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On the subject of the birth year, Spring Green's entry under Correct Birth Year is correct.
Ron, that FLW added Lloyd to his name at the time of the divorce is another 'story' that has never been documented. Hines' research turned up divorce records which give the name of Wm. and Anna's son as "Frank L. Wright."
In your quote from the guide's factbook I latched onto the following:
Is it known by what name Wright was listed? Frank Wright, Frank L. Wright, etc?2.) The 2nd piece of evidence comes from one of the schools that Wright attended, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“oldÃ¢â‚¬Â� Madison high school (now Central High School).
WrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name appearsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ once in the surviving records of his high school. In the oldest volumeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ in the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collectionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ WrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name appears near the end of the book, with his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name, his address, 804 E. Gorham and his birth date, Ã¢â‚¬ËœJune 8, 1867.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢[ibid]
No. He said it in a talk at Barnsdall Park many years ago. He was only suggesting, not claiming as hard fact, and the suggestion was that this was his name at birth. Thus, as McCrea has adumbrated, all the evidence that Wright didn't use the name as an adult is beside the point.if there is any mention of Lincoln in Manson's book, could you specify where it is?
The best evidence, if we had it, would be a birth certificate. In the meantime I'm convinced that the story is false.
http://flwright.org/ckfinder/userfiles/ ... ealogy.pdf
Notice that Mr. Wright is listed as Frank Lloyd (Lincoln) WRIGHT.
No sources are listed for this chart.
Also, this weekend I picked up a copy of "Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace: The Enduring Power of a Civic Vision" (written by David Mollenhoff (who wrote an excellent history of Madison) and Mary Jane Hamilton). On Page 43 is a picture titled "Frank Lincoln Wright, Age Ten" taken in 1878. The picture is credited to FLW FDN.
https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot ... tails.aspx
Fallingwater's website follows suit with more explanation:
https://www.fallingwater.org/history/ab ... yd-wright/
I really want to know where this story is documented ...OTHER THAN THE STATEMENT IN BRENDAN GILL'S BIOGRAPHY...and have these authorities cite their sources for this bit of information.Frank Lincoln Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867, to William Carey Wright, an itinerant music teacher, composer, and Baptist minister, and Anna Lloyd Jones Wright, a school teacher. Following his parentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ divorce in 1885, Frank changed his middle name to Lloyd to honor his motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family.
I sent the following message to the Britannica's "Contact Us" section:
We'll see if I get anything other than an automated response.In your entry for the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, your article notes Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright, and that he later changed his middle name to Lloyd.
What source can you cite for this, other than a biography written by Brendan Gill, or numerous bios based on Gill's biography. Has a legal document been found to substantiate Gill's claim which is not substantiated in his book?
A birth certificate, a baptismal certificate, a University of Wisconsin application or student list, a census form...? Wright himself made no such claim that was published in his autobiography.
There is concern that an erroneous claim is now becoming an accepted fact via republishing with no actual research to verify the source.
I sent the following to Scott Perkins at Fallingwater:
We met briefly at a recent FLWBC Conference.
Recently, I was perusing the Fallingwater website during lunch and noted that the Wright bio states that Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright, and that he later changed his middle name to Lloyd to honor his mother's family following his parents' divorce in 1885.
The first I read of this name change in Brendan Gill's biography of Wright titled "Many Masks", written in the early '90's. Gill did not cite a source for this rather startling claim, and I and others have not found where Gill may have read or heard this. Has a legal document been found to substantiate Gill's claim which is not substantiated in his book? A birth certificate, a baptismal certificate, a University of Wisconsin application or student list, a census form, a marriage certificate, a passport, a social security application...?
There is concern that an unsubstantiated claim is now becoming an accepted fact via its republishing with no actual research done to verify the source.
If you or your team have found something we haven't, might you share it with us?
People love gossip. Proof of gossip is inconsequential, and disproof ignored altogether. This is in the wind, and will doubtlessly stay there permanently.
I seem to recall that the family's time in Massachusetts had been explored for this issue; local records at any and all addresses/towns/cities where the Wrights lived/worked/went to school might be useful ? Perhaps this has already been done.