Barbara "Barbary" Anderson Riser

about 1763–26 October 1868 (Age 105)
Newberry, Newberry, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Barbara "Barbary" Anderson

When Barbara "Barbary" Anderson Riser was born about 1763, in Newberry, Newberry, South Carolina, United States, her father, Johann Gorg Rieser, was 20 and her mother, Francia Counts Cuntz, was 25. She married John Lewis Lightsey Sr about 1789, in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 26 October 1868, in Bibb, Alabama, United States, at the age of 105.

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John Lewis Lightsey Sr
Barbara "Barbary" Anderson Riser
Marriage: about 1789
Abigail Lightsey
Elizabeth "Eve" Lightsey
Catherine Lightsey
Agnes Lightsey
Mary Lightsey
David Lightsey
John Lewis Lightsey Jr
Soloman Lightsey
Daniel Lightsey
Jacob H. Lightsey
Hannah Barbara Lightsey
Elizabeth Lightsey

Spouse and Children

about 1789
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States



    Catherine Lightsey


    Agnes Lightsey


    Elizabeth "Eve" Lightsey


    Mary Lightsey


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 13

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

Age 28

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

Name Meaning

1 Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived near a thicket or underbrush, from an agent noun based on Middle High German rīs ‘branch’, ‘shrubbery’.2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Reiser .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976;
  • Barbara Riser in entry for Elizabeth Grews, "Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952"
  • Alabama source book - Heads of families in Bibb County, Alabama in 1830 taken from the U.S. Census

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