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Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

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Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

Pre-emigrant Generation

A1. John Wightman (Weightman)

 

married Jane Wetherhead at Doddington, Northumberland,13 Sept. 1778 (source IGI*).

 

They had the following children, all baptized at Doddington (Source IGI*):

  A2  i.  Alexander Weightman, christened 28 Feb 1779

  A3   ii.   Eleanor Weightman, christened 22 Oct 1780

 A 4   iii. Isabell Wightman, christened 9 Oct 1785

  A5 (1)   iv. John Wightman, christend 23 June 1789, Cornelius party settler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Parish register transcripts, 1688-1812
Church of England, Parish Church of Doddington (Northumberland)
FHL British film 94974 3
Microfilm (1 microfilm reel; 35 mm) of original records at Public Reference Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Baptisms, marriages and burials transcribed by Herbert Maxwell Wood.

 

Parish register transcripts, 1700-1812
Church of England, Parish Church of Doddington (Northumberland)
Microreproduction (1 microfilm reel; 35 mm) of 1915 typsescript housed at the Northumberland County Record Office, Gosforth. FHL BRITISH Film 1068695 Item 4
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1700-1812 -- Banns, 1754-1805. Records are not in chronological order.

 

Parish register transcripts, 1694-1901
Church of England, Parish Church of Doddington (Northumberland)
Microfilm (2 microfilm reels; 35 mm) of original records at Public Reference Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Earliest years duplicated, but registers in very poor conidtions; not all in chronological order, and some years appear to be missing. Also includes christenings for 1946 and 1953-1954 in the 1814 register.

Pre-emigrant

Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

First Immigrant Generation

1. John Wightman

Son of John Wightman and Jane Wetherhead. Born Jun 1789 in Doddington, England. Christen 23 Jun 1789 in Doddington, Northumberland, England. Died 13 Jan 1867 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

John Wightman, age 45, his wife Mary Davison, age 44, and four children, Eleanor, age 14, Isabell, age 11,   John, age 8,   and Elizabeth, age 6, came to America on the brig "Cornelius of Sunderland" in 1837, with the first settlers to Harvey Settlement.   They received Land Grant Lot #19 W in Harvey Settlement, which is on the Tweedside Road.

 

In the 1861 Census, the Wightmans owned or occupied 55 acres improved and 45 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 180 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 14 pounds.   They had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 2 other neat cattle, 11 sheep, 2 swine and slaughtered 300 lb. pork.   Produced 100 lb. butter, 24 lb. wool, 7 tons hay, 250 bu. oats, 10 bu. buckwheat, 20 bu. turnips, 70 bu. potatoes and 7 bu. carrots.  

 

Obituary   31 January 1867 - Morning Telegraph--"Died Harvey Settlement, Sunday morn., 14th inst., John Wightman, age 78(?), native of Doddington, County of Northumberland, England."

Gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery; Section A, Row 14, Plot 157 (on north edge of gravel road # 1). Stone broken in two places. Repaired with wooden frame, 1998:  

 

 

In memory of
John Wightman
died
13th Jan. 1867.
Aged 77 years
______

MARY
his wife
DIED
Aug 19, 1871
Aged 75 years.

He married Mary Davison, daughter of Mathew Davison, in England. Born 1795 in Eng. Died 19 Aug 1871 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

 

They had the following children:

  2   i.   Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman

  3   ii.   Isabelle "Belle" Wightman

  4   iii.   John Wightman

  5   iv.   Elizabeth "Bessie" Wightman

  6   v.   Margaret Wightman

Supplemental data:

Based on a mtDNA test result of direct maternal descendat Ellis Craig the haplogroup designation and HVR1 mutations of Mary Davison are provided below. Since mtDNA is passed directly from mothers to their children with virtually no changes the test values obtained are generally applicable to all direct maternal descendants.

