b: 1??? - 17??
John was Calum's and Jamie's eight times great grandfather.
The fact that John is the boys' earliest known ancestor is confirmed from two baptismal records from
his son John in which he is noted as John Leich younger, confirming the existence of a John Leich
senior. Nothing else is known of him as yet, though he may be either the John Leich who had a son called John in
Madderty in 1709.
Son of John LEICH:
17?? - 17??
John was Calum's and Jamie's great great great
great great great great grandfather.
The fact that John's father was called John is confirmed
from the baptismal records of two of his children, in which he is noted as John Leitch younger. The naming
pattern also supports the link. However, there is some confusion as to which John Leitch this might have been, and hence where
John junior was born.
It was previously believed from several online compiled sources that John was the son of John
Leitch and Margaret Smith, born in Auchterarder in the 1720s. This belief appears to have stemmed
from the fact that John married Jean
Fenton in Trinity Gask, Perthshire, on July 27th 1739. The OPR entry reads as follows:
June 24 received from Jean Fenton 01 04 00
Litch and Jean Fenton both in this parish proclaimed.
July 2nd the minr was at the Sacrament of Gask. John Litch and
Jean Fenton proclaimed pro 2do (?)
July 8th...John Litch and Jean Fenton both in this parish proclaimed pro 3ho.
27 John Litch and Jean Fenton were married.
The phrase "both in this parish" implies a temporary residence, however, rather than the phrase "of
this parish", implying origin. It is possible that the couple married in Trinity Gask perhaps as the parish of origin for
Jean, and that the couple then moved to Madderty, where their own childen were born. Madderty may well have been John's
home parish, a fact that gains more potential weight when the discovery of a John Leich, born in the parish
in 1713, is taken into account:
Sab August 30th John Leich in Ardunnie had a child baptized.
With this new possibility now located, a serious doubt is now established
in the birth of John to Margaret Smith - not least of which because no actual record of birth can be found! The previous research
located online believed that John was in fact misrecorded as James in an OPR entry from 1722, but subsequent
research has shown that Margaret had a second child called James in 1727, implying that the first had died
CHILDREN of JOHN LEITCH and JEAN FENTON:
21/12/1740 (GROS: 378/1)
1740 Sab, Janet and John Litch in Muirmonth had a child
baptised named John.
c: 18/4/1742 (GROS: 378/1) m: 24/3/1771
to Peter McEwan
John Leitch younger in Muirmonth had a child baptised named
c: 30/11/1744 (GROS: 378/1)
1744, John Litch younger in Muirmonth had a child baptised
All of the kids were born in Muirmonth in Madderty, Perthshire, hence John and Jean obviously
18/4/1742 - ????
Janet was Calum's and Jamie's great great great
great great great grandmother.
Janet was born in Muirmonth, Perthshire. Her surname
is spelt differently in different document sources as Leitch, Litch and Leetch.
Janet married Peter McEwan on 24th March 1771 in Trinity Gask, Perthshire. The OPR for Trinity Gask recorded the proclamations (GROS:
Sabbath March 24: Received for proclamation
money from Peter McCouan in the parish of Madertie and Janet Litch in thy parish two shillings sterling. Peter McCouan and
Janet Litch proclaimed pro 1mo.
Sabbath March 31...Peter McCouan and Janet Litch proclaimed pro 2do.
Aprile 7th...Peter McCouan and Janet Litch proclaimed pro 3ho.
CHILDREN of JANET LEETCH
and PETER McEWAN:
17 Jan 1772
Jean was born in Madderty, Perthshire.
c: 17 Jan 1774 d:1840
Peter was born in Madderty, Perthshire.
c: 10 May 1776 d: 1853
William was born in Madderty, Perthshire.
c: 15 Aug 1778 d: 1853 (approx)
Andrew was born in Madderty, Perthshire.
c: 28 Jan 1781 d: ????
Calum's and Jamie's great great great great great grandmother - see
Recently, contact was made with Gregg Morrison in Australia, who is Calum's and Jamie's eighth cousin. Gregg traces his ancestry back to Peter
McEwen, whilst Calum and Jamie trace their line through to Janet McEwen. And contact has also been
established with Anne Crook in Perthshire, who traces her family back to Andrew McCewan,
making her Calum's and Jamie's fifth cousin twice removed.
Anne's research can be seen at the Church
of Latter Day Saints website, whilst Gregg has an amazing family
website, of which the McEwan section can be viewed at the following link:
Gregg's McEwan links
Connecting to Calum and Jamie
Janet Leetch married Peter McEwen in 1771
Janet McEwen, married Andrew Henderson in 1809
Daughter, Janet Henderson, married James Rogers
Janet Rodger, married William Hay Paton
Son, David Hepburn Paton, married Jessie McFarlane in 1889
Charles Paton, married Jane Currie in 1934
Son, Colin Paton, married Charlotte Harper Graham in 1969
Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000
Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton