William Leighton

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

The Life Summary 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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William Leighton
Elizabeth A. Carrico
Marriage: 13 February 1856
Charles A. Leighton
Nellie Leighton
Minnie Helen Leighton
William Leighton
Emily L. Leighton

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    13 February 1856Scott, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    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. 
    Age 11
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Tazewell, Illinois, United States
    Age 24
    Historical Boundaries: 1840: Tazewell, Illinois, United States

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Leighton or Layton. Most, as for example those in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, and Shropshire, are named with Old English lēac ‘leek’ + tūn ‘settlement’, but Layton in Durham derives from Old English ge-lād ‘road’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. The English pronunciation of Leighton is usually /lɛ:tən/ or /leitən/ (also spelled Layton and Leaton ), but it can also be heard as /laitən/ or as /li:tən/ (also spelled Leaton ), and occasionally as /lɛtən/ (spelled Letton ).

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

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    Sources (16)

    • William Leighton in entry for Emily Leighton Harriman, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Wm Leighton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William Leighton in entry for Elmer E Harriman and Emily L Leighton, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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