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In the year 1S92 a "Genealogy of the Light Family
and Connections" was written out for my own satis-
faction, as also for future reference. By the help of
the Lord, the original has been re-written and en-
larged Care was taken to gather reliable informa-
tion; any doubtful information was not accepted.
Notwithstanding, error* will be found, because of in-
correct information. Whenever a occurs, the
necessary information could not be ascertained. The
figures appearing before the names, indicate the order
01 births in the family, as ist, 2nd, &o. (b.) means
birth, (d.J for death, (c.) for children, (y) for year,
(mo.) for month, (da.) for days, (m.) for married,
(Gen.) for generation. Hoping all honor will be
given to the lord, the "Genealogy" is now respect-
fully submitted to the public, hoping the perusal of
this book may afford as much pleasure to the reader
as has resulted in its composition to the author, who
is in the eightieth year of his age.
Afar \rim, Lancastei 'J .. Pa.
THE LIGHT GENEALOGY.
First ^ h, ' s ^ e "°°* £: * 3 a History of the Light
Gener- Families from the Old Country. The first
ation. John Light and two of his brothers, natives of
Palatinate, Germany, left the Old Country for
America about the year 1 7 l o, one stopping in
England and one in Baltimore, Md. John
Light, above mentioned, settled in (then
m called) Lebanon township, Lancaster county,
Pa., now I ebanon county, Pa., and secured a
tract of land o< w 2 part of the city oi Lebanon,
patent dated April 2, 1742. The same year
he erected a large two-story limestone dwell-
ing house, where for many years the old
Mennonites met for worship, having monthly
meetings during the French and Indian war.
It was the place of safety for the women an 1
children of the surrounding country, and went
by the name of "Old Fort." This Old Fort
can be seen yet, though one hundred and.
fifty-two years old. It is built of lire te,
French ! , small - lows. It is now
i Ge I) -'■■".• Can
be n Tenth Eleve .'. i :ets, in ti -
cit\ of Lebanon, Pa. A part is still occupied
as a ter mt ho se. 1 > was built in the year
1742, having a stock* .. built around it. It is
said that sixty families at one time took re r uge
in it, wrnile the m ;n went along the n • itains
guarding the | or protecting them when
gathering the cro] . We have no knowledge
when this John Light died, or the name of his
wife. They had the follovsins: children, namely,
four sons :
2 Gln. Jacob Light, their first son, was born 1723,
died 1788, aged 65 years: was married to
Elizabeth Landis; their issue 5 children:
3 Gex. 1. Anna Light, m. to Jacob Kreidcr.
2. Barbara Light, m. to Henry Kreider
3. Maria Light, m. to Henry Light.
4. Elizabeth Light, m. not known.
5. John Light, m. to Bar'. : er.
This second John Light is supposed r o have
lived at the farm where now the Lane
county poor-house is situated. He was ' c
Oct., 175S; died Nov. 30th, 1809, aged 51
years. His wife, Barbara, was born May 25th,
1760. Their issue :
4 Gen. 1. Henry Light, b. Dec. 1, 1780, m. to S. L.
2. Annie Light, b. July 7, 17"):, m.'Sarn. Eby«
, 3 - Barbara Light, b. Ap. «i. «7»4. • '■ ' hn
4 . John Light, b. Dec. 7, 1785,^ "' Busier
5 . Elizabeth Light, b. Aug. 15, 178?, m. Jacob
6. Susannah J ight, b. Aug. 15, *7-7> m. John
St earn in. . .
. 7 and 8. Abraham and Jacob Light, 2d twins,
b. and d. Oct. 15, i7«9-
9. Jacob Light, b. Apr. 20, 1791, "• ^°' l >'
10. Benjamin Light, b. and d. young. .
n Magdalena Light, b. Dec. 24, 1 793, m.
The above Henry Light, m. to S. L. Cutter.
Their issue, 4 sons :
5 gen 1. Benjamin Light, m. Sue Donley.
2, David, 3, J^ob, 4, Henry Light ; mamag
2 Gfv 2d Son of John Light, from Germany.
Martin Light, b. 1725, « Lebanon township,
Pa. ; d. 1S05, :ged So years ; m. Miss Peifer ;
Issue S children.
3 Gev Jacob Light, b. unknown, m. unknown, d.
unknown. Jacob was very rich, and settled
near Lancaster City, Pa.
3 Gen John light, a brother of Jacob, was not SO
rich in worldly goods, but he was blessed with
a large family. He moved over the ooua-
tins (sor \ \ ace west). His brothei
saddl ' .' ;e one cl i . isit his brother
John; he found him larg
Jacob asked John for two I 3 boys John
agreed to give Samuel and Martin to go \iSi
their uncle, and he made them his adopted
sons. Jacob took one behind and the other
in front of himself on horseback, and started
east over the mountains foi home, and i '^
the two sons very rich ; he made a will,
described all that each should ha-. . The
author read the will in the Register :e in
Lancaster City, where it was recorded one
hundred and forty years ago.
i Gkk. The adopted son of Jacob was Si
Light. He afterwards moved to Lebanon C .
Pa., below Lebanon City, and buil
mill at' the Quitcapahilh. He was married
twice; his first wife was Mary Light, his
second wife was Annie Light.
