Other Tom Ligons
Other Tom Ligons
There is a tendency in the Ligon family to name the males Tom or Bill. This goes back at
least a thousand years, according to the family geneology. The first Ligon in America was a
Tom, Colonel Thomas Lygon, around 1641. There has been some geneological confusion with his
birthdate, probably because of too many fathers and sons named Tom. We believe he was a close
relative to the Ligons at Madresfield Court in Worcestershire, England. You have probably
never heard of the place, but you may know it by its fictional name, Brideshead
(in Brideshead Revisited).
Colonel Tom's father was a farmer in Gloucestershire, likely the grandson of the holder of
Madresfield Court, but with no inheritance or title associated with that estate. So young Tom,
born around 1623-25, set off for the Virginia Colony in 1641, where he made his mark. Um, make that
marker. He got into a skirmish with a group
of indians attacking a cabin once ... used a huge gun now in a Richmond museum, and is said to have
killed three with his first shot, two more with the second, and another pair with the third shot.
About this time the indians remembered they had an appointment elsewhere. I actually met him once
here, and he's in
pretty good shape (photo) for an old guy.
So, here are a few of the wild seeds of Colonel Tom.
Tom Ligon "handsome, chameleon character
actor and sometimes lead" in movies, TV, and Broadway.
Tom Ligon, of ARC Science Simulations
in Colorado. I found a good writeup on him
here. Both of us happen to
have wives named Linda. His Linda is a noted magazine publisher.
Dr. Thomas Sumner Ligon, formerly of Microsoft. This cousin wrote the book on all those Client/Server
headaches. He retired in 2012 and is currently working as a visiting scientist, testing the boundaries
between physics and biology, at the University of Munich.
If you are a Tom Ligon, and you feel robbed because I've got the website you wanted, drop me
a line and I'll stick your link in here, for free! I'm not greedy.