Genealogy Research Resources for South Carolina


Lightner Family of Pennsylvania and South Carolina
from the
American Pioneer Series
By Jeannette Holland Austin


George Michael Lightner was born ca 1735 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was a descendant of the Leitner's of Austria who came first to Lancaster County, then to Newberry County, South Carolina about 1769.. His estate was administered on 12 September 1791 in the Abbeville District of South Carolina. Wife: Mrs. Marie Beard. He served in the Revolutionary War and made claims for lands in South Carolina for that service. He was Justice for Orangeburgh District, South Carolina..."Major Michael Leitner, born about 1735 and died about 1789-91, married Maria Beard, probably a sister of Colonel Jonas Beard, and had children: John Christian Lightner who died 1800 and leaving all his property to his sisters who were: Anne Marguerette who married George Adam Setzler, Sr.; Mary, who married Dr. Henry F. Schmitz; Eve Christian who married 1st, John Adam Epting, Jr., 2nd, Martin Koone, Sr.; Catherine who married John A. Setzler, Jr."

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This valuble book written in 1849 was quite a find!
A Memorandum of the Ellis Family by Thomas H. Ellis of Richmond, Virginia (1849), 61 pp. Families in VA, KY, TN, GA. Allied families of Nimmo, Thorogood, Taylor, Shelton, Yeardley, etc.