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Allen , George, and James Lightner, born Pa, lived Va and Ohio
Posted by: p sue barr (ID *****7566) Date: July 04, 2008 at 17:07:13
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1830 Brooke, Va census
Allen Litner, aged 20-30
wife, aged 20-30
1 male under 5 (Solomon)

1840 Ohio, Virginia census
Allen Lightner, aged 30-40
wife, aged 30-40
1 boy aged 5 - 10 (Andrew)
1 boy aged 10 -15 (Solomon)
2 girls under 5 (Emmeline and Margaret)
2 girls aged 5-10 (Matilda E. and Levina A.)

1850 Marshall, Virginia census
Allen Lightner, 41, born Ohio
Elizabeth, 46, born Virginia
Solomon, 20, Va
Andrew 18, Va
Matilda E., 16 Va
Levina A., 14, Va
Emmeline, 12, Va
Margaret, 10, Va
E. A., 8, Va (daughter Elizabeth A.)
Susan, 6, Va

1850 Marshall, Virginia census
George Lightner, 36, born Pa
Naomi, 32, born Ohio
William, 14, born Ohio
Catherine, 12, born Ohio
Allen, 10, born Va
James, 3, born Va
Immedieately next door to George is his younger brother James.
James Lightner, 32, born Pa
Anne, 36, born Va
James, 11, born Ohio
Henry, 9, born Ohio
Harvey, 7, born Ohio

NOTE: given birthplaces of children and their ages, it seems that eldest brother Allen Lightner moved to Virginia from Ohio at some point before 1830, with younger brother George moving to Virginia from Ohio abt 1839, and youngest brother James following his brothers sometime after 1843.

1860 Marshall, Virginia census
All living next door to each other:
Solomon and wife Amelia Lightner
Allen Lightner with wife Elizabeth and daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Susan
George Lightner with wife Naomi and their 8 children: William, Catherine, Allen, James A.(was in civil war with pension going to father and mother), George W., Eliza A., John Albert, and Margaret E.

Youngest brother James Lightner has returned to Ohio and is in the 1860 Belmont, Ohio census. For whatever reason, James changes his last name to Lightel (father Allen Sr. was once listed as Litle in the Ohio census) and in the 1870, 1880 and 1900 Guernsey county, Ohio census remains as such. By 1900 only son Harvey W. remains alive of the 3 children (Harvey married Hannah J. Merryman) but he is a widower in 1900 with parents James and Anna living with him. James' birthdate is put down as August 1817 and Anna as Nov 1811 and they have been married 63 years (1837 !) and have had 4 children but just one still alive (Harvey W.).

1870 Grand Rapids, Illinois census finds
Allen Lightner, 61, born Pa
1870 Groveland, Illinois census finds
Elizabeth Lightner

and the 1880 Houston, Smith, Kansas census finds both Allen and Elizabeth Lightner

Younger brother George Lightner with wife Naomi stay in Virginia then can be found in the 1880 Jefferson twp, Pleasants county, West Virginia census. At some point they move back to Ohio as son James A. Lightner's civil war pension is claimed in 1895 in Ohio by father George W. (it makes mention that James A.'s mother is Naomi Lightner - he enlisted in West Virginia).

No sign of George or Naomi in the 1900 census

Cannot find the 3 boys' sister Ellen Lightner (born abt 1818 in Pa and married John Ruth) in any census, anywhere.

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