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Ephraim Wight was born 28 January 1645 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts to Thomas Wight (1607-1674) and Alice Roundy (1609-1665) and died 26 February 1723 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Lydia Morse (1645-1722) 2 March 1668 in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Biography

Ephriam Wight moved with his family to Medfield about 1650, but his name occurs on the Dedham tax lists. Ephriam was made a freeman on 8 October 1672. He and his brother, Henry, were appointed executors of their father's will, which was probated in 1674.

Ephriam was the residuary legatee of his father's estate, and received also by special devise the homestead on Green Street. His name appears among the Medfield proprietors in 1675. His house seems to have escaped the ravages of King Philip's Indians in February 1676, although the residence of Thomas Wight, his brother, adjoining was burned. Ephriam's subscription of "2 bushelles of Endian corne" for building the "new brick college" at Cambridge occurs with many others.

In 1697, he and his wife appear among the members of the Parish Church, Medfield. Ephriam was also interested in Medway property. He was one of twelve citizens of Medfield who accepted the offer of that town "to give 50 acres of land whre it may be most convenient for the encouragement of any that would adventure to build a gristmill upon Charles River. This was the first mill built at Rockville, in Medway. When the Black Swamp of Medway was laid out in 1702, 7 rods and 4 feet fell to Ephriam. He never resided in Medway, his son Nathaniel being the first Wight to reside within the limits of that town.

Ephriam's mental condition late in life is to be inferred from the fact that Nathaniel Partridge and Thomas Boyden, husbands of his daughters Lydia and Deborah, "protested against the so-called will of our honored father, knowing him to be a religious, good man, but not capable to make a will these 7 years and past." Notwithstanding this protest, the will which was made 27 September 1717, was probated in March 1722-23. The original Wight Homestead went to his son, Daniel.



Children



Offspring of Ephraim Wight and Lydia Morse (1645-1722)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lydia Wight (1669-1741)
Esther Wight (1670-1717)
Ephraim Wight (1672-1743)
Miriam Wight (1675-1746)
Nathaniel Wight (1678-) 12 September 1678 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Sarah Ellis (1687-1705) Sarah Ellis (1687-1705) Mehitable Hinsdale (1687-1743)
Daniel Wight (1680-1744)
Bethiah Wight (1683-1756)
Deborah Wight (1683-1756)
Ruth Wight (1688-1747)










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