5 Gen-. Sons of Samuel Light. Jacob Light, m.
Mary Longanecker. Their issu > as fol-
5 Ge.v. i. Eliza Light, m. to — . Cormany.
2. Maria Light, m. to Oliver Bowman.
3. Fannie Light, m. to Peter Horst.
4. Henry J . ' :, m. to Louise Early.
5. Sarah Light, m. to Abraham Mark.
6. Cyrus Lig I m. to Martha GrafTert.
5 Gev. 7. J hn Li :'. t, n Eliza Mark.
8. Annie Light, m. to George Ellis.
Henry Light, m. to Louise Early. Their
5 Gen. 1. Samuel E. Light, m. to Laura Bresslin.
2. Louis Light, single.
3. Mary Light, ra. to Wm. Pv.esden.
4. Lizzie Light, m. to John Roberts.
5. William Light, m. to Miss Daisey.
6. Abraham Light, single.
7. Leander Light, single.
8. Sallie Light, single.
5 Gen. Cyrus Light, m. to Martha Graffert. Their
6 Gen. 1. Edv.-ard Light, m. unknown.
2. Jacob Light, single.
3. George Light, sing 1 .
4. Corrie -:_!e.
5 Gsar. John Light, m. to Eliza Mark. Tb eir issue :
6 Gen. x. Adam Light, single.
2. Ira Light, m. to Mr. Fisher.
3. Grant Light, single.
4. Albert i : ';h:, single.
5. Henry I gi.t, :»ngle.
6. Martha Light, single.
5 Gen. John Light. Sam. son. m. to Sarah Light
Their iss le.
€ Gen. i. Ephraim Light, m. to Mary VVideman.
2. Mary Light, m. to William Meek.
. 3 it, m. t< ' ' r y.
i | . jht,m. to Mary :
'•■■■•. i . n Light, i I .
7 Ges. 2. En t, m. to E - ngler.
6 G - , i. * Maria Henry. Th« r
7 Ges. i. Henry Light, in. to Emma Light.
2. John Light, single.
3. J. Warren Light, in. to Catharine Light.
4. James Raymond Light, single.
5. Horace Light, si
6 Ges. S imuel Light, m. to ' [aria Henrj His
6 Ges. 2. Mary I \ m. to Levi Uhler.
3. Elizabeth Light, m. to Robb.
4. Henry ' it, d. single.
5. Betsey Light Jesse Reinhold.
6. Sallie Lig .to Jesse Reinhold.
7. Ligl t, m. to Samuel Rea.
4 G Mart. . ' _ ;, the adopted son of Jacob
Martin ! . m. to Annie Herr.
* Ges. 1. John Light, m. to Annie Land;-.
2. Jacob Light, m. to Annie Gall.
3. Fannie Light, m. to Benjamin Hess.
4. Annie Ligl r . m. to Cornet.
c. Mary Li:--, m. to Herr.
6. Hanr 1 Light, 1 to Miller.
4 G Martin and A
5 Ckx i. John I lives in I . r ( ity. No
2. Jacob Light, m. to Annie Gall, lives South
Queen St., Lancaster City, Pa. Jacob
b. Jan. 7, 1S12 ; his wife Annie b. Oct.
1, 18 1 4. They had 6 children.
6 Gen. i. Elizabeth Light, m. to Joseph Bowman.
2. Anna Man- Light, m. to William Cottwell.
3. Fannie Light, single.
4. John Light, m. to Alice Buch.
5. Samuel Light, m. to Mary Gardner.
6. Martin Light, m. to Annie Herner. Their
7 Gen-, i. Charles H. Light, single.
2. John J. Light, single.
3. Alice G. Light, single.
4. John Light, m. to Alice Buch. Issue :
7 Gex. 1. Frank Bond Light, single.
2. Minnie Light, single.
3. Balis Light, single.
2 Gen-. Martin Light's daughters b. 1725, d. Oct.,
1805, aged So years.'
3 Gen. 3. Elizabeth Light, m. to Abraha.n Meyer.
4. Barbara Light, rn. to George Huber.
5. Annie Light, m. :o Efenry Yordey.
6. Veronica Light, m. to tlenry Mayer.
7. Susanna Light, m. to Caspti 51 rk.
8. Mary Light, no. to George Uhl
2 Gen-. Henry Light, son of John Light, from Ger-
2 Gk.v. many. D is Henry v/as b. '7- 1. Jan. il >6,
ag ; i ; he w m. to Barbara I □ lis.
Th - lildren.
3 G Henry n of Henry ' m. to
Barbara Landis. This Henry , m. to
Magdalena Funk. Their issue:
4 Gex. Ken:/ ' er), m. to Barbara Wen-
ger, a d - :.■ ter of Rev. Christian Wenger, of
the River Brethren church.
. i. Nancy Light, m. to Joseph Gingrich.
2. Barbara Light, m. to John Weller.
3. Mollie Light, ra. to Levi Light.
4. H ght Fuller, Jr., m. to Catharine
The daughters of Henry Light, married t
M ig • Funk :
5 Gi.v. 1. Elizabeth! - m. to Martin Wenger.
2. F&rbara I , m. to Abraham Weng
3. Christian Light, ra. to Jacob Light.
4. Magdalena Light, m. to Henry Ho'.
Second marriage, Marti-: Wenger, as
5. Mary Light, ra. to Daniel Eixlcr.
5. Nanc) Light, m. (1st time) to Henry t
Meyer, (2d time) to Mr. Henry, ( -
- . C ' . m.- to Jol a L. Mover. ---'
Light, m. 10 Gct-lciO Kreider.
• M tin Light, of Henry Ligl
5 Gen m. to Masrdalena Funk. This Martin Light
(Fuller) m. to R rb ra Oberholzer. Issue:
5 Ges. i. John O. Light, m. to Katie Uhler.
2. Martin O. Light, m. to Betsey Rauch.
3. Henry O. Light, en. to Catharine GarLerich.
4. Barbara Light, ra. to Jacob Heisey.
5. Catharine Light, m. to Samuel Brandt.
6. Christina Light, m. to John Ensminger.
3. Jacob Light (Fuller), of Henry and Mag-
dalena Light (nee Funk).
4 Gen-. 3. Jacob Light (Fuller), ra. to Lydia Light.
4. Samuel Light (Fuller), ra. to Catharine
5. John Light (Fuller), m. to Catharine Shrk.
6. Joseph Light (Fuller), m. to N incy Wenger.
Second son cf Henry Lteht, m. to Maerda-
lena Funk, Peter Light, m. to Barbara Beohm.
