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Re: George J. Lightner (1839-1898) of Falmouth, VA
Posted by: Jerrilynn Eby (ID *****9725) Date: April 14, 2011 at 04:58:57
In Reply to: Re: George J. Lightner (1839-1898) of Falmouth, VA by Robert Smith of 513

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thanks for responding to my query. The Lightners were such an important part of the town of Falmouth for many years, yet I know relatively little about them. I'm a historian in Stafford and work primarily with land tracts, mills, and industries. At present, I'm researching the old town of Falmouth and its residents. I have the following tidbits about the Lightners:

George W. Lightner (c.1805-1886) was included in the 1843 militia records. I have a note that he married Mary L. Coakley (born c.1817). In 1860 the Stafford court granted him permission to take over the mercantile license of Coons and Swetnam in Falmouth. In addition to general merchandise, he also sold "retail spirits at his said store not to be drank where sold."

George G. Lightner (1839-1898)--1852 was a member of the Falmouth Division #388 Sons of Temperance. In 1877 he was elected supervisor for the Hartwood District. According to the Stafford census of 1850, George was a painter and had been born in Maryland. He served as postmaster of Falmouth from 1881-1885. He also held retail licenses for a number of years.

The Lightners were closely tied to the Coakleys, who lived on both sides of the Rappahannock River. By chance, are you familiar with any of them?


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