Wight’s Fort Cemetery
Early Pioneers displayed determination of spirit and purpose, even death, disaster, or elements of nature could not drive them away. About 1853, on a small knoll just south of Wight’s Fort, an Indian baby was buried. The first West Jordan pioneer child to die was a son, born to Lyman and Harriet Bateman Wight. He was buried next to the Indian infant. There two graves were the beginning of the Wight’s Fort Cemetery.
Trees and shrubs were planted to provide protection from drifting sand and to provide cooling share over the graves of the early settlers.
Sadly, many of the native sandstone headstones and markers have eroded with time, but the memories of these stalwart early settlers live on in the hearts of their descendants.
We honor the resting place of many of the early settlers of Wight’s Fort, especially the original families listed in order of their arrival: John Bennion, Samuel Bennion, Lewis Wight, Lyman and Harriet Bateman Wight, Charles Wight, John Irving and Mary Street Bateman, Joseph Stacy, J.H. Murdock, John Loveless, John Elmer Cutler and Sheldon Cutler.
Wight’s Fort Cemetery
In the fall of 1854, construction on a fort began about 100 yards northwest of this cemetery. The uncertainty caused by the Walker Indian War and Brigham Young’s urging to “Fort Up” had created a flurry of fort building that year. This fort was constructed from stones, med, and logs, the walls being twelve feet high. The fort enclosed two and one-half acres, seven log cabins, several other buildings and a part of Bingham Creek, which at that time had a “nice flow of water.” The fort was named for the Lewis and Nancy Wight family including two sons. With the Wights were John Irving, Joseph Stacy, J.H. Murdock, John Loveless, John Elmer, and Sheldon Cutler who worked on the fort through the winter. The fort was finished and occupied by the spring of 1855.
The cemetery was located on this site after the pioneers had discovered the grave of an Indian baby. Lewis’ son, Lyman and his wife, Harriet, buried their firstborn child near the Indian grave. Later John Irving buried his son here also. From that point, the area became a community burial ground. There are many unmarked graves.