Posted By:Steve Light
Subject:Re: Lyte Pedigree 1286 AD to 1777 AD
Post Date:May 08, 1999 at 09:51:27
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Dear Tom,
There are very few references to German Lights migrating down from Pennsylvania but there are some die hard believers. The first German settlers (in a large group) in Virginia were in about 1716, when Spotswood brought in German and Welsh ironworkers to Spottsylvania county Virginia. However, a supposedly complete list of names of that community does not include a John Light. Interestingly, in that enterprise was our William Russell, grandfather of Ann Russell who married our Jacob Light about 1780 or so. Both the Lights and Russells were also intermarried before 1717, somewhere between Norfolk Virginia and Philadelphia. The Hollowells migrated from Philadelphia about 1705 when the persecutions of Puritans and quakers ended in Virginia.
There is also a Jacob Light in the highlands of the Carolinas in 1750, probably an Indian trader, as were all theother characters I mentioned including John Light Sr of Halifax, Wm Russell, and Spottswood.
Russell, Abe Green, John Cole, Bean and other famous early "long hunters" were the legendary first white men in tennessee etc (long before Boone) and all members of the Augusta county militia. Augusta county was huge, from Penn to Tennessee. Wherever you find these these hunters you find my John Light soon after.
One theory is that the Lights and others migrated north from Virginia before 1680 because of the persecution into Maryland and pennsylvania. Light Townshend of SC is descended from a John Lyte and Eliz Green married in 1680 in Maryland. Our John Light of Halifax and his son George appear as scouts in Massachussetts in 1750 during the French and Indian war, along with Russsells etc.
It is a mystery that took place on the frontier beyond written records. Russell the Ranger (there were 3 generations) gave a deposition in the 1600s. Remember that most of the hunting and trapping was illegal in Augusta county by treaty. It was no mans land between the indian triibes of the south and the Iriqois confederation. See the movie the Last of the Mohicans.