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Philip Lightfoot Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 L62

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Scope and Contents

Note to researchers: Due to the fragile condition of the originals, this collection has to be used in microfilm format;[ CS71 .l718, available in the open stacks and by ILL]. Papers of Philip Lightfoot of Culpeper County, Virginia including his commissions as lieutenant in the Second Battalion, 5th Regiment, Virginia militia and as captain in the 8th U. S. Infantry Regiment and papers relating to his service in the U. S. Army including records of a recruiting party, enlistment pledges, muster rolls, records of rewards offered for deserters and descriptions of U. S. Army uniforms.

There are legal papers in the collection and accounts and business correspondence of merchants in Culpeper (James L. Markham, Samuel Porter, and Merrick Starr). Apparently, the later papers in the collection belong to another Philip Lightfoot [perhaps a son.] One of the two men or perhaps, both, were lawyers.

The collection contains a letter, 5 July 1809, written by William Wirt as well as four pages of genealogical information on the Lightfoot family including slave births.

Philip Lightfoot Papers 1765-1860, in Swem Library’s microforms area, 1 reel, call number CS71 .L718


  • Creation: 1778-1800

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Philip Lightfoot of Culpeper County, Virginia served as a lieutenant in the Continental Army Artillery from 1778-1781. He was commissioned as lieutenant in the Virginia militia and as captain in the 8th U. S. Infantry Regiment. His heir [Philip Lightfoot, Jr.] put in a claim for his Revolutionary War service pension in 1831. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


3.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: The collection is organized into 9 series: 1. Military papers of Philip Lightfoot; 2. Letters; 3. Accounts and invoices; 4. Papers relating to accounts collected by Philip Lightfoot; 5. Legal papers; 6. Papers of James L. Markham; 7. Papers of Samuel Porter; 8. Papers of Merrick Starr; 9. Miscellaneous. Arrangement: Series 2, 6 and 7 are arranged chronologically; series 3-5 are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

For Mss. 39.1L62, boxes 1-6, use microfilm only. When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.

Custodial History:

Mss. Acc. 1998.09 Addition has been transferred to the Swem Library Microfilm Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased: 1,277 items, 1938.Acc. No. 1997.61; Gift: 1 item, 1997. Acc. 1938.172  Purchase from Mrs James H Lightfoot. Acc. 1997.61  Gift, Information  Mrs. James H. Lightfoot sent via e-mail from John DiGusto, owner of original. 1998.09  Purchase, initially paid through Vollertsen Fund. Repaid by Jeanette Kinsey.

Physical Description

1277 items.


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Philip Lightfoot Papers
Special Collections Staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository