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fered irnprisonment in the tower for his at-
tacks upon Episcopacy. His son Robert, the
good archbishop of Glasgow, reflected lustre
upon the name. No attempt has been made to
connect the .American family with the English
or Scotch original. There is a tradition that
the family came to America from Devonshire
(Tiverton), but its authority is very question-
able. The name is scarcely known in that
part of England, but for several centuries in



Shropshire arid in Yorkshire* a name of im-
portance, and the emigrants to America prob-
ably came from one of those comities or from
Scotland, though it is quite possible that one
of the western counties (probably Deconshiro)
was the place of embarkation.

"Captain William Leighton. born about 1625,
came to America and settled in Kittery, Maine,
about 1650. Of his origin and his relation to
other persons of the same name who came
about the same time, there are conflicting tra-
ditions, the truth of any of which must re-
main matter of surmise or conjecture. One is
that he was one of three brothers who emi-
grated' from England prior to 1650. The eld-
est, John, settled at Saco ; the second, Thomas,
at Dover; and the youngest. William, at Kit-
tery. It is certain that he was a shipmaster,
and had possibly made voyages to New Eng-
land before he finally settled there. There is
a tradition that he was taken from a wreck at
sea and carried to Kittery." Another tradi-
tion, which seems to be authenticated, is that
his father had been an officer in the parlia-
mentary army, but we have no authoritative
information as to his Christian name or his
rank or the regiment in which he served. He
settled in that part of the town then called
Kittery Foreside, afterwards Crooked Lane,
where he received a grant of land from the
town, June 13, 1659, containing nineteen acres
extending twenty poles on the water frontage,
and lying on the west side of Richard Abbott's
land, 104 poles. He seems to have been a man
of considerable intelligence and fair education,
and for a young man to have taken an im-
portant part in the infant colony. Very soon
after he received his grant, he removed to
Watt's Fort, called since that time Leighton's
Fort, in Eliot (then Kittery). He died in
166&. He married, 1656, Katherine, daugh-
ter of Nicholas Frost, of Kittery. She was
born August, 1633, at Tiverton, England, and
died in Kittery, August 15, 1715. Widow
Leighton married (second) Major -Joseph
Hammond, of Kittery, by whom she had two
children. The children of Captain William
and Katherine (Frost) Leighton were : ■Mary,
William, John and Elizabeth. From John, the
son who attained adult age, are descended most
of the Leightons of INIaine.

(I) Adam Leighton was born in Falmouth,
December 30, 181 1, and resided in West Fal-
mouth, where he was engaged in farming. He
married, May 24. 1837, Julia Ann, born in
Falmouth, February 26, 1816, daughter of
Silas and Abigail (Roberts) Leighton, of Fal-

mouth. Of this marriage five children were

(II) Wilbur Fiske, .son of Adam and Julia
.■\nn (Leighton) Leighton, was born at West
Falmouth, April 11, 1845, ^'I'l was educated in
the public schools at Falmouth. He married,
November 18, 1869. Abby Frances, born in
Gray, April 18, 1846, daughter of Robert and
Elizabeth (Morgan) Barbour, of Gray.
Children : Charles M., Anngie Maud, Lucy,
Barbour, Chester .\dam, Wilbur Fiske Jr. and

(III) Dr. Charles Milton, .son of Wilbur F.
and Abby Frances (Barbour) Leighton, was
born in Osage, Iowa, July 8, 1870, and re-
ceived his literary education in the public
schools of Portland, graduating from the
Portland high school in 1890; graduated from
Bowdoin College 1894. Subsequent to this he
entered the Maine Medical College at Bruns-
wick, from which he received the degree of
M. D. in 1897. This was followed by one
year's service as house surgeon at Maine Gen-
eral Hospital, and at the present time is a
member of its surgical staff. In i8y8 he be-
gan his course as a general practitioner of
medicine in Portland, where he has made rapid
progress in his profession. He was made city
physician in 1899 and held that office three
terms. In 1902 he was appointed to a place on
the board of health, of which he was after-
ward chairman for several terms. During the
time he filled that office he eliminated many
objectionable features in the management of
the work of the board and instituted much
needed reforms. Dr. Leighton is a member of
the Cumberland County Medical Association,
the Maine Medical Association, the American
]\Iedical Association, the American Academy
of Science, and of the Portland Medical Club,
the Pathological Club and also of Portland
Lodge, No. I, Free and Accepted Masons. In
political faith he is a Republican, and religious
belief an Episcopalian.

