Joseph Wight (1729 – )

”Joseph,  fourth child and third son of Jonathan and Jemima (Whiting) Wight, was born in Wrentham, December 29, 1729. He, like his father, is mentioned as a yeoman. In 1781 he with some of his sons, perhaps, prospected at New Marblehead (Windham), Maine. From 1781 till the fall of 1783 his movements are variously reported. It is certain however that in November, 1783. he removed with all his family except his son James to Otisfield, Cumberland county, Maine, where he settled upon ‘a beautiful ridge of land near the centre of the town,’ a portion of which is still owned by his posterity. His account book shows that he was ready to turn his hand to many things required in new settlements, such as making surtouts, waistcoats, bearskin muffs, boots and shoes. He was also a farmer, and part proprietor of a saw mill upon Saturday pond. The dates in his account book extend from 1785 to 1794. He married first, in Wrentham, September 22, 1755, Abigail Farrington, of the same place, who died there August 25, 1758, aged twenty-two. He married second, in Wrentham, June 9, 1763, Abigail Ware, who was born December 15, 1740. The family of Joseph was uncommonly hardy and athletic. Although school privileges were scant in those days they contrived to acquire a fair education and to accumulate good estates. They were influential in the community where they resided, and were always respected and trusted. The children of Joseph, all but the first two by the second wife, were: Child (stillborn), Joseph, Benjamin, Abigail, James, Thomas, Nathan, Warren and Jonathan.”

Source:  Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Vol. 3, by Ezra S. Stearns, The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1908, pages 1471-2


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