John  Dwight I

John Dwight I (abt. 1598 - 1661)

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John Dwight I
Born about in Woolverstone, Suffolk, Englandmap
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married in Englandmap
Husband of — married in Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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John Dwight I migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Born in Woolverstone, Suffolk, England. Married Hannah Close in England and came to America about 1635 with other followers of Rev. John Rogers of Dedham. He settled first in Watertown, and then moved to Dedham in 1638. He was admitted to church membership on 24 April 1638, and was one of the founders of the First Church of Christ at Dedham in 1638. He was a selectman and a surveyor in Dedham. He had five children with Hannah. She died in Dedham 5 Sep 1656.

John and Hannah had two sons and three daughters:

  1. HANNAH DWIGHT, b 1625, England; d 4 Nov 1714, age 89; m Nathaniel Whiting[1]
  2. (Capt) TIMOTHY DWIGHT, b 1929, England; d 31 Jan 1717/8, age 88; m Sarah d/o Michael POWELL
  3. JOHN DWIGHT, b 1632, England 24 Mar 1638, lost in the wood between Dedham & Boston
  4. MARY DWIGHT, b 25 Jul 1635; mc 1652 HENRY PHILLIPS, as his 3rd wife; had 12 children
  5. SARAH DWIGHT, b 17 Jun 1838; d 24 Jan 1664, age 27; m Nathaniel Reynolds

He married second Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Thatcher and of William Ripley. From such a triple marriage, it is natural to suppose that she must have been an attractive and accomplished woman. She died without issue 17 July, 1660.

Robert Charles Anderson theorizes William Dwight married in 1590 in Freston, to Alice Hunter. Two children baptized there: Judith and William. They then moved to Woolverstone, where they baptized three sons: John (6 Feb 1598/9?), Nicholas, then another John (25 Sep 1603). Anderson suggests both Johns might have survived (saying that a 1628/9 baptism of a daughter calls him "John Dwight Jr."), and that it was the elder who emigrated to Massachusetts. William and his wife died at Woolverstone and were buried there-- she on 16 Apr 1629, he on 23 Apr 1629. William left no will in the Archdeaconry of Suffolk. [2]

Additionally, Anderson suggests he might have been the elder of two Johns, both sons of William Dwight and Alice Vunter, and therefore he baptized 6 Feb 1598[/9?].

"John Dwight, deceased ye 24:11" 24 Nov. 1660/61 in Dedham, Massachusetts[3][4],

He was buried 24 FEB 1661 or possibly 3 FEB 1660/61 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.