He married; January 6, 1902, Nellie G., born
in Portland, I\Iay 10. 1870, daughter of John
Fox and Georgianna (Chandler) Sherry, the
former a native of England and the latter of
Portland. They have two children : Lawrence
Brock, June 11, 1904, and William Fiske 2nd,
December 11, 1906.

Leighton is an old English
LEIGHTON surname. The original fam-
ily of this name had its seat
at Leighton in Shropshire, prior to the Con-
quest (1066). The name is identical with



Lavton. which is still in use by some branches
of the family. T!ie progenitor was Rainald,
mentioned in Domesday Book as tenant of
Lestone, or Leighton. The family took the
name of the place as a surname when th.e cus-
tom of having hereditary surnames came into
fashion in the twelfth century. The principal
seat of the present English family is Loton, in
Shropshire. The lineage is traced to Totilus
de Leton, who was mentioned in Domesday
Book, through his grandson Sir Titus de
Leigliton, knight of the Sepulchre, joint
founder of tlie Abbey of Buildwas, Salop. Sir
Richard de Leighton had a reconveyance of
the Manor of Leighton from William Fitz
Allan soon after the Conquest.

(I) Thomas Leighton. immigrant ancestor,
was doubtless a descendant of the ancient
Shropshire family. lie was born in England
in 1604, and died January 22, 1671. He came
to New England in 1633, and settled on a lot
bought of Captain Wiggin, on Back river,
Dover, New Hampshire, bounded also by a
lot of John Dam's and the lane to Back Cove.
He had grants of land from the town from
time to time. In 1630 he received one hun-
dred acres. His home was at Dover Neck.
His will was dated September 21, 1671 ; proved
June 25, 1672. It calls Thomas his only son
and heir. Children : Thomas, mentioned be-
low; Mary, married Thomas Roberts: Daugh-
ter, married Deacon John Hall ; Elizabeth,
married (first) Philip Cromwell, (second)
Philip Chesley; Sarah, died unmarried, 1672.

(II) Thomas (2), son of Thomas (i)
Leighton, was born about 1635. He died in
1710, at Dover, where he lived. He was ad-
mitted a freeman May 15, 1672. His wife was
a daughter of Hatevil Nutter, a prominent
man among the Dover pioneers. Children :
Thomas ; Elizabeth ; John, mentioned below.

(III) John, son of Thomas (2) Leighton,
was born about 1675. He married Sarah

. Children: i. John, born about 1705;

settled in Newington ; married, November,
1728, .\bigail Ham; ten children. 2. Lydia,
born February 19, 1705, at Dover. 3. Thomas

(?), married Susannah ; had a large

family at Dover. 4. David, mentioned be-

(IV) David, son or nephew of John Leigh-
ton, was born about 1725. He settled at
Rochester, New Hampshire, a town adjoin-
ing Barrington, in which John and Susanna
Leighton, presumably his parents, were bap-
tized July 26, 1738. L^n fortunately the Bar-
rington records are nearly all destroyed. Sarah
and Lydia, probably sisters, were baptized.

