BIRTH 17 Jun 1810 DEATH 27 Apr 1892 (aged 81) BURIAL North Cemetery Du Pont, Clinch County, Georgia, USA NOTE: He and his wife Christiana (born Rice) share a monument
"Jacob Lightsey, paternal grandfather of Ulysses, was born June 17, 1810, Colleton District, South Carolina. He was a son of David and Mary Lightsey and a grandson of John Lightsey of Barnwell District, South Carolina. With his brother, Samuel Lightsey (1806-1878), Jacob moved in 1836 to Georgia, where he lived in Lowndes, Ware, and Clinch counties. While living in Lowndes County, he served in 1838 in Capt. David R. Bryan's Co.; then in the Ware County militia companies of Capt. James A. Sweeny, August 31, 1838, for four months, and again as a 1st lieutenant August 19 to November 18, 1840; November 1 to December 31, 1839 in Capt. David Johnson's Co.; finally, 1840 in Capt. Jonathan Knight's Co. Jacob served as a Justice of the Inferior Court of Clinch County (created from Ware County in 1850) from 1855-1857 and 1861-1862. Judge Lightsey purchased land in the new town of Dupont (first called Suwannoochee) after the railroad was constructed. He built and operated with his wife the town's first hotel. They were members of the Primitive Baptist Church. Judge Jacob Lightsey died April 27, 1892 and was buried at the North Cemetery.
Jacob had married on January 7, 1830 in Barnwell District, S. C., Christina Rice, daughter of John and Ann (Guest) Rice. She was born October 25, 1807 and died September 24, 1890 at Dupont, Georgia. Judge and Mrs. Jacob Lightsey had nine children: Cornelius B., Rebecca, Susannah "Ann" (m. 1st, William J. Knight; 2nd, David S. Copeland), Mary E. (Mrs. Mitchell S. Griffin), John J., Stephen J., Rachel (m. 1st, Lewis Sirmans); 2nd, John A. Whittington), Jacob S., George W.
Cornelius B. Lightsey, father of Ulysses, was born December 30, 1831 in Georgia. During the Civil War, he enlisted as 2nd sergeant at Savannah for 12 months on September 1, 1861 in Capt. Francis M. Jackson's Co. (Allapaha Guards), 29th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. At Screvens Ferry on May 7, 1862, he was elected 2nd lieutenant and appeared on the company records that exist until January 1865 at Wilmington, N. C." From Ulysses A. Lightsey By Spessard Stone
"PROSPECT CHURCH. This church is of the Primitive Baptist denomination, and was constituted January 22d, 1859. The first constituted members of the church were : Jacob Lightsey and Christina Lightsey, Edmund Mathis and Labra Mathis, William Hughes, William Tomlinson and John Mathis, and Sarah Hutto. Rev. Isaac D. Hutto was for many years pastor. The present clerk of the church is James R. Morgan. This church is situated about four miles north of DuPont. The land for the church was deeded by Rowan B. Johnson in 1859." From History of Clinch County, Georgia; pp 127-128
"LIGHTSEY, JACOB, was born in South Carolina, June 17th, 1810, and early In life came to this State and settled in Ware County. He married Miss Christina Rice about 1835 and by her had several children. He engaged In the Indian war of 1836-38, and in 1840 was commissioned justice of the peace of the 5 84th district of Ware County. He served as State senator from Ware during 1844-45. ^^ 1^55 ^e was elected a justice of the Inferior Court of Clinch County and served until 1857. He did not hold any other office except as town councilman of DuPont. He died at his home near DuPont, April 17th, 1892. His wife preceded him to the grave by two years." Frpm History of Clinch County, Georgia pp 268-269
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