James Wight1

(23 August 1796 - 21 November 1825)
FatherWilliam Wight1 (Nov 1767 - Sep 1847)
MotherElizabeth Richardson1 (May 1773 - Jun 1831)
Relationship3rd great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     James Wight was born on 23 Aug 1796 Maxton, ROX, SCT.1 He was baptized on 11 Sep 1796 Maxton, Roxburghshire; Entry reads: William Wight carrier in Maxton, and his wife Elisabeth Richardson had a child born 23rd Aug and baptized Sep 11th 1796 called James.1
     James Wight married Lidia Aitken, daughter of George Aitken, on 30 Jun 1820 Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT, entry in the Register of Proclamations reads: James Wight Smith ?Sun hall? & Liddia Aitken, daughter of the late James Aitken, residing ?Tynecastle? Toll, that they are unmarried persons and not within the forbidden degrees of consanguinity, and have resided in this Parish for the space of six weeks previous to the above date (30 Jun 1820) is certified by William Moffat Elder as per certificate.2,3,4
     James Wight died on 21 Nov 1825 Tynecastle Toll, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT, at age 29; entry shows James Weight as 29, resid. Tyne Castle Toll, cod inflamn, this address being that given by Lidia when they married in 1820.5
     I've finally decided that there is enough accumulating evidence, admittedly still mostly circumstantial, for me to connect James, son of William and Elizabeth (RICHARDSON) WIGHT as being the James, smith in Colinton, married to Lydia AITKEN.
The evidence being a small, but growing number*, of DNA matches between descendants of James and Lydia's son James to descendants of William and Elizabeth's children Walter Isabella.
* an uncle/nephew pair descending from son James; three descendants (2nd cousins to each other) of Walter, a descendant of Isabella
Additional circumstantial evidence:
He was a blacksmith, as was James maternal grandfather, and Lydia's family have connections with later Wight branches which shows the families were in contact.6,7

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     James Wight was blacksmith cir. 1820 ?Edinburgh, MLN, SCT.4

Names

     In 1825 his surname was recorded as Weight.8

All the other info

     James Wight was considered as a potential duplicate of James Wight, but this has been discounted; the James Wight, mason in Denholm, married to Janet Tait is shown on at least one Rootsweb World Connect tree as belonging to William and Elizabeth, but that isn't true. That James died in 1861 and his death cert shows him as the s/o Walter Wight and Christian Turnbull. There may well be a connection further back, but I've not yet found it.9,10,11

Family

Lidia Aitken (cir. 1799 - Jul 1861)
Children
  • Elizabeth Aitken Wight (cir. 1821 - May 1885)
  • James Wight12 (cir. 1825 - Apr 1900)
ChartsWilliam RICHARDSON of Pringlestead, Eckford
RUNCIMAN of Earlston/Wanton Walls
WIGHT
James WIGHT/Lydia AITKEN
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
FAMILTON
Last Edited2 Jan 2019

Citations

  1. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Bap 1796 James WIGHT, p/copy taken Sep/Oct 1994/5 held.
  2. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 30 Jun 1820 James WIGHT (smith, ?Lunhall?) & Liddia (Tyncastle Toll) d/o late James AITKEN, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, 685/02 0400 0167, copy d/loaded Jul 2016.
  3. Letter, Sue PORTER (30297) to L McIntosh (1), Marr. 30 Jun 1820 James WIGHT & Lidia AITKEN, St Cuthberts, Edinburgh (but had father as George?).
  4. Letter, Sue PORTER (30297) to L McIntosh (1).
  5. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 21 Nov 1825 James WEIGHT, age 29, of inflammn, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN 685/2 490 208, copy rcvd from HDW Jan 2019.
  6. DNA matches/info ex Ancestry.com online at http://dna.ancestry.com, DNA matches to descendant of James WIGHT marr. Lydia AITKEN between: two descendants of Walter WIGHT, James' brother, and one descendant of their sister Isabella, rcvd Dec 2017.
  7. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Updated Oct 2018.
  8. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 21 Niv 1825 James WEIGHT, age 29, of influenze, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN 685/2 490 208, copy rcvd from HDW Jan 2019.
  9. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Nov 2007.
  10. Www Rootsweb online at http://wc.rootsweb.com/, WC tree, db "lomaldor" of Catherine Mullen, last updated Oct 2007, extracted Nov 2007.
  11. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1861 James WIGHT, reg. Cavers ROX Dist 785 Pg 11 #31, copy d/loaded Jul 2007.
  12. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 7 Apr 1900 James s/o James WIGHT & Lydia AITKEN, wid./o Beatrice DOUGLAS, reg. Dist of St George, City of Edinburgh, MLN, 685/01 #499, copy d/loaded Jul 2016.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.