Their issue :
5 Gex. 1. Jacob Light, m. to Betsy Ulrich.
2. Elizabeth Light, m. to J. H. Witmeyer.
3. Hit?.m Light, ra. to Mary Kreider.
4. Barbara Light, m. t ) Samuel Veagly.
5. MagdaJena Light, m. to Daniel W. Zeller.
6. Susanna Light, m. to Reuben L'ght.
7. Jacob Light, ra. to Sarah Light.
8. Peter Light ra. not known.
9. Betsey Light, m. to Rev. Christian PefP. y.
4 Gex. David Light, 2d son of Peter I ight, rn. to
B rbara Beohn . This David Light m. to
Mcllie Hunsicker. ;ir issue :
2. Ad " " • - ;
3. Christian Light, m. to I... bella Light.
4. David Light, m. ; Good.
5. Annie Light, single.
6. Pete Light, single.
John Light, 3d son of Peter Light, m. to
Barbara. a. This John Light m. to Fannie
Land:?. 1 le :
1. Jacob '. m. to Veronica Ellenberger.
He .Dec. 12, 175S, i. Feb. 2, 1837,
aged (on stone) ;3 y.' 4 mo. 10 da.
His wife was b. Sept. ^o, 1764; d. 1834,
aged 69 y. S mo. 7 da. Their issue v.
3 sons and 3 daughter .
o Gkn. 1. Samuel Light, Betsey Stauffer.
2. Jacob Light, m. t Lydia Zinn.
3. Joseph Light, m. :o Katie Bomberger.
1. Betsey Light, m. to Daniel Zeller.
2. Fanny Light, singl
3. Annie Light, m. to Jonas Light.
i Gf.s. Jacob Light, m. to Lydia Zinn, was b. Apr.
10, 1797.. d. Jan. 30, 1S69, aged 7: yr. 9 mo.
20 da.; his v.ife b. 179S, d. 1874, aged 75 yr.
10 mo. " d. Their issue :
5 Gi-.v. 1. Sarah Light, m. to George - nith.
2. Catharine Ligi t, : .. to Peter Swope.
3. Lydia Light, m. to Moses Uri
4. Elizabeth L'ght, m. to Michael Becker.
j Gen. 5. Lucetta Light, rn. to Jeremiah Stennert.
6. Susanna Light, m. to John K. Light.
7. Rosanna Light, m. to Levi Light.
8. Samuel Light, b. 1840, d. 1868, aged 28
9. George Light, m. to Lucinda Capp. Their
6 Gen. 1. Ira Light, 2, George Light, 3, Israel Light.
5 Gen. 10. Jefferson Light, in. to Sarah Light. Their
issue 7 :
6 Gen. 1, Jacob Light, 2, Harvey Light; 3, Wilson
Light, 4, Sallie Light, 5, Thomas Light,
6, Lydia Light, 7, Ir.i Light.
5 Gen. Moses Light, brother of Jefferson Light,
has 6 children :
6 Gen. 1, George Light, 2, Jacob Ligh:, 3, Moses
Light, _}, Simuel Light, 3, Louise Light,
6, Vinnie Light.
5 Gen. David Light, 2d son of Joha Light, in. to
Miss Peifer. Issue :
6 Gen. t, Jesse Light. 2, John Light, 3, Man* Li^ht,
4, Lucy Ligh;-, 5, Lucetta I -'grit.
4 Gen. 3. John Light, son of Pe'er Light, m. to Bar-
bara Lanuis. This John is c (Han-
nesly) Light, m. to F m j Landis. Their
5 Gen. 1. Joha Light, m. to M I'ie Welbmer.
2. Jacob Light, rn. to Barl ara Light.
3. Joseph light, m. to Catharine Light.
3. Miry L . I ' „'
! Light, 1 j m. to Sarah Moyer,
2, m. to Mary Moyer, 3, m. to C
Light, willow of ie] Light Fullei
(nee Spigler). Their issue :
" Gsx. 1. Henry Light, m. to Mollie Bow , 1.
2. Daniel Light, m. to Barbara Sholley.
3. Sara . m. to David Light, 2d wife,
•") Gk.w 1. Mar t, m. to Be- 2I] Kline.
2. Lydia I m. to Jacob Light (Fuller).
Children oi the wife < sph Li^ht :
5 Gen. i. Leah Ligh m. tc . I , : ght.
2. Ami I Peter Shollej .
3. Solomon 1 1 . . ' ..
trtin \ . 5th of Henry Lig
rbara Land is.
5 Gen. This Martin Light, m. to Barbara Ch
Their issue :
6 ;_>-.- 1. Orth Light, m. to Betsey Louser.
2. S.irah Light, m. Samuel Rice.
Children of Orth Light :
7 Grv. 1. Cyrus Light, m. to Mac. Bern.
2. Rose Light, . 1. l>„\\n Wolf,
3. John O: : , m. to Barl - a Killcaten.
I 1 ex. Jacob n of Peter I.;
b.'ra Be m. fhi ..'.. i '_ 1 t lied
4 Gen. Ja Br mto M igc!al< na Beohm.
Their issue :
5 Gen. i. Jonas Light, m. to Annie Light.
2. William Light, m. to Barbara Reinsel.
3. Christiana Light, m. to John Fordney.
4. Lydia Light, m. to Jacob Lutz.
5. Samuel Light, m. to Catharine Ball.
Grand children of big Joseph Light's sons :
Henrv Light's children :
6 Gen. i. Maria Light, m. to Mr. Shalk.
2. Lorance Light.
3. Phcebe Light.
5. Cyrus L'ght.
6. Isabella Light.
7. Daniel Light.
8. Israel Light.
Daniel Light's children :
1. Joseph E. Light, m. to Miss Paine.
2. Lmma Light, m. to M. H. H. Light.
3. Daniel Light, m. to Kate Strickler.
2 Gen. The 4th sen of John Light, from Germany.
This John was b. 1730, m. to Miss Landis, of
Spring Creek, Deny township, Lancaster
county, Pa., now Dauphin county, Pa.^Their
issue, 6 sons, as follows :
3 Gen. I. John Light was b. Apr. 4, 1750, d. Dec. I,
1829, aged 79 yr. 7 mo. 27 da. He was
m. to Mary Dohner. She was b. Feb. 1,
1755, d. Feb. n, 18 10, aged 55 yr. 10 da.
