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Philip Lightfoot
 1689 - 1748

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  • Birth  1689  York Co., VA
    Gender  Male 
    Died  30 May 1748  Charles City Co., VA
    Will  20 Jun 1748  Probated in York Co., VA
    Person ID  I042807  Herring
    Last Modified  29 Jan 2010 08:49:32 
    Father  Philip LIghtfoot 
    Mother  Alice Corbin, b. 14 Feb 1659/60, Middlesex Co., VA 
    Family ID  F022108  Group Sheet
    Family  Mary Armistead, b. 1696 
    Married  Abt 1720 
    >1. William Lightfoot, b. 1723, Charles City Co., VA
    >2. Armistead Lightfoot, b. 1730
     3. John Lightfoot, b. Abt 1724, York Co., VA
    >4. Philip Lightfoot
    Family ID  F009753  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Of Yorktown and of "Sandy Point," Charles City county, was a son of Philip Lightfoot of the latter place, and was born in 1689. In 1707, he was appointed clerk of York county and held this office until 1733. During this period and later, he was extensively engaged in business as a merchant at Yorktown and acquired great wealth. On Jan. 10, 1732-33, the governor appointed him a councillor in the place of Robert Carter, deceased, and this appointment was confirmed by the King April 9, 1733. He appears to have been in constant attendance at the meetings until his death. Lightfoot was one of the wealthiest men of his day and owned a handsome town house in addition to his country seat. He died May 30, 1748. He married Mary, daughter of William Armistead, and widow of James Burwell, and had issue.

      Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I
      III--Colonial Councillors of State

      This Tomb is Sacred to the Memory
      of the Houourable Philip Lightfoot Esquire.
      In various Employments of Public Trust
      An Example
      of Loyalty to his King, of Affection to his Country
      In the several Regards of Private Life
      A Pattern
      Worthy of Imitation
      An Equanimity with few are (cap)able of
      Conducted him with success
      Through the [less] elevated Scenes of Life
      And continued to be the Ornament
      Of the most Exalted.
      Not arrogant with Prosperity
      He graced a superiour Fortune
      Acquired by his own Industry, and honesty.
      Not imperious with advancement
      He rose to almost the highest honours of his Country
      His Rank & Fortune made him more Extensively * *
      He was descended from an Ancient Family in England
      Which came over to Virginia in a Genteel and Honble Character
      On the 30th Day of May, 1748, in the 59th Year of his [Age]
      His Spirit returned to God who gave it
      And his Body reposes Here
      In sure and certain Hopes of a joyfull resurrection

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