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Michael Light Researchers
Posted by: Margaret Fleenor Date: July 18, 2001 at 11:18:39
  of 2090

To the descendants who have contacted me for information concerning the wife and/or parents of both, Michael Light and wife.

Michael Light, son of William and Patience Dillingham Light of Hawkins County, TN married Frances Easley, daughter of Peter Easely and Elizabeth (Betsy) Vincent. Peter Easely was the son of Stephen Easely and wife (?)

"Stephen (1715-ca-1803-1812)brought his wife and six grown children from Virginia to his 1320-acre Horse Creek Plantation in 1783. He built his large log house on Horse Creek Bluff overlooking the Holston River and Long Island. Two of his sons, Robert and Peter settled on their father's land and also built large log homes and became prominent members of the Horse Creek Community." (Kingsport Heritage, The Early Years, 1700-1900 by Muriel Clark Spoden, 1991).

"Peter Easley (1765-1819) married Elizabeth (Betsy) Vincent. The family lived on a 720-acre plantation located in the area today occupied by the Kingsport Industrial Park off Hwy I-181. His rambling log home was consisdered one of the finest in the county. It burned several years ago. Here they reared six children. All of them moved away except two, John and Frances Easley. Frances married Michael Light and lived across the sluice opposite the upper end of Long Island. John married Nancy Hamilton and lived in his father's home. Later, their daughter sold the place to John Childress and it became known as the Childress Farm." (Spoden 1991).

Muriel did not know that Michael and Frances moved to Middle Tennessee, so it appears that John was the only child to remain in East Tennessee. Captain George Vincent was the earliest known settler in the Long Island of the Holston area (now Kingsport). Elizabeth (Betsy) may or may not have been his daughter. Muriel passed away several years ago and did a good deal of writing on the early history of this area.

I apologize for not getting back to you on this, but I have been tied up lately and not able to do much on the Light family. Hope this helps.

Margaret



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