Helen (Sinton) Wight

Helen (Sinton) Wight (abt. 1820 - 1883)

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Helen Wight formerly Sinton
Born about in Chesterhouse, Par. of Southdean, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Oct 2011
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Helen Sinton. [1]

Born ABT 1820. Chesterhouse, Par. of Southdean, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: The 1841 Census implies 1819, "born County"; the 1881 c 1820 b South Dean; dth cert in 1883 gives age as 62, which implies 1821 and family heresay provides the Chesters, as does the 1851 census. No birth or christening found on ROX Parish Registers. Given the family info re Chesterhouse, I've assumed that is where she was born.[2][3][4][5]

Died 12 JAN 1883. Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: cert #1 reads: Helen Wight (married to Walter Wight, farmer), d. 1883 January 12th, 1hr 15min am Maxton, 62 yrs. Father Peter Sinton farm steward dec., Mother Helen m.s. Wight dec. Of head calculus 3 yrs, suppurating ulcer (illegible), informant Walter Wight, husband, present.
Memorium card reads: In affectionate remembrance of Helen Sinton the beloved wife of Walter Wight, who died at Maxton on Fri 12th Jan 1883 aged 62 years. Interred in Maxton Churchyard. Her end was peace. Much we loved thee, much we mourn? Our joys on earth with thee are o'er. Oh why should we in anguish weep, Thou art not lost but gone before".
Note: husband Walter gave her mother's name as Helen. I'm assuming Jane is indeed Helen's mother given a) Walter's known preference for the bottle b) the naming of 1st dtr c) the known Hownam and Chesterhouse connection. [6][7][8]

Travel Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA.

Note: Helen puts the lie to the oft quoted belief that our ancestors didn't travel (which they obviously did if they got from Scotland to NZ anyway). When I opened a photo frame to examine great great grannie more closely, I was amazed to find that it had been taken in Cleveland Ohio. I later found the likely connection being that son William was there, at least when Walter wrote his will in 1886.
My estimated date of the photo was originally c 1865 and the absence of a marriage record in Scotland for said son, led me to jump to the conclusion that possibly she went to America when William and Margaret married.
Subsequent research found that this marriage was 1894, several years after Helen had died, so much for that theory. And as William didn't arrive in Ohio until Aug 1872, the photo date is presumably after that. [9]

Buried Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: H/stone reads: IMO Helen Sinton wife of Walter Wight who died at Maxton 12.1.1883 aged 64 also the above Walter Wight who died 31.10.1886 aged 71 also their daughter Susan R. Wight who died 15.3.1860 aged 14 mths". [10]

Marriage 20 JUN 1841. Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Husband Walter Wight
Wife Helen Sinton.
Child: William Wight.
Child: Margaret Wight.
Child: Isabella Wight.
Child: Beatrice Thomson Wight.
Note: by banns, entry reads: "Pro.(clamation) of Walter Wight & Helen Sinton both of this parish". [11]


30 MAR 1851. Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: Walter, 31, b Maxton, carter & farmer of 20 ac, wife Helen 31 b Chesters. Children: Elizabeth 7, Jane 9, William, 5 all scholars, Helen 3, Peter 10 mths, all b Maxton.[12]

07 APR 1861. Maxton, Par. of Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: Walter, 44 b Maxton, farmer 20 acres & carter, wife Helen 42 b Southdean. Children, all b Maxton: Elisabeth, 17, William 15 farmer's son ag lab, Helen 13, Peter 10, Margaret 8, Isabella 6, Beatrice T 4 (place detail from Harry, although he only implies this was from this census). [13][14]

07 APR 1871. Maxton Village, Par. of Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: WIGHT: Walter, head, mar, 53, farmer of 33 acres arable, b Maxton; wife Helen 49 farmer's wife b Southdean; Children (all b Maxton): Elizabeth 27 farmer's dtr; Peter S, farmer's son 20; Isabella, farmer's dtr 16; Beatrice T farmer's dtr 14; (entry before was for Walter's niece Mary with her husband John Thomson entry after a Peter & Grace Slater). [15]

