William Light

11 March 1832–about March 1861
Downton, Wiltshire, England

The Life 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, at the age of 29.

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William Light
Esther Gwyer
Marriage: 1 December 1852

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    Esther Gwyer


1 December 1852

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World Events (3)

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:1. nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht ‘light’ (not dark), ‘bright’, ‘cheerful’. 2. nickname for someone who was busy and active, from Middle English lyght, Old English līoht ‘light’ (not heavy), ‘nimble’, ‘quick’. The two words lēoht and līoht were originally distinct, but they were confused in English from an early period. 3. nickname for a small person, from Middle English lite, Old English lȳt ‘little’, influenced by lyght as in 1 and 2.

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

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  • William Light, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Light, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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