adults, and owned the covenant at Barrington,
-January 10, 1741. David was also an adult
when baptized, September 22, 1754, at the same
time that his wife renewed the covenant with
the Rochester Church. One of the children
of David was baptized at a '"lect" at the house
of John Leighton, who must have been living
in Rochester, or near the line. David named
his first son John for his father, and daughter
Sarah for his mother. His son Jacob was
named for Jacob Chamberlain, of his wife's
family. She had a brother Jacob, born in
Dover, June 25, 1738. David married at Do-
ver, December 19, 1731, Ann Chamberlain.
Children, baptized at Rochester: i. Dolly,
born 1754 (had an aunt Dorothy Chamber-
lain), baptized September 22, 1754; married
February 29, 1726. 2. John, baptized April 13,
^75S- 3- Sarah (twin), baptized June 23,
1756, at house of John Leighton. 4. Hannah,
baptized June 23, 1756, at house of John
Leighton. 5. Jacob, baptized July 31, 1757:
mentioned below. 6. Samuel (?), baptized
July 31, 1757. 7. William (named for his
grandfather Chamberlain), baptized Septem-
ber g, 1764; had son John. 8. Elizabeth, bap-
tized February i, 1767. 9. Anna, baptized
July 7, 1771. 10. Moses, baptized Mav 19,

(\ ) Jacob, son of David Leighton, was
baptized in Rochester, New Hampshire, July
31, 1757. He was a soldier in the revolution,
from Rochester or vicinity, in Captain Joseph
Badger's company, in the expedition to Can-
ada in 1775. He removed to New Durham,

New Hampshire. He married Mary .

According to the federal census of 1790, Ja-
cob Leighton, of New Durham, had in his
family six females and no sons. The birth
record shows that he had had four daughters.
Perhaps one of the females necessary to make
the coimt six was his mother or mother-in-
law. Children, recorded from New Durham:
I. Betty or Betsey, born January 3, 1782; mar-
ried. April 23, 1 801, Jeremiah Edgerly, of New
Durham, born May 13, 1778. (Several of this
Edgerly family settled at Corinna, Maine,
whither the Leightons also went.) 2. Mary,
born March 10, 1784. 3. Nancy, May 31,
1786. 4. Dorothy, June 28, 1788. 5. Jacob,
February 6, 1791 ; mentioned below. 6. Ly-
dia C, April 6, 1793. 7. Rhoda. September 11,
1795. 8. Ephraim, November 8, 1798. 9.
Hannah E., September 26, 1801.

(VI) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (i) and
Mary Leighton, was born February 6, 1791,
in New Durham, New Hampshire, where he
resided until the latter part of the year 1822,



whtn he removed to Exeter, Elaine, a pioneer
settlement. Here he built himself a log house
with the aid of friends from his native town
who settled there about the same lime and
cleared up a farm. A few years later he re-
turned to New Hampshire and settled in the
town of Milton, w^here he passed the remainder
of his life. He was a kind and sympathetic
man, often going many miles to assist those in
trouble or distress, and was also very jovial,
fond of a good story, full of jokes, and very
social in his nature. He entertained a great
deal for his day, and was usually found in at-
tendance at picnics, husking parties and other
social gatherings. Ke served as soldier in
the war of 1812, and received a pension for
his service during his last years. He married
Februar}- 2. 1812, Sophia , born Febru-
ary 23. 1792, died February 28, 1854, in Exe-
ter, Alaine. Sometime after her death, Mr.
Leighton married a widow, Mrs. Mary ( Pollv )
Glidden. His children born of the first wife
were : Alfred, Jacob, John, Rhoda E., Mary,
Frank, Charles and Sophia. Tiie last named
is the only one now living, being the wife of
Ira B. Quint, of Farmington, New Hamp-

(VH) Alfred, eldest child of Jacob (2)
and Sophia (Emerson) Leighton, was born
December 28, 1812, in New Durham, New
Hampshire, and resided in Exeter and Cor-
inna, Maine. He married, August 10, 1834,
Dorcas Le Barron, whose ancestors were
French Huguenots.

(Vni) Llewellyn Morse, son of Alfred
Leighton, was born at Exeter, Maine, October
9, 1850. He was educated in the public schools
and lived at Exeter, Corinna and Portland,
Maine. He began life as a farmer, in Exeter,
but in 1875 moved to Portland, Maine, and
became an architect and builder. He then en-
gaged in the furniture business at Portland,
but for the past ten years has devoted his at-
tention to the development of outlying property
about the city. He lives at Portland. He mar-
ried Annie Hinckley Stone, born August 12,
1854, daughter of Alfred Montgomery Stone,
of Corinna. Her mother was Nancy (Atkins)
Stone, born at Milford, Maine, daughter of
Nathaniel Atkins, of Castine, Maine, a sea
captain of note. The Atkins family had large
claims against the government in what are
called the French spoliation cases, but have
never recovered for the losses. Captain At-
kins was a soldier in the w-ar of 1812. Chil-
dren: Marshall O. and Florence (Leighton)
Johnson, born September 24, 1882.

