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Re: Origin John Light of Lancaster Virginia
Posted by: Steve Light Date: March 22, 1999 at 09:51:10
In Reply to: Re: Origin John Light of Lancaster Virginia by Margaret Fleenor of 2090

Hi Margaret,
Yes, John the Brewer, Innkeeper, and Merchant of Bristol was born in 1637, and he had brothers including Henry(b1629), Major Paul Lyte of Barbados(b1635). John(1637) was the son of Henry(b1597). John(1637) had an uncle John(1604)Light called "Indigo Merchant of London" and also "merchant of Bishopsgate". The father of John(1604)was Sir Thomas Lyte(1568-da1638).
John Light of Lancaster Virginia was transported in 1666 from Bristol. Both the 1637 and 1666 Johns appear to be about the same age in 1666, about 29. John 1637 failed in his apprenticeship and made a success as an innkeeper and brewer in Bristol. John of Lancaster left a record in which he sold "drink to the Jury" in Virginia.
This is a different conclusion than i had in my book. In my book I speculated that John of Lancaster was the indigo merchant born in 1604, whose son George Light(1626)lived in adjacent King and Queen county Virginia.
Another important piece of evidence is a record showing an Edmund Light importing servants into Virginia. Edmund(1640) is also the name of another brother of John(1637), Paul(1635). In this newer theory, George Light of King and queen(1626)would be the first cousin of John(1637). Important also is the fact that John(1637) evidently was in Barbados at some point, since John(1637) married a sister of Mr. Root, Gentleman of Barbados.
There appears to be a John Light in each generation of this line. When the next John Light of Lancaster appeared briefly about 1692 in the tihes, he would have to have been at least 16 years old in 1692, or born about 1676, when John(1637) was about 40 years old. In my book I speculated that this John(ba1676) may have been the brother of George Light Junior of King and Queen, but I don't really know which.
I do know that John Sidney a Burgess of Norfolk County Virginia married Francis Lyte, daughter of Sir Thomas,and George Huntley was the father in law of Sir Thomas Lyte. both Sidney and Huntley had extensive plantations in Norfolk county. This leadds me to believe that the Sarah Light who married John Hollowell of Norfolk Virginia in 1740 closely related to all of the above.
Also a William Russell, the grandfather of Anne Russell who married Jacob Light, was a grandson of an older Sarah Hollowell who left a 1717 will in Norfolk co Virginia.
There is a rock solid blood relation happening here. Huntley was in Virginia as early as 1613, a member of the Virginia company of london, and a close friend of Sir Walter Raleigh. Huntley was important enough to have entertained Queen Elizabeth I in Gloucestershire. Huntley was clearly at the center of the financial power in the Lyte family. Also Sir Thomas's wife Constance was the heiress of both Nicholas Baskerville and John Sidney. I think Major Paul Lyte of Barbados was rich enough to have assisted with immigration also. Paul's will mentions his friend John Sadler, who was coowner of 12,000 acres on the southside of the James River in then Charles City co, now Prince George/Amelia county.
I suggest you order film from the FHL of the 1892 article and the supplement also. Also useful are Burke's family records which explains most of the Huntly-Lyte connection.
Steve Light

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