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  • ID: I2416
  • Name: John Light
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1724
  • Death: 1822
  • Note:
    JGF 508 frankllight@hotmail.com Married Catharine (Marget) wife of John Light, 1728.12.26 1787.5.4,, ^ Supplied the American army during the Rev. War with supplies in the Valley Forge area. After his wife died he took his large family to southwestern OH near Richmond in Clermont Co., about 1788. John was the founder of Richmond, building the first house there. The following is from Frank Light frankllight@hotmail.com I have great respect for Rev. James G. Francis and his monumental work on the history of the Light family in America but in the case of the Conestoga Lights he got it pretty wrong. Strange too because the work was commissioned by a descendant of Samuel Light, a son of John Light above. The facts are these(colon) John Light was born in 1724 on his father's farm which encompassed present day Churchtown, PA. He married Catharine (last name unknown). He may have had an earlier wife who would have died prior to 1755.
    His children(colon)
    Peter 1746-1821
    Jacob 1756-1831
    Barbara 1758-1831
    John (Jack) -1795
    Daniel 1767-1846
    Martin -1829
    Samuel 1770-1834

    In the early 1760s John moved to a property on the west side of the Schuylkill River near Pottstown, PA. In 1772 he sold this property and with his brother Peter purchased the Lick Plantation which lay just a few miles NNE of Martinsburg, VA (now WV). In 1778 he sold this property to his brother Peter and removed himself and his family to Westmoreland Co., PA. At this same time his older brother Jacob, being childless, adopted John's youngest sons Martin and Samuel. -lb-
    John did end up in New Richmond, OH which was founded by his son Jacob. He died there in 1822.

    John's brother Jacob eventually moved from the Schuylkill to Lancaster City and sent Samuel to Lebanon to be educated by Mathias Kreider. While there he became acquainted with the family of Henry Light and must have liked what he saw as he married two of Henry's daughters, Elizabeth and Maria (Mary). Consequently Samuel's descendants have the unique distinction of being descended from both main PA Light families; the Lebanon (or as I call them the Light's Fort Lights) and the Conestoga Lights. Samuel's daughter Elizabeth married his nephew Andrew Robb. The Light's Fort Lights were Mennonites and the Conestoga Lights were Dunkers.

    If John moved west to avoid the WAR it didn't work out the way he planned. He had two sons shot by the indians and a son in law scalped.

    Sorry to bend your ear so much. I realize that with a database as large as yours you don't have any idea who these folks were but I thought I ought to get it on the record. Once I get started I can't stop. -lb-
    Frank Light
  • _GCID: 2F64C04A-25DF-451A-8656-6C926CA4044F

    Father: Jacob Light , (i1735-) b: ABT 1700
    Mother: Barbara wife of Jacob Light b: ABT 1701

    Marriage 1 Catharine (Marget) wife of John Light b: 26 DEC 1728
      1. Has No Children Peter Light b: 1746
      2. Has Children Jacob Light b: 10 AUG 1757
      3. Has Children Samuel Light b: 25 FEB 1770
      4. Has Children Martin Light b: 16 JAN 1775
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