George Wightman (1632 - c.1722) MP

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Birthplace: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Kingston, RI, USA
Occupation: Tailor
Managed by: Janice Lorraine Peters
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About George Wightman

Facebook group for descendants and relatives of George: //www.facebook.com/groups/305678526232940/

https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE96700 - Mary Ross Whitman https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE60043 - M R Whitman + Wade C. Wightman

http://www.wightmanfamily.com/wgtgeorge.html

George Wightman immigrated to Rhode Island around 1655. As it was the time of Cromwell, and George was a Baptist, it seemed like a pretty good idea at the time. (Rev. Ray Wightman)

The English Civil War 1642-1649 was fought between the royalist forces loyal to King Charles I and the parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell. The Royalist were defeated at the Battle of Naseby in 1645 and following attempts to organise a Scottish invasion, Charles was caught and executed on January 30, 1649. It was the first time a British monarch had ever been publicly executed in recorded history. After the execution of the King, a republic was declared known as the Commonwealth of England 1649-1653 and then the Protectorate 1653-1658 with rule by parliament under Cromwell. Following his death in 1658 Cromwell was succeeded briefly by his son Richard before the monarchy was restored and Charles II became king in 1660. -------------------- GEORGE7 WIGHTMAN (John6, Edward5, John4, William3, Richard2, Thomas1), son of (13) John6 WIGHTMAN, was born on 4 Nov. 1632 in England[3], and died in Jan. 1722 in Kingstowne[3]. He married prob. Kingstowne, about 1663, (ADA-12) ELIZABETH UPDIKE[3], daughter of (ADA-11) Gysbert and (AIR-9) Catherine (SMITH) OP DEN DYCK, who was christened on 27 July 1644 in New Amsterdam[4, 27], and died between 1712 and 1716 in Kingstowne[3]. [3, 27, 33] A tradition regarding George's parentage, which has been traced back through several generations of the family and in various branches, is first found recorded in "Materials for a History of the Baptists in Rhode Island" by Rev. Morgan Edwards of Providence (R.I. Hist. Soc. Lib., MS. dated 1771); but it is recorded there as tradition only. In later years this tradition, although still unsupported by any documentary proof, has been accepted by some as established fact. This tradition represents George Wightman as the son of John and grandson of Edward Wightman of Burton-on-Trent, co. Stafford, Eng. Whitman's material, which appears to have bearing upon the question of George Wightman's English forebears, is not presented as based upon the above-mentioned tradition, but it does lead to it. [14] http://www.wightmanfamily.com/wgtgeorge.html Children: + 22 i. ELIZABETH8 WIGHTMAN, b. on 26 July 1664 in North Kingstown, Washington Co.; d. in Jan. 1756 in North Kingstown; m. about 1689 (TQ-2) ALEXANDER HULING, b. in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island about 1665[9], d. in North Kingstown on 29 July 1725[9], son of (TQ-1) James and Margaret HULING. + 23 ii. AYLICE WIGHTMAN, b. on 29 Dec. 1666 in Kingstowne; d. after 1747; m. about 1696 (ANW-3) SAMUEL WAIT, JR., b. prob. Portsmouth, Newport Co. about 1660[11], d. in Exeter, Washington Co. in April 1752[11], son of (ANW-2) Samuel and Hannah (WHITMAN) WAIT. + 24 iii. REV. VALENTINE WIGHTMAN, b. on 16 April 1681 in Kingstowne; d. on 7 June 1747 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut, United States; m. on 10 Feb. 1702/3 (TR-22) SUSANNAH HOLMES, b. prob. Newport about 1682[12], d. in Groton on 7 April 1726[12], daughter of (TR-18) John and (AHJ-3) Mary (SAYLES) HOLMES. -------------------- In 1686, George was elected Constable of Kingstown. About this time trouble again brewed in the New England colonies. The King decided to attempt the consolidation of the New England colonies and sent the despised Sir Edmund Andros to take control of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The founding charters were subverted, and Andros assumed absolute and arrogant control over the business and life of the colonies. However, in England, the "glorious revolution" occurred in 1688, which resulted in the exile of King James II and the adoption of a Bill of Rights in England. Upon hearing the news of the King's exile, Bostonians rose up and overthrew Andros, imprisoning him in 1689. Rhode Island's charter was again restored, and the colonies entered a period of relative stability (although Rhode Island would not finally settle her borders with Connecticut until well into the 18th century).

At the height of George's land acquisition he owned over 2000 acres of some of the best land in the township of Kingstown. On May 17, 1710, he was listed among several men who were granted 7000 acres on the Squamicut jurisdiction. By 1718, George had sold off many of the parcels of land he had originally owned. A February 1717/18 map showing the ownership plots of Quidnessett does not have George's plot explicitly labeled, but some of the land was owned by other families associated with the Wightman line, including John Greene Sr. and Jr. (151 acres), John Sayles (151 acres) and Robert Westcott (unlabeled, but similar acreage). A portion of a farm house that was still standing in the year 1990 is believed to be part of the original structure of George's homestead. This land was passed down to Wightman descendents until nearly 1900. The land remained committed to agricultural use (a testament to George's choice) until it was sold to housing developers in 1986. I am not sure what stands on George's farm today, but the best bet is that it has finally succumbed to sprawl.

At his death, George's material possessions were inventoried, and this list has been recovered. He owned oxen, cattle, sheep, horses, and goats, and bequeathed his gun and Bible (which may have originally been purchased in England by Edward the Heretic) to his grandson George.

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George Wightman's Timeline

1632
November 4, 1632
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
1654
1654
Age 21
1663
1663
Age 30
Kingston, RI, USA
1664
July 26, 1664
Age 31
Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
1664
Age 31
1666
December 29, 1666
Age 34
North Kingston,Washington Co. RI.
1668
January 2, 1668
Age 35
Kingstown, Kings County (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, (Present USA)
1671
February 25, 1671
Age 38
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
1673
January 8, 1673
Age 40
Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
1674
April 16, 1674
Age 41
Quidnesett, Washington, Rhode Island