Tuesday, June 10, 2014

52 Ancestors: #23 Daniel Leighton (1787-1860)

Daniel Leighton, my 1st cousin 5x removed, was born on this date in 1787, in Falmouth, Maine, the third of six children born to Robert Leighton and  his cousin Hannah Leighton, and their second son.

 In 1814, Fort Edgecomb, near Wiscasset, became an important base
 in defending against a possible British attack on mid-coast Maine.
Photo credit : Wikipedia
At the age of 27, he journeyed northeast to Vassalboro, Maine, and on September 24, 1814, he joined Capt. J. Collins' Company of Lieut. Col. E. Sherwin's Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, with the junior officer rank of Ensign. There he saw action off the coastal town of Wiscasset, Maine.

Following his short military stint, he returned home to marry Hannah Cole, a Falmouth woman, the daughter of Ebenezer Cole and Elizabeth Field, who was four years his junior.Together, Daniel and Hannah had eleven children:

James, b. 1815
Elizabeth "Nancy", b. 1816
Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1819
Robert, b. 1821
Sewell Prince, b. 1822
Lois, b. 1824
Susan, b. 1825
Hannah, b. 1829
Daniel Edwin, b. 1831
Abigail, b. 1833
Andrew, b. 1836

Daniel is listed in the 1850 and 1860 as a farmer in Falmouth. In 1860, his household included Leonard and "Nancy" Wilson, his oldest daughter and son-in-law, and Edwin and Hannah Morrill, another daughter and son-in-law.

Daniel died in Falmouth on September 6, 1860, in Falmouth. His widow, Hannah, outlived him by 18 years, and is listed in the 1870 census, at age 79, living with their son Sewell.

Daniel and Hannah are both buried in the Methodist Cemetery, then known as being on Duck Pond Road in Cumberland, Maine. The road is now known as Goose Pond Road.

Maine Veterans Cemetery Record
Daniel Leighton

Present-day location of the Methodist Cemetery

Daniel Leighton's Grave
A cracked, sinking flagstone

Hannah Leighton's Grave


1850 US Census; Census Place: Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M432_250; Page: 106B; Image: 398, Daniel Leighton.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 4; Image: 383, Daniel Leighton.

1870 US Census; Census Place: Falmouth, Cumberland,Maine; Roll: M593_539; Page: 231A; Image: 466, Hannah Leighton.

Direct Data Capture, comp. U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999, Daniel Leighton.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 10 June 2014), memorial page for Daniel Leighton (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96819615, citing Methodist Cemetery, Cumberland, Maine.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 10 June 2014), memorial page for Hannah Leighton (unknown–1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96819581, citing Methodist Cemetery, 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.) pp. 103, 226.

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXQZ-1XQ : accessed 10 Jun 2014), Daniel Leighton, 1860.


This is the 23rd in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.

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