- i T . of John Light, from Germai
This .. I >k up one section of
Ian i situ ted at the Little Swatara creek, on
the road leading from Lebanon to Fredericks-
I irg. The 3d John Light, above mentioned
(my grandfather), got about one-half of this
tract of land from his father as a legacy. He
then built a house and barn on this tract, and
later he built a large two-story brick grist mi
which was called Light's Mill for a long time,
but now Stoever's Mill, located on the Little
Swatara creek, where the stream makes a large
bend, almost forming a peninsula. This John
lived on this farm fifty odd years, and is bun
on the same land, called Light's Graveyard.
Most of his family are also buried there. This
John Light and his wife, Mary Light, their
issue was n children.
4 Gen. 1. John Light, unk when b. or d. He was
m. to Nancy Haws, of Philadelphia, Pa.
3 Gen. The) had 6 children : 1, Mary Light, 2,
Michael Light, 5, David Light, 4, Betsey
Light, 5, Sarah Light, 6, John Light.
The father and this family moved to
Richland county, Ohio, many years ago.
:■; Gen. 2d son of John Light, ra. to Mary Dohner.
4 Guy. My father was Henry Light, b. Sept. 17, 17 ; :
d. Dec. 17, 185S, aged 83 yr. 3 n.o. He .. -
m. to his first wife, Eli . :th Longenecker.
4 Gen She was b. Apr. io, 1782, d. Apr. u, 1809,
aged 27 yr. t da. Their issue was 3 children.
5 Gk.v. i. Daniel Light, b. Aug. iS, 1803, d. July 13,
1SS4, aged So yr. 10 mo. 25 da. He
was m. to Lizzie Weaver. Lizzie Weaver
was b. Oct. 17, 1S10, d. Nov. 16, 1837,
aged 27 yr. 23 da. Their issue was 2
6 Gen-, i, Isabella Tight, 2, Amanda Light. Amanda
was b. Mar. 24, 1840, d. Feb. 19, i860,
aged 19 yr. 10 mo. 25 days.
5 Gen. Elizabeth Light, daughter of Henry Light,
was b. Nov. 14, 1805, d. Oct. 15, 18S6, aged
'80 yr. n mo. 1 day; m. to Rev. Christian
Wenger (of the Zion's Brethren church) ; he
was b. Oct. 23, 1805, d. Dec. 4, 1876, aged 71
yr. 1 mo. 6 days.
6 Gen. 1. Daniel Wenger. d. single.
2. Lydia Wenger, m. to David Wenger.
3. Catharine Wenger, m. to Benjamin Engle.
4. Fanny Winger, m. to Elias Long.
5 Gen-. Rev. George Light, son of Henry Light, b.
July 2, 1S07, d. Mar. iS, 1890, aged S2 yr. 8
mo. 16 days; he wasm. to first wife, Elizabeth
Wenger. She was b. July 3, 1SL3, d. Sept.
14, 1S40, aged 27 yr. 2 mo. 11' days. Their
c Gen. Israel Light, m. to Mollie Oberholtzer. Their
issue : 2 daughters, 1, Lizzie Light, 2, Sarah
6 Gj li I " : : - • '• • liter of Rev. Geori :
f the Mennonite ch rch. She vas m. to
Gibbel. Th::ir is ; was i d liter,
5 <;. Rev. George Light was m. (the 2d time) to
Susan Grot 1.
6 Gkn. 1. Edward Light, m. to Lizzie Klinefelter.
Their issue :
T Gsx. Man) children.
4 Gen. Henry Light, m. the 2d time to Catharine
Wolf. She was b. Apr, 21, 1785, d. Sept. 9,
1S23, aged 38 yr. 4 mo. 18 days. Issue :
5 Gen. i. Mary Light, b. Nov. 26, 181 1, d. May 13,
1859, aged -17 yr. 5 mo. 17 days. She
was in. to Jacob Wenger.
5 Gen. Jacob V/enger was b. Oct. 2S, 1805, d. Apr.
10, r88i, aged 75 yr. 5 mo. 12 days. Th- ir
6 Gen. 1, Susanna, 2, Catharine, 3, John L and 2
twins, d. young.
5 G n. Catharine Light, daughter of the 2d wife of
Henry Light, b. Mar. 20, 1813, d. Oct. 21,
1S67, aged 54 yr. 6 mo. 25 days. She wasm.
to Henry Wolf; he was b. Mar. 20, 18 10, d.
Nov. 2 r, 1S76, aged 66 yr. 8 mo. 1 day. Their
issue, many children :
6 Gen. i, William, 2, Daniel, 3, Susan, 4, John, 5,
Llias, 6, Ephraitn, ;, \dam, 8, Annie, 9.
Elizabeth, ro, Cath; rine, a. Henry, 12,
5 G ncy 7 ight, daughter of h
b. July 4, [815, d. Dec. 16, 17 ! - . yr.
5 mo. 12 days. She was m. to William 3
hore ; he was b. Nov. 28, 1815 . :. 23,
1891, aged 75 yr. j mo. 25 days. ieir issue
was 8 children.
6 Gf.v. i, Catharine, 2, Elizabeth, 3. Mary, 4. Franklin,
5, Lydia, 6, Sarah, 7, Sus ;:. S, Josiab.
5 Geh. Moses Light, son of Henry Light, was b.
June 7, 1817, m. to (firstrwife) Elizabeth
Wenger. She was b. Feb. 1, 1820,. d. Sept. 3,
1844, aged 24 yr. 7 mo. 2 days. She had 4
6 Gem. Lydia Light, b. Nov. 28, 1838, m. to Henry
7 Gex. 1, Man-, 2. Jacob, 3, Lizzie, 4, Harrison, 5,
Hannah, 6, Henry, 7, Elv .. it-gran
children of Moses I ight, as :" 3 :
8 Gkv. Mary Trumbower, m. to Howard Sterner j
children : 1, Sallie, 2. Titus, 3, Ho! L
6 Gen. Mary W. Light, b. Mar. 29, 1840, single.
6 Gev. Elizabeth W. Light, b. Feb. 23, 1843, m. to
Wesley R. Frck. Issue :
7 Gen. i, Moses, 2, Jacob, 3. Ida, 4. Emma, 5, Twins,
Martin Garfield and Arthur. .-grand-
children of Moses Light, as follows :
t.s Moses F r i:k, m., has 2 children, lives in
San Diego, Cal.
