Posted By:Steve Light
Subject:Re: Lyte Pedigree 1286 AD to 1777 AD
Post Date:January 06, 1999 at 02:49:25
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Dear Peter,
I am happy to hear from anyone who has the ambition to participate in a serious study group. The English family Lyte of Lytescary, Somersetshire has been blessed with several scholars and sometime genealogists, not the least of which were Sir Thomas Lyte (died 1638) the genealogist of James I, the first of the English Stuart Kings. Sir Thomas and his more famous father, Henry Lyte, were kind enough to leave us two extensive pedigrees dating from the time of Edward I. The last part of his monumental work, which is in the collection of the British Museum, includes John Light, a London indigo merchant whose son, George Light settled in Virginia in the early 1600's. Our most recent scholar of repute is Sir Henry Churchill Maxwell Lyte, a late deputy director of the British Museum. Several living members of the Society of Genealogists are also interested in the Lyte descendants in America.
A very loosely knit group of researchers in the U. S. have proven a line of at least 1500 Lights all beginning with John Light of Amelia Virginia in 1736. My (our) present study are the connections between John Light in 1736 and various Lytescary Lights in Virginia as late as 1712. We have numerous contacts in Britain as well as the U.S. When this 22 year gap is in better focus, we will have a line from 1286 AD to present, now considered perhaps the oldest non-royal pedigree in Europe.
If you are interested in working on colonial research topics that I intend to publish, drop me an email.
Working with SearchLight can be frustrating. The editor, Betty Behr, solicits queries which are also published in an alphabetized everyname index of Lights. As frustrating as SearchLight is to a scholar such as yourself, it is useful in finding your lost relatives,if you use the Sparks query. I just sent a letter full of corrections to the editor on a 1988 synopsis written in the 1800s. In fairness, I was referred to the article by the SearchLight editor. It only took 150 years to review.
The first genealogist published in the Lyte family lived in the 13th century, and we are still reviewing his work after 800 years!
The GenForum has been a lot of fun for me. I would enjoy having somewhere to publish some of my work. Several members of GenForum are helping me republish an important but rare 1892 article by the Deputy Director of the british museum, which has numerous references to Colonial lytes and lights. Another project involves an unpublished Light/Lyte pedigree from the 1600's that is in Great Brittain. However, travel and various expenses are involved. Interested?
Steve Light.