  1. Descendents of John Dwight, of Dedham, MA, Vol. 1 p. 97
  2. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, p. 377
  3. Hill, Don Gleason (editor). The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Intentions of Marriage In the Town of Dedham, Volumes 1 & 2, 1635-1845. Dedham, Mass.: 1886.
  4. This record could easily be misinterpreted to be 1659/60.
  • Great Migrations, Vol. 2, C-F by Anderson, pages 371-378
  • The History of the Descendants of John Dwight of Dedham, Mass, 2 vols., by Benjamin W. Dwight, New York, 1874
  • Benjamin W. Dwight, The History of the Descendants of John Dwight of Dedham, Mass., 2 vols. (1874) (an attempt to trace the entire progeny through the 1860s of Timothy2 Dwight and Anna Flint) ? to Timothy Dwight IV and V, Theodore Dwight Woolsey and Elizabeth Dwight Woolsey (Mrs. Daniel Coit Gilman); Lloyd Wheaton Bowers [p. 281]; Rachel Kent [p. 405]; W.M. and R.M. Hunt [p. 408]; Abraham Burbank, Jr. [p. 429, forebear of Mrs. Kipling and J.M.G. Low]; Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Mrs. C.E. Norton and Arthur George, Henry Dwight, Jr. and Henrietta Ellery Sedgwick [pp. 735-38, 745-46, 748-50]; J.D. Dana [pp. 796-99]; J.D. Whitney, Jr. and W.D. Whitney [pp. 834-36]; C.S. Day [p. 914]; Mrs. M.Y. Beach [p. 911]; C.A. Bowles [p. 875]; Mrs. George Bancroft [p. 885]; Ella and Anna Dwight Baker [Mrs. J.A. Weir, p. 882]; Mrs. Alexander Bliss [p. 825, forebear of Mrs. (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. W.G. McAdoo]; S.B. Ward [p. 769]; Frederick Augustus Francis [p. 443, great-grandfather of First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan]; J.D. Archbold [p. 662]). See also H.M. Sedgwick, A Sedgwick Genealogy (1961), pp. 167-263 (#s 5-9 above).
  • T.S. Lazell, Whiting Genealogy: Nathaniel Whiting of Dedham, Mass., 1641, and Five Generations of His Descendants (1902), esp. pp. 5-17, 28; Dorothy Farrington Parker, The Farringtons, Colonists and Patriots (1976, rev. 1981), pp. 10, 12, 17, 27-28; T.W.-M. Draper, The Drapers in America (1892), pp. 20-23, 129-32; The Dedham Historical Register 4 (1893), 140-46, 5 (1894): 7-11 (Lewis).
  • A.M. Phillips, Phillips Genealogies (1885), pp. 188-90; T.B. Wyman, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown (1879, repr. 1982), pp. 742-46 (Phillips); Register 67 (1913): 209-15, 309-16, 320-27, Register 68 (1914): 22-23 (Savage, to James Savage, Mrs. W.B. Rogers, Mrs. Lemuel Shaw, Mrs. Thomas Heyward, Mrs. Mehitable Crocker Porter, and Mrs. Sarah Bass Bancroft); Susan Augusta Smith, Ancestors of Moses Belcher Bass [forebear of Mrs. R.E. and E.H. Childers] (1896) (also for Henry Bass, forebear of Hugh Bancroft).
  • NCAB, vols. 22 (1932), p. 148 (L.W. Bowers), 47 (1965), pp. 16-17 (R.A. Taft).
  • Harrison Ellery and E.P. Bowditch, The Pickering Genealogy, vol. 2 (1897), pp. 713-14 and chart 328 (8/312) of the accompanying Ancestor Tables, Volume 4 (table for Mrs. I.S. Gardner), partly confirmed by F.B. Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, vol. 5, 1792-1805 (1911), pp. 170-72 and Suffield VRs (1778 birth of Isabella, daughter of David and Rachel Todd).
  • See the Dwight and Sedgwick genealogies, plus the Savage article cited above in General Sources.
  • NCAB, vol. 28 (1940), pp. 411-12 (Clarence S. Day, Jr.), Current Volume G, 1943-46 (1946), pp. 348-49 (Chester B. Bowles), and vol. 22 (1932), pp. 296-97 (J.A. Weir).
  • Register 55 (1901): 421-23 (Cunningham) and A.F. Howland, The Descendants of John Bass Dabney and Roxa Lewis Dabney (1966), pp. 1-2, 18-19 (to Mrs. Lawrence).
  • H.P. Andrews, The Descendants of John Porter of Windsor, Conn., 1635-9, 2 vols. (1893), pp. 457-58, 652-53 (Olcott, Porter) and Sibley?s Harvard Graduates, vol. 15, 1761-1763 (1970), pp. 387-90 (Asa Porter).
  • Who?s Who entries for Julie Harris (1974, 76, 78), TAG 45 (1969): 90-92 (AT of her father, William Pickett Harris, Jr. ? to John Hart, Jr. & Polly Smith); Alfred Andrews, Genealogical Dictionary of Deacon Stephen Hart and His Descendants (1875), pp. 177, 204 and Horace Wilbur Palmer, ?Palmer Families of America,? Mss 297 at NEHGS, vol. 2, pt. 9, pp. 5817-18.
  • Notable American Women [vol. 4], The Modern Period (1980), pp. 618-19 (Kay Linn Sage), NCAB, vol. 25 (1936), p. 260 (H.M. Sage), vol. 1 (1898), pp. 245-6 (S.B. Ward).
  • Register 95 (1941): 364-65, 97 (1943): 67-68 (Bancroft).
  • Temple Prime, Some Account of the Bowdoin Family with a Notice of the Erving Family, third ed. (1900), pp. 6-7, 15-16, and Danny D. Smith, Preliminary Study of the Descendants of Governor James Bowdoin (1996), pp. 4-7, 11-12, 18-19; Boston Transcript genealogical column of 26 Feb. 1923, #382 (citing Suffolk Co. probate, vol. 34, pp. 125, 156, 465), which misspells Erving as Ewing (children of John Phillips and Mary Gross) and Register 73 (1919): 239 (Gross[e]).
  • Waldo Lincoln, Genealogy of the Waldo Family, 2 vols. (1902), pp. 183-86, 309-11.
  • Revista del Instituto de Estudios Genealógicos del Uruguay, #7 (1988) (Hernán Carlos Lux-Wurm, ?La genealogía de los Stewart uruguayos?): 23, 40-41.
  • Column #42 in this series, Mass. VRs for cited dates, Edmund Dana Barbour, ?Descendants of George Barbour,? 1907 typescript at NEHGS, vol. 4, p. 1132, 1134, 1137 (Fisher, Winslow, Grant to T.F. Grant).

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On 9 Jul 2016 at 21:36 GMT Walter Howe wrote:

If the date "ye 24:11" is a quote from the time, as it appears to be, it is probably 24 January in the old calendar. January was the 11th month of the year.

On 8 Apr 2016 at 05:55 GMT Walter Howe wrote:

Dwight-181 and Dwight-11 appear to represent the same person because: Dwight-181 was created from a GEDCOM, but is clearly the same John Dwight, with the same wives and children and history. They should be merged.

On 13 Dec 2013 at 11:43 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:


Is Dwight the last name of this profile and related? PGM-1 as well? Or does PGM stand for something else? If it's something else, you will need to edit the last name for both to reflect the correct last name at birth. If you need help, let me know. I am also a mentor and here to assist. Thanks! Nae

On 29 Oct 2013 at 15:55 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:

John Dwight is the ancestor of one of the founders of Church and Dwight, Co. Inc., two New Englanders first prepared a product that would become a household name: bicarbonate of soda — that is, baking soda. See:

John is 11 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 13 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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