03 APR 1881. Maxton Village, Par. of Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Note: WIGHT: Walter, 65, Farmer Of 33 Acres & Contractor Employing Two Men, b Maxton; wife Helen 61 b South Dean (sic). Children (both b Maxton and unm): Peter S. 29, farm servant; Beatrice T, 23. Also farm servant Thomas Hogg, unm, 58 b Stitchell. Neighbours were David & Mary Archibald in Maxton West End Old Farm House and George and Mary Learmond in a Cottage In Maxton Village.[16]


  1. Source: #S183 original held by L Henderson
  2. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224042 GRO Ref Volume 798 EnumDist 2 Page 9, extracted c 2000
  3. Source: #S666
  4. Source: #S820 Maxton, Roxburghshire, Pg 4, hsehold of William WIGHT Page 4, p/copy held, taken Sep 1994
  5. Source: #S712 Dist 806 Dist 3
  6. Source: #S666
  7. Source: #S1647 In memorium card "Helen SINTON Fri 12th Jan 1883" on reverse: W Weddell, stationer to the University 48 Sth Bridge & 7 W Newington Edinb.
  8. Source: #S183 Dist 798 copy of original held by L Henderson
  9. Source: #S600 Lorna Jul 2005
  10. Source: #S1011 Entry #117
  11. Source: #S707 Marriage proclamations 1841, trans. in the Borders Archives at Selkirk by L McIntosh Sep/Oct 1994/5
  12. Source: #S712 Dist 806 Dist 3
  13. Source: #S962 Dist 798 Sched. 28 Maxton, ROX
  14. Source: #S1044 1861 Census, Maxton, extract rcvd Jun 1997
  15. Source: #S56 1871 Census: Maxton, ROX: 798 Dist 2 Page 5 Schedule #22, extracted Apr 2005
  16. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224042 GRO Ref Volume 798 EnumDist 2 Page 9, extracted c 2000
  • Source: S1011 MIs: ROX Maxton Publication: Borders FHS, Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland
  • Source: S1647 WIGHT family memorabilia
  • Source: S183 LTR WIGHT/SINTON children bdms ex dtr Helen , Maxton 28 Nov 1875, Recipient: family, Author Address: Helensvale, Leith Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Helen Sinton HENDERSON nee WIGHT (43) Publication: 28 Nov 1875 Note: Lists dates of birth, death, and some marriages for Helen Sinton WIGHT's siblings and is headed Maxton, 28th Nov 1875 (which cannot be when and where it was written as it looks as if it was all written at one time but later dates are mentioned) Written in the hand of Helen Sinton HENDERSON (nee WIGHT) and refers to "my Father Walter WIGHT" and "my Mother Helen SINTON"
  • Source: S210 1881 Census transcripts: UK via Family Search/LDS CDs
  • Source: S600 Lorna's Family History Musings
  • Source: S666 DC WIGHT, Helen, nee SINTON, 12 Jan 1883, Maxton, Roxburghshire, Record Type: Death certificate, Name Of Person: Helen WIGHT nee SINTON (43), Number: Dist 798 #1 Publication: 12 Jan 1883 Note: Helen WIGHT (married to Walter Wight, farmer), d. 1883 January 12th, 1hr 15min am Maxton, 62 yrs. F: Peter SINTON farm steward dec., M: Helen SINTON m.s. WIGHT dec. Of head calculus 3 yrs, suppurating ulcer ? ???, informant Walter Wight, husband, present. found in Edinburgh, p/copy
  • Source: S712 CENSUS: 1851 Borders, Roxburghshire, Record Type: census, Location: Borders, Roxburghshire, Record Info: Maxton, Melrose, Jedburgh, Southdean Publication: 1851
  • Source: S820 Scotland: Census images ex GRO
  • WikiTree profile Sinton-3 created through the import of HENDERSONLornaAncestorsPlus1Desc4WikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson.

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