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George Wightman

Male 1632 - 1722  (89 years)


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  • Name George Wightman 
    Birth 4 Nov 1632  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death Between 25 Jan 1722 and 1 Feb 1722  Quidnesset, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I36851  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LD, Ancestor of LMW
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2021 

    Family Elizabeth Updyke,   b. Bef 27 Jul 1644   d. Between 25 Dec 1712 and 25 Apr 1716, Quidnesset, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 68 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1663  Kings Province, later called Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Wightman,   b. 16 Apr 1674, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Abt Apr 1750, Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 75 years)
    +2. Rev. Valentine Wightman,   b. 16 Apr 1681, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Jun 1747, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F21658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2024 

  • Notes 
    • He was a tailor, educated and literate. His birth date comes from a family Bible which was still extant in 1939.

      A family tradition has it that he was a son of a John Wightman, himself a son of Edward Wightman who was executed at Lichfield, Staffordshire on 11 April 1612, the last person to be burned at the stake for heresy in England. Unlike many such family traditions, this is not obviously ridiculous, merely lacking in evidence. Mary Ross Whitman's 1939 George Wightman of Quidnessett, R.I. provides, in Appendix III to that work, a thorough and fairminded survey of what is and is not known.

      George Wightman of Quidnessett, R.I. (1632-1721/2) and Descendants: Waitman, Weightman, Whiteman, Whitman, Whytman, Wightman, Wyghtman by Mary Ross Whitman (Chicago, 1939) is, in general, an exemplary work of self-published genealogy, built on carefully-gathered and thoughtfully-assessed evidence and written with prudence and grace. It has been our primary source for the Wightman line from this George down to Monroe Alphonso (or Alphonzo Monroe) Wightman (1848-1910). It can be read for free at HathiTree:

      https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/005781039

      -- or read or downloaded at familysearch.org:

      https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/532437-redirection

      -- or for free at Archive.org, checkout renewable ever hour pending availability:

      https://archive.org/details/georgewightmanof00whit/page/n5/mode/2up

      -- or behind the ancestry.com paywall:

      https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/15260/

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

      It is assumed that he came more or less directly to Newport; but no ship's list or other record giving the port of his departure from England or fixing the place or date of his arrival in America has been found. It seems probable, considering the above recorded equipment which he brought with him, that he was no stripling when he came. Besides he was a tailor, and one would suppose that his apprenticeship was served in England prior to his departure for a new land.

      A Valentine Wightman (Whitman), undoubtedly an older brother, was already here in 1653, the date of his first child's birth in Providence. Assuming that Valentine married in Rhode Island about 1652, it is fair to suppose that he had been known in the community for a few years previous. Furthermore Valentine's activities as an Indian interpreter recorded as early as 1654 suggest his arrival possibly by 1648 or earlier, and as George in 1648 would be but a lad of sixteen years, it is not likely that they came together. It seems altogether probable that George came between 1653, the year of his legal majority, and some years previous to 1663, the assumed date of his marriage.

  • 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.