Showing posts with label Leighton Cynthia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Leighton Cynthia. Show all posts

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.


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 ( : 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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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Enoch's Grave ~ Sunday's Obituary

It all began innocently enough. Another grave to find, in another small Maine town. The Falmouth Historical Society proving not only to be the most difficult to locate, but the least helpful of those I visited during this trip, I stopped in at the Falmouth Memorial Library.

Having been a town librarian myself, I have a great love and respect for these enclaves of local lore, and Falmouth did not disappoint. There I found a copy of  Death notices from Town of Cumberland, Maine, Annual Reports 1891-1960, wherein I found the listing for my ancestor:

Leighton, Enoch M.   Apr 4, 1926  Falmouth   8o Ys. 6 Ms 18 ds. 

It was off to the Town Office!

The extremely helpful staff there retrieved the 1926 Ledger from the safe upstairs, and there he was:

But, alas, no record of where he was buried.

So, it was back into the Portland Public Library to check the April 4-6, 1926 Press Herald on microfilm for a death notice or an obituary. BINGO!

Portland Press Herald, April 6, 1926, Page Three, col.1

After a brief visit to the Maine Historical Society, it was back in the car to head to Cumberland Center. Having tramped through 3 Falmouth cemeteries last summer, and feeling confident I had not found him there, I walked through the cemetery right where the Tuttle and  Blanchard Roads meet, but to no avail. The graves in there were way too old.  Next it was Moss Side, pictured above, where I again came up empty.  

Then I re-read the death notice from the Press Herald.

Funeral services were at the Universalist Church, Cumberland Center, with interment at Cumberland Center. Could they be referring to the Cemetery, one I referred to as the Universalist Church Cemetery, that I had explored last summer on the Gray Road, where, as it turns out, Enoch' parents are buried?

I never found a headstone in that Universalist Cemetery for Enoch, my Great Great Leighton Grandfather. He may be there with no marker, my hunch about the cemetery could be wrong, or there may be another explanation. But this is not the end of the search!