6 Gkv Cornell's Light, b. Aug, 14, T : a-}. d. ( »c:.
16, 1846, aged 2 yr. 2 mo. 2 d.i.
Light the . r) was i. to the
wife, Farm) r : T :r. She ras b. Feb. 5,
1820, d. Feb. S, ged 43 yr. 3 dn. ; I
Gen. i. Isaac Light, b. Nov. 28, 1846, d. Aug. 2
i8S3. a £ : ;' r - 9 mo.
e Gen. Henry E. Light (minister of the German
Bapiiv: Bretl c ) was b. Mar. 3, 1848;
m. to Ei/zie C. N< mer, b. Jul} 13, 1S43.
Th-.i sue, 2 c: n :
7 Gks. i. Anna M. Light, n>. to M. G. Sheaffer, E^q.
2. John N. Ligh . 1. single, aged 4 yr. 1 mo,
1 8 da.
6G . Catharine E. Light, daughter of Moses Light,
b. Apr. 15 . 1 50, d. A] r. 22, 1857, age ! - yr.
Fanny E. Light, b. Oct. 28, 1851, iingle.
Annie E. Light, b. Aug. 8, 1854, single.
Aaron E. Light, b. June 21, 1857, d. Jan. 5,
1862, aged 4 yu 6 mo. 14 da.
D^nie: E. Eight, b. June 22, 1S59; m. to
Mahala Erb, b. June 22, 1855. Their issuer
chil Iren :
7 Gen. i, Irene 1 . 2 Walter Eight, 3, Ella Light,
4, Daniel Erb Light.
5 G Mc - 5 Li< . th athor, was the id tine m.
— Martha 1 . e was b. Aug. 24, 1830,
d. Jul} 13. 1889 »ed 58 yr. io rno. 19 da.
5 Cls Polly L _ . ;hter of the 2d wife of
5 Gen Henry Light, b. Apr. 4, 18:9, d. May 1, 1845,
aged 26 yr. 27 da. ; m. to Jacob Wolf. Wil-
liam Light, a son of 2d wife of Henry Light,
4 Gek. The 3d Jacob light, a brother of my father,
Henry Light, Jac -b Light, b. Aug. 6, 1777,
d. July 24, 1851, aged 73 yr. 11 mo. i3 da.;
m. to Anna Mary Fisher. She was b. Nov. 1 1,
1780, d. Jan. 11, 1S48, aged 67 yr. 2 mo.
Their issue :
5 Gen. i. David Light, m. to Mary Light.
2. Sarah Light, m. to Samuel Hunsicker.
3. Felix Light, m. to Sarah Light. Next two
4. Elizabeth Light, m. to John Looser.
5. Catharine L ; ght, m. to Christian Dohner.
6. Man- Light, d. single.
7. Philip Light, m. to Q :.-an Deck. Theirissue:
t3 Gfn. i, Jonathan Light, 2, Isabella Light.
5 Gen. 8. Nancy Light, m. to George Hunsicker.
o. John F. Light, m. to Polly Hunsicker.
Their issue :
6 Gen. i, Katie H. Light, 2, Leah H. Light, 3, David
H. Light, 4, Felix H. Light, 5, Annie H.
Light, 6, John H. Light, 7, Emma H.
Light, S, Jacob H. Light.
4 Gen. The 4th son of John Light, a brother of
Henry Light, Martin L I b. July 17, 17S3,
d. May 13, 1S39, ago ; 5; yr. 9 mo. 26 ch. ;
m. to Betsy I
l ; I .13,1861,2 ; • z f ; .
da. Issue, • :
5 Gkx. i. Thomas Light, m. to Betsy Uhri<
2. Nancy Light, . to John Lentz.
5. Levi I ight, m. to Mollie Light, 2d time to
4. [saiah Light, m. to Catharine Smith.
5. Mar) Light, p.. to Daniel Brown.
6. Lc I .. m. to Eoltz.
7. John Light, m. to Catharine Strohman.
S. Elizabeth Eight, m. to David H m icker.
4 Gen. The 5 tii son of John Light, brother oi my
father Henry I _ .. I ght, moved to
Snyder county, Pa.,b. and d 1 unknown,
m. to C - . Lutz.
5 Gks 1. David Light, m. to Mary Grade.
2. Amos I : g'>:. m. to nol 1.
3. Felix Light, m. to not known.
4. Joan Light, m. to Mary Lehman.
5. Elizabeth Light, m. to ] 1 Freeman.
The following are tl - - lighters of my grand-
father, John Light :
4 Gen. i. Nancy Light, b. Aug. 9. 1779, ^- ^ i3X - 4>
1848, aged 63 yr. 6 mo. 25 da. She was
m. to Henry Longenecker. He was b.
Mir. 2, 1777. d. Mar. 9, 1843, aged 66
yr. 7 da. Issue ;
5C 1, J seph, 2, Betsy, 3, Mary, 4, Fanny, 5, John.
4 (jf.s. 2. Barbara Light, m. to John Hence. Noi
3. Mary Light, b. May 17, 1790, d. Jan. 25,
1870, aged 79 yr. 8 tno. 8 da.; m. to
Abraham Henry. He was b. July 5,
1786, d. Oct. 11, 1864, aged 78 )i\ 3
mo. 6 da. Their issue was 7 children :
5 Gen-, i. John, b. Sept. 7, 1812.
2. David, b. Aug. 27, 1814.
3. Samuel, b. Mar. 24, 1817.
4. Eliza, b. Dec. 9, 1819.
5. Mary, b. July 7, 1823.
6. Abraham, b. Oct. 5, 1826.
7. Catharine, b. Oct. 27, 1831.
4 Gen. Catharine Light, m. to Jacob Rauch. Issue,
3 children :
"< Gev. i, Sarah, 2, Elizabeth, 3, Mary.
