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Posted by: Steve Light Date: April 20, 1999 at 13:05:49
In Reply to: Re: LIGHTS IN TN by Mary of 2090

A 3Michael Light (1783-1860) was the son of 2William Light and Patience Dillingham who lived in Hawkins County for a time.
But I think you are referring to the 4Michael Light (ba 1812) who was the son of 3John Light (ba 1764 or so in Halifax), the revolutionary war veteran. Your 4Michael was also grandson of 1John Light and wife Bridget, the patriarch of the Halifax Lights(seruveyed Halifax land on Ellis Creek in 1746). The earliest dates proven before 1746 of proven Light relatives were 1736 Amelia county tithes, and a 1712 record of Roger Light, a carpenter. The Lights were intermarried with the Russell and and Hollowell family in Norfolk by 1740. The Russells are mentioned as grandchildren of the Hollowells in a 1717 Norfolk will of the Hollowells. These early intermarriages, before the Hollowells came to Norfolk, suggest that the Lights came in to Norfolk from other counties. The ranger William Russell lived in King and Queen and gloucester counties a contemporary of George Light Junior of K&Q, a Lyte of Lytescary somerset England. More probable, I think is a migration that included Maryland, since Puritans, Quakers, and Catholics were expelled from Virginia from about 1650 to 1705.
However, early Lytescary Lytes can be found in Maryland in 1680, and especially in Norfolk(Burgess John Sidney in 1648) and(George Huntley in 1613). An Elias and Richard Light were in Norfolk in 1636. Various other early Lytes (aka Light) were in Barbados (Richard had a son in 1651). A merchant of Bristol, John Light, who sold beer appears in both Bristol in 1696, in Lancaster Virignia off and on from 1666 to 1696, and married a woman in Barbados named Christian Root (first of several marriages).
Land records show that the King and Queen VA Lights are related to the Lancaster Lights, as well as the Barbados Lights.
The Engish ancestor (died 1538) Thomas Lyte lost a son, Thomas who died after returning from Virginia in 1629. Thomas (d 1638) was the son in law of George Huntley and the stepfather of John Sidney of Norfolk. They moved around before Halifax.
I recently visited the grave of William le Lyt,(about 1256 AD) the tenth great grandfather of Thomas (d 1638), in Charleton Mackrell Parish in Enland. William's 13th century marker,his 13th century baptismal font, and the northern wing of the church he built are still there. I said a prayer in the Lyte aisle (wing)built while William was the Sargeant at Law of King Edward the I.
William le Lyt was of Norman origin. His granite marker is under an ancient Yew tree at least 500 years old. I felt a warm feeling when I paid my respects at his grave at Charlton Mackrell. The scene under that ancient Yew tree is not to be forgotten soon.


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