Cynthia Ellen Leighton, my 2nd great grand aunt, was born on this date in 1847, in Cumberland, Maine, the ninth of thirteen children born to Robert Leighton and Cynthia Morse, and their fourth daughter.
Little "Cynthy" lived only 3 months, and is buried behind the church in West Cumberland, where several members of her family rest, including her parents. Her sister Florence (gravestone says Francis) would be laid to rest there, just two years later. Such was the plight of mid-19th century farming families that they would bury many of their children in infancy.
Cynthy Ellen Leighton grave marker, West Cumberland Church/Universalist Cemetery, Cumberland (Cumberland County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 29 August 2011.
Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 24 June 2014), memorial page for Cynthy Ellen Leighton (1847-1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86203669, citing West Cumberland Church/Universalist, Cumberland, Maine.
Leighton, Perley M. A Leighton genealogy: descendants of Thomas Leighton of Dover, New Hampshire. Compiled by Perley M. Leighton based in part on data collected by Julia Leighton Cornman. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1989.) p. 284.
This is the 25th in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.
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