4 Gev. 5. Bet^y Light, m. to Christian Gingrich.
6. Sarah Light, m. to Henry Eross.
3 Gsn. Henry Light, 2d son of John Light, m. to
Miss Landis. This Henry Light live.' near the
Swatara creek, on a part of the tract of land
which his fatuer, John Light, took up. His
oldest brother, John, h.is the other part of the
section. This Henry Light b lilt a large two-
story brick dwelling-house, which srands to-day
and is occupied as a farm house, where he re-
sided the remainder of his. days. Henr> was
b. Oct. 17. 1759, d. Oct. 20, 1S22. ngei 63 yr.
3 da. His w'.fj's name ii worn away from the
»it can't be was b. Jan.
6. i -G i . - . J34 I 73 yr. 9 . o
d- :e, S children.
' u Light, m. to Barbara Burkl : -
Their issue :
'■ • .. i. Henn Light, m. to Kreider: 2d wife,
2. Jacob Light, m. to Nancy Hock.
3. Polly Light, m. to Samuel Wenger.
4. Lydia Light, m. to Isaac Fehier.
5. John Light, m. to Leah Lutz.
4 G Jacob Light, 2d son of Henry Light. Jacob
m. to Christiana Light (Fuller). Their issue,
6 children :
rE3j. i. Joseph Light, m. to Nelly F r :>$s.
2. Mar;. it, m. to William Torbon.
3. Henry Light, m. to Mary Rau
4. Catharine Light, m. to John Kohl.
5. Samuel Light, m. to Caroline Deck.
6. Christina Light, m. to Jacob Long.
4 Gen. Henry .. 3d son cf Henry Light, \v?s
called the rich Henry, m. to Man Light.
Their issue, 5 children :
5 Ges. 1, David Light, 2, Gottleib Light, 3, Mary
Light, 4, Jonas Light, 5, Betsy Light.
4 G Henry Light's 4th son, Abraham Light, m.
to Ka f L Hoverder.
• 1 bs. Henry Light's 5th sen. Joseph Light, m. to
4 Glw 6. Mary Light, m. to Joseph Kreider. Their
5 Gen. t, Joseph, 2, Henry, 3, Miry.
4 Gen. 7. Barbara Light, m. to Henry Bean. Their
5 Gen. 1, Solomon, 2, Henry, 3, Joseph, 4, Mary, 5,
4 Gfn. 8. Lizzie Light, d. single.
3 Gen. 3d son of John Light was Jacob Light, an
uncle of my father, Henry Light. This Jacob
Light lived at the Long Meadow Creek, near
Gingrich's Meeting House cf the old Menno-
3 Gen-. This Jacob Light, Sr., b. Sept. it, 1763, d.
Sept. 5, 1S40, aged 76 yr. ti mo. 24 days;
m. to Barbara Brandt. She was b. Dec. 22,
1763, d. Aug. 20, 185 1, aged 87 yr. 7 mo. 28
days. Issue :
4 Gen. 1. Christian Light, m. to Miss Cormenny.
Their issue :
5 Gen. I. Oliver Light.
2. Aaron Light, m. to Fanny Ober.
4 Gen. 3. William. Light, Sr., m. to Catharine Burk-
hokler. Issue :
5 Gen. 1. Jacob Light, m. to Miss — — Harnish.
2. William Light, Jr., m. to 1st wife,
Miller, 2d wife, Miss Eby.
3. Amos Light, m. to not Lo wn.
1 daughter name unknown ; 2d daughter
4. d - :• "udI? ' oown,
6. not knov ; 7. Amai
Jac >1 ' Jr., at the Long Meadow, b.
An 22, 1 1 . d. Jan. 2:., 1872, aged 65 >..
5 mo. 4. days ; m. to Martha Burkholder. She
was b. 3 .27, 1808, d. May 21, 1S.S1, aged
72 vr. 7 mo. 2. days. Their issue was 7
5 G«n. 1. Felix Light, m. to Polly W er.
2. Lydia Light, m. to William Smith.
3. Barbira Light, m. \o Jacob Hershey.
4. Ad iii: Light m. to Melia Shalk.
5. John Light, m. to Lydia VVeidman.
6. Mary Light, m. to Jacob Swartz.
7. Betsey Light, m. to CI ri lg.
tsx. 4th son Martin [ ight, Sr., lived at the Lc
Meadow Creek, b. Mar. 20, 1 765, d. Apr. 24.
1S47, aged Sa yr. : mo. 4 days; m. to C '.
arine Brandt, b. Sept. 5, 1 770, d. Oct. 2, 1S51,
aged Sr yr. 27 days Their issue :
4 Gen 1. John Light, m. to Catharine Funk, b. 1787,
in Cornwall Township, Lebanon Co., Pa.,
d. 1854, aged 67 yr. His wife b. 1793,
d. 1862, iz-?d 69 yr. Their issue, 8 sons
5 Gzs. 1, Daniel Light. 2, Isaac Light, 3, John Ligl
4, Cynis L ht, 5. Mai : ; n 1 ight, 6, Mo
Light, 7, Andrew I ight,
4 Ge: Mar In I ight's 2d son, Christ Light, m. to
1 Gex. 3. David Light, m. to Mary Knoll,
4. Martin Light, Jr., m. to Henrietta Battow.
5. Abraham Light, m. to Mary Brandt.
6. Moses Light, m. ist wife, Mary Shirk, 2d
wife, Betsy Light, 3d wife, Betsy Brandt.
