Joseph WIGHT

Male 1654 - 1729  (75 years)


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  • Name Joseph WIGHT  [1
    • Joseph Wight born May 11, 1654, became a freeman May 8, 1678. "Joseph Wite and Deborath Colborne marryed 15:11:1679" Deborah died in Dedham, August 30, 1684, and Joseph married, April 22, 1685, Mary Stearns. He was selectman eighteen years, first in 1690 and town clerk thirteen years, first in 1709. During the last thirty-three years of his life he was deacon in the First Church, Dedham - in the pastorates of Rev. Joseph Belcher and Rev. Samuel Dexter. Joseph "was a man of superior judgement and of an excellent understanding; and was eminent for piety and sanctity of life. It is illustrative of the opinions and usages of his time, and proof of the high estimation in which he was held, that in his old age, many parents carried their young children to him that he might implore for them the favor of Heaven. In my youth I was acquainted with a venerable matron of this parish, who well remembered him and had received his blessing. She described with much feeling scene, when in her childhood she stood before this good old man who, leaning upon his staff, laid his hand on her head and in prayer, craved for her the blessing of God..... His creed was after the faith of his fathers, and he was of the straitest sect. He was exceedingly tenacious of all the forms and observances of religion practiced by the first settlers of New England and zealously opposed all innovations in doctrine, and usages of worship. When he became the head of a family he failed not in the daily performance of family devotion; and such was his reverence for the Christian Sabbath that it was his uniform practice on that day to assemble his household together in family prayer, morning, noon and evening Heaven gave him length of life, and those who knew him said of him that he passed it in the conscientious performance of his duties to God and to man.

      Deacon Joseph's will was made January 2, 1724/5, he died June 23, 1729, and his will was approved November 29, 1731. His widow died in Dedham December 25, 1733. [1]
    Born 11 May 1654  Dedham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jun 1729  [1
    Person ID I101326  Main Tree
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2020 

    Father Henry WIGHT,   d. 27 Feb 1680 
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    Mother Jane GOODENOW,   d. 16 May 1684, Dedham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married Abt 1652  [1
    Family ID F42140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Deborah COLBORNE,   d. 30 Aug 1684 
    Married 15 Nov 1679  [1
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F42138  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary STEARNS,   b. 22 Aug 1661,   d. 25 Dec 1733, Dedham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1685  [1
    Children 
     1. Rev. Jabez WIGHT,   b. 12 Jul 1701, Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1783, Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F42137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12075] The Wights: A Record of Thomas Wight of Dedham and Medfield and of his Descendants 1635-1890 , William Ward Wight.