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Rev Ephraim Light
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1835
Death: Feb. 27, 1912

From the Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania), February 27, 1912:


Retired from Ministry in 1870 - In Iron Business in Lebanon.

Rev. Ephraim Light, 207 North Sixth street, died this morning of neuraligia of the heart, at the age of 77 years. Rev. Light moved to this city from Lebanon about 16 years ago. He was born and his earlier life was spent there, except for the few years attending the Theological Seminary under the denomination of the United Brethren Church in Christ, from which he graduated in 1855, and accepted the ministry of various chrages assigned to him by the annual conference of that church.

Prior to this he was engaged in farming for several years in the vicinity of Lebanon. He retired from the ministry in 1870 and engaged in the iron and steel business with his brother, Samuel Light, which for years was the largest indistry of its kind in Lebanon. He later sold his interests to his brother and followed the mercantile business, from which he retired to move to Reading, where he took up his residence with his son, W. W. Light.

Deceased leaves a widow, Mary B. (nee Weidman) formerly of Sinking Spring; two children, W. W. Light, and Emma J., wife of Reuben H. Spangler, of this city, and seven grandchildren, as follows: Wayne W. Light, attorney at law, Philadelphia; Mrs. Bessie L. Ramsey, Bryn Mawr; Roy H., John G. L., Lila M., Lee and Herbert Spangler, all of this city.


From Central Pennsylvania United Methodist Archives, Pennsylvania Conference of United Brethren Pastors:


Born: 8-8-1835 married: Mary B. Witmer [Weidman]

Died: 2-27-1912 Reading PA

Miller-Raker #: no

Fulton #: no

Gibble list: yes

1858 license, East Pennsylvania Conference

1861 ordained, East Pennsylvania Conference

Interment: Ebenezer Cemetery, Lebanon PA [NOTE: This is how it appears in his official church bio, but his death certificate and subsequent obituary and funeral rundown in the Reading Times state he was interred in the Charles Evans Cemetery.]

1858-59 Hummelstown circuit

1859-60 Myerstown

1869 withdrew

1874-75 Steelton Centenary

1879-81 Hummelstown

1883-84 Lehigh Valley circuit

1884 re-instated

1884-85 Swatara circuit

1900 name erased

Note: Ephraim Light does not appear to be a direct relative of the other Lebanon County Lights.

A researcher of this family may find cause to disagree with the concluding statement in the biography above. His father, formerly a farmer, was identifed with the firm Shirk, Light and Miley, general merchandisers along the old Union canal. There was a large family of Lebanon County Lights indeed, and some intermarried with Sherks (as Rev. (W.B.) Felix Light married a Sherk). The spelling is different, but it bears consideration if one wishes to investigate this family more seriously.

Rev. Light's parents were John and Sarah Light. His father added the abbreviation "SS" behind his surname to stand for "Sam's son" to distinguish which line he was from of the many Light families.

Rev. Light was married to his wife at her home in Sinking Spring on January 27, 1857 by Rev. Joseph Young of Reading. She was born there September 16, 1838.

Family links: 
  John Light (1809 - 1884)
  Sarah Light Light (1813 - 1879)
  Mary Blankenbiller Weidman Light (1831 - 1920)*
  Wellington Weidman Light (1860 - 1939)*
  Emma Jane Light Spangler (1862 - 1936)*
  Laura Ada Light (1864 - 1879)*
  Ephraim Light (1835 - 1912)
  Mary J Light Goodman (1840 - 1915)*
  Samuel L Light (1842 - 1932)*
  Jacob Henry Light (1846 - 1856)*
  Clement David Light (1851 - 1853)*
*Calculated relationship
Charles Evans Cemetery
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Apr 10, 2010
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Rev Ephraim Light
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Rev Ephraim Light
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