Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Richard Wight 1834-1907

My ancestral line leading to Richard Wight begins with my grandfather's mother. Grandfather Frank Leroy Doty was the son of Emily Wight and Lewis Penny Doty. Emily was Richard and Emily (Brundage) Wight's youngest daughter.

Richard Wight
Jonas Wight (1808-1878)
Caroline Ackley (1809-1894)

Individual Facts
Sep. 26, 1834
McDonough, Chenango Co., NY15
1855 (about age 21)
McDonough, Chenango Co., NY6
1860 (about age 26)
McDonough, Chenango, New York, United States7
1870 (about age 36)
Wawayanda, Orange, NY5
1875 (about age 41)
McDonough, Chenango, New York8
1880 (about age 46)
Wawayanda, Orange, NY9
Jun. 8, 1900 (age 65)
Greene, Chenango, NY2
1902 (about age 68)
Greene, Chenango, NY10
Jun. 1, 1905 (age 70)
Sherburne, Chenango, NY11
Mar. 21, 1907 (age 72)
from senile pneumonia; Sherburne, Chenango, NY3
Mar. 23, 1907 (age 72)
Brisben, Chenango., NY3,12

1. Emily Brundage (1835-1873)
Aug. 16, 1860 (age 25)
Caroline Phoebe Wight (1861-1923)

Anna A. Wight (1863-1920)

Burt Wight (1865-1944)

Eleanor Wight (1868-1915)

Emily Wight (1870-1956)


Richard Wight was enumerated twice in the 1855 New York State census. He was living in his father's home with his family. His 2nd census entry was with his employer, J. W. Hamilton where he worked as a laborer. [Source 1855 NYS Census, 1st Election District, Smithville, Chenango Co., NY, dwelling 285, line 3]

June 21, 1860 Richard was enumerated in the federal census in his parents' home. He was employed as a Peddler.

A few months later Great Grandparents Richard Wight and Emily Brundage married August 16, 1860. Emily was an Orange County, New York girl. I am so curious how they met, courted and married with their homes at least 138 miles apart. How far did Richard peddle from home?

Daughters Carrie and Anna were both born in New York in 1861 and 1863. A son, Bertie, was born in Waterloo, Iowa November 1865 so the family must have spent a short time there. By the way, Richard's brother, George Tarbell Wight, settled in Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa approximately the same time. George remained in Waterloo while Richard and his family returned to Orange County, NY by the time daughter Eleanor was born in 1868. 

In 1870 Richard, Emily and children were living next door to her parents in Wawayanda, Orange Co., NY.  Emily died January 1873 leaving Richard with five young children. When the 1875 NYS census was recorded on June 4, Richard was living in McDonough, Chenango Co., NY with his three older children--Caroline, Anna and Bertie. His younger daughters, Eleanor and Emily, were residing with their maternal grandparents, Phebe Maria and Orsamus Brundage, in Orange County. According to the 1880 federal census, Richard Wight was working at Wawayanda as a laborer on John H. Reeve's farm close to his Brundage in-laws. Richard's only son, Albert W., was living with his Brundage grandparents as well as his two youngest daughters.

Richard was living in Pharsalia, Chenango Co., N.Y. by 1890. On Feb. 3, 1890, Richard Wight received $2,000.00 as his legacy from his father's estate. Jonas Wight's will indicated Richard would get his money within 18 months after his mother, Caroline Wight, died. In 1900, he was residing with his oldest daughter, Carrie, and her family in Greene, Chenango Co., N.Y.  where he  remained until his death.

From The Norwich Sun published in Norwich, Chenango Co., New York Saturday Evening, March 23, 1907, page 2:

Sherburne, March 23--The funeral of Richard Wight, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. O. Barr, Thursday morning, was held at 2 o 'clock this afternoon, at his late home, Rev. C. V. Stocum of the Baptist church officiating. The remains were placed in the vault in the Sherburne Quarter cemetery and later will be taken to the family plot in the cemetery near Brisbin. Mr. Wight was nearly 73 years old.  His former home has been near Greene but for the past six or seven years he has resided in Sherburne.

I'd like to give special thanks to fellow ‘Richard Wight descendant’ Glenda for sharing her Wight family documents and information with me. I appreciate her kindness.

        1. 1860 Federal Census, McDonough, Chenango Co., NY, Series M653, Roll 734, Page 470, Jonas Wight household.
        2. 1900 Federal Census, Greene, Chenango Co., NY, SD 11, ED 62, Sheet 8, Fred O. Barr Household.
        3. Death Certificate, Richard Wight's Death Certificate #147.
        4. Elizabeth Horton Collection, Brundage Folder.
        5. Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Federal Census (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record;), Year: 1870; Census Place: Wawayanda, Orange, New York; Roll: M593; Pages 692-693.
        6. 1855 NYS Census, McDonough, Chenango Co., NY, Page 26, Line 36, Jonas Wight Household.
        7. Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Federal Census (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records;), Year: 1860; Census Place: McDonough, Chenango, New York; Roll; Page: 470; Image: 399.
        8. 1875 New York State Census, Town of McDonough, Chenango Co., NY, p 12, line 10, Richard Wight Household.
        9. 1880 federal census, Wawayanda, Orange Co., NY, Roll 912, pg 418D, ED 47, Image 214.
        10. Cuccinello, Karen, ed., Chenango County, New York Directory, 1902 (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2000.Original data - Directory of Chenango County, New York. Norwich, NY, USA: 1902.Original data: Directory of Chenango County, New York. Norwich, NY, USA: 1902).
        11. 1905 New York State Census, Sherburne, Chenango Co., NY, Fred O. Barr Household.
        12. Find-A-Grave web site www.findagrave.com
        13. The Wights, Volume II (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore 1977), Vol. II, compiled by Lois J. Wight, page 161.

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