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Sgt Henry Wight
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Birth: unknown, England
Death: Feb. 27, 1681
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA

The following has been modified from William Ward Wight's "The Wights, A Record of Thomas Wight of Dedham and Medfield and His Descendants 1635-1890" (Milwaukee, 1890, p. 7) with [annotations] by the memorialist:

Henry2 Wight (Thomas1) born at England, settled with his parents at Dedham in 1637. He joined the Dedham Church Aug. 14, 1646, and was admitted a freeman of the Mass. Bay Mar. 26, 1647. In 1652 he received two acres of land from his father "Thomas Wight doe alienate and grante unto Henery Wight his sonne." About the time of this grant Henry m. Jane Goodenow of Sudbury [but the date of the m. cannot be found in any pub. VR or Church rec.]. Henry Wight remained at Dedham when the remainder of his father's family removed to Medfield.
He is first mentioned in Dedham records in connection with town affairs in 1653, being appointed to the discharge of a town office. In 1658 he was made constable by the General Court. He was a selectman of Dedham for ten years, his first service being in 1661, and held that office at his death. In 1665 he received a grant of 120 acres from the town. On Feb. 24, 1671 [1671/2], Henry Wight was one of three Dedham citizens appointed to lay out a house lot for Rev. Samuel Mann [the memorialist's ancestor] at Wrentham, and to take care about the church lot there.
Henry is mentioned in his father's will as "my eldest son," and "my well beloved son," and was appointed one of his father's executors. Henry received in his father's will his father's "houses and lands lying and being in Dedham." This devise included the original grant of 12 acres from the town to Thomas Wight. Henry d. intestate at Dedham, Feb. 27, 1680 [sic, 1680/81] - or, as the record puts it, "Sergt. Henery Wight deceased 27:12:80" [sic]. Under date of Mar. 14, 1680 [1680/81] "At a Generall Meeting it was proposed whether the Town would chose another selectman in the room of Sergt. Wight, deceased." Power to administer his estate was granted Apr. 26, 1681 "unto Jane, his relict widow and Joseph Wight his eldest son." The inventory, accepted two days later, aggregated 524.1.0. [Suffolk County Probate Records, Vol. 9, 21.]
Wife Jane (Goodenow) Wight joined the Dedham church June 12, 1653, and d. at Dedham, May 16, 1684. Her estate was inventoried at 462.08.03 with Joseph Wight and Nathaniel Chickering appointed administrators.


i. John Wight, b. Dec. 13, 1652, d. unm. at Dedham, Oct. 28, 1671.

ii. Dea. Joseph Wight, b. May 11, 1654, d. June 23, 1729 at Dedham; m. 1) Jan. 15, 1679/80 at Dedham, Deborah Colburn, who d. Aug. 30, 1684 at Dedham; m. 2) Apr. 22, 1685 at Dedham, Mary Stearns, who d. Dec. 25, 1733 at Dedham. Five children of the family, two by wife Deborah, three by wife Mary.

iii. Daniel Wight, b. Nov. 24 (bapt. Nov. 30), 1656, d. May 1, 1719 at Dedham; m. Feb. 17, 1685/6 at Dedham, Anna Dewing, who d. May 10, 1725 at Dedham. Three children of the family, all sons.

iv. Benjamin Wight, b. June 18 (bapt. June 29), 1659, d. Mar. 10, 1738/9 at Sudbury, Mass.; m. Apr. 10, 1690 at Sudbury, Elizabeth Newell, dau. of Isaac Newell and Elizabeth Curtis, b. Jan. 6, 1668/9 at Roxbury, Mass. She d. Jan. 6, 1742/3 at Sudbury. Four children of the family.

v. Jonathan Wight, b. July 2 (bapt. June 13), 1662, d. Mar. 20, 1717/8 at Wrentham, Mass.; m. Apr. 19, 1687 at Dedham, Elizabeth Haws. She m. 2) as his 2nd wife, Samuel Bullard of Dedham, and d. July 5, 1764 at Dedham.

That Sgt. Henry Wight and wife Jane both d. at Dedham prior to 1700, it is assumed they are interred at the Old Village Cemetery at Dedham where the earliest interments have no record of specific location or extant gravestones.
Family links: 
  Thomas Wight (1607 - 1674)
  Alice Roundy? Wight (1605 - 1665)
  Jane Goodenow Wight (1634 - 1684)*
  Joseph Wight (1654 - 1729)*
  Benjamin Wight (1659 - 1739)*
  Jonathan Wight (1662 - 1718)*
  Jonathan Wight (1662 - 1718)*
  Henry Wight (____ - 1681)
  Mary Wight Ellis (1635 - 1693)*
  Samuel Wight (1640 - 1716)*
  Ephraim Wight (1646 - 1723)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Village Cemetery
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Aug 03, 2012
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Sgt Henry Wight
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- Tena M, Messinger- Roach
 Added: Nov. 6, 2016
Henry Wight
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Jul. 31, 2015
Rest in Peace Grandfather
- Don Blauvelt
 Added: Aug. 4, 2012

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