LEIGHTON – John 6th Dragoons

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John Leighton

6th Inniskilling Dragoons

Name LEIGHTON – John
Regiment (s)6th Dragoons
Regiment Number (s) 631
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
1840 / 27th January 1840 / 20 years / Enniskillen Fermanagh Ireland
Boot and Shoe maker
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 10 in
Fresh / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationNone
Length of Service13 years 195 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 9th August 1853 / York Barracks England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Edinburgh Scotland
Pension Districts1853 1st Edinburgh
1856-1898 Western Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem Temporary – 3 years until 1st September 1856
Deferred Pension 5d per diem Permanent – from 27th January 1870
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th June 1856 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RUNNYMEDE 7th September 1856
Date/Place of Birth15th December 1820 Legan Longford Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
SUTHERLAND Margaret
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage21 February 1843 St Cuthberts Church Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Children by 1st WifeJohn B c1844 Sheffield England
M JONES Ann 1868 Western Australia
D 19th February 1914 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Congregational Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Thomas B 1849 Not yet known
D 13 July 1892 Mandurah Western Australia
William B Not yet known
James B 26th February 1855 Edinburgh Scotland (Lighton)
M HOWARD Margaret 5th June 1895 Fremantle Western Australia
D 27th May 1915 Fremantle Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Fremantle Cemetery Western Australia
Margaret B Not yet known
M 1st GRIGSBEY William Baker 1879 Fremantle Western Australia
M 2nd WARD John 1887 Western Australia –see attachment
D 1899 Fremantle Western Australia see attachment
Annie or Ann B 1861 Fremantle Western Australia
M BOYD William 1892 Fremantle Western Australia
D 23 January 1936 Leederville Western Australia
Elizabeth B 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
D 1864 Fremantle Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
SUTHERLAND Patrick
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
John Leighton was employed by the convict Establishment as an assistant warder from 12th September 1856 to 2 January 1859 when he was suspended for negligence, reappointed 26 August 1859 and retired due to ill health (tuberculosis) 15 November 1862 and paid a gratuity of £22 approved 20th August 1863.
He operated a lodging house in Fremantle.
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 11 May 1892 page 2 Death notice Margaret Leighton
The West Australian Wednesday 20 July 1892 page 4 Death Notice of Thomas
The Daily News Monday 17th October 1898 page 2 Funeral notice John Leighton
The West Australian Saturday 28th February 1914 page 15 Obituary John Leighton Jnr
The West Australian Wednesday 29th June 1932 page 7 Obituary for Ann Leighton wife of John
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial17th October 1898 Fremantle Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
10th May 1892
Not yet known
Will or ProbateSROWA Cond 3403/1898/132
On 5 January 1893 John Leighton made his will leaving his entire estate to his son James Leighton and naming him his executor. The estate comprised Fremantle town lot 633 in Grey Street with three small houses erected on it. One with a stone lean-to valued at £986 (nine hundred and eighty six pounds)
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 John Leighton 631 Located Newbridge and Birmingham with 6th Dragoons
1851 Location Dundalk Ireland
1841 Census HO 107/12/36/4 County Barracks Birmingham
John is aged 20 serving with the 6th Dragoons born Ireland
Discharge caused by disease of the lungs ‘apparently Consumption’
The obituary for Ann Leighton wife of John Jnr said she was the gate keeper for the railway crossing from 1881 – 1885 which now bears her name – Leighton Crossing.
There is a profile of this man in EPG Resource Files (History WA Library) written by his grandson William T Leighton.