William Light

Male11 March 1832–about March 1861

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, at the age of 29.

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William Light
Esther Gwyer
Marriage: 1 December 1852

Sources (3)

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

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  • Marriage
    1 December 1852
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    Siblings (7)

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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: 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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