ENTER THE WRIGHTS
THE NAME OF WRIGHT is inseparable from that of their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, which is known for such institutions as Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Indeed, ancestors of the Wright brothers were present at the city's founding, in 1796.
The townsite passed into American control in 1795, following a decisive victory in which General Anthony Wayne defeated Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. It took its name from General Jonathan Dayton, one of its founders, who had been among the signers of the U.S. Constitution. Its location was promising, for it lay at the confluence of three rivers: the Mad, Great Miami, and Stillwater. This made it a natural center for trade. The first settlers came from Cincinnati, fifty miles to the south.
One Wright ancestor, John Van Cleve, had gained the unfortunate distinction of being the only white man to be killed by Indians within Cincinnati's city limits. His widow, Catharine, remarried and soon