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Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

Second Immigrant Generation

2. Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman

 

Daughter of John Wightman & Mary Davison. Born 18 Sept. 1824 in Wooler, Eng. Christen 29 Oct 1824 in Wooler, Eng. Died 30 Mar 1889 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

 

From Cheviot St. United Presbyterian Church register:

 

p. 66 WIGHTMAN. 27 October 1824. Ellenor daughter of John & Mary Wightman of North Ewart, Doddington parish. Born 18 sept. 1824.

 

Ellen came to NB in 1837 with her parents and siblings, and were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

 

She married Robert Piercy, son of George Piercy & Ann Winter, 15 Jan 1849 in St. Anne's Chapel, Fredericton By Charles P. Bliss. Born Approx 1820 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 31 Aug 1869 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

 

Marriages - St. Anne's Chapel, Fredericton:   "15 Jan 1849, Robert Piercy and Ellenor Wightman, Harvey Settlement, banns by C. F. Bliss.   Witnesses:   Thomas Piercy and Elizabeth Montgomery."

 

Robert received Land Grant Lot R, Block 31, 100 acres, 1853/11/23.  

 

From   Daily Telegraph, 13 Sept 1869:   "Robert Piercy was killed at Hatch's stable Tuesday of last week of a kick from a horse.   He received threekicks in the abdomen.--St. Croix Courier."

 

From New Brunswick Reporter, 10 Sept 1869:   "Died Harvey Settlement (York Co.) 31 Aug., Robert Piercy, age 43, native of Northumberland, England."

 

Inscription on broken gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   Robert Piercy died Aug 31, 1869 Aged 49 years.   Native of Northumberland, England.

 

They had the following children:

  7   i.   Elizabeth Piercy

  8   ii.   George Piercy

  9   iii.   Mary Jane Piercy

  10   iv.   John Piercy

  11   v.   Ann P. "Annie" Piercy

  12   vi.   Margaret Isabella Piercy

  13   vii.   Matilda "Caroline" Piercy

  14   viii.   Robert Henry Piercy

  15   ix.   Eleanor "Maria" Piercy

  16   x.   Phillis Piercy

Supplemental data:

 

Based on a mtDNA test result of direct maternal descendat Ellis Craig the haplogroup designation and HVR1 mutations of Mary Davison are provided below. Since mtDNA is passed directly from mothers to their children with virtually no changes the test values obtained are generally applicable to all direct maternal descendants including daughter Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman.

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Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman
John wightman

Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

Second Immigrant Generation

3. Isabelle "Belle" Wightman

Daughter of John Wightman & Mary Davison. Born 14 Jan 1827 in Wooler, Eng. Died 16 Sep 1901 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

 

Belle came to Canada with her family on the brig Cornelius of Sunderland in 1837, and with   the first settlers of Harvey Settlement.

 

She married Edward Brownrigg, 6 Mar 1851 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton . Born Approx 1820 in England. Died 9 Aug 1900 in Harvey . Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

 

According to information in the 1851 Census, Edward came to New Brunswick in 1849.

 

PANB, #F15552, p. 33:   "Edward Brownrigg and Isabella Wightman both of the Parish of Kingsclear and County of York were married by licence this sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty one by me, John M. Brooke, Minister of St. Paul's Church, Fredericton.

 

This marriage was solemnized between us:   Edward Brownrigg, Isabella X Wightman.

   

In presence of William Brownrigg, Elizabeth X Wightman.

Filed and registered 30th December 1851"

 

The Brownriggs settled on Lot 27, Acton Settlement (Originally belonging to Hogan), between Tracy and Kailley lots; and were members of Harvey Presbyterian Church.   It is believed they are buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery, but without a gravestone--their name is on an old map of the cemetery.   (Possibly some of their children are buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery also.)

