Jacob Light

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This page is part of the Genealogy Research being done by Samuel Antonio Minter. It represents the best information I have at this time on this individual. This site is a Wiki open to be edited by anyone. If you see errors, or have additional relevant information, feel free to update this page. If you are not comfortable editing the page directly, please email me with the information at abulsme@abulsme.com. Thank you!


  • Date: UNKNOWN
  • Location: UNKNOWN

Immediate Ancestors

  • Father: UNKNOWN
  • Mother: UNKNOWN

Immediate Descendants

With Barbara:

  • Jacob Light Jr (born 1722, married Elizabeth in the 1740s, died 1809)
  • John Light (born 1724, married Catharine [Catarina] in the 1740s, died 1822)
  • Elizabeth Light (born between 1726 and 1732, married Ulrich Grumbacher in the 1750's)
  • Barbara Light (born between 1726 and 1732, married Ulrich Grumbacker in the early 1750's)
  • Peter Light (born 1733-09-03, married Nancy Ann Weaver, died 1810-12-10)
  • Anna Light
  • Benjamin Light (born between 1735 and 1742, married Catharine Downey in 1801-08-27)
  • Christian Light (born between 1742 and 1949, married and died before 1809)

Places Lived



  • Date: December 1762
  • Location: Caernarvon Township, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

(All facts below from the Light Book listed in the references):

  • Jacob Light is generally referred to as "Jacob Light of Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania" although he evidently took up residence prior to the formation of the township.
  • Jacob Light started living in the Conestoga Valley prior to 1718
  • Jacob Light (Lloyd) received the warrant for his land described as "..on the head of Little Conestogoe Creek (whereon he has been five years settled)..." on March 17, 1735 (EX A,B,D). The error in the name was corrected when the land was patented on July 2, 1742 changing from Lloyd to Light.
  • The statement that Jacob had been on the land five years does not mean that he settled in 1730. The Penns were out of the country from 1718 to 1735 and had no representative in the colony to process land claims. It would seem only prudent to meet the five-year requirement and not pay quit rents for a longer period of time than necessary.
  • Jacob Lloyd took up several hundred acres along the 'Old Road' (he was also called Light) in 1720. He left five sons and three daughters.
  • Jacob Lloyd was Mennonite.
  • All his children were (probably) born on his farm.
  • Emmert F. Bittinger, Brethren Historian at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, states in a letter: "I will mention one additional bit of information regarding Jacob and Barbara Light. After joining Ephrata Cloister, this couple later became disillusioned with the Cloister and the problems of human relations there and joined the Conestoga German Baptist Brethren (Church of the Brethren today) congregation, a sister congregation to Coventry. Their names are on their baptismal records described as couples which had come over from Ephrata on April 15, 1750. Barbara was baptized, but Jacob was likely not rebaptized having been formerly a member of the Brethren. (See Brumbaugh's History of the Brethren, 1889, p. 311). In this record, the name Light is rendered Lichty, but it is surely the Light couple."
  • Was with the Dunkers at Conestoga even though being possibly for a time with the Sabbatarians at Ephrata
  • These religious affiliations accompanied by associations with the Urner, Woolf, Grumbacher and Steiner families (all Swiss) provide circumstantial evidence for a Swiss origin for the Light family. Certainly true, but even if more details were known about our patriarch Jacob, the unraveling of his
  • Jacob died in testate, had a minor child and his third son, Peter, petitioned to inherit in lieu of his older brothers