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 George Colvin Lightfoot

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George Colvin Lightfoot

  • Birth 15 Jan 1804
  • Death 1884 Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 67858900

Son of William L. and Leannah Colvin Lightfoot.
He was married to Malinda Holton on June 10 1830,Pendleton County,Kentucky.
George Colvin Lightfoot, Retired Merchant, was born January 15, 1804 in Pendleton County, Ky. He is the fourth son in a family of thirteen children, who parents were William Lightfoot and Leannah Colvin Lightfoot, both natives of Culpeper County, Va. His father was a farmer; emigrated to Kentucky as early as 1793; first settled at Washington, Mason County, Ky., but shortly after located in Pendleton County, where his father, John B. Lightfoot, perhaps taught the first school ever taught in Pendleton County. In 1833, William Lightfoot removed to Rush County, Indiana, where he resided until a few years before his death. The Lightfoots emigrated from Staffordshire, England, at a very early day, and were related to the celebrated Dr. Lightfoot, who gained some celebrity in connection with the revision of the Scriptures. They settled in Virginia, and intermarried largely with the Lees, one of the old and distinguished families of the State. His mother was the daughter of John Colvin, of Culpeper County, Virginia, who was a substantial farmer. The subject of this sketch was raised on a farm near Falmouth, Pendleton County, Ky., acquired a limited education is such schools as the county then supplied; at the age of twenty years, took up his residence in Falmouth, and after a few years began merchandising; in 1847, removed to Covington, Ky.; took charge of the Madison House in that city; remained there five years, and then, returning to Falmouth took charge of his hotel (The Jefferson House) in that place, and also resumed the mercantile business. After having spent thirty years as a merchant, he chiefly retired from business about the close of the rebellion, now only superintending the management of his hotel. He was for many years a magistrate in Falmouth, and has held various positions in the regulation of the affairs of the town; and has, for a half century or more, been intimately and favorably identified with the various interests of the community. He was originally a Whig, but, after the dissolution of that party, became a Democrat; and during the war of the rebellion, his sympathies and principles placed him on the side of the South. He has been, for thirty years, a Mason in good standing, and for the same length of time, a member of the Christian Church; and has always been noted for his integrity of character, his fine personal and business habits, and his unassuming social manners; and now, at his advanced age, few men exhibit such general elasticity and vigor and show such high perservation, physically and mentally. Mr. Lightfoot was married, June 10, 1830, to Miss Malinda O. Holton, daughter of Elijah Holton of Falmouth, Ky. He has but one child living, Laura H. Lightfoot, who married John H. Bass of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky
J. M. Armstrong & Co., 1878, Cincinnati, Ohio


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  • Created by: Karen
  • Added: 3 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67858900
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Colvin Lightfoot (15 Jan 1804–1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67858900, citing Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Karen (contributor 46857700) .