Thomas Wight

Male 1607 - 1674


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  • Name  Thomas Wight 
    Born  06 Dec 1607  Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Will  07 Feb 1673  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • IN the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy-two, the seventh day of the twelfth month, I, Thomas Wight, senior, of Medfield, in the County of Suffolk, in New England, being by the good hand of God in some comfortable measure of health at the present, and sound in my memory and understanding, yet being grown in age and accompanied with the infirmities incident thereunto, and thereby frequently put in mind of my mortality, do therefore, in the name and fear of God, (in preparation to my expected change,) make and ordain this my last will and testament for the disposing and settling the things of this life wherewith it hath pleased God to intrust me, in manner and form as followeth:--Wherein, I first give and commit my soul into the hands of Jesus Christ, my dear Redeemer, and my body to the earth whence it was taken, to be after my decease christianly buried at the discretion of my executors.

      Imprimis,--Whereas Lydia, my present dear and well beloved wife, did before my marriage with her make an agreement with me in all respects concerning her supply from me in case of my departure out of this natural life before herself, which agreement, under my hand and seal, is yet remaining in the keeping of Mr. John Eliot, Pastor of the Church of Christ in Roxbury, her brother.

      Item -- I do hereby fully settle and confirm unto and upon my son, Henry Wight of Dedham, my eldest son, all those my houses and lands lying and being in Dedham, formerly contracted for, with all the rights and priviledges thereunto belonging; and further I give unto the said Henry, my son, my two bigest books.

      Item -- I give and bequeath unto my son, Thomas Wight, the one half of that parcell of wood land which I formerly bought of Major Lusher, lying in Dedham bounds, and four acres of my swamp lying by William Cheney's, on the side next the said William Cheney and of the swamp at the end of Month Street lotts, three acres adjoining to his own swamp, and the one half of all my wearing clothes, both linen and wollen, boots, shoes and hats.

      Item -- I will and bequeath unto my son, Samuel Wight, and to his heirs forever, all that parcell of meadow which I formerly bought of John Warfield of Medfield, and all that parcell of land granted me by the town of Medfield, lying and adjoining to the parcell last above mentioned, and also one other parcell of coarse meadow lying in the swamp called Maple swamp, as also one half of all my wearing clothes, both linen and wollen, boots, shoes and hats.

      Item -- I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Ellis, the wife of Thomas Ellis, and her heirs forever, that my bed, bedstead, and all the furniture thereunto belonging, fitted in all respects for use, as it now standeth in the parlor chamber in my dwelling house, as also one half of all such brass, pewter and iron pots as I shall leave at the time of my decease.

      Item -- I will and bequeath unto my son, Ephraim Wight, and his heirs forever, all that my dwelling house, barn and out houses belonging to the same, with all that my house lot whereupon they stand and are situated, and all other the appurtenances and accommodations to that my house and lot, as well already laid out as to be laid out whatsoever, both meadow, upland and swamp not formerly given and bequeathed, with all town rights and priviledges any way belonging or any way appertaining to the same or any part thereof; as also the one half of all that tract of wood land which I formerly bought of Major Lusher of Dedham, lying in Dedham bounds; as also twelve acres of land which I formerly bought of John Ellis; as also four acres of meadow land lying on the mill brook; as also all that my parcell of land lying in Dedham bounds, comonly known by the name of the round plain, the ten acres formerly given to my son, Thomas Wight, excepted.

      Item -- I will and bequeath unto my grandchild, Juda Ellis, the daughter of my daughter, Mary Ellis, five pounds, to be paid to my executors in good and current country pay, within six months after my decease; and as for the residue of my estate, bills, bonds, debts, cattle, household stuff and moveables of what kind or sort soever not formerly given and bequeathed, (my just debts being payed and my funeral expenses discharged,) are hereby willed and bequeathed unto my son, Ephraim Wight.

      Item -- I do hereby nominate, appoint, ordain and constitute my well beloved son, Henry Wight of Dedham, and my son Ephraim Wight of Medfield, to be my executors to this my last will and testament, to whom I give and commit full power and trust for the full execution and performance of this my last will and testament, in all respects as is above mentioned; and in witness that this is my last will and testament contained in this sheet of paper, I do hereby renounce all other wills and bequeathments by me at any time formerly made, and have hereunto put my hand and seal, the date and year above written.

      Signed, sealed and published, his mark.
      in the presence of THOMAS T WIGHT and a seale.
      GEORGE BARBER.
      his mark.
      HENRY H LALAND.


      George Barber and Henry Laland, the two witnesses to this instrument, personally appeared before John Leverett, Esq. Govr and Edwd Tyng, Assist., April 2d. 1674, and deposed that they were present on the day of the date of this instrument, and then and there did heare and see Thomas Wight, the subscriber, seal and publish the same as his last will and testament; and that when he so did, he was of a sound disposing mind, to their best understanding.--Suffolk County Probate Records, Vol. 7, page 444.
    Died  17 Mar 1674  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Probate  24 Mar 1674  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A true inventory of the estate, both of Lands, Housings and Cattle and moveable goods of Thomas Wight, senr late of Medfield, in the County of Suffolk, in New England, who deceased March the seventeenth, 1673, with all other dues to him belonging, as it was apprized the 24th. 1 mo. 1673-4, by those underwritten.


