|Posted By:||Steve Light|
|Subject:||Re: Lights from Halifax Co. VA|
|Post Date:||August 22, 1998 at 01:36:14|
|Forum:||Light Family Genealogy Forum|
John Light was in Amelia County VA in 1736 (amelia tithes). I have also wondered where Bridgett was from. You mentioned Wills and Green. You refer to Filmer Wills and his wife Rebecca Greene. Rebecca and Filmer were also from Amelia. Rebecca's father was Abraham Greene who returned tithes below deep creek in 1736 including our John Light of Halifax. I have looked closely at Amelia records and find only one Bridgett, a slave in the house of Abraham's mother. Since Abe traded indian captives frequently, I think that Bridgett was Bridgett Green, the daughter of Bridgett, an Indian captive (slave) in the household of Abe Green. Rebecca Greene Wills of Halifax obviously grew up with Bridgett as a step-sister. So, my theory goes, Bridgett met John Light in Amelia where they lived. My theory is that in 1736 John was a fur trader working for the Wynnes with William Russell, a fur trader. In 1736, John Lights Amelia land was on the spot of an Indian village as recently as 1734. Having an indian wife was an advantage to fur traders. In 1746, parts of Terrible Creek were owned by William Wynne as a hunting camp. The Terrible had salt licks that attracted game.
George Light the Agent came into Virginia in 1648 with Richard Lee. George's cousin, John Fleete financed his second adventure in 1652 to buy land in Lancaster where George's father, John Light the Merchant of bishopsdgate lived after 1666.
George the Agent had a son George Light Junior, who escheated 'Hockley' plantation in King & Queen county about 1690, because George Junior was a juvenile 'heir at law'. Anyway George Junior moved to Lancaster to live with his grandfather, the merchant John Light. George Junior's younger brother was the same John Light referred to in the 1736 Amelia tithes, where John Senior of Halifax is described as "John Light Junior".
Filmer Wills is the son or grandson of Anne Harwood, the daughter of Thomas Harwood of Lancaster VA. Harwood and John Light the Merchant were adjacent neighbors. Most of these pioneer families have old alliences in previous counties. Jacob Light of Halifax named a child Flower obviously after the Flower family of Lancaster. My ancestor Andrew Donelson and George Light were neighbors in Lancaster VA. For years we tried to figure out how my great grandmother, a Donelson, knew so much about the Light family, until I found them both in 1715 as neighbors in Lancaster.