4 Gen. Daughters of Christ Light, Jr.
5 Ge*. 1. Nancy Light, m. to Henry Snavely.
2. Catharine Light, m. to Henry Fox.
3. Betsey Light, m. to Joseph Kreider.
4. Sarah Light, m. to Abraham Peffly.
5. Mary Light, m. John Light; 2d, m. Wil-
5 Ge>. 6. Amanda Light, m. to Henry Snavely.
7. Henry Light, m. to Betsy Seitz.
8. Christian Li^-ht, m. to Nancv Li?ht.
9. Samuel Light, m. unknown.
10. Lovina Light, m. to Lewis Kopenhaber.
11. Lydia Light, m. to John Beeley.
12. John Light, m. to Lizzie Shirk.
13. Emma Light, m. to Daniel Ensminger.
3 G««\ Jacob Light's 5th son, Rev. W. B. Felix
Light, b. Nov. ir, 1767, d. Jan. 23, 1841,
aged 73 yr. 2 mo. 12 days; m. to Barbara
Shirk. She was b. May 23, 1 771, d. Mar. 20,
1830, aged 58 yr. 9 mo. 28 days.
4 Gen. Rev. Felix Light's son, Rev. John Light, m.
to Nancv HofFer. Their issue :
4 Gen. 2. Su I ' ight.
en! 3 ' . Miss B< ..
[. Sti Lig • to Miss T in.
5. Rev. ] >wn.
4 Gen 6. Rev. Q r Light, . . to Mary Light.
Theii issue .
5 Gen. 1. B :, singl
2. J. B. L :
3. Felix ] . m. to Sarah Henry.
4. Fanny I ngle.
5. Rev. Joel 1 . m. 10 Lizzie Kreider.
6. Sarah Light, m. to William L^hni
i Gen*. Rev. Felix I _ t's ; I son, Joseph Light, m.
to Lizzie 1 1 r. Issue :
5 Gfv. i. Israel I ' n. to Miss Mu .
2. Asaph I •. ."•■ iss Weise. •
5. Mary Light Mence.
4. Annie I . : ' Light.
5. Esther 1 . m. to Mr. Miley.
6. Dirkes I . rn. to Mr. Maitword.
7. Deborah Light, m. I Seltzer.
8. lizzie I. Unas Seltzer.
9. Benjami Ligl both d.
3 Gen. Abraham Light, Sr. ; the 6th son of Jacob
Light, whose father, John LL vas f.
German}-. This Abraham Light lived at tl
corner of Seventh & Cu I Sts., in the
a Gbn city of Lebanon, Pa. He was b. April 16,
1770, d. Sept. 28, 1850, aged c o yr. 5 mo. 12
days ; m. to Barbara I. - She was b.
Feb. 2, 1771, d. Jan. 27, 1847, aged 75 yr.
11 mo. 25 days. Their issue :
4 Gen. 1. Abraham Light, Jr., m. to Salome Rigel.
Abrahim Light d. Feb. 2, :3»5i, aged
66 yr. 1 mo. 17 days. His wife d. Apr.
10, 1 86 1, aged 61 yr. 1 mo. 7 days.
Their issue :
4 Gen. 1. Abraham Light (the 3d), m. to first
wife, Margaret Uhrich, second wife, Miss
Hammelton, third wife, Catharine
5 6ex. 2. S. R. Light, m. to Catharine Geek 1 ':).
Issue, 9 children :
6 Gen. i. Zachariah 5. R. Light, m. to Miss
2. Clara I ight, m. to Cornelius Burner.
3. Alice Light, m. to Lorence B
4. Ophelia Light, m. to Nathan
5. Lydia Light, m. to W. S. G. Behm.
6. Lucinda tight, single.
7. Catharine Light, single.
8. Sadie Light, singl
9. Ida Light, single.
4 Gen. Abraham Light, Jr. Their is-ie, 2 children :
5 Ges. 1. Miry Light, no. to George Le- jd.
2. A. R. light, m. to Cassy Light. Their issue ;
•' I i . m. Mary r.
>. Cel; I Cyrus ] :\t.
3. Ernma Lig
. I ura I ight, m. .0 E ■. I':. 2 -*r.
5. Elva Light, si igl
Alice I jht, m. to Henry Gerner.
3- Gen I -aham Light, Jr..
m. to Eliza S Their issue :
1. I Gri j t, m. t ' nnie Long.
2. Betsv Light. single.
: I en. Gract L rcn :
r. Vicor Light, single.
2. Irene Lighc, single.
3. Earl Light, sing!
5 Gen. Cor;. Lig ,4 son of Abraham Light,
Jr. Cor 5 Light, m. to B< ~"chee. Their
Gbx. r. Le ght, n. to Peter Lebengood.
2. Henrietta ^ Light, m. to Henry Lentz.
3. Sarah Light, m. to Jo:. K r tanny.
4. Polly Light, m. to Aaron Swartz.
5. Lizzie Light, re. to William Smith.
6. Cole Light, m. to John Witmyer.
4 «'.en. Landis Light, son of Abraham Light, Sr.
1. Lane - . m. to Miss Meej
2. Nancy Light, m. tD Michael VV
3. Barbara Light, m. to Henry Bowman.
4. Mary Light, m. to ' in.
5. Mis- Light, m : Mr. Dubt .
. 6. Miss Light, in. to Mr. Saylor.
7. Hannah Light, m. to Valentine Uhrich.
The reader of this little book will notice, on the
first page, that three of the Lights from the (
Country started for America, but one (whom I c 1
name) stopped in England. One named H. E.
Light, of Utica, New York, corresponding for year.-,
found one of these Lights in England ; the above H.
E. Light now lives at Saginaw, E. S., Michigan, and
he, by corresponding, found that the Lights 0: New
York State came from the State of Maine, and th
originated from England. I received a letter from
this H. E. Light, of which I will give a correct coy/
to the reader, as follows :
Saginaw, E. S., Mich., November 3, 1093.
