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David Wight 1810-1848

Updated: Apr 28

Recovered, Restored, Reset


David Wight’s gravestone was discovered facedown in Old Parish Cemetery. The beautiful stone was carefully brought up, repaired, and reset. We know little about David Wight and his life in South Dedham.


David Wight was likely born in New York. He married Susan Elizabeth Fisher, the daughter of Eliphalet and Susan Farrington Fisher (lot 113)

of South Dedham, on October 6, 1844. The couple had a daughter, Susan F. Wight, who was born in Harlem, New York, around 1847. At some point, the family returned to the South Dedham home of the Fisher family. David Wight died on September 3, 1848 at the age of 38.


In the 1850 Census, Susan E. Fisher Wight, age 27, and her daughter, Susan F. Wight, age 4, were living with Eliphalet and Susan Fisher. David Wight’s widow, Susan Fisher Wight (1823 -1894) was married a second time in November, 1851 to Joseph R. Engley. They had several children and eventually settled in Foxboro, Massachusetts.


David Wight’s daughter, Susan, remained with the family (she was listed as a dressmaker in 1870) until her own marriage. Susan F. Wight Lathrop died on July 5, 1876 of consumption in Foxboro.


David Wight’s beautifully preserved gravestone now stands in lot 92 of Old Parish Cemetery.


Scroll < and > to see the restoration of the Wight gravestone by OPPV.




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