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James Lightner and Mary Ann Lightner Smith Mahoney of Carlisle, PA
Posted by: Chris Munson (ID *****2091) Date: November 12, 2011 at 15:57:56
In Reply to: Mary Ann Lightner Smith Mahoney of Carlisle, PA by Anjanette Lofgren of 513

Here's some information on Lightners in what is present day Adams Co. PA transcribed from
"Index to Adams County, Pennsylvania septennial census, 1779-1821" / compiled by Joan R. Hankey. After given names are listed the township in which a person was located along with years in which that person showed up in a census or taxables list pertaining to that township.

Lightner
       Elizabeth
              Germany, 1814
       George
              Germany, 1778, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783, 1786, 1793
       James
              Huntington, 1778, 1779, 1780
       John
              Liberty, 1821
       Nathaniel
              Huntington, 1762
       William
              Germany, 1778, 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783, 1807, 1814, 1821
              Huntington, 1779, 1780
              Reading, 1800

There is a James Lightner in Huntington Township 1778-1780, and you will find him still in Huntington Township on the 1790 US Census, seemingly with wife and a few children. He owned no land in 1779-1780 and seems to have been poor considering he paid little tax. He is the only James Lightner who can be found from Adams Co. in the right time frame. (There are no James Lightners as head of household on 1800-1820 US Censuses in PA). However he must have been born earlier than you say, because he was a married man by 1779. So figure he was born roughly 1760 or even earlier.

Interestingly the earliest entry here is for a Nathaniel Lightner in the same township in 1762 (the very first septennial census). Could there be a connection between this Nathaniel Lightner and James Lightner?

There is no evidence to connect this James Lightner to any of the Lightner families we know about (i.e. the ones in Lancaster Co., Perry Co., Matthias Lightner family, etc., and he is not to be confused with any Lightners of Huntingdon Co. PA: this is HuntingTON Township in York Co., later Adams Co. we are talking about.) I wonder who he is?

If anyone can say how this James Lightner relates, would like to know!


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