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Wilson LIGHTFOOT
Sarah Frances PARKER
Please Note:  some data on this page do not jibe with each other or with assertions made by secondary sources.  More work is needed here, but as these are not my kin, I can't invest any more time trying to solve the problems with these connections. 
Husband:  Wilson "Will" LIGHTFOOT
Birth:  14 Dec 1861, MS
Death:  31 Dec 1947, Jackson Co., FL
Disposition:  buried Piney Grove Cemetery, Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
Occupation:  laborer
Parents:  born in AL or GA

Secondary sources are calling our subject, "William R. LIGHTFOOT," and attaching him to this set of parents:
Father:  William LIGHTFOOT
Mother:  Nancy Cathryn FILLINGIM
If I could find Wilson in the 1870 or 1880 censuses, we would have our answer as to his parentage, but I can't find him, and apparently neither can anyone else.  What I'm concerned about is that Wilson was transmogrified into William simply to relieve the frustration of not finding his parents.  Sometimes, you just have to accept that you've hit the end of the paper trail.  Y-DNA testing of a patrilineal line male descendant could at least attach Wilson to the correct LIGHTFOOT family.

Marriage License:  19 Jan 1888, Washington Co., FL
Marriage Ceremony:  22 Jan 1888, Washington Co., FL
Wife:  Sarah Frances / Francis "Fanny" PARKER
Birth:  19 Sep 1861, Henry Co., AL
Death:  16 Dec 1939, Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
Disposition:  buried Piney Grove Cemetery, Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
Occupation:  laborer, homemaker
Other Spouse(?):  m1(?) Mr. WATSON
Alleged Liaison:  ca. Feb 1887, William Paul CORBIN
Father:  Salathiel F. PARKER (1834-1904) of AL
Mother:  Julia Amanda NEISBETH / NESBIT (1838-1914) of GA
Stepson:
.  William S. LIGHTFOOT, a.k.a., William Salathiel Clayton CORBIN, b. 7 Nov 1887
Children:
1.  Samuel Wilson LIGHTFOOT, b. Aug 1890 or 25 Aug 1888; d. 21 Apr 1934, Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
2.  Florence LIGHTFOOT, b. Sep 1891 or 14 Sep 1892; d. 2 Dec 1979, Ozark, Dale Co., AL; m. Norton Elmer ROBERTS (1886-1963)
3.  James E. "Jim" LIGHTFOOT, b. Mar 1895 or 9 Mar 1897; d. 29 Apr 1964, Jackson Co., FL
4.  Sebella C. "Bessie" LIGHTFOOT, b. 1 Nov 1898; d. 8 Dec 1955, Dothan, Dale Co., AL
5.  Leola LIGHTFOOT, died in infancy
6.  Lee LIGHTFOOT, died in infancy
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi

Sources:

1a.  Florida Marriages, 1830-1933 (online at FamilySearch.org):
Name Wilson Lightfoot
Event Date 22 Jan 1888
Event Place Washington, FL
Spouse's Name Francis Watson
GS Film Number 931851
Did Frances have a prior marriage? 

1b.  Florida Marriages, 1830-1933 (online at FamilySearch.org; transcription by Diana Gale Matthiesen, boldface added):
Image of Washington County, Florida, Marriage Certificate for Wilson LIGHTFOOT and Frances WATSON. 196
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

{Seal}


State of Florida Washington County
To any Minister of the Gospal or any officer
Legally Autherized to Solmnize the
Rite of Matrimony Wheareas aplication
having been made to the County Judge
of Washington County of the State of
Florida for a License for Marriage
and it appearing to the Sattisfaction of
Said County Judge that no Legal 
impediments exist to the Marriage
now Sought to the Solmnized these [?]
thearfor to Autherize you to unite
in the Holy Estate of Matrimony 
Mr Wilson Lightfoot and 
Miss Francis Watson and that you
make return of the Same duly
Certified under your hand to the
County Judge aforesaid
Witness W B Jones County Judge
and the Seal of Said Court at the Court
House in Vernon this the 19 day of
January AD 1888
W B Jones County Judge
I certify that the Within married
Wilson Lightfoot and
Miss Francis Watson Wer by me
the undersigned duly united in
the Holy Estate of Matrimony by the
authority of the Within License & on
this the 22 day of Jan AD 1888
Elder Thomas Brock
I W B Jones County Judge do hereby
Certify that the above and forgain[?]
License has been honnestly[?] recorded
by me This the 26 day of January
AD 1888
W B Jones Co Judge

2.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Salathiel F. PARKER (æ 25, b. AL) and his wife, July A. (æ 22, b. GA) are living in Quitman Co., GA (p. 457); they have no children.

3.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Wilson.  Sarah PARKER (æ 9, b. AL) is living in Henry Co., AL (pp. 446B-447A), with her parents, Salathial PARKER (æ 31, b. AL) & Julia A. (æ 30, b. GA), plus siblings. 

4.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Wilson.  Francis PARKER (æ 19, b. AL) is living in Henry Co., AL (p. 574A), with her parents, S.F. PARKER (æ 40, b. AL) & Julia (æ 40, b. GA), plus siblings.

5.  1885 Florida State Census (online at Ancestry.com):  Wilson not found, and I really looked.  Frances PARKER (æ 24, b. AL) is living in Dist. 2, Washington Co., FL (p. 10), with her parents, Sellatie? PARKER (æ 51, b. AL) & Julian (æ 48, b. GA), plus siblings [the record image is barely readable].

6.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1895 Florida State Census (not online at Ancestry.com).

