|Posted By:||Steve Light|
|Subject:||Re: Jesse LIGHT of England|
|Post Date:||July 19, 1999 at 09:36:07|
|Forum:||Light Family Genealogy Forum|
Dear Kevan, The name Jesse became popular as a Quaker name taken from the bible about 1660 in one of the Carter lines in Lancaster Virginia. The Lights were neighbors, and william Light a merchant sea captain transported many of the Carters to Lancaster Virginia from Norfolk Virginia, one Carter family history describes the name 'Jesse' as a an exclusively Carter name about 1660. Jesse Light, named after the Carters apparently, was born around 1700 in Lancaster va, and proved his father's will in Lancaster about 1766. A Jesse Light was living in Norfolk Virginia in 1785. Quakers were persecuted in Virginia from about 1650-1710.
Because of the close association of the Carters and the Lights in Virginia, and its Quaker origins, it probably began there. It appears later in Northern New England in Maine, which may be a coincidence,since the name is Quaker, from the Bible. The Waldaboro Lights in Maine came from Germany not England. The English connection suggests Jesse Light had origins in Virginia, but that's just speculation.