William Leigh

William Leigh (HM205K)

Location: Tuscumbia, AL 35674 Colbert County
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N 34° 42.003', W 87° 36.62'

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Founder of Leighton

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The town of Leighton was named in honor of the Reverend William Leigh, son and grandson of Revolutionary War veterans. He was born in Amelia County Virginia, Oct 4, 1790 and moved to Alabama about 1823. Leigh settled nearby at "Jeffers Cross Roads" and became a large landowner, pioneer merchant, postmaster, and La Grange College trustee. He was a charter member of Leighton Masonic Lodge No. 43 and served as Grand Master of the Alabama Masons (1833-1835). Leigh was a Missionary Baptist preacher for 63 years and served as pastor and leader in the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association. In 1836, he donated land and helped build a brick meeting house in Leighton for joint use by the Masons, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Cumberland Presbyterians, and others.
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William Leigh was the first postmaster of Leighton (1824-1847) and with William Gregg, operated a storehouse at the cross road under the firm name of William Leigh & Company. He ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature on the Whig ticket in 1840. In 1847, Leigh sold his store, 1800-acre plantation, livestock, and 30 slaves and moved to Kentucky. He soon returned to Alabama, living in Moulton a few years before moving to Florence
where his wife served as a matron at the Florence Synodical College. Leigh died there in Florence, July 31, 1873, and was buried here in the Leigh family graveyard. The Masons erected a monument at his unmarked grave in 1931. The old brick church that he helped built a century earlier was razed about 1948.
HM NumberHM205K
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 444103 N 3839950
Decimal Degrees34.70005000, -87.61033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 42.003', W 87° 36.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 42' 0.18000000000001" N, 87° 36' 37.2" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3202 Old Hwy 20, Tuscumbia AL 35674, US
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