William Leighton

15 February 1816–5 December 1896 (Age 80)
Harmony, Somerset, Maine, United States

The Life of William

When William Leighton was born on 15 February 1816, in Harmony, Somerset, Maine, United States, his father, James Leighton Sr., was 44 and his mother, Elizabeth Quimby, was 33. He married Harriet Emily Lawrence on 6 April 1843, in Scott, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Prairie Creek Township, Logan, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 5 December 1896, in Delavan, Tazewell, Illinois, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Delavan, Tazewell, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Leighton
Elizabeth A. Carrico
Marriage: 13 February 1856
Charles A. Leighton
Nellie Leighton
Mina Helen Leighton
William Leighton
Emily L. Leighton

Spouse and Children

13 February 1856
Scott, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    James Leighton Sr.


    Elizabeth Quimby





    Jonathan Leighton


    James Leighton


    Hosea Leighton


    Joseph Leighton


+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Illinois is the 21st state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1838 · The Aroostook War

Age 22

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. Most, as for example those in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, and Shropshire, are named with Old English lēac ‘leek’ + tūn ‘settlement’. Compare Layton .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm Leighton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Leighton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Leighton in entry for Emily Leighton Harriman, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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