Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Capt. Andrew Leighton

In the West Cumberland Methodist Cemetery 


In memory of
Capt. Andrew Leighton
who died
June 16, 1830
AEt. 68.

Andrew Leighton, my fourth great grandfather, was born in Falmouth (now Portland) Maine on June 7, 1762, the son of Joseph Leighton and Mercy Hall. In 1780, he married Mary Weymouth of Gray, Maine, and, with her, had 12 children.

In 1790, he was living in North Yarmouth and in 1808 was elected a Captain in the 6th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.

Capt. Andrew laid out the county road from Falmouth to Portland, and was a prosperous lumber trader, dealing in ship's timber.

In 1800, he built and operated the Leighton Tavern on the Gray Road in West Cumberland, which was the stage route from Falmouth to Bakertown (now Lewiston).

Leighton Tavern, Cumberland, ca. 1921

Captain Leighton died in North Yarmouth on June 16, 1830.

In 1971, the tavern was moved to Schooner Rocks, in Cumberland Foreside and restored.

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