From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 303-304, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Jesse Wight, farmer of township 17, range 10 west, Little Indian
post office, was born in Delaware county, New York, February 13, 1828.
His parents were Harvey and Judith (Jenkins) Wight - father born in New
Jersey and the mother near Bunker Hill, Massachusetts. Both died the
same week in New York State. Of a family of twelve, Jesse was the
second youngest. The family has been scattered, some to Michigan,
others to Pennsylvania and one to Illinois.
Jesse came to Beardstown on May 1, 1846, and hired out to work
on a farm in this precinct, where he continued to work in that way for
four or five years. He then rented land for several years, and about
thirty years ago purchased his first real estate in Illinois. He was
raised and educated in New York, and left there at twenty-two. Mr.
Wight, by industry and economy, has accumulated a snug property, where
he now lives in comparative ease. He owns a fine farm of 107 acres in a
good state of cultivation, and raises grain and stock. Mr. Wight has
never seen any of his father's relations, and hence knows but little of
his family's genealogy.
He was married here in 1851, to Margaret Taylor, of Montgomery
county, Ohio, who was born in 1826. Mr. and Mrs. Wight have eight
children: Abigail, the eldest, married Taylor Berry, and lives in
Morgan county; William is a farmer and lives in Nebraska, where also
lives John I.; Amos Harvey lives on his father's farm; Lizzie J. Parker
is now a widow and resides at home with her father; Mollie is still
unmarried and lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Wight are members of the
Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Wight is a member of the Republican party.
He has held various positions of trust in the precinct.
Amos Harvey, the youngest son of the above, now managing his
father's farm, was born in this precinct, February 14, 1859. He grew to
manhood on the farm and attended the public schools. He was a farmer
one year in Dakota and was otherwise employed there for one year. He
was also one season in Nebraska, herding cattle and running a threshing
He was married, January 15, 1891, to Ollie Gilpin, born in
Morgan county, Illinois, June 9, 1871. Her parents were James and Becky
Gilpin. Her father was a soldier during the late war and is a
pensioner. Mr. and Mrs. Wight have one child, Nettie May, born January
9, 1892. Mrs. Wight died at their home August 24, 1892. Mr. Wight is a
member of the I.O.O.F., and in politics is a Republican.
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