Bad John Wright

Bad John Wright
Eastern Kentucky lawman, U.S. marshall, Confederate and Union soldier, circus performer, bigamist, model for John Fox, Jr.’s Devil Jud Tolliver, and legend. Today we tell the story of Bad John Wright of Letcher County, Kentucky.

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2 thoughts on “Bad John Wright

  1. Devil John Wright had children by several women but he wasn’t a bigamist. He only married two times. His first marriage was to Martha Mattie Humphrey in 14 Oct 1866, in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky. Mattie died 11 Mar 1924 in Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky. His second wife was Ellen Sanders. He married Ellen 08 Sep 1924, Flat Gap, Floyd County, Kentucky. So John was not married to two women at the same time.

    1. Roderick says:

      Nancy, thanks for your comments. We look forward to getting more information and “setting the record” straight on Devil John Wright.

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