Clara Norton <I>Furness</I> Leigh

Clara Norton Furness Leigh

Birth
Furnessville, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Death 1929 (aged 74–75)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 29, Lot 2605 (her husband's family)
Memorial ID 145809239 · View Source
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Clara and her husband Edward Baker Leigh were cousins on their Leigh side. They shared a great-grandfather, immigrant sea Capt. Thomas Leigh who came from England to old Berwick, Maine.

Clara descended from Capt. Leigh's daughter Martha (who came with her orphaned grandsons to what became Furnessville, Indiana). Clara's husband descended from Capt. Thomas's son Major Thomas Leigh Jr.

The name "Leigh" was a surname, first name and middle name across the combined strands of the Leigh and Furness families, as was "Furness." And first names varied between EdWIN and EdWARD. So it can be challenging to sort people into the right lines and groups.

EdWARD and Clara's surviving child, son EdWIN Furness Leigh, had a name that was a transposition of Clara's father (Edwin Leigh Furness) and paralleled Edward's father (EdWIN Leigh). Adding to the confusion, both Edward and Clara and their son Edwin, had daughters named Lois Atherton Leigh. Clara and Edward's Lois is buried with them in St. Louis, their granddaughter Lois is buried in the Furnessville Cemetery of Clara's parents while that Lois's own parents are buried in California.

Now that the families can be tracked as links in Findagrave, it should become a bit easier to sort them out. There are a couple of Findagrave errors, though, in that mix yet to sort:

This Clara's father-in-law Leigh was reported in his cemetery record as EdWARD when he is EdWIN with a son EdWARD who had a son EdWIN (so easy enough to confuse). And, the Lois Atherton Leigh in Furnessville is identified in her Findagrave memorial as having the surname Furness (also easy enough to do) but her name, actually, was Leigh, with a father whose middle name was Furness.


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  • Created by: Sue Patterson Miller Smith
  • Added: 30 Apr 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 145809239
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clara Norton Furness Leigh (27 Oct 1854–1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 145809239, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Sue Patterson Miller Smith (contributor 47878260) .