(IX) Marshall O., son of Llewellyn ^lorse

Leighton, was born in Corinna, Penobscot
county, Maine, May i, 1874. He attended the
public schools of Portland, Maine, and pre-
pared for college in the Portland high school,
He graduated from the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology with the degree of S. B.
in the class of 1896. After graduation he be-
came liealtli ollicer of Montclair, New Jersey,
and performed the duties of that oftke in con-
nection with consulting practice for six years.
He then qualified by civil service examination
and was appointed hyurographer of the United
States Geological Survey in Washington, in
1902. He was promoted to the oifice of chief
h\ drographer in igo6, a position which he
fills at the present time. In May, 1906, he was
appointed one of the commissioners of the state
of New Jersey to investigate and propose a
remedy for the disastrous floods of the Pas-
saic river. He is consulting hydrographer for
the United States Inland Water Ways Com-
mission. During a pan of his service
in the Geological Survey he was given
special assignments to difficult work in the
United States Reclamation Services, in connec-
tion with the irrigation of the arid West. He
has given the greater part of his time in the
government service to the study of the de-
velopment of water supplies, with especial ref-
erence to tlood preveniioii, water power, irri-
gation, navigation and municipal supply. On
these subjects he is regarded as an authority,
and is much engaged as a public lecturer upon
the more popular features thereof.

He is a member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers ; of the .American Water-
works Association ; New England Water
W'orks Association ; of the National Geogra-
phic Society ; of the Washington Society of
Engineers. In politics he is a Republican, in
religion an Episcopalian. He belongs to the
University Club, of W'ashington, D. C, and
to Montclair Lodge of Free ^.lasons, of Mont-
clair, New Jersey. He resides at 1330 F
Street, N. W., Washington. He married, Oc-
tober I, 1S96, Claude Augusta Hawkins, of
Portland, Maine, born February 2, 1875,
daughter of Lorenzo Plaisted and Helen
(Reed) Hawkins. Her father was a native of
Durham, New Hampshire, resident of Port-
land ; her mother was born at Lynnfield, Mas-
sachusetts. They have one child, Helen Reed,
born October 9. 1907.

Jonathan Leighton came

LEIGFITON from Scotland to Yarmouth

(Portland), Maine, and he

received the cognomen "leather-pockets."



Hatevil Lei.efhton, with liis wife, two sons and
seven daugliters, lived in Dennysville and Pem-
broke about 1790, and may have been his
brother, as the family settled in Washington
county, Maine. Children : Mark, Jonathan,
Daniel, Hatevil and others.

(II) Mark, son of Jonathan Leighton, immi-
grant, was born in Steuben, Maine, in 1760,

and died in i8j?o. He married Sallie ;

children: i. Elislia, married Betsey Parker;
children : Fr.-.ncis and Belhia. 2. Warren, see
forward. 3. Sewell. married Barbara Grun ;
children: David, \\'ilson and Elizabeth. 4.
Freeman. 3. Sally, married James G. Parker ;
children: Freeman. Frank, Daniel and Mary
Parker, all deceased. 6. Lydia. married John
Stewart : children : Philena, Atkins, Matilda,
Arthur, John E. and George Stewart. 7.
Xaomi, married James Clark ; children : Ab-
bott, Frank, Freeman, Belinda anfl Linda
Leighton Clark.

