Posted By:Margaret Fleenor
Subject:Re: Samuel Light - Phelps Co., MO 1850
Post Date:September 10, 1999 at 22:04:33
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Hello Brent,

I don't know that I can add any information to your post and will most likely confuse you, but I feel certain that this Samuel Light is closely connected to the Lights of Hawkins Co. TN. Namely, John Light Sr. and wife, Winnie orr Joshua and wife, Nancy or possibly Jacob and wife, Patience Morelock Light.

There was a movement of the Lights/Daltons/Morelocks and a few other families from Beech Creek, in Hw. Co. around 1840 - 1850 into Missouri in different counties. These families intermarried. I have found in my research that John and Elenor Light went to Phelps Co. MO. However, there were other Light families from Beech Creek who did also.

The county lines of Hawkins, Greene, Washington and Sullivan meet on Beech Creek. This is what causes most of the confusion with the Light family search if they were from the Hw. Co. area. All of these families lived very close together even though they were in different counties and they married into the same neighboring families, such as the Daltons/Morelocks/Balls/Barnards/
Morrisons, etc.

Riley and Timothy are Dalton names. The others are common names in the lines of John Sr. and Joshua, his brother. Around the above years, Thomas Dalton's wife, Dorothy "Dolly" Light Dalton decided to sell out on Beech Creek after he died and move to Missouri with some of her children who were moving. She is believed to be the daughter of John Sr. of Hawkins Co. Her brother, Wright also went, among a few others too complicated to go into here.

Timothy Dalton was an ancestor of Thomas, Dolly's husband. There was also a Riley Dalton who moved with his Dalton parents to Missouri. These moves took place around the same time. Joshua had several boys who can't be found here in the Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Greene County area on any records and must have left for other parts. Rebecca is a very common name in this line and descends down quite a ways.

If you think you trace back to John Sr., Joshua, or Jacob those are just a few of the names to look for. Barnad/Bernard, Ball and Morrison are a few more. These families all inhabited Beech Creek and still do. They had very close ties then and still do today. You can email me if you'd like. There is just too much to put on here. Good luck.