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Edward Wightman

Male Abt 1754 - Aft 1800  (~ 47 years)


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  • Name Edward Wightman 
    Birth Abt 1754  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death Aft 1800  Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I36843  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LMW
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2021 

    Father Titus Whitman,   b. Jan 1733, Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between Jun 1766 and 10 May 1779, Dutchess County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Mother Hannah Yeomans 
    Marriage 1 Jan 1752  Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F21655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (Unknown wife of Edward Wightman)   d. Abt 1800, Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William Wightman,   b. 30 Oct 1796, Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 27 Mar 1877, Marion, Linn, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years)
    Family ID F21654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2021 

  • Notes 
    • He was probably born in Exeter, Rhode Island.

      From George Wightman of Quidnessett, R.I. (1632-1721/2) and Descendants (citation details below):

      Edward Wightman, called in the will of his grandfather John Wightman, of Hancock, Mass., "eldest son of my son Titus Whitman," was probably an infant when his parents removed from Rhode Island to Beekman's Precinct, Dutchess Co., N.Y. During the Revolution he served in the 14th Regiment of Albany County, N.Y. militia, which suggests that he had already left Dutchess County on or before the outbreak of the War. The location of his father's family at this latter time is not known; but most of their relatives were located at Hancock, Mass. and in southern Vermont around Manchester. Following the War, Edward's younger brother George, married a cousin in Manchester, Vt., and located there. The first Federal census of 1790 does not list Edward anywhere as head of a family; but the census of 1800 for Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vt., shows him there as head of a household. It is regarded as established, but without documentary proof, that Edward was the father of the three children given below. The facts, supplied in large part by a descendant of William, the second of the children, are as follows:

      The three children named below were brothers. Their birth place was Pawlet, Vt. (family record). When William was "about four years old" their mother died, and shortly afterwards the father gave all three away to be brought up in three different families. It is said that the father went away, married again, and had another family.

      The census of 1800 indicates the household of Edward of Pawlet as comprising one female, 26 to 45; and three children older than three little boys therein given as under 10. As Edward nowhere appears as head of a household in 1790, it seems unlikely that these older children were Edward's. They may have been the children of a housekeeper, possibly a sister. Edward is not given in Pawlet or elsewhere in Vermont in the next or any subsequent census lists.

      The three boys all grew up in the locality about Pawlet and Manchester, and two, if not all three, married there. David named his eldest son Edward.

      Children, born in Pawlet:

      i. David, b. abt. 1792.
      ii. William, b. 30 Oct. 1796.
      iii. Ezra, b. 30 Aug. 1798.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6074] George Wightman of Quidnessett, R.I. (1632-1721/2) and Descendants: Waitman, Weightman, Whiteman, Whitman, Whytman, Wightman, Wyghtman by Mary Ross Whitman. Chicago, 1939.