Henry Tibbetts Leighton

Rome, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Death 15 Sep 1854 (aged 58)
Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Burial Portville, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 158164581 · View Source
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Henry was the 2nd of eight children born to Ephraim Leighton and Esther Tibbetts. His siblings: Stephen, Ephraim Jr, Susanna K, Esther, Charlotte, Anna B. and Isaac.

We first find Henry in Olean, New York in the 1820 census as "Henry T Layton." The record is a bit confusing but it looks like there is a female in the household so we assume Henry was married to his first wife, Miriam.

Still living in Olean, the 1830 census shows nine household members. The first recorded child of Henry and Miriam was born in 1830 so one might assume that in the previous ten years there are other children who may not have survived beyond 1830 and/or other family members might account for the large household. (We know for sure Henry's younger brother, Isaac was there in 1840 because his daughter, Mariam was born there in 1841).

To this point, no 1840 census has been found. But we know something of Henry's life from regional histories: according to "History of Cattaraugus County, New York," by Ellis and Nash, page 409, Henry was living in Portville, and the following details are:
• "The year 1832 found...Henry T. Leighton on lots 23 and 38..."
• elected one of three town constables
• elected town collector, March 6, 1838

Miriam died in 1836 and it seems Henry married Amanda M. Pinkerton* in about 1840 as they had a child in 1841.

* Amanda's maiden name comes from son Walter's Michigan death certificate and also from son, George's 1889 marriage record.

Though we do not know for certain that Henry is buried in this cemetery as we are still looking for documentation, both of his wives are here so it seems reasonable to assume he may be here as well.

Additional information is always welcome. We are also interested in any information on Henry's mother, Esther Tibbetts.

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  • Created by: Gayle
  • Added: 14 Feb 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158164581
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Tibbetts Leighton (4 Sep 1796–15 Sep 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158164581, citing Pine Street Cemetery, Portville, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Gayle (contributor 47223271) .