Robert Hill Cleghorn

b. May 1823, d. 1903
  • Robert Hill Cleghorn was born in May 1823 in Scotland.
  • John Cleghorn and Mary Affegh arrived in the Port of New York on 1 August 1828, accompanied by Robert Hill Cleghorn, James N. Cleghorn, I. Wilson Cleghorn, David S. Cleghorn, James Cleghorn and Elizabeth Adams from Liverpool aboard the ship America. Other Cleghorns on the ship included Thomas (22); William (16), Adam (13), Mary (11) and Christian (9). All were identifified as "belonging in" Ireland (?).
  • John Cleghorn and Mary Affegh arrived circa 1837, accompanied by Robert Hill Cleghorn.
  • He married Margaret Gow circa 1847.
  • Robert Hill Cleghorn and Margaret Gow appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Lewiston, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Ida Cleghorn, John C. Cleghorn, Mary Jean Cleghorn, Margaret Cleghorn, Alexander G. Cleghorn and Robert Cleghorn. Also in the household was one female domestic servant.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1860 census.
  • Robert Hill Cleghorn and Margaret Gow appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Lewiston, New York. Other members of the household included Mary Jean Cleghorn, Margaret Cleghorn, John C. Cleghorn, Alexander G. Cleghorn, Robert Cleghorn, George A. Cleghorn and Maud Cleghorn.
  • Robert Hill Cleghorn became a widower at the 1887 death of his wife Margaret Gow.
  • Robert Cleghorn appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Grant Township, O'Brien County, Iowa, enumerated near the Armstrong family, future husband of brother John's daughterGertrude Cleghorn.. Other members of the household included Robert Hill Cleghorn, Maud Cleghorn. Also in the houehold was niece Georgie Ashby (age 15).
  • He was a retired farmer, according to the 1900 census.
  • Robert Hill Cleghorn died in 1903.
  • He was interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 24 February 1928 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: The People from the Country (signed L. O. M.) . . . There, too, is Robert Cleghorn of the town of Lewiston. He was the father of Ida, now Mrs. James P. Hewett; Jean, who once taught in the Fifth street school and is now in California; Margaret, Maud, John, Alex, and George. Robert Cleghorn was a square, well-built man of considerable energy, his son John having been one of the tallest young men in this locality in those days. . . .
  • The following appeared on 8 May 1941 in The Patriot & Free Press: After an illness of a number of months John C. Cleghorn, a farmer who had resided in the vicinity of Black Creek for many years, died at his home on Jackson Hill last Friday. The funeral was held there Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Clarence B. Gilbert of Cuba Baptist Church with burial in Cuba Cemetery.
         Mr. Cleghorn was born at Lewiston, Sept. 29, 1854, the son of Robert and Margaret Gow Cleghorn, who were natives of Scotland. On April 27, 1887, he was married at Lewiston to Barbara Stahle of Suspension Bridge. They lived at Lewiston and Lockport before removing to this county 35 years ago.
         Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cleghorn: Gertrude, Mrs. Frank Smith, Shinglehouse, Pa; Wallace, Black Creek; Ruth, wife of Dr. E. M. Fainer of Los Angeles, Cal; Harold J., Yorkshire; Laurence E., Rochester; Oliver M., at home; Walter L. (deceased); Robert B., Olean; Ida, Mrs. Hugh Barber, Black Creek. Mr. Cleghorn also leaves 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Five brothers and sisters survive, the eldest being Mrs. Ida Hewitt of Niagara Falls, 92, who attended the funeral; two of Mr. Cleghorn's family live in Iowa and two in California.
         On April 27 Mr. and Mrs. Cleghorn observed their 54th wedding anniversary, when all their living children and families, except the daughter residing in California, were present.
  • Last Edited: 8 Feb 2014

Family: Margaret Gow b. circa 1830, d. 1887