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Gen. Joseph Dwight

Also Known As: "Brigadier General Dwight"
Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Death: June 9, 1765 (61)
Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt Henry Dwight, Esq. and Lydia Dwight
Husband of Mary Dwight and Abigail Sergeant Dwight (Williams)
Father of Mary Dwight; Dorothy Foster; Lydia Dwight; Henry Dwight; Mary Dwight and 7 others
Brother of Seth Dwight; Capt Seth Dwight; Dorothy Foster; Anna Dwight; Lydia Williams and 7 others

Occupation: soldier and judge
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About Gen. Joseph Dwight


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Judge Joseph Dwight (1703–1765) Was born in Hatfield Massachusetts Oct 16th 1703 and died on June 9th 1765. [1] Graduated from Harvard in 1722 [2] [3] and was admitted to the bar in Worcester in 1733 and was the first member of the Worcester Country Bar. [1] He was eleven times a member of the Massachusetts colonial council between 1731 and 1751, and its speaker in 1748-9. [3] [2] During this time he had become a colonel of militia, he become the brigadier general on 20 February 1745, and was second in command at the attack on Louisburg in that year, where he led in person the "Ancient and honorable company of artillery of Boston," General Pepperell commended Joseph Dwight for his courage and skill. In 1756 he commanded a brigade of Massachusetts militia, at Lake Champlain, in the second French war. [2]

In 1752 he moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to act as Trustee of "the Indian Schools," which relation he held to them nearly or quite all the time that Jonathan Edwards was also at work there as a missionary (1751-8) to that settlement of whites and Christianized Indians. [2] Joseph Dwight remained on the bench as Chief Justice of the Berkshire County Court of Common Pleas until his death. [1]

He served as brigadier general of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, second in command of the colonial troops in the expedition against the French at Fortress Louisbourg in 1745, and commanded a brigade of Massachusetts militia at Lake Champlain during the French and Indian War. He married Mary Pynchon and they had nine children. [2] Their daughter Dorothy Dwight married Jedediah Foster (1726–1779). [4] [5] Joseph Dwight built a house at Great Barrington which is still standing and is in good repair. [2] He was one of the leading men when it came to the management of town business, and in giving direction to inhabitants. [6]

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  1. ^ a b c book about History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts
  2. ^ a b c d e f list of children and details Joseph Dwight life
  3. ^ a b Life and times of Judge Joseph Dwight and his children
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]


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General Dwight died June 19, 1765. He left a long list of creditors. Each creditor received 16 shillings, 11 pence after probate. Abigail, his widow, was forced to leave Great Barrington and their comfortable home, and take up residence in the ("Mission") house in Stockbridge she had occupied with Rev. John Sergeant, her first husband. Now she would live there with her son and his family. Records show she had to defend her Sergeant belongings as well as gifts from the General to keep them from being considered among the General's assets. This information is available from Probate records in Berkshire county.


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Inscription: "Sacred to the memory of Brig.Gen. Joseph Dwight Died June 9th, 1765, E 62 Tho great in council and in arms, Tho pious, good and just, Yet death her cruel debt demands, Dwight slumbers in the dust."

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Gen. Joseph Dwight's Timeline

October 16, 1703
Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
June 22, 1727
Age 23
November 13, 1729
Age 26
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
January 3, 1731
Age 27
December 22, 1733
Age 30
January 26, 1735
Age 31
March 12, 1736
Age 32
April 23, 1740
Age 36
October 29, 1742
Age 39