Thomas Lightfoot, III (1640 - 1725) MP

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Birthplace: Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in Darby Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Thomas Lightfoot, III

   Confusion re: marriages
   Mary - ca 1681
   Sarah Wiley - ca 1694
   Mary - 1715
   (Widow) Sarah Wiley - ca 1716
   Margaret Blunston - ca 1724
   As there is a place named for both the first and fourth marriages, would assume the 2nd and 3rd (duplicates) are questionable. Children Catherine and Abigail are listed under both Mary's. William Lightfoot - 1706 (supposedly son of first marriage to Mary) was born in Moate, County West Meath, Ireland and Elizabeth 1695/96, Samuel - 1701 and Margaret - 1701/1702 Lightfoot (son of third marrage to Mary) is also born in Moate, County West Meath, Ireland - the presumption would be that they are from the same wife and the same marriage.
   IF in fact these children were born to Mary, then he would not have been married to Sarah until possibly 1716 date. Therefore, I am not listing the five marriages in my data base at this time. - Donna Edwards
   Documentation: IIQIP, TK Miller 1, Ref, 1438Thomas Lightfoot from Moate Meeting,County West Meath,Ireland,received 12/4/1716. In 1692 ,Thomas Lightfoot was living in the neighborhood of Lisburn Meeting,County Antrim,Ireland; for on 8/27/1692 he was appointed on a committee to buy the Friends Graveyard at Lisburn from Robert Richardson. In 1694,he removed from the north of the island to Moate Meeting in County West Meathe. Thence in 1716 he came to New Garden, Penna.Early in 1724 he paid a religious visit to New England.
   He died at Darby now Delaware County 9/4/1725. The name of his first
   wife was thought to have been Mary,after whose death he married Sarah
   Wiley,a widow, about the time of his removal to West Meath. Toward the
   close of 1724 he was married to Margaret,widow of John Blunston,of
   Darby, to which he removed .
   Sub: Harry Deppert

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=nancygibsonlowe&id=I1618 Thomas died on 4 December 1725 at Darby, at Chester county or Delware county, at Pennyslvania.1,3 Thomas Chalkley preached at his funeral at Darby Pennasylvania "9mo. 1725", and writes in his journal (p. 163) "The meeting was the largest I have ever seen at that place. Our dear Friend was greatly beloved for his piety and virtue, his sweet disposition and lively ministry. The Lord was with him in his life and death, and us at his burial."

Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834 LIGHTFOOT, THOMAS. Darby. January 7, 1724/5. November 9, 1725 . A. 180. Provides for wife Margaret who was widow of John Blunston late of Darby. To daughte r Katherine Miller, 2 sons William and Michael, daughter Abigail Wiley. Elizabeth Jones and M ary Starr and my late wifes 2 children, viz John Wiley and Mary Jackson 5 shillings each, al l being married and having had their portions. To son Jacob 60 pounds to be paid out of my re al estate in New Garden Twp. when 21. Remainder of estate real and personal to son Samuel als o executor. Son Michael and son Thomas Jackson of Marlborough, overseers. Witnesses: Richd. P arker, David Thomas, Benj. Pearson. ----- THOMAS LIGHTFOOT, a highly esteemed minister in the Society of Friends, was born about 1645 , perhaps in Cambridgeshire, and possibly the son of another Thomas Lightfoot who suffered pe rsecution at Cambridge in 1653, and was a companion of George Whitehead in religious labors.T he younger Thomas is also said to have been a native of Settle, in Yorkshire. In 1694 he remo ved from the North of Ireland to Moate Monthly Meeting in the county of West Meath. The nam e of his first wife is thought to have been Mary, after whosedeath he married Sarah Wiley , a widow, about the time of his removal to West Meath. In 1716 he removed with a part of hi s family to New Garden, Chester County. Early in 1724 he paid a religious visit to New Englan d and near the close of the year married Margaret, widow of John Blunston, of Darby, to whic h place he removed. His death occurred 9, 4, 1725. He had at least nine children: CATHARINE , m. 1700, James Miller. Arrived in Philadelphia in 1729, where she died a few days later.MIC HAEL, b. about 1683, m. in Ireland, Mary Newby, dau. of John Newby, of Dublin, and came to Ne w Garden, 1712. He was appointed an elder 5, 10, 1725, and recommended as a minister 2, 27, 1 728. Removing to Philadelphia in 1743, he became Provincial Treasurer, and died 12, 3, 1754 , while holding that position. WILLIAM, m. 2, 24, 1706, Isabel Holmes, of Lahinchey, King's C o., Ireland. He visited his father and relatives in Penna., in 1725. ABIGAIL, m. 1715, in Ire land, Joseph Wiley, and came to Penna. with her father. ELIZABETH, b. 1, 11, 1695-6, at Ball y Kieran, co. West Meath; m. 2 mo. 1717, Arthur Jones, of Merion. SARAH, b. 5, 29, 1698; d. 1 702. SAMUEL, b. 2, 5, 1701; m. 7, 30, 1725, at New Garden, Pa., Mary Head, dau. of Benjamin a nd Sarah (Abbott) Head. He was a prominent surveyor; d. near Chester, 2, 26, 1777. MARGARET , b. 12,18,1702; m. 12, 20, 1723, Isaac Starr of New Garden. JACOB, b. at Bally Kieran, 10, 1 6, 1706, according to Friends' records in Ireland. Came to New Garden, Chester Co., PA, in 17 16. He was the step-father of Mary Wiley, Thomas Jackson's second wife, and attended their we dding at New Garden MM, Chester Co., PA, on 25 Dec 1718. Highly esteemed Quaker Miniser. At M eetings, it is said that he "Did like Noah's dove, Sweetly declare God's universal love." ".. .. William Lightfoot, of Moate Meeting, County West Meath, in 1725, came to 'visit his fathe r [Thomas Lightfoot] and relations'." His death in 9th Mo. 1725 is reported in a letter of Th omas Parke to his sister Mary Valentine. Albert Cook Myers, IMMIGRATION OF THE IRISH QUAKER S INTO PENNSYLVANIA: WITH THEIR EARLY HISTORY IN IRELAND; 1682-1750; 1902, A.C. Myers, Swathm ore, Pennsylvania; FHL Microfilm # 1036555, item 43, Salt Lake City, Utah; according to notes , Thomas emigrated first to Ireland in 1694 and then Pennsylvania in 1716 Sources - Milhous , Dorothy Z., Stewart, Hazel A. - The Descendants of Samuel Lightfoot and Rachel Milhous Myer s - Irish Quaker Arrivals to Pennsylvania; Potts - Our Family Ancestors http://www.familytree maker.com/_glc_/3043/3043_194.htmlGenealogy of the Smedley Family Author: COMPILED BY GILBER T COPE, WEST CHESTER, PA. Published by Samuel Lightfoot Smedley. Call Number: CS71.S637 Thi s book contains the history and genealogy of the Smedley family of Pennsylvania. Bibliographi c Information: Smedley, Samuel Lightfoot. Genealogy of the Smedley Family.Wickersham Printin g Compatny. Pennsylvania. 1901.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=nancygibsonlowe&id=I1618 Thomas died on 4 December 1725 at Darby, at Chester county or Delware county, at Pennyslvania.1,3 Thomas Chalkley preached at his funeral at Darby Pennasylvania "9mo. 1725", and writes in his journal (p. 163) "The meeting was the largest I have ever seen at that place. Our dear Friend was greatly beloved for his piety and virtue, his sweet disposition and lively ministry. The Lord was with him in his life and death, and us at his burial."

1716 PA Colony and settled in New Garden, Chester Co., PA

The LDS Historical Database is a multimedia compilation of over 200,000 individuals by Vern Taylor of Stockton California Dec 2003-5. Most notes and biographies were collected from the Internet. Contact me at <stanleyscribe@yahoo.com> if you would like me to include additional individuals. All my data is included in this file. I have tried to error correct and standardize the place names. Unless otherwise indicated, all places are USA. Abbreviations used are Cem=Cemetery, Mt.=Mount, Twp=Township, St.=Saint, (xxx)=nickname.

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Thomas Lightfoot, III's Timeline

1640
1640
Cambridgeshire, England
1675
1675
Age 35
Moate, County West Meath, Ireland
1680
1680
Age 40
Settle, Yorkshire, England
1681
1681
Age 41
Moate, County West Meath, Ireland
1682
December 12, 1682
Age 42
Ballynalich,,Antrim,Northern Ireland
1683
1683
Age 43
Ireland OR England
1694
1694
Age 54
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
1694
Age 54
1696
January 11, 1696
Age 56
Westmeath, Ireland
1698
May 29, 1698
Age 58
West, Meath, Ireland