Rachel Jane Wight

27 November 1851–5 April 1884 (Age 32)
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Rachel Jane

When Rachel Jane Wight was born on 27 November 1851, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, Stephen Wight, was 31 and her mother, Lucy Evaline Waterbury, was 18. She married John Horatio Thorpe on 11 November 1868, in Samaria, Oneida, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Idaho, United States in 1870 and Samaria, Oneida, Idaho, United States in 1880. She died on 5 April 1884, in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Horatio Thorpe
Rachel Jane Wight
Marriage: 11 November 1868
Florence Annette Thorpe
John Alma Thorpe
Lucy Amelia Thorpe
Rachel Maude Thorpe

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 November 1868Samaria, Oneida, Idaho, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1853 · Many Called to Settle the New Area
    Age 2
    From 1853-1854, Lorenzo Snow was called with 60 other families to help settle and strength Brigham City and the surrounding area.
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 6
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
    Age 12
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English wiht, wight ‘agile, nimble, strong, brave’ (Old Norse víg with the Old Norse neuter suffix -t, for which compare the word scant), or from the corresponding Older Scots word wicht. Possibly sometimes a nickname from Middle English wight ‘living creature; small portion or thing’, or from the corresponding Older Scots word wicht.English: habitational name from the Isle of Wight. The island is recorded as Vectis (its Latin name) c. 150 AD . Its name derives from a British word, perhaps related to Welsh gwaith ‘turn, course’, meaning ‘place of the division’, in reference to the island's position in the Solent.English and Scottish: variant of White .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (19)

    • Rachel Thorpes in household of John Thorpes, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Jane Wight in entry for John Alma Thorpe, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Rachael Thorp in household of John Thorp, "United States Census, 1870"

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