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View Tree for William Raymond LeggettWilliam Raymond Leggett (b. 28 February 1873, d. 24 November 1942)

William Raymond Leggett (son of John Coxe Leggett) was born 28 February 1873, and died 24 November 1942.

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One of the Most Wonderful Regions in the World

AND PEOPLE, 1821-1921

Written by a Native, the Son of Natives, and the Grandson of Pioneers
Postmaster of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

For Thirty Years a Niagara County Newspaper Man, President of the
Niagara Frontier Historical Society, and Three Times Elected
President of the Niagara County Pioneer Association




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WILLIAM R. LEGGETT, who is an enterprising, successful farmer and representative citizen of the town of Lewiston, belongs to one of the old and substantial families that have had much to do with the solid upbuilding of Niagara county. Mr. Leggett was born in the town of Lewiston, on what was known as the Cook farm, Feb. 28, 1873.

Gabriel Leggett, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of William R., said to have been born in England in 1635, settled about 1661 in West Farms, Westchester county, N. Y., and about 1676 married Elizabeth, daughter of John Richardson, an Englishman, who was a patentee of West Farms in 1664. This patent comprised over 1,500 acres of land now located in the borough of the Bronx, New York City. Gabriel Leggett died in the year 1700 at West Farms. He had four sons: John, Thomas, William and Gabriel.

William Leggett, the great-great-great-grandfather of William R., was born at West Farms, Sept. 1, 1691, and died there May 26, 1763. He was a sea captain and served as alderman and mayor of the borough, town of Westchester. His first wife, Sarah, whom he married about 1713 or 1714, was born in 1692 and died at West Farms, Aug. 30, 1744. His second wife, Abigail, whom he married at West Farms, April 13, 1745, was born July 3, 1728, and died at West Farms, June 2, 1813. There were three sons in the family: William, Abraham, and John.

William Leggett, the great-great-grandfather of William R., was born at West Farms, March 26, 1715, and removed to Phillipsburgh, Westchester county, where he owned land and died in the spring of 1763. He and his wife, Elizabeth, whom he married about 1735, had five sons: Elijah, who was born in 1737 and married Sarah Angevine; Ezekiel, who was born in 1736 and married Jane Angevine; William, Isaac and John.

John Leggett, the great-grandfather of William R., was born in Westchester county, N. Y., Aug. 14, 1749, and died Nov. 9, 1797. He married, but his wife's name is unknown. He was a farmer and lived at Harlem, New York City, in 1784, and also in 1790, when, according to the first United States Census, he had two sons and two daughters living with him. He kept a tavern at McGowan's Pass, Harlem, now in or near the upper part of Central Park, New York City, known as Leggett's Tavern. Bolton, the historian of Westchester county, says he had sons, Elijah and Ezekiel.

Elijah Leggett, the grandfather of William R., was born July 1, 1778, probably at Harlem, New York City, and died in Niagara county; April 28, 1856. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, during which he was stationed at Fort Niagara. He married about 1830, Rutha Coxe, widow of Richard Cuddaback, who removed from Wantage, Sussex county, N. J., about 1815. There were three children in the family; John Coxe; Rachel Angevine, who married Henry M. Hunn; and Eliza Ann, who married Joseph Wilbur Ash. Mrs. Hunn stated that her father, Elijah Leggett, had a sister, Mrs. Vail, who lived many years ago in New York City.

John Coxe Leggett, the father of William R., was born in the town of Porter, Niagara county, Feb. 4, 1831, always followed an agricultural live in this county and died Feb. 18, 1907. On Dec. 1, 1853, he married Mary Ann McKim, who was born at Cleveland, Ohio, June 13, 1835, and died June 30, 1895, in the town of Lewiston. Their children who survived infancy were: Ida Bell, Lily May, Benjamin E., Minnie, John Henry and William Raymond.

Ida Bell Leggett was born April 2, 1855, and was twice married. Her first husband was Wesley Crane and their children were as follows: Frank, who lives in Iowa; Nellie, who married R. A. Newman and resides at Niagara Falls; Rose, who is the widow of Herbert Adams, who died in 1913, lives in the town of Porter and has three children, Herbert, Willard and Florence; and one child deceased. To her second marriage, with Isaac Crane, there were born two children, Wilber and Nina. The former lost his life in the World war, falling in Argonne Forest, and now rests in a soldier's grave in France. Nina Crane married Elmer Pedley, of Lewiston, and they have two children, Lamont and Richard.

The second daughter, Lily May Leggett, was born May 2, 1857, and died June 4, 1858. Benjamin E., born Sept. 8, 1859, died July 11, 1862. Minnie, born April 10, 1862, married Clarence Tower, of Niagara Falls, and their children are: Duwayne, who married Hazel Lambert and has a son Duwayne, Jr.; Harold, who is at home; and Clarence, Jr., who married Mabel Patterson, lives at Niagara Falls, and has one daughter, Marjorie. The second youngest son, John Henry Leggett, was born Dec. 21, 1869, and married Emily Taylor of Toronto, Canada, their home being now in the city of New York. They have had three children: Mazett, who is the wife of Donald Burleson, of Niagara Falls; Louise, who lives at home; and one who died in infancy.

William Raymond Leggett attended the public schools and was seven years of age when his parents settled on his present farm, which has been his home ever since. He has 130 acres of valuable land which he devotes to general farming with the exception of thirty-four acres which he has in fruit. He has always been considered one of the careful and judicious farmers of his town and one of the most enterprising.

On Nov. 12, 1895, Mr. Leggett married Lula G. Shippy, and they have two sons: Durwood Myrl, born Jan. 20, 1897, was married Sept. 28, 1918, to Irene E. Young, and they have a daughter, Dorothy, born Sept. 9, 1919; and Lawrence Raymond, born Aug. 14, 1903. Mr. Leggett and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Ransomville. For over twenty-five years he has been a Mason and belongs to Ransomville Lodge No. 551, F. & A. M. He is also a member of the local Grange. In politics he identified himself early with the Republican party and still believes in its basic principles.

More About William Raymond Leggett:
Burial: North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria, Niagara Co., N.Y..

More About William Raymond Leggett and <Unnamed>:
Marriage: 12 November 1895

Children of William Raymond Leggett are:
  1. +Durwood Myrl Leggett, b. 20 January 1897, d. 10 April 1978.
  2. +Lawrence Raymond Leggett, b. 14 August 1903, d. 20 July 1975.
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