John Speller Wright1

#12087, (1812-8 February 1846)
FatherWilliam Wright2 (-c 1871)
MotherElizabeth (?)3 (c 1790-)
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Brett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited27 Dec 2021
John Speller Wright's signature from his wedding certificate
     (For a brief history and context on the Darby family - which this person is an extended member of - see this page)

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John Speller Wright was born in 1812 at England.2 He was the son of William Wright and Elizabeth (?)2,3 John Speller Wright was baptised at St. Ann's circa 1813 at Soho, London.3 John Speller Wright was indentured to Thomas Wand as a tailor.4

He married Martha Darby, daughter of George Darby and Elizabeth Aylott, in a Church of England ceremony at St. Pancras Parish Chapel on Wednesday, 11 January 1837 at St. Pancras, London. Martha was daughter of a millwright and builder from Hertford. The wedding certificate was also signed by Samuel Darby and Ann Darby. Others who may have attended the wedding include Elizabeth (?) as mother of the bride, George Darby as father of the bride and William Wright as father of the groom. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Lucretia Darby, Eliza Darby, Mary Ann Darby, William Darby, Amelia Darby, Thomas Darby and John D. Darby. John and Martha went on to have two children together.5,6,1 John Speller Wright was a tailor on 4 March 1839 at 44 Conduit Street, London.7,8 John and Martha lived on 4 March 1839 at 11 Swan Street Great Dover Row, London.7 John Speller Wright and Martha Darby made an application for free passage to South Australia on 4 March 1839.7

John and his wife Martha emigrated with Martha's brothers Thomas and John, John's wife Mary, her sister Ann and Ann's husband Joseph Peck. from London on 20 April 1839 on the 'Somersetshire.9' John and his wife Martha arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 25 August 1839.9

On his arrival, there were a little over 10,000 people in the colony.10

The family was mentioned in a letter from another South Australian immigrant. Describing something of their circumstances on 21 March 1840:
"On the 27th of August [1839], I had the pleasure of seeing Thomas Darby, his brothers, and sisters, but they did not know me at the first sight, I looked so thin and bad ; but I told them I was well and hearty. They received me very kindly indeed, and I helpt them make their bed the first night in the colony; but to them it seemed a miracle that we should all meet here, after talking about it up at their father's house that night their chimney caught fire [perhaps the brickyard straw fire of 2 years previously]. They desire me to send their kind love to you all, likewise to their fathers and mothers, to their sisters and brothers, and to all inquiring friends and relations."

No doubt this letter was very eagerly received back home.11,12 John Speller Wright was a tailor in 1846.2 John and Martha (and presumably his spouse Martha) lived in 1846 at Hindley Street, in Adelaide.2

John died on 8 February 1846 at North Adelaide aged approximately 34.2,1 He was buried on 10 February 1846 at West Terrace Cemetery, in Adelaide.13


1813BaptismSt. Ann's, Soho, London3
1837MarriageSt. Pancras Parish Chapel, St. Pancras, London5,6,1
1839Occupation44 Conduit Street, London7,8
1839Residence11 Swan Street Great Dover Row, London7
1839Immigratn-newPort Adelaide, South Australia9
1846ResidenceHindley Street, in Adelaide2
1846DeathNorth Adelaide2,1
1846BurialWest Terrace Cemetery, in Adelaide13


Martha Darby (18 Sep 1810-6 Aug 1876)


  1. [S244] The South Australian Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1876 'Family Notices.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 30 August, p. 4, viewed 14 January, 2012,
  2. [S464] The South Australian, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1846 'Family Notices.', South Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1844 - 1851), 10 February, p. 2, viewed 14 January, 2012,
  3. [S577] E-mails from Geoff Frogley to Tim Hill, 2012- 09 Oct 2012.
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  6. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, 17th Jan 1837 p.3.
  7. [S558] "Labourers applications for free passage to South Australia - certificates #3361-#9422," , 1838-. Currently held by State Library of Victoria (Latrobe Library), 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 4 Mar 1839 #4150.
  8. [S660] Family Tree Circles (… (for address).
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  10. [S882] Pioneers Association of South Australia Inc ( Early SA History -
  11. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, 'Emigration from Hertford' 21 Mar 1840 p.3.
  12. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, 05 Sep 1837 p.2.
  13. [S453] Family History South Australia ( Deaths and Burials (…).
  14. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol 38 p.27.