John Wright Leggett1,2,3

M, b. 5 January 1826, d. 24 December 1887
FatherWilliam Haight Leggett b. 15 Apr 1789, d. 23 Dec 1863
MotherMargaret Peck Wright b. 16 Jan 1794, d. 16 Apr 1878
     John Wright was born on Thursday, 5 January 1826 in Westchester County, New York, at the family home at 23 Rose. He married Mary Elizabeth Huggins on 8 April 1851 at the Trinity Church, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, by Dr. Cromwell at 12:30 pm. 18 July 1860, John and his wife, Mary, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census in Morrisania, Westchester County, New York. Enumerated in this household were John W. Leggett [34 New York - broker], his wife: Mary E. [33 Connecticut], daughter, Fanny [8 New York].4 He made his will 5 April 1885. Leaves all his estate to his wife, Mary E. Huggins. Executors; brother Francis148-g6Le7 W. Leggett, and son-in-law, David F. Porter. Record of probate gives a list of "survivors" as: widow, Mary E; daughters Fannie152-g7Le7 M. Porter, Emily153-g7Le7 (Emilie) S. Leggett, Anna154-g7Le7 B. Leggett, Mary155-g7Le7 H. Leggett, Margaret156-g7Le7 W. Leggett. This would indicate that the eldest daughter, Fannie152-g7Le7, was the only one married at that date, 1888. John departed this life on Saturday, 24 December 1887 in New York. Sudden Death of John W. Leggett.
John W. Leggett of the real-estate firm of Porter & Leggett, No. 73 East One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Street, died suddenly to-day at Fleetwood Park.
[handwritten: 12/24/87]

Among the first persons to go over the new toboggan slide at Fleetwood Park yesterday was John W. Leggett, of the firm of Porter & Co., real estate dealers at 71 East One Hundred and Twenty-fifth-street. When Mr. Leggett reached the foot of the slide, on his second trip, he complained of feeling ill and was helped from his toboggan by Frank Hardy. He was given a glass of brandy, which seemed to revive him, and he was about to ascend the slide again when he staggered and fell into the arms of Mr. Hardy. In a few minutes he died. Coroner Nugent gave a permit for the removal of the body, and it was taken to Mr. Leggett's home at 77 West One Hundred and Twenty-sixth-street, where it was found that death was caused by paralysis of the heart. [handwritten: 1887]

The death of John W. Leggett has cast a gloom over the road in many places, particularly among those who frequent Quinn's Stables on East One Hundred and twenty-fifth-street. Mr. Leggett was one of the oldest of the road-goers, and was known and liked by all of them. Since the death of Shepherd F. Knapp, which occurred a year ago yesterday, none of their number has died who will be more missed. The funeral will take place at 10 A. M. to-morrow from his home, 71 West One Hundred and Twenty-sixth-street. [handwritten: 1887]

LEGGETT.-Suddenly, Dec. 24, JOHN W. LEGGETT in the 53rd year of his age. [handwritten: 1887]
Funeral Services from his late residence, 71 West 126th-st., on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10 A. M. Relatives and friends invited. Interment at Woodlawn private.

Obituaries from the Clapp family Bible, probably pasted by Howard Clapp Leggett.
He was buried at Bronx, Westchester County, New York, in the Woodlawn Cemetery. His will was probated on 12 January 1888.


Mary Elizabeth Huggins b. 12 Apr 1826, d. 13 Mar 1903


  1. [S91] Michigan Daughters of the American Revolution, Old Bible and Other Genealogical Records, Volume 5: page 102; Volume 3 page 38.
  2. [S349] Roeser, & Storck Ferriss, Petition & Order To Show Cause In The Matter Of The Application For The Appointment Of A Trustee To Execute The Power Of Sale Remaining Unexecuted Conferred By The Last Will & Testament Of Thomas Leggett, Deceased, SECOND: A son, JOHN W. LEGGETT, who died December 24th, 1887, being survived by Mary E. Leggett, his wife, who died March 13, 1893, intestate; that the said John W. Leggett did not exercise the power of appointment conferred upon him in and by the said will of his said father, and left him surviving his daughter, Fannie Maria Porter, widow of David F. Porter, deceased, who resides at Number 517 West 113th Street, in the Borough of Manhattan, City and County of New York; Emily S. Leggett, who died June 14th, 1909, unmarried and without issue, and leaving a last will and testament which was duly admitted to probate in New York County but which contains no provision disposing of the real property or any interest therein referred to in Paragraph Fifth of this petition. Anna Leggett Paine, wife of George B. Paine, who resides at Number 13 Henry Street, Ashtabula, Ohio; Mary L. Briggs, wife of Elbert A. Briggs, who resides at New Rochelle, State of New York; and Margaret L. Bingham, wife of Frederick L. Bingham, who resides at The Tracy, 36th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania.
  3. [S106] Howland Delano Perrine, The Wright Family of Oysterbay, L.I. with the ancestry of and descent from Peter Wright and Nicholas Wright, 1423-1923, page 170 - John Wright, b. Jany. 5, 1826; d. Dec 24, 1887 ; in. Mary Elizabeth Huggins, of New Haven, Conn., ApL 8, 1851, b. ApL 12,1826; d. Mcli. 13, 1903. Issue: Fanny Maria, b. Mch. 5, 1852, an. David Fletcher Porter, of Mott Haven, N. Y. City, Aug 13, 1869, b. Dec., 1844, d. Oct 10, 1897, bad issue; Flie Sanford, b. June 30, 1853, d. June 14, 1908, s. p.; Anna Brennan, b. May 2, 1856, in. George Bennett Paine, of Painesville, Ohio, May 18, 1904, b. Sept. 24, 1856, no issue; Mary, b. July 5, 1861, an.. Elbert Austin Briggs, of N. Y. City, Aug. 30, 1882, b. Dec. 30, 1854, had issue; Margaret Wright, b. Mch. 6, 1866, an. Frederick Leander Bingham, of Mott Haven, N. Y. City, Oct 23, 1888, b. Dec. 19, 1865.
  4. [S675] 1860 United States Federal Census: Westchester County, New York - note: he may be living with his brother Thomas. - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.