Can you Imagine: When you see each photo imagine raising three sons and ten daughters, providing music lessons, a proper education, and dressing each one like the fine young ladies and gentlemen you see in the photos. Now imagine doing all this in the middle of the jungles of Hawai'i with little to no exposure to other educated Caucasians. And yes they dressed this way every single day. There were very few English speaking people on the Big Island back in 1850 when the Wight’s arrived. Their English Farm House was one of only two or three framed homes on the island at the time.
The Jewell of the Big Island
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This photo was taken in approximatly 1910 to 1915. Jane Wight and her daughter are sitting corgaly at the foot of the popular Bamboo trees next to the entrance road of Greenbank.
These same Bamboo trees still exist today along the entrance road along with many other trees and plant lifre introduced by both Dr. Wight. and his wife Jane.
This photo is of Dr. Wight's son James Wight Jr.
The photo was taken in Northern California where he resided with his family after marring a Hawaiian woman. He was cast out of the family and asked to leave Hawai'i. In later years he would reconcile with his mother to regain his family status.
Above, this photo of Jane and one of her daughters is a haunting reminder of the unknown facts surrounding the Wight family. The droopy eyes of the child have suggested to some that perhaps she might be slightly simple minded. Others suggest she is simply obeying her mothers wishes to stand still for the photo.
This is perhaps one of the most important photos in the families possession. For several decades the family has been unable to identify all the Wight family daughters. This photo donated by Leonie Cater of New Zealand help remedy this long time dilemma for all the descendants. On the back side of the photo in sequence where the names of all these daughters. This is the only confirmation we know of today. This photo was taken in 1891.
To the left, Dr. Wight is seated with who is believed to be James Jr. along with two of his daughters proudly standing at his side. We believe Florence is to the left and Julia is to the right.
Here at the edge of the property under an awning along the entrance to Greenbank, the family poses for a photo. Since Dr. Wight is still alive in this photo it is assumed this was taken at the turn of our shortly after the turn of the century at 1900. Some of the children appear young suggesting perhaps there may be a few grand children present.
Eliza Yates Wight Mackenzie
Notes from a walk through Green Bank with Amy Rich, 82, on February 7th, 1973.
Sons: Amy said that there were four sons of the union between James and Jane. Two of them who died when they were younger are buried at Greenbank. A third is buried in Honolulu. And James Wight was banished from the family. She does not know where he is buried. She had some very harsh words to say about James although never expressing why such hard feelings were held against him. He was a rascal was about as strong as she could say.
Kate: She had a lot of affection for Kate. Kate, she said, didn’t have it all upstairs, but was a generous, loving person. The best cook in the family.
Maude: Maude was the youngest. She lived in Greenbank until she was somewhere around 35 or 40 when she married a German fellow and moved away. Amy said Maude was the only one who had any money in the family. Because she had no children when she dies she left the money to her relatives Amy said she was the only real source of family money. “She kept us well.”
Alice: Alice Atkins was the oldest of the daughters. She had apparently married and moved away when Amy was living at Greenbank. However, Amy remembers one of her children’s graves was one of the first two graves in the cemetery. (Leonora Emma Atkins 2 Dec 1878 aged 7 months)
Florence: Florence, Amy’s mother, married a gentleman named Patton from Nebraska. Patton was the relative of General Patton although General Patton, Amy said, came from the eastern branch of the Patton family--the rich side of the family, she added. The four of them lived in Greenbank until Amy was three years old. At that time Patton came down with tuberculosis, and Amy and Cara were sent to a relative in Honokaa to live for a short while, and Mr & Mrs Patton went back to Nebraska where he died and is buried. Amy says she can remember the night he died. They were in Honokaa and she turned to Cara and said, “Cara, I’m sorry, but Dad just died.
” Of course, it wasn’t until several days or weeks later that his death was confirmed. Amy said she had a premonition almost identical to that when her grandfather died. She and Cara were in England and she said to Cara, “Grandfather died yesterday.” Again it wasn’t until much later that it was confirmed that that was the day he died.* After her father’s death, Amy, Cara, and her mother moved back to Greenbank, and this was the happiest time at Greenbank. She learnt how to ride and how to do needlepoint. In fact, she pointed to a corner on the upstairs right at the top of the stairway saying, “That’s where they sent me to sew when I was bad.”
