William Nicholas Gano and Elizabeth Wilkie

William Nicholas Gano was born August 27, 1838 in Fayette County, Ohio and died December 9, 1868 in Harrison County, Eagleville Missouri. He was the son of Robert Gano and Phoebe Newland.   He married Elizabeth Wilkie.  She was born May 20, 1843 in Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana and died July 9, 1932 in Goff, Nemaha, County, Kansas – her obituary is here.


The Wright Family – May, Ella, Alice, Winnie and in front William and Elizabeth Wright.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Wilkie and Unity Brazzel.

After William Nicholas Gano died Elizabeth married William George Wright.


Mrs. E. Wright, care Mrs. Alice Baker, Goff, Kans



This is a very interesting letter about our Brazzle, Wilkie and Gano families. I received a copy of this letter and envelope in 2001 from another family researcher – she nor I know who wrote it but I am placing a copy online to preserve it.

Written on the back of the envelope “Grandfather Brazzell died when Uncle Tom was 4 days old.” Bethany, Harrison County Mo.

Elizabeth Wilkie Gano Wright died in 1932 and Uncle Tom died in 1926 so it would have been written between these dates.



Elizabeth Wilkie Gano Wright smoked a clay pipe to relieve toothache pain.


She kept her pipe and tobacco in a pocket down in her skirt.

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Elizabeth Wilkie Gano Wright and William George Wright


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