Tuesday, June 24, 2014

52 Ancestors: #25 Cynthia Ellen Leighton (1847-1847)



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.



Sources:

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.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #24 Emma Jane Deyarmond (1867-1947)



Emma Jane Deyarmond, the wife of my 2d second great grand uncle, was born on this date in 1867, in Upper Stewiacke, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada, the fourth of seven children born to George Albert Deyarmond and Mary Johnson, and their third daughter.

At the age of 29, Emma married John William MacKay, on the 2d of September 1896, in Upper Stewiacke. Together, Emma and her husband had 6 children:

Lila and Lois, twin daughters, b. 1899
Eileen Unice, b. 1904
Freeman Orrin, b. 1906, who died at age 10
Marcus Roy, b. 1911
Ena Muriel, b. 1917

"The MacKay Girls"
seated on the steps:
Lila MacKay Purchase, Lois MacKay, and Eileen MacKay MacLellan
taken in 1961 at Ena's house


Emma and her husband lived their entire lives in Upper Stewiacke. They are buried together in Burnt Hill Cemetery, in Upper Burnside.

Emma Jane Deyarmond MacKay's tombstone

Sources:

"Canada Census, 1901," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9MF6-BQW8  : accessed 14 Jun 2014), John W Mackay, U, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 14, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Emma Jane DEYARMOND MACKAY grave marker (http://canadianheadstones.com/ns/view.php?id=15670 : accessed 14 June 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1867, Book 1804, Page 40. Emma Jane Deyarmond. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1804-40&Event=birth&ID=16491  : accessed 14 June 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1896, Book 1807, Page 104. John W. McKay and Emma J. Deyarmond. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1807-104&Event=marriage&ID=20915 : accessed 14 June 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1900, Book 32, Page 17. George Deyarmond. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=32-17&Event=death&ID=112887 : accessed 14 June 2014).

Nova Scotia.  Historical Vital Statistics.  Registration Year 1947, Book 3801. Emma Jane MacKay. (https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1947-3801&Event=death&ID=325629 : accessed 14 June 2014)

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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
for
Daniel Leighton

Present-day location of the Methodist Cemetery

Daniel Leighton's Grave
A cracked, sinking flagstone

Hannah Leighton's Grave

Sources:

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.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: #22 Edmund B. Clayton (1833-1864)



Edmund B. Clayton, my 1st cousin 5x removed, was born on this date in 1833, in Freeman, Maine, the third of ten children born to Bartholemew Clayton and Mary Tarr, and their second son.

Edmund stayed close to home in Freeman in his youth, and is enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses. However, as the winds of war began to blow across even that northern country, Edmund made a decision that would decide the course of his short life.

Together with his brother, Collamore, he traveled to nearby Farmington, and there enlisted on November 1, 1861, as a private in Captain Constantine Taylor's Company L of the 1st Maine Cavalry. Less than four months later, on February 22, 1862, Edmund was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Photo credit : Donnie Nunley / Creative Commons

Edmund was wounded on August 20, 1862, at the Battle of Brandy Station, in Virginia. But it was almost two years later, still in Virginia, that Edmund was taken prisoner during the Battle of St. Mary's Church, on June 24, 1864.

Excerpt: History of the 1st Maine Cavalry


The history of the 1st Maine Cavalry during this period of the Civil War recounts the extreme heat and thirst from which both soldiers and horses suffered. It is no wonder, then, that being sent to Andersonville Prison was, for many, a death sentence.

Edmund did not last long at Andersonville. By the time he arrived there, the prison population has risen to over 21,700. He died of scorbutus (often called scurvy), on the 6th of October of 1864. He was 31 years old. 

He is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery.


The Maine Monument at Andersonville
Photo credit: Kevin Frye


There is also a cenotaph planted in the Starbird Corner Cemetery, in Freeman, Maine, just a few paces from my third great grandfather, which I discovered and photographed last summer.



Photo credit:

Union Cavalry
[CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sources:

1850 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M432_253; Page: 229A; Image: 443, Edmund B Clayton.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M653_435; Page: 852; Image: 267, Edmund B Clayton.

A history of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine : from the earliest explorations to the present time, 1776-1885. (Ancestry.com).

Ancestry.com. Andersonville Prisoners of War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Ancestry.com. U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

E.B. Clayton grave marker, Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville (Sumter County), Georgia; courtesy of Kevin Frye, Descendants of Andersonville Prisoners Facebook Group.

E.B. Clayton cenotaph, Starbird Corner Cemetery, Freeman (Franklin County), Maine; photographed by Pamela Schaffner on 5 August 2013.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.

"Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXQC-2MW : accessed 25 May 2014), Edmund B Clayton, 1864.

National Archives and Records Administration; Burial Registers of Military Posts and National Cemeteries, compiled ca. 1862-ca. 1960 ; Archive Number: 44778151; Series: A1 627; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92.

National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

Tobie, Edward P. History of the 1st Maine Cavalry, 1861-1865 (Boston: Press of Emery and Hughes, 1887), pp. 293-300, 633.


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