The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Charleston Township.
Samuel Wright, Charleston; was born in Delaware Co., Penn., Feb. 29, 1808; when he was 9 years of age, he removed with his parents to Washington Co., in the same State, where he learned the trade of a carpenter and builder, and afterward taught school for seven years. He was married Aug. 20, 1829, to Miss Ruth Gordon, of Washington Co., Penn., and has four children living - William G. (of Charleston), Maria B. (wife of Dr. A. K. Spears, of Charleston), Matilda R. (Mrs. W. S. Minton, of Charleston), and Samuel H. (Corresponding Secretary of the National Surgical Institute, of Indianapolis, Ind.); the last named served three years in the last war; was promoted to Major of the 318t Mo. V. I., and after his return, was for four years Adjutant General of the State of Missouri; in 1835, Mr. Wright removed to Ripley Co., Ohio, returning in 1846 to Pennsylvania; in 1856, he came to Charleston, and followed his trade here till 1860; he was then elected Justice of the Peace for four years, and again elected in 1864; since the expiration of his term of office in 1868, he has been employed as a clerk in the store of his son, W. G. Wright, in Charleston.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Charleston Township