      In the Parlor.
      Imprimis--To his books, 1 10 00
      To his wearing apparel, 11
      feather bed, bedstead and covering, 7
      money, 4 2 3
      a cup board, table and chairs, 1 6

      In the Parlor Chamber.
      a bedstead and furniture, 4 6
      a chest of linen, 4 13
      several pieces of linen and woolen cloth, 6 15
      31 lb. of yerne, 2 15

      In the Little Bedroom.
      a chest, bedstead and bedding, 3 10

      In the Hall.

      tables, forms and a chair, 0 16
      andirons, firepan, tonges, hakes, 1
      bellows, combs, hourglass, shears 0 12 6

      In the Buttery.
      14 peices of pewter, 2 18
      iron pots and brass vessels, 3 16
      frying pan, gridiron, mortar, spitt and several vessells and lumber, 1 10

      In the Leanto Chamber.
      Flax, old iron, 3 corn sacks and lumber, 3 11

      In the Hall Chamber.
      a bedstead and bedding and spinning wheel, 1 13

      In the Garrett.
      wheat and rye and Indian corn, 4
      fann and lumber, 0 8

      In the Cellar.
      a tub of pork, suet, lumber, 2 14

      In the back Leanto.
      several iron tools and instruments, 2 16
      spinning wheel, saddle and horse furniture, stock cards and grindstone, 1 7

      To a musket and pike, 0 10
      cart, plough, chains and hooks, 2
      cart rope and plough irons, 0 8
      two cows, two oxen, one yearling and one calf, 18
      hay in the barn, ladder and pitch forks, 1 14
      5 sheep and two swine, 3 13
      the dwelling house and barn and other outhouses, with twelve acres of land on which the building stands, 150
      pasture land and orchard adjoining to the house lot, 20
      16 acres and one rod of swamp land, 8
      4 " of meadow on the mill brook, 20
      11 " of meadow land by Charles River, 40
      11 " of upland on pine hill, 10
      14 " of land on round plain, 17
      7 " and one rod of land, 6
      16 " of land by Joseph Morse, 8
      8 " of land by London farm, 4
      10 " and half of wood land west Charles River, 5
      7 " of land and 25 poles, 4
      16 " and half of land on long plain, 10
      166 " of land on the new grant, 10
      3 " of swamp land, 3
      4 " of meadow land, 12
      110 " of land in Dedham bounds, 15
      Debts due to the estate, 22 1 04
      (???)
      463 15 01

      Remembered since in land, 1
      3 acres of land more, 1 10
      Debts to be paid out of the estate, 2 18

      his mark.
      TIMOTHY T DWIGHT.
      HENRY ADAMS.
      JOHN MEDCALFE

      Henry Wight and Ephraim Wight personally appeared April 2d. 1674, before John Leverett, Esq. Govr. and Edwd Tyng, Assist. and made oath that this paper contains a just and true inventory of the estate of their late father, Thomas Wight, of Medfield, to the best of their knowledge; and that when they know more they will discover the same.--Vol. 7, p. 447.

      In the Probate Records, the date of the death of Thomas Wight, prefixed to the Inventory of his estate, is March 17th, 1673. (The year 1674, according to the manner of dating at that time, not commencing till eight days later, March 25th.) His estate was apprized seven days after his decease, "the 24th. 1 mo. 1673-4." His death is recorded in the Medfield Records under the year 1674, as it should be.
    Notes 
    • Thomas Wight, said to have come from the Isle of Wight, is first heard of in New England as wintering at Watertown in 1635-36. Thomas Wight was proprietor and signed the Dedham Covenant 18 Jul 1637. He received a grant of 12 acres situated in what is now the Upper Village. It was adjacent to the homestead of Anthony Fisher. This is the ground on which he built a house and which has continued in the possession of his descendants to the present (1840) time. The original house stood at the foot of a little rise and was erected of slender material and thatched. The framed house which succeeded this, after remaining nearly two centuries was recently taken down (1840). To preserve the remembrance of this spot where the family hearth was for two hundred years I have this year (1840) planted on it an elm tree. (There is a photograph of this site with tree in vol 7, Dedham Register - also a little map of the property.) His wife Alice was admitted to the church 6 Oct 1640. Thomas was made freeman 8 Oct 1640.

      Thomas was one of the original thirteen founders of Medfield, to which place he removed in the later part of 1652 and where he died. His house lot was on what is now (1878) Green Street, a short distance east of the corner of North Street. He was mentioned as deacon of the church on 1667. He served nineteen years on the board of selectmen. His will was proved 24 May 1674.
      His estate in 1652 totaled 322.

      !History of Medfield, MA by Tilden: p.511
      !NEHGR 42:91
    Person ID  I12978  Bryant
    Last Modified  23 Dec 2001 

    Father  Robert Wight,   b. 1578, probably, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1618, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Fulshaw,   b. probably, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1620, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jul 1603  Alford, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F862  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Alice Roundy or Pepper,   b. Abt 1608, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1665, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1625  probably, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Wight,   b. Abt 1625, probably, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1681, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Wight,   b. Abt 1627, probably, Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1653, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Wight,   b. Est 1635,   d. 07 Mar 1693, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas Wight,   b. Bef 1637, probably, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Sep 1690, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Samuel Wight,   b. 05 Feb 1640, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1716, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ephraim Wight,   b. 27 Jan 1645, Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1722, Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F545  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Lydia Eliot,   d. 1676, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  07 Dec 1665  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID  F861  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 06 Dec 1607 - Hareby, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1625 - probably, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 07 Dec 1665 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 07 Feb 1673 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Mar 1674 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 24 Mar 1674 - Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S139] Wight, D.P., Mem. Thos. Wight, Wight, Danforth Phipps, M.D., (Press of T.R. Marvin. 24 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 1848), p.12.

    2. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Medfield:243.

    3. [S32] TAG, The American Genealogist, 71:14 (Medfield V.R.).


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