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David Quidnunc   Link to this

Uncle William Wight

William Wight (d. 1672) was a half-brother of Pepys’s father, John. Wight was a fishmonger and general merchant who had become rich but lost all his children, according to Claire Tomalin ("Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self," p. 128). “Pepys was not enthusiastic about many of his blood relations. Like most people, he preferred the ones who did well in life.”

Pepys hoped to become Wight’s heir (Tomalin, p. 199-200; she cites entries for 21, 22 Feb. and 11, 15 May 1664).

Wight had a house taxed at nine hearths in the London parish of St. Andrew Undershaft. He also had a country home in St. Catherine's Hill, near Guildford, Surrey.

Wight’s age is unknown, but he was probably in his early 50s (possibly late 40s) in early 1660.

-- information originally posted in 25 January 1660 entry -- sources: Tomalin's book and L&M Companion volume

David Quidnunc   Link to this

Other Fishmongers

JOHN (or WILLIAM?) ADDIS
Navy victualler (John in London; William in Plymouth)
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1564/

ARTHUR WINE of London
Fishmonger to the King
(Wine's house was taxed at only seven hearths.)
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1565/

vincent   Link to this

"...To my sister Jane Perkin and her children. To my brother-in-law William Wight and his wife and son...."

from will [1657 Aug. 12. ]of Robert Pepys of Brampton, Hunts.
Robert does not mention the the sister's name [strange]
Robert left funds to offspring [ could be the wife's or ?]
yet it says[Robert]he died sine prole

136 capt Robert pepys d 1661
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~pepys/...

william lyman wight Jr   Link to this

I enjoyed reading the articles and it is fun to think that I am possible related to these very intresting people with my same first and last name. the history of family known to me only dates back to the 1920's my great grandfather Henry Alexander Wight of Germany who fled to the US after WWII and settled in West Virgina

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