William Wight1,2

(circa 1833 - 10 February 1855)
FatherRobert Wight1,3,2 (Jun 1800 - Jan 1865)
MotherJanet Scott1,3,2 (cir. 1809 - aft. 1881)
Relationship1st cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     William Wight was born cir. 1833 Linton, ROX, SCT, (dth cert. says born Par. of Kelso.)1,3
     William Wight died on 10 Feb 1855 New Town, Par. of Coldstream, BEW, SCT; cert. shows William as 21, carrier, born Par. of Kelso, resid. Coldstream 8 1/2 years, s/o Robert WIGHT & Janet SCOTT; d. 12 noon of typhoid fever with pneumonia, abt 3 wks duration; Bur. Lennel Churchyard 15th Feb; Inf. brother James (who himself died of typhus later in the year) Reg. 12th Feb.1,3
     A number of trees show(ed) this William as married to Mary SYMONS, with children born Scotland (Margaret Feb 1854), and Ohio (Robert, John & Alexander), later settling in Woodbury Co., Iowa.
Census data however mostly show William as 10 yrs older than William born Linton abt 1833.
Forgetfulness or not this William?
Not this William. As was proven by his 1855 death cert. which showed he had died of typhus, as had two of his siblings, all within a few months of each other.4,3

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     William Wight appeared on the census of 1841 Mellendean, Par. of Sprouston, ROX, SCT, in the household of Robert Wight and Janet Wight and is assumed to be a son.5,2 William Wight appeared on the census of 1851 Marlefield, Par. of Coldstream, BEW, SCT, in the household of Robert Wight and Janet Wight as son of Robert.1
ChartsWilliam RICHARDSON of Pringlestead, Eckford
RUNCIMAN of Earlston/Wanton Walls
Last Edited4 Dec 2012


  1. 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Marlefield, Coldstream, BEW; Reg. 733 ED: 4; Page: 1; Hsehold of Robert & Janet WIGHT, extracted Jul 2005.
  2. 1841 Census, Borders, SCT, LDS Film, Mellendean, Sprouston, ROX, hsehold of Robert & Janet WIGHT, extracted pre 1999.
  3. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 10 Feb 1855 Wiliam s/o Robert WIGHT & Janet SCOTT, aged 21, Coldstream, BEW 733 #8, copy d/loaded Dec 2012.
  4. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Dec 2012.
  5. FreeCensus, UK online at http://www.freecen.org.uk/, 1841 Mellendean, Sprouston SCT1841/807 ED 1 Folio 1 Page 1, hsehold of Robert & Janet WIGHT, extracted Jul 2005.

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.