She said Greenbank was a show place at that time. The gardens were immaculately kept, mostly by Lino. The horses were the finest in Kohala, and the family entertained other kamaaina families frequently.
At aged ten Amy and Cara were sent to England for schooling and she did not return to Greenbank until 1927 at which time some large family reunion was held. Florence who has been a teacher at the Kohala Elementary School, died in Honolulu, I believe it was during the war—1942. (Actually 1947) Amy said that no family member would help her bring her mother’s body back to Greenbank to be buried. She said she was so angry with the family for doing that to her that she never spoke to many of them. They are all dead now, of coursed, she said.
She arranged to have her stable manager come with her to Greenbank accompanying the body of her mother. And when they went down to the graveyard expecting to have to dig the hole themselves, they found a Hawaiian man with a hole already dug kneeling by the grave. “She was a teacher of mine.” He said, “I loved her a lot.”
Obituaries and Comments on Some of the Children
Emma Wood was one of the seven daughters of Jane Wight. She married H.P. Wood, secretary for the Hawaii Promotional Committee, consisting of six members in which he served on the Committee of 1906. They had quarters in the Alexander
Young Building and sponsored a New York agency to advertise in leading mainland periodicals and also prepared a brochure entittled "Beauty Spots of Hawaii", Business Hawaii. Mrs. Woods only daughter was the late Mrs. Ada G. Durston. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. William H. Young. Emma died on December 6, 1945, She was born in North Kohala, March 7, 1855. She lived to be 90 years old.
Reference: a. Hawaii a Pictorial History; page 419 with photo showing committee of 1906 when H.P. Wood was secretary and H.A. McCandless was Chairman.
He was the husband of Emma Wight, daughter to Dr. and Mrs. James Wight. He served on the Hawaii Promotional Committee as secretary for the term beginning 1906. He died in Honolulu at the age of 61 years on February 11,1917.
a)Hawaii, a Pictorial history, page 419 with photo showing Committee of 1906. b)Advertiser - February 12, 1917, page 9, col. 7, and page 8, column 3. MRS. ADA G. DURSTONJ*
Mrs. Ada G. Durston was the daughter of the late Emma Wood She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. William H. Young. She died in the year November 30, 1964.
FLORENCE WIGHT PATTON
Advertiser - 1947August 1, pg. 6, 3, and pg 17,col. 7
Died, Honolulu, July 31 1947. Age 87 years. Native of Kohala, Hawaii. Widow of William Henry Patton. Daughter of late Dr. and Mrs. James Wight of Kohala. Burial in family plot in Greenbank, Kohala.
MAUDE MILLICENT BUCHOLTZ
Advertiser - 1942, Oct. 13.....pg. 3, col.1
Died Oct. 12, 1942Honolulu
Native of Halawa, (Kohala) Hawaii
age 67.....Star Bulletin 1942..... .Oct. 13, pg. 2, col. 5
Great grandchildren of Jane Wight 1.Mrs. Helen Hunt (1/5 of 1/2 of 1/5 share)
ELIZA YATES WIGHT MACKENZIE
(Honolulu Advertiser Tuesday a.m. Feb. 24, 1931)
REAL DAUGHTER OF HAWAII IS CALLED BY DEATH
Born in Hawaii and a resident of Honolulu since 1900, Mrs. Eliza Yates MacKenzie died at 6:10 p.m. Sunday night, at her home, 2692 Oahu Avenue, Manoa. She had been ill in health for several years and pneumonia was the immediate cause of death. Services will be held at 2:00 this afternoon at St. Clements Church, Wilder Avenue and Makiki Street. The body was cremated yesterday, Monday, February 23, 1931, and the ashes will be buried in Nuuanu Cemetery. William's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Born in North Kohala, Hawaii on April 23, I856, Mrs. MacKenzie was 74 years, 9 months, 29 days old when she died. Daughter of Pioneer residence of Northern Island of Hawaii, surviving are five children Murray, Ainslie, John S. MacKenzie, Alfred J. Alexander and Mrs. Edward Madden of Kohala
Sisters - H.P. Wood, Mary Mason, Maude Buchholtz, Florence Patton, and James Wight.
Tuesday — Honolulu Advertiser - March 14, 1939 JAMES FRANK MACKENZIE - (Divorced husband of Eliza Yates MacKenzie 2692 Oahu Avenue) He was married to Eliza Yates MacKenzie for ? yrs. He was living at 1421 Wilhelmina Rise. Cremation March 14.