William Light

Brief Life History of William

When William Light was christened on 11 March 1832, in Downton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Andrew Light, was 38 and his mother, Sarah Quinton, was 37. He married Esther Gwyer on 1 December 1852. He died about March 1861, in Alderbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 29.

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William Light
Esther Gwyer
Marriage: 1 December 1852

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  • William Light, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Light, "England, Wiltshire, Church Records, 1518-1990"
  • William Light, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.


Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

1854 · The Crimean War

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English liht ‘light, active’ (Old English lēoht).

English: topographic name from Middle English liht, leht ‘light’ (Old English lēoht), used for a ‘light place, clearing, glade’.

English: nickname from Middle English lit ‘little’ (Old English lȳt). Compare Little .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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