Lightner Family Genealogy Forum
Thank you for that note regarding George W. Lightner. I have heard stories about the store but information is sparse. My mother's original mother was Helen Page Lightner, daughter of George Elliott Lightner and Helen M. (Jones?), and she died when Mom was two years old. I am unaware of any Coakley members. My notes indicate that my great grandfather, George Elliott Lightner, married a Helen M. Jones that I have no information about. His father, Harry Gruver Lightner, married a member of the Jett family (if my memory serves me correctly, it was he who married the Jett daughter) who, in turn, are related to Captain Thomas Carter of Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia by way of Joseph Carter and Joseph II Carter.
John Michael Lightner (Johannes Michael Leitner) fought in the Revolution and ended his days in Baltimore, Maryland. That would explain the George you mention having been born in Maryland. That whole family migrated south over a period of time into Virginia from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they were some of the very first settlers.
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