(HI) Warren, son of Mark and Sallie
Leighton, was born in Steuben, Maine, June
22, 1800, died in Millbridge. 1889. He learned
the trade of joiner and carpenter, and besides
working at his trade he also conducted a gen-
eral country store, was justice of the peace
and town surveyor. He was not a professional
lawyer, but was entrusted with most of the law
business of the town, as well as that of the ad-
joining town of Millbridge. He married Joan,
daughter of Reuben and Ann Dyer ; she was
born in Steuben in 1804 and died there in 1879.
Children: i. Sarah A., deceased; was wife of
Isaac Blaisdell. 2. Gilbert N., deceased: mar-
ried Mary Whitney. 3. Pillsbury S., deceased;
married Isabella Strout. 4. Marian H., mar-
ried Charles F. Pray. 5. Lincoln Howe, see

(IV) Lincoln Howe, son of Warren and
Joan (Dyer) Leighton, was born in Steuben,
Washington county, Maine, July g, 1835. Af-
ter attending the public school of his native
town, he learned the trade of ship carpenter
and joiner and has followed that occupation all
his life. He removed from Steuben to Mill-
bridge in 1849, and was collector of taxes for
the township for two years, supervisor of
schools and a member of the board of select-
men. He served the state as a repre.sentative
m the state legislature 1869. His fraternal
affiliation is with the Order of Free and Ac-
cepted Masons, and he was made worshipful
master of Pleaidcs Lodge, of Millbridge, hav-
ing been a charter member of this lodge. He
was advanced seven degrees in masonry and
was elected a member of Washington Chapter
Royal Arch Masons. He is a workino- mem-

ber of the Prohibition party, and his religious
faith made him independent of denominational
sects. He married, July 18, 1884, Fannie E.,
daughter of Hiram Tibbets, of Charleston,
Maine. No children.

Bailey as a word is derived
BAILEY through. the French bailie, from
the mediaeval Latin ballium,
which is a corruption of the Latin vallum, a
rampart. The bailey was the whole space en-
closed within the external walls of a castle
with the exception of that covered by the keep.
Sometimes this space consisted of several
courts, divided from each other by embattled
walls, so as to form a series of fortifications.
When those courts were two in number, they
were known as the outer and inner bailey.
The bailey was often of great extent, contain-
ing the barracks of the soldiers, lodgings for
the workmen and artificers, magazines, wells
and chapels, and sometimes even a monastery.
Philip James Bailey, author of the well-known
poem, "Festus," and a native of Nottingham,
England, says : "The name is of Kelto-British
origin, and signifies a keep or tower, or mural
fortification as the names of S. Peter's le
Bailey (or in the Bailey) of Oxford; the Old
and New Bailey, London ; the Bailey Tower,
Howth Hill, Dublin ; and other places suffi-
ciently show." The patronymic is evidently
derived from bailiff, the keeper or superin-
tendent of the bailey, a name which in time
came to be applied to a place of confinement.

The Baillies of Georgia, however, who in-
termarried with the Bullochs, to which family
President Roosevelt's mother belonged, give a
diflferent origin to the name. They claim that
it is corrupted from Baliol, a powerful and
eminent family in the early days of England
and Scotland, closely related to the kings, John
and Edward Baliol, but eventually siding with
the Scottish king. David IL The name was
changed from Baliol to Baillie to escape the
wrath of Edward First of England, who was
incensed against the family ; and also to dis-
tinguish them from the Scottish kings. Baliol
is evidently of French origin, for among the
companions of William the Conqueror we find
Renaud de Bailleul. In the reign of William
Rufus Guy de Baiiiol had a grant from the
crown of the barony of Biweld in the county
of Northumberland. From him is directly de-
scended John de Baliol, founder of Baliol Col-
letje, Oxford. Alexander de Baliol. brother of
John, was grand chamberlain of Scotland in
1292, and from him the Baillies of Lamington,
Dunain and all of the name in Scotland are



descended. In 1735 Kenneth Raillie of the
Dunain family was an ensign in the Darien
Company of Rangers in Georgia, and went on
an expedition with General Oglethorpe against
the Spaniards in Florida. He was captured
and sent to Spain, but subsequently returned
where he became a landed proprietor and colo-
nel of the Second Southern Regiment. His
sons did good service in the revohition.

In France the name is still spelled Daily ; in
Scotland, Baillie ; while in England and Amer-
ica, Baily, Bailey and Bayley are most com-
mon. There are two distinct coats-of-arms.
That of the Bailey family consists of a bezant,
or gold coin, on a fesse between three njartlets
(flying swallows) giiks. The crest is a demi-
lady, holding in her dexter hand a tower, and
in sinister, a branch of laurel. The Baillie
escutcheon is as different as possible. The
shield has nine mullets or five-pointed stars,
supported by two boars rampant; and the crest
is a boar's head. The motto is : "Quid clarius
astris" — What is more glorious than the
stars ?

(I) Thomas Bayley, of Wessagussett, ad-
mitted freeman in Massachusetts Colony, May
13, 1640, was the first by the name of Bayley
that we find settled in New England. Wlien
he came or how he came we have no record.
He was very early in Wessagussett, and had
probably pre-empted land some years prior to
the incorporation of the land as Weymouth, in
1633. W'hether he came in the Weston Colony
in 1622, or in the Gorges Company in 1623, or
whether he came from Weymouth, England, in

1624, or from \"irginia, there is no way to de-
termine. Flis farm and home place of twenty-
five acres was located on the southerly side of
Kiiig Oak Hill; and in iSgg the cellar hole
of his house was still visible. He was a man
of integrity and influence, and was several
times chosen to appraise estates. In March,
1655, he and William Chard were elected con-
stables to serve for the ensuing year. Thomas
Bayley died in 1681, probably at an advanced
age, and it is thought that he was buried in
the Old North cemetery at North Weymouth.
The name of his wife is unknown, and she
probably died before him, as no mention of her
is made in the will probated May 10, 1681.
Children: i. John, whose sketch follows. 2.
Thomas, married Ruth Porter, September 19,

1660. 3. Samuel, married Mary , and

died in 171 1. 4. Esther, married John King,
of Weymouth.

(II) John, eldest son of Thomas Bayley,
was born at Weymouth, ^Massachusetts, about

1625, and died at Freetown, Massachusetts,

June 22, 1686. He was made freeman in
Massachusetts Colony, May 23, 1673, and was
a non-commissioned officer in some of the early
military companies of Weymouth. We find
that Corporal John Bayley was chosen fence
viewer for Weymouth in 1664-67 and 1674-75,
and on March 7, 1669-70, he was chosen way
warden. In 1675-76, during King Philip's
war, he had received another military promo-
tion, for we find "Sergent John Bayley Com-
missioner from Weymouth to Boston twice."
In 1683, at the opening up of lands in Free-
town, Massachusetts, John Bayley, of Wey-
mouth, and Thomas Drake bought land and re-
moved there about 1685. The maiden name
of John Bayley 's wife is unknown, hut her
given name was Hannah. Children: i. John
(2), whose sketch follows. 2. Thomas, who
was killed in King Philip's war in 1675. He
was a young man of much promise, and was
killed with the flower of Essex county in the
battle of Bloodv River, between Deerfield and

(Hi) John (2), eldest son of John (i)
and Hannah Bailey, was born probably in
Weymouth. He moved thence to Scituate,
Massachusetts, 1670. He married (first) Jan-
uary 25, 1672, Sarah White and (second) De-
cember 9, 1699. Ruth Clothier. He died 1718.
Children: i. John, born 1673. 2. Sarah, 1675.

3. Mary, 1677, married, 1700, James Berry.

4. Joseph, 1679. 5. Benjamin, 1682, of Marl-
boro, 1713. 6. William, 1685, married, 1714,
Judith Booth. 7. Hannah, born 1687, married,
1714, James Briggs Jr. 8. Samuel, 1690.

(lY) John (3), eldest son of John (2)
and Sarah (White) Bailey, was born in Scit-
uate, Massachusetts, in 1673; was mentioned
in his father's will as "eldest son, John." He
married, February 19, 1700, Abigail, daugh-
ter of Deacon Samuel Clapp. He died at Han-

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