Dear ____ Light,
I looked for Martin Light, Oram, and varients in the index of Search Light newsletter fo you. I'm sure that Betty Behr the editor would look at the recent issues not included in the index. Betty can point you to genealogists working on the Lancaster Penn Lights.
There were several indiviuals with that name in Lancaster Co Pennsylvania. The page #S in the index for "Martin Light"
are: 2,8,48,52,58,64,95,96,100,110,121,125,126,127,128,129,151,153,158,162,186,193, also 13,14,16,48,55,64.
Besides the other English Lights, don't forget the Welsh community. "Lyte" may have been an anglecized spelling to seperate the German and the Welsh Lights. If your
ancestors were from, for instance Caernovern? township in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, a Welsh community. A German and
a Welsh community of skilled miners came to Spotsylvania county Virginia from
Lancaster Penn about 1718. A John Light (Johan Licht?) came to
Caernovern? township, about 1714 accordiing to my highly inacurate notes. This was the mining community that Governor Alexander
Spottswood of Virginia started about 1718. One of his employees was William Russell the ranger whose descendant intermarried with
the Lights and Hollowells in Virginia. (Jacob Light m Anne Russell about 1760, William Russell m Hollowell before 1718 in Norfolk Va wills). The descendants of those settlers have an organization but I couldnt find a Light on their reconstructed list.
I have a court case dated 1778 or so of Peter light over his Opequon farm in Berkeley WV. He was from Penn. But the case says Peters father was John not Jacob.
I really dont know the Lancaster Penn Lights at all. Please don't confuse Lancaster Virginia (settled 1650) with Lancaster Virgina.
The index shows several Martin Lights in Lanc Penn, ie on p 93 1)a John Light b 1695 m Maria Kreider, 2)their child John Light b 2-21-1726, and 3)their child Martin Light b 3-20-1756 m Catherine Brandt (second wife). This is somebodies theory not a record.
My opinion is that the spelling Lyte is one of the Welsh ones.
PS I have the pedigree. I looked at the origiinal in england in April. There are more.
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