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My Virginia Light book
Posted by: Stephen W. Light (Steve) Date: August 22, 1998 at 21:57:14
In Reply to: Re: ATT: ALL LIGHT RESEARCHERS by Renee' Gore of 2090

Dear Rene,
I'm delighted that someone wants a copy of the book. I got distracted for a couple of years studying the Barbados records. You should know that the Lights and the Russells had intermarried twice before Jacob and Ann. In a 1718 Norfolk will of Sarah Hollowell there is a grandson named William Russell. I think this must be Anne Russell's grandfather. Then in 1740 a John Hollowell married a Sarah Light of Norfolk. Think of it as a 3-way intermarriage. The Russells and the Lights go way back. John and Bridgett are tricky to figure out. The only Bridgett in Amelia wills is Bridgett Green, a captive indian slave in the house of Abe Greens mother. I'm guessing Bridgett had a daughter, also named Bridgett who married our John Light. Both John Light and Anne's grandfather William Russell were both fur traders around 1734, and both lived in Amelia county, with the same neighbors. One of them was Abe Green. Greens daughter Rebbecca Green married Filmer (Philmore) wills and appears in the Halifax records with "Mrs. Light". In fact Rebecca put one of her slaves to work caring for the aging Bridgett. Rebecca and Bridgett must have been like sisters, very close. Anne's brother William was a general in the Indian Wars. Abe Green was notorious for kidnapping Indians and holding them for hostages. I suspect that Bridget's mother was either 1)a white kidnapped first by the Indians then by Abe, or 2) an indian girl kidnapped by Abe. There is a lot of evidence of Indian blood in the Russell and the Jacob Light line. One Russell family history stresses this. I guess Bridget was Bridget Green, and had some Indian blood. The Amelia farm is on the site of an Indian village.
All the signs lead to Lancaster through Norfolk for the Light origins.
If you send me $15, my costs, I'll put together a book that is up to date. steve light PO box 428, Haslett, MI 48840.
My line comes through Jacobs brother William. Our common ancestors are John and Bridgett.
Note that Rebecca Green's brother in law was Harwood Wills. I believe Philmore or Filmer (cant spell it) and Harwood Wills were descended from Anne Harwood, whose father was a Burgess in ? county. The interesting part is that a Thomas Harwood was living next door to the Light in Lancaster in 1666. Some of these neighbors go back to England together. This fellow named Mann that Jacob sold out to in 1779 was also a neighbor in Amelia.
Right now I am revisiting the records of George Light the Agent of King & Queen VA. I am trying to decipher the precise meaning of the Thacker Patents. I am pretty sure that George Light Junior moved from 'Hockley' to Lancaster VA to live with his Grandfather john light, who was a merchant in London. He sailed frequently to England and the colonies selling fine silk and clothing.

There is so much to tell. These were some very high powered people, the Greens and the Russells. Both families produced famous generals. I'm a Donelson and a Light. Donelson lived in Lancaster too in 1715. Andrew Jackson and Rachel Donelson got married in the Green family parlor in (Natchez?).
Write me. sincerely Steve Light.

PS I just got back from Lancaster. I watched the sunset and ate steamed crab on the shore at Weems thinking this was where the Lights arrived in 1666. George was here though in 1648 with Richard Lee. Its a long story, full of Stuart politics. Our Lights were intermarried with the Huntleys and the Sidneys. George Huntley came to Norfolk in 1613, and John Sidney was an early Burgess of Norfolk.


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