Patience Light was born Patience Dillingham, whose family came to Halifax from Maryland. Patience named her children after her brothers names, such as Vachel Dillingham
William's brother Jacob Light went off to the Carolinas with Vachel Dillingham about 1779.
William Light's father was John Light Senior of Halifax (1746 Lunenberg surveys). John Senior can be found in Amelia County in 1736, where John (then called Junior) lived with his father John Light (I call him John the elder to avoid confusion).
John Light Senior and his father met up with a fur trader, William Russell and his son also named William Russell probably in Norfolk county, because William Russell the elder had married a Hollowell by 1718 (will of sarah Hollowell). Later in 1740, a Sarah Light married John Hallowell in Norfolk.
The Lights and the Russells intermarried several times. William's brother Jacob married Anne Russell about 1760. Also William Russell lived in Amelis before he came to Halifax about 1759 (1736 & 1759 Amelia Tithes).
Another Light in Norfolk in 1766 and again in 1784 was Jesse Light, originally born in Lancaster VA, a son of George Light II. Jesse administered his fathers will in Lancaster in 1766. Jesse's grandfather was also named George Light III.
Since the first Light in Lancaster was a John Light I(trans 1666), I assumed for many years that old John was the father of the older George II. But recently I identified old John I as the Silk Merchant John Light, the third eldest son of Sir Thomas Lyte and his first wife Francis Worth.
There is more. Old john (tr1666) was the father of George Light of King & Queen.
Since old John was born in 1606 he was too old to father George II of Lancaster. George of K&Q, old John's son, came over first in 1648 under Richard Lee. George of K&Q also had a son George Jr of K&Q who left K&Q about 1692 and came to live with his GRANDFATHER John Light (trans 1666).
Confused yet? I just got back from Lancaster last week. I've been trying to write a definitive genealogy.
Sir Thomas Lyte had brothers, sons and grandsons in Virginia including old John Light and Captain William Light.
Sir Thomas's second wife was Constance Huntley, whose father Sir George Huntley bought his estate Boxwell from Raleigh, and then emmigrated to virginia where he is in the records in 1613. The Lyte\Lights were related to Raleigh. Also constance was the widow of Sir John Sidney of Pennhurst. Their son, also John sydney was the Burgess of Norfolk Va from 1625-1650 approx.
It goes on and on. The Lytes have the oldest pedigree in England and europe of a non-royal family. It dates back to the 1200s in LytesCary Somerset. Sir Thomas (da 1638) was 14th generation at lytescary, a Stuart courtier of King James the First. Before the 12th century, the Lyte family was Norman and is descended from an ancient greek family of King Odyseus (Aneas) of Ithica.
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