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Susan Catharine Koerner,   b. 30 Apr 1831, Hillsborough, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1889, Dayton, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 1859  Union County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
    Family ID F121306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Inventor of airplane, and aviation industry pioneer

      Probably during the winter of 1885-1886, Wilbur was hit with in the face with a bat while playing an ice-skating game. The injury at first did not seem serious. In the Bishop's words, "In his nineteenth year when playing a game on skates at an artificial lake at the Soldier's Home near Dayton, Ohio, a bat accidentally flew out of the hand of a young man... and struck Wilbur, knocking him down, but not injuring him much. A few weeks later, he began to be affected with nervous palpitations of the heart which precluded the realization of the former idea of his parents, of giving him a course in Yale College." For the next four years, Wilbur remained homebound, suffering perhaps as much from depression as from his vaguely-defined heart disorder. During this period, Wilbur cared for his mother Susan, who was dying from tuberculosis.
      During the years 1900, 1901, 1902, and 1903, the two brothers developed the first effective airplane.


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