Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
R. PINCKNEY LAKE, M. D. – is a native of Maryland, born in Dorchester
County, March 19, 1827. His father’s family were of English birth, and
early and prominent among the settlers of Maryland, and his father, George
LAKE, was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1786. The mother of Dr.
LAKE was of the SLOCUMB family, of Alexandria County, Virginia, and she was
born in that State and county, in 1783. Her family were of French descent.
In Madison County, Virginia, December 5, 1882, R. Pinckney LAKE was joined
in wedlock with Virginia A. LIGHTFOOT, who was born in Madison County,
Virginia, May 21, 1835. Philip and Ann (SMITH) LIGHTFOOT were her parents,
both Virginians by birth, her father born in Culpepper County, and her mother
in Madison County; the death of both occurred in Madison County. George LAKE,
father of Dr. LAKE, died in Dorchester County, Maryland, and his mother died
in Mississippi. Many relatives of Dr. LAKE were in the Confederate service,
and not a few gave their lives in defense of the sovereignty of the citizen.
None regret the sacrifices they have made in the cause, that if lost, was yet
a noble cause, and nobly lost. R. Pinckney LAKE was graduated from the
Jefferson College, Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1848, and from the
University of Maryland in 1850. He has been settled in Greenbrier County
since the latter date, and constantly engaged in practice at White Sulphur
Springs and Lewisburg. His residence and post office address are at Lewisburg.
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