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Leighton, Samuel



  • Existence: 1740 - 1802

Biographical Note

Samuel Leighton was born in 1740 in Kittery, Maine, to John and Mary Hill Leighton. In 1767, he married Abigail Frost and together they had nine children. He was a farmer. Leighton enlisted in the army on May 3, 1775 during the American Revolution and, at the request of Joseph Warren, an American doctor and Patriot, raised a company to fight. Leighton served as captain of this company, part of Colonel James Scamman's Thirtieth Regiment of Foot, and fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. In 1776, as the captain of the York County company in Colonel Ebenezer Francis' militia regiment, he served at the garrison at Dorchester Heights. Leighton became second major to the Seventh Company, in the Second York County militia regiment under Colonel Ichabod Goodwin on June 10, 1778. He died in 1802.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Samuel Leighton papers


The papers contain accounts of soldiers' wages, a supply dispersal list, and muster rolls, all pertaining to Samuel Leighton’s time serving as a captain in the American Revolution. Leighton’s account book of wages and goods purchased is included.

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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1775 - 1776