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John Lightfoot, Honorable

Birthplace: The Parish Church of Saint Lawrence, London, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Northampton, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Richard Lightfoot and Jane A. Lightfoot (Jones)
Husband of Elizabeth Lightfoot
Father of Capt. John Lightfoot, II; Francis Lightfoot; Jane Meacham; George Lightfoot; Edmund Lightfoot and 5 others
Brother of Anna Lightfoot; Sara Kingston; Martha Lightfoot; Rose Lightfoot; Richard Lightfoot and 2 others

Occupation: Barrister, lawyer
Managed by: Paula June Hyatt
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About John Lightfoot, Honorable


--Baptized: 9 April 1598, St. Lawrence Poutney, London, England

--matriculated at Lincoln's College, Oxford 5 May 1615.

--admitted as a member of Gray's Inn 30 June 1617.

--died testate, with a will dated 1 January 1647/48, proved 24 March 1648.

According to his will (included in papers of M. Shaver as part of article entitled "The Lightfoot Family"), he was an extensive land holder and left a considerable amount of property to his mother, who survived him, his wife's family, his brothers and sisters, and his own large family of 13 children. To each of his sons he left a "Ring of Seal" with other property. He ordered his books and manuscripts to be sold and the money divided among his children.

The eldest son, John 2nd and his younger brother Phillip migrated with their families to America about 1670, long after the death of John Sr. In the case of the older brother this is somewhat odd given his status as first-born and heir. But he was apparently a seagoing adventurer whose exploits are only hinted at in the family records. The fourth son, William, appears to have followed in his father's footsteps, also graduating from Gray's Inn in 1653 and pursuing a career as a barrister in England where he and his brother Robert secured and extended the family fortune. The descendants of brothers John and Phillip would eventually comprise the "Lightfoots of Virginia" whose family members served honorably in the State Legislature, the Church and the Militia. They frequently intermarried with the famous "Lee Family of Virginia" and one such union produced Francis Lightfoot Lee, a member of the Continental Congress from Virginia and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Lightfoot Family; Wm. and Mary Qrtly., Vol. 2, No. 4, 1894


Sometimes confused with the John Lightfoot (aka Lytefoote) who came to the new world on the Sea Venture in 1609:

These are two different men.

John Lightfoot of Jamestowne died on January 21, 1628.

The Hon. John Lightfoot was 13 years old in 1609, an unlikely age for a passenger on the Sea Venture with no accompanying parents. He is documented as living in England at the time the other John Lightfoot was living in Virginia: he graduated from Lincoln's College, Oxford in 1615 and was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1617. The Hon. John Lightfoot died in London c1648 (his will was proved 24 March, 1648).

It is not known whether the two men were related.

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John Lightfoot, Honorable's Timeline

April 9, 1596
London, Kent, England, United Kingdom
March 1622
Age 25
London, Middlesex, England
Age 26
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 29
Virginia, United States
Age 30
London, United Kingdom
Age 32
London, United Kingdom
Age 33
London, United Kingdom
Age 37
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Age 43