Moses Light, Manheim, Pa.:
Your esteemed favor of Sept. 7, was duly received,
and, being quite busy, neglected answering at the
time. In the year 1892 and early pare of 1893 I
followed matter^ up quite closely as to the ante :e I it
condition of the Light families, , and loc ted
numbers in most 0** the states, in some much mo
numerous than in others, and quite a variety of con-
dition derived; but in Maine, where the origin is de-
veloped, they are of German descent. A family in
Maine that represented they were of English extrac-
tion, as I followed the correspondence I fi
located a German Bible with family record within.
. .- dt its • ' ' rough
e of M line, also o
>ide, I .-d the data is to his ante-
ts by transcript from a German Bible, l< iving
no doubt in my mind th . they were originally of
German descent grandfather marrying an
Erglidi woman for his secc e, thus leaving i
father of German-English extraction, and he in tui
married a Ho m, my mother. This season
I have not had time to continue the correspondence
as exter. as I wished, but shall cont'nur it later
on. Am pleased to hear, at your advanced age, you
are permit' . that admits of your continued
work and c rre p □ e. I have not been able to
. the t. of my gr her or his imme-
diate location. As t.» the family, his children were
scattered, and m r moving fi .he country
while we were your. ' dying in middle life, those
cor, >s have not ~d my tracing back to my
grand : a:aer. I have cl .n located in this city with
whom I am spending fome time in business matters,
and you may addre- r ibove. The partic-
ular data as to brothers . :s, and antecedent., is :
My grandfather, V»" 5 Light, b. July 7, 1762, d.
Apr. 11, iS: -. iged 65 yr. 9 mo. 4 da] By trade
a wheel and mill t. In his later life li\ n a
farm near She. :, 17 miles fro?:: J y O'\^r
N. Y. His first \ name unknown. Chi by
r: 1. Eh .'. . at, b. Feb. 4, 1783 j 2. William
Light, b. Aug. 29, 1785. Wolsey Light, m. Nov. 2:.
1780, to Judith Harton, a daughter of General Har-
ton, of Revolutionary fame. The children by Judith
Harton were :
1. Fanny Light, b. Sept. 6, 1737.
2. Sarah Light, b. Nov. 20, 1 788.
3. Joseph Light, b. April 4, 1791.
4. Mary Light, b. April 6, 1793.
5. Harry Light, b. April 24, 1795.
6. Jane Light, b. Feb. iS, 179S.
7. Judith Light, b. Dee. 14, 1S01.
8. Wolsey Light, b. April 27, 1804.
9. James Light, my father, b. Dec. 18, 1806.
Being 5 daughters and 4 sons, children of Wolsey
Light. I have not been able to locate most of these..
H. E. Light ; my father, James Light, m. to Maria M.
Devine. T teir children living are : Harvey E. Light
Martin F. Light, George W. Light, Sarah L. Light,
Edward B. Light, Helen B. Light, Dewitt C. Light,
two others who died in infancv.
H. E. Light. My own children are George E.
Light, Charles W. Light, Manning Light, Wm. Pitt
Light, Authur S. Light, M. Grace Light. Two of
them married, one dead, and three single. I have
sometimes thought that my father might be a descend-
ant of the brother of John Light, who landed in Balti-
more, or m: y be of the Light that or lly came to
Maine. Very respectfully yours,
H. E. Light.
the help of some of the Lights, the author
Learns tl . I ere was one by the name of Lichty,
a left Gei y tor America k vith his family; it .
thought he died on the sea, but his family came on
to Philadelphia, Pa.
Following I v. Ill give two letters from the Lichtys,
supposed to be descendants from the above Lichty,
who is supposed to have died on the sea.
LETTER FROM D. A. LICHTY.
Morrill, Kansas, July 3, 1.S94.
Moses Light — Dear Sir: By request of G. ' D.
Lichty, of Myersdale, Somerset Co., Pa., I will
give you a brief sketch of our ancestry. My great-
gra * me is unknown. Pie came from
•rland, located on the Ti ken, between
• and Millbach, and there ra ; sed a fami
of six children, three the first wife, and three
from the second wife, viz., Joseph, Christian, Barbara,
with their step-brothers, John, Peter, and another
one. Joseph was my grandfather. He wus born on
Oct. 15, 175".. and was raised on the Tulpenhocken,
Lebanon Co., Pa. ; moved with his brothers and
sister (as we could ascertain* from some old friends),
toTBaltimore Co., Md., from thence to Somerset Co.,
Pa., and died in 1S47, aged 88 yr. 5 mo. 25 clays.
My father's name was Abraham 1 v. he was bom
spt. 12, 1794, and died 12 years ago. There are
q lite a good many Lichtys still living in Swit 1 ad.
I asked one and he answered, Abraham, Joseph,
Christian, Jacob, John, etc., emphatically identical
with our family names. So you find all those who
came from Germany, spelled their names Licht, and
those from Switzerland, Lichty. They all come from
the same family, I think. My grandfather was a Men-
nonite. Grandfather Joseph and his full brothers
raised iarge families, and you will find most of their
offspring in Carroll Co., III., Blackhawk Co., Iowa,
Richardson and Shager Co., Nebraska, and Brown
Co., Kansas. In 1S40 they made 82 votes of Lichtys
in Somerset Co., Pa., for Wm. H. Harrison. If you
want any further, let me know. You will much oblige
me if you throw any further light on my great-grand-
D. A. Lichty.
Mo rrii/ } Ki 1 nsas .
Myersdale, Somerset Co., Pa.
Moses Licht, Manheim, Pa.:
Of your favorable request of August the iSth I will
now try as per enc'osed statement. I supposed I
could give some information of the eld Lichty an-
cestry. I have had some correspondence with one of
my old aunts, and a few others living in this county
who are well up in years and associated much with
our forefathers. From all .the information I can get,
it appears our name originally was firs: Light or Licht
in the old country, afterwards changed to Lichty in
5 t. From D. A y's 1 it will- prove
ted. The ancestry; from the Rhine
of P te, ei ted to Swit; I d, and there
they changed their name of Licht to Lichty. Some
of the Lights write Lyte, some Leight, but they all
originated from the old Licht (English Light) of Pal-
atinate on the Rhine.
G. D. Lichty.
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