1689 - 1748
||York Co., VA
||30 May 1748
||Charles City Co., VA
||20 Jun 1748
||Probated in York Co., VA
||29 Jan 2010 08:49:32 |
||Philip LIghtfoot |
||Alice Corbin, b. 14 Feb 1659/60, Middlesex Co., VA |
||Mary Armistead, b. 1696 |
- 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
of Loyalty to his King, of Affection to his Country
In the several Regards of Private Life
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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