Anna Light

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  • Date: 1734
  • Location: Conestoga Valley, Lancaster CO, Pennsylvania, British Empire

Immediate Ancestors

Immediate Descendants

With Johannes Steiner Jr:

  • Catherine Stoner (born 1753 in Coventry Township, Chester County, PA; married David Plain on May 17, 1771 in Frederick Co, MD; died September 25m 1826 in Frederick Co, MD; buried at Pipe Creek Brethren Church)
  • Anna Stoner
  • John Stoner (born Jan 12 1759 in Coventry Township, Chester County, PA; married Hannah Moyer and later Elizabeth Englar Stem; died Feb 21 1841 in Carroll County, MD; buried in the Wolfe Cemetary)
  • David Stoner
  • Jacob Stoner
  • Susannah Stoner
  • Daniel Stoner
  • Samuel Stoner

Places Lived



  • Date: 18 Dec 1799
  • Location: Carroll Co, Maryland
  • Buried: Wolfe Cemetery, Union Bridge, Carroll County, Maryland near the Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren

Biographical Information

  • When her husband died in his forties she was left with small children yet she took over the management of the farm and mills. She didn't turn them over to her sons until they were grown men. She was executrix of her husband's estate and signed her own will in a neat German script.
  • The following from LightBook.pdf:
    • Anna (Ann) Light was born ca. 1734 on her father's farm in the Conestoga Valley (#1 EX B). She married Johannes Steiner, Jr. or John Stoner about the year 1752.
    • For the first fifteen or sixteen years of their marriage Anna and John resided on property in Coventry Twp. adjacent to the Schuylkill River which John Stoner purchased from his father on March 18, 1749 (EX N). The first six of John and Anna's eight children were born on this farm: Catherine, Anna, John, David, Jacob and Susannah.
    • This property bordered lands owned by Martin Urner and Andrew Wolfe. All of these families were associated with the Coventry German Baptist Brethren Church (Dunkers). John and Anna sold this property to Anna's brother, John Light, on April 20, 1767.
    • Anna and John followed a general trend among the Dunkers at Coventry to move to a new Dunker community in Frederick/Carroll County, Maryland.
    • On May 30, 1767 John Stoner bought "Hard Lodging" from Edward Tully for 770 pounds "Pennsylvania current money". This farm, comprising 322 acres, is on Sam's Creek near now Union Bridge, MD. A mill was also located on this property. Here too John and Anna's last two children were born: Daniel and Samuel.
    • John Stoner died rather young at age 44 in 1774 when his youngest child was barely a year old. For 25 years after her husband's death Anna managed the rather extensive family properties including two mills. Anna could sign her name (in German script) and was named co-executor for her husband's estate - both very unusual for her time in history. She must have been a woman of great fortitude and ability.
    • Anna died on December 18, 1799 and is buried at Wolfe Cemetery near the Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren where her brother-in-law Ulrich Grumbacher was unordained minister. Her will appears at (EX HH).
    • For a more detailed and extensive account of Anna and John Stoner and the relation of the Light and Steiner families see the excellent book by Richard R. Weber (EX C).
    • After the death of her brother Benjamin Light, Benjamin's son Christian Light may have lived with Anna and her husband.