Margaret Eccles Thornton Wright was born on 4 January 1844 in Prestwick, Scotland to William Collins Thornton and Mary Kennedy Thornton. She was the seventh of 9 children in her family. At a young age, she and her family converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1850 they moved to Utah. Margaret lived in Cottonwood, Mill Creek, and American Fork, Utah. At the age of 16, and on 31 October 1860 in American Fork, Utah, Margaret married Frederick Wright and together they had 13 children: Frederick William, Mary Ellen, Samuel, Elizabeth, Margaret Ann, Sarah Jane, James Arthur, Hugh Alexander, Charles Gilbert, Lucy, Amma Adeline, Bertha Agnes, and Joseph Edward. Margaret was remembered by loved ones for her quiet and humble disposition as well as her love for her husband and children. She had skill with the needle, which served her well in her efforts to clothe her family. Other talents of hers included soap making and candle making. In the Church, she served faithfully as a teacher and a counselor in the Relief Society of the American Fork 1st Ward. Margaret died on 17 July 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah, one day under 6 months after the death of her husband.
This manuscript contains the life sketch of Margaret Thornton Wright, written by an unknown author. It has been photocopied from a single-page, typescript microfilm record. The Manuscript contains a few details from Margaret’s childhood and married life. It also concludes with a poem of unknown authorship.