8.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 43):  Chipley Twp., Washington Co., FL, Roll 177, p. 217B, SN 30B, SD 1, ED 124, enumerated 5 Jul 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤()
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 22 23 24 27
552 553 Lightfoot Wilson Head W M Oct 1853 46 M 12     MS AL AL Day Laborer N N Y H
              Francis J Wife W F Sep 1858 41 M 12 6 5 AL AL GA Day Laborer N N Y  
              William S Son W M Nov 1888 11 S       FL MS AL Day Laborer Y Y Y  
              Samuel W Son W M Aug 1890  9 S       FL MS AL          
              Florence Dau W F Sep 1891  8 S       FL MS AL          
              James Son W M Mch 1895  4 S       FL MS AL          
              Sebella C Dau W F Nov 1898  1 S       FL MS AL          

9.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #27 of 37):  Cottondale Road, Kynesville (Pct. 3), Jackson Co., FL, Roll T624_163, p. 70A, SN 14A, SD 3, ED 45, enumerated 6 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 28
191 145 Lightfoot Wilson Head M W 48 M1 22     AL US US Eng Laborer Odd Jobs W Y 0 Y Y R H
    _________ Francis Wife F W 45 M1 22 7 5 AL AL AL Eng None         N N    
    _________ Samuel Son M W 21 S       FL AL AL Eng None         N N    
    _________ James Son M W 14 S       FL AL AL Eng None         Y N    
    _________ Bessie Dau F W 13 S       FL AL AL Eng None         N N    

10.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 28):  Kynesville, Jackson Co., FL, Roll T625_221, p. 11A, SN 11A, SD 3, ED 30, enumerated 14-15 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
Fm 154 156 Lightfoot Will Head R M W 58 M N N N MS GA GA Y Farming General Farm OA
      _________ Fannie Wife   F W 59 M N N N GA GA GA Y None    
      _________ Jim E Son   M W 22 S N Y Y FL MS GA Y Farm Laborer Home Farm  
      ??ownge, Josie Nice   F W 10 S N N N FL AL AL Y Farm Laborer Home Farm  

11.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 20):  Kynesville (Pct #3), Jackson Co., FL, Roll 321, p. 106B, SN 2B, ED 32-5, SD 1, enumerated 18 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 30 32
35 35 Lightfort Will Head R Y M W 68 M 30 N N MS GA GA Y Farmer General Farm 0 Y N 29
    _________ Frances Wife     F W 68 M 30 N N AL AL GA Y None          
    _________ Jim Son     M W 33 S   N Y FL MS AL Y Laborer Home Farm NP Y N  

12.  1935 Florida State Census (online at Ancestry.com and via FamilySearch.org, Image #20 of 26):  Cottondale (Pct. #3), Jackson Co., FL, Roll S5_16, p. 20 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1935:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
M F
Will Lightfoot Cottondale out 73   White Father Mississippi grades Renter Farmer
Fannie    " " "   73 " Mother Ala. "   H. Wife
Jim       " " " 38   " Son Fla. "   Farmer
Euanes?   " " " 12   " G.Son " "    

13.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 28):  Keynesville (E.P. #3), Jackson Co., FL, Roll, p. 41A, SN 9A, SD 3, ED 32-5, enumerated 25 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION   PERSONAL EDUCATION   BIRTHPLACE   CIT RESIDENCE in 1935   EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
146 R 4 Y Lightfoot Will Head M W 78 WD N 2 Mississippi   R       N N N N ?               N 85
      Y _________ Jim Son M W 43 S N 4 Florida   same place       Y - - - - 45   Laborer Farm       N  
        Roberts N.E. Son in Law M W 53 M N 6 Florida   same place       Y - - - - 42   Laborer Night Watchman   52 600 N  
        _______ Florence Daughter F W 47 M N 6 Florida   same place       N N N N H               N  
14.  Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (online at FamilySearch.org):
Name Francis Lightfoot Wilson Lightfoot
Event Date 16 Dec 1939 21 Apr 1934
Event Place Cottendale, Jackson, FL Cottondale, Jackson, FL
Gender | Race | Age Female | White | 78y Male | W | 45y
Birthplace Henry, Ala. Jackson Co., FL
Marital Status Married Married
Spouse's Name Will Lightfoot Bessie Gay Lightfoot
Father's Name S Parker Will Lightfoot
Father's Birthplace Unknown Mississippi
Mother's Name Julia Nesbitt Frances Parker
Mother's Birthplace Unknown Alabama
Occupation Housewife Farmer
Residence Cottondale, Rural Jackson, FL Cottondale, Fla.
Cemetery Pine Grove Piney Grove
Burial Date 17 Dec 1939 22 Apr 1934
GS Film Number 2116106 2135592
If Wilson's age at death was 45 and his birthday was August 25th, then he was born in 1888.

15.  Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Will Lightfoot Francis Lightfoot
Death Date 1947 1939
Race | Gender White | Male White | Female
State of Death Florida Florida
County of Death Jackson Jackson

16.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name William R. "Will" Lightfoot Sara Francis "Fanny" Parker Lightfoot
Birth 14 Dec 1861, FL 19 Sep 1861
Browns Crossroad, Henry Co., AL
Death 31 Dec 1947
Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
16 Dec 1939
Cottondale, Jackson Co., FL
Note Son of Mr. & Mrs. William Robert Lightfoot -
Burial Piney Grove Cemetery
Cottondale, Jackson County, Florida
Inscription WILL LIGHTFOOT
DEC. 14, 1861
DEC. 31, 1947


HE HAS WON THE VICTORY
FRANCIS
WIFE OF
WILL LIGHTFOOT
SEPT. 19, 1861
DEC. 16, 1939


A tender mother and faithful friend.
Father - Salathial F. Parker
Mother - Julia Armenda Nesbitt Parker
Spouse Sara Francis Parker Lightfoot William R. Lightfoot
Memorial # 27589912 27590349
For children's entries, see web site.

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