Ancestral Family Topic 7040

 7040   Thomas Lygon (c.1577-1626)
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Thomas Lygon, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Thomas Lygon might describe his life as follows.

The son of Thomas Lygon and Frances Dennis, I was born in Gloucester about 1577 and so was 46 when I married Elizabeth Pratt at the parish church of Walsgrave-on-Sowe 18 August 1623. My 20-year-old bride was baptized at nearby Stoke-Biggin 10 October 1602, a daughter of Dennis Pratt of Stoke Parish, Coventry, Warwickshire, England, and his wife, Anne. 
The Lygon and Dennis families were not of the same social standing and it is rumored that Elizabeth was my housekeeper or maidservant. Gossip only intensified when our first child was born five months after the wedding.
I was a farmer of Stoke-by-Coventry where our 2 children were born: Thomas in January 1623/4 and Joan, April 1625. Both were infants when I died. After my burial at the church at Walsgrave-on-Sowe 20 December 1626, the court granted Elizabeth administration of my estate 16 February 1626/7. My widow, who survived me 5 years, was buried at Sowe 19 August 1631, at the age of 28.

The will of Dennis Pratt left everything to his wife “to bring up the children” (will dated 21 July 1614).

Descendants of Thomas Lygon
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Names found in this topic include the following.
 Col. Thomas Ligon (1623-1675),  
Mary Harris,   
 Joan Lygon (1625-),  

Selected sources
Wood, Michael J. and Gary Boyd Roberts. “Four Thomas Lygons (Ligons): An Abstract of New Findings.” The Virginia Genealogist. 22:253-255 (1978). • Distinguishes the 4 consecutive men of this name: Thomas Lygon, Thomas Lygon, Thomas Ligon, and Thomas Ligon.

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