Wightman, William Jr.
Age: 27, credited to Danby, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF
Service: enl 8/27/62, m/i 10/21/62, QMSGT, 14th VT INF, m/o 7/30/63
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Birth: 01/01/1834, Rupert, VT
Burial: Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, MT
Marker/Plot: Plot: Grave 1, Lot 25, Block 024, Inter # 04275
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kenyon Luce
Findagrave Memorial #: 84571610
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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2nd Great Grandfather of Jeffrey Norris, North Richland Hills, TX
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William Wightman was born in Rupert (Bennington Co) Vt., 1 Jan., 1834, son of William Wightman Sr. He m. in Danby, Vt., 1 Jan., 1857, Sarah Jane Perry (b. Danby, Vt., 19 Nov., 1838, dau. of Joel & Hannah (Clapp) Perry). Mr. Wightman lived after his marriage in Dorset, Vt. and later in Danby. He held minor town offices and in 1862 was the superintendent of schools in Danby. He enlisted from Danby at the age of 27 years on 27 Aug., 1862, in the 14th Vt. Regiment and mustered in as Quartermaster Sergeant. He mustered out 30 July, 1863. Mrs. Wightman d. in Missoula, Montana, 6 June, 1905. Mr. Wightman d. in Missoula, Montana, 24 March, 1928.
Children (born Danby, Vt.)
1. Lizzie Marie, b. 16 Dec., 1857, m. 22 March, 1877, William R. Madison. They lived in Grant's Pass, Oregon.
2. Perry Stephen, b. 10 April, 1860 ..... d. 5 Sept., 1860
3. George Wilson, b. 11 Aug., 1862 .... d. 1 Sept., 1862.
4. Ernest Joel, b. 13 Sept., 1864. He m. 28 Nov., 1889, Inez Woodruff. He d. 29 Sept., 1926.
5. Fred Alonzo, b. 22 June, 1867. He m. Minnie Alice Swart. They lived in Vineland, New Jersey.
6. Lena May, b. 15 April, 1871. She m. 12 Sept., 1920, John Anderson Richey of Missoula, Montana.
Courtesy of Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College.
The Anaconda Standard
VOL. XXXL-NO. 163 ANACONDA, MONTANA, THURSDAY MORNING, February 12, 1920
LIVES OF TWIN BROTHERS AGE 86, NEARLY PARALLEL
Interesting Facts in the History of Wightmans Are Brought to Light.
MISSOULA, Feb 11.-One of Missoula most interesting characters is William Wightman, 86 years of age, and a pioneer school teacher of Western Montana. Mr. Wightman recently returned from Chicago where he visited his twin brother, Wilson Wightman, and his return has brought to light one of the unusual stories of parallelism ever revealed here.
They, the twin brothers, attended school together, they chose and followed the same profession-teaching-and they often taught school in adjoining country districts, They entered the civil war simultaneously and served through it, though in different divisions.
The Missoula brother has taught school for more than 60 years, and he declares were he starting life anew he would follow once more the profession of his choice. He started teaching at the age of 16 in Illinois. So close was the resemblance of the two brothers, that when Wilson Wightman came to in an adjoining district, amusing incidents of confusion frequently occurred. This resemblance of youth has continued, and now as they are old men, they still are strikingly similar in appearance.
William Wightman came to Montana 17 years ago, and since has taught in many towns in Western Montana. His brother followed him here and they taught in school in and about Missoula for several years.
The Missoula man taught a rural school which was several miles from his home, and he always walked to and from the little building in Pattee canyon, until he finally was compelled to give up teaching because of the failure of his voice.
Mr. Wightman believes that his excellent health is due to the fact that he has always kept regular hours, and has never smoked or drank.
While in young manhood he was a republican, he has voted prohibition ticket continuously for the last 30 years.
Contributed by Bob Hackett.