 

In the 1861 Census, Edward Brownrigg was 42 years old, born in England;   Isabella was 34 years old, born in England; children:   John, age 9, Mary Elizabeth age 7, Sarah Isabella age 4, William age 3 and James age 1.    The Brownriggs owned or occupied 55 acres improved and 45 acres unimproved land, cash value of farm was 200 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 10 pounds.   They had 3 horses, 2 milch cows, 4 other neat cattle, 7 sheep and 2 swine.   They produced 20 lb. wool; 15 ton hay, 140 bu. oats, 70 bu. buckwheat, 1 bu. peas, 20 bu. timothy, 8 lb. clover seed, 8 bu. turnips, and 100 bu. potatoes.

 

They had the following children:

  17   i.   John Brownrigg

  18   ii.   Mary Elizabeth Brownrigg

  19   iii.   Sarah Isabella Brownrigg

  20   iv.   William Brownrigg

  21   v.   James Brownrigg

  22   vi.   Margaret Ann Brownrigg

Supplemental data:

 

Based on a mtDNA test result of direct maternal descendat Ellis Craig the haplogroup designation and HVR1 mutations of Mary Davison are provided below. Since mtDNA is passed directly from mothers to their children with virtually no changes the test values obtained are generally applicable to all direct maternal descendants including daughter Isabelle "Belle" Wightman.

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Isabelle "Belle" Wightman

Descendents of John Wightman (Jun 1789 – 13 Jan 1867)
and Mary Davison (1795 – 19 Aug 1871)

Second Immigrant Generation

4. John Wightman

Son of John Wightman & Mary Davison. Born 21 May, 1829, Milfield, England. Died 23 Aug 1891 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

 

From the Crookham Presbyterian register (microfiche, Berwick-Upon-Tweed Records Office):

 

p. 70 WEIGHTMAN. 24 May 1829 John son of John Weightman, Hind, Milfield, & his wife Mary, daughter of Mathew Davidson, was born 21 May 1829.

 

PANB #F15552, p. 296:   "John Wightman to Ann Isabel Messer on Feb 9, 1858, by Samuel Johnson, witnesses Thomas Brown and Ralph Briggs."

 

From Centennial Corner, Daily Gleaner 1 Feb 1991 (from   Daily Gleaner, 1 Feb 1891:

    "John Wightman, of Manners Sutton, is nearing death from a peculiar disease.   Some time ago he was treated for cancer, a very successful operation being performed, and it was thought at the time that all danger from this terrible disease was past.   But some of the cancer had been left, and caused a rupture of one of the facial arteries a few days since.   He bled almost three quarts of blood.   It is apparent that the next drainage will cause death, and his friends are dreading the time."

 

Gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   In memory of John Wightman died Aug 23, 1891 aged 62 yrs; his wife Annie died Aug 31, 1891 aged 52 yrs.   Blessed with death who died in the Lord; (right side) Their daughter Margaret J. died June 10, 1901 aged 27 yrs; also Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Willett, died Oct 29, 1900 aged 24 years, also their infant son Harold.   Asleep in Jesus.

 

He married Ann Isabel "Annie" Messer, daughter of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown, 9 Feb 1858 in Harvey Settlement, York Co. . Born 1839 in Harvey. Christen 6 Mar 1840 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 31 Aug 1891 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

 

They had the following children:

  23   i.   Alice Isabel Wightman

  24   ii.   Mary Wightman

  25   iii.   John Alexander Wightman

  26   iv.   Mary Ann Wightman

  27   v.   Elizabeth Wightman

  28   vi.   William Wightman

  29   vii.   Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman

  30   viii.   Margaret Jane "Janie" Wightman

  31   ix.   Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wightman

  32   x.   Sarah Alena "Sadie" Wightman

Supplemental data:

 

Based on a mtDNA test result of direct maternal descendat Ellis Craig the haplogroup designation and HVR1 mutations of Mary Davison are provided below. Since mtDNA is passed directly from mothers to their children with virtually no changes the test values obtained are generally applicable to all direct maternal descendants including son John Wightman.