I will be in Maine during Thanksgiving week this year. Knowing that offices will only be open Monday and Tuesday, I would like to know the best place to focus my search for members of the Leighton family in Kennebec County. I am particularly interested in death record and possible burial location of Benjamin Leighton (1735-1824) and his wife Jane Webber (1742-1823) in Mount Vernon.

Also looking for any information for their daughter-in-law Esther Tibbetts Leighton (husband: Ephraim Leighton Sr). The only known information where Esther is named is in her 1789 marriage record (Rome) so I'd like to find a birth record (circa 1770) so I can confirm her parentage and/or a death record. She is accounted for in the 1830 census (Parkman) but absent in the 1840 census (Augusta). Over time, the family is found in Augusta, Rome, Mount Vernon and Parkman (Somerset). Other members of her family, her husband and some of her children are buried together in Augusta but she is not there.

I have visited the village of Mount Vernon before but not for research and I am unsure if I should focus in-person record search in the town in question, at the county or state level.

Can someone comment on any of this and how best to target the research for the best use of my time during this visit.

Thanks in advance!

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