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John Laughton of Dummerston, Silsby
Posted by: James F. Lawton Date: June 29, 2001 at 06:09:49
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I have made my posts over on "Lawton" Family Geneological Forum as I am of Squire Lawton of Hope Falls, Hamilton County, N.Y., buried with wife Zeruiah in the Old Northville Cemetery, Northville, Fulton County, N.Y. a few miles distance from Hope Falls, and the name has been spelled Lawton without any variance in his line for 150 years. Also, his people from Dummerston, Windam County, Vermont, spelled it Lawton in the l790 Federal Census of that county. Squire was born in 1794 in Jamaica Town, Windham County, Vermont. When Mountpelier, Vermont, had the old book of Jamaica clicked for geneological purposes, the bottom of page four was folded back upon itself and his birth could not be read. Since then page four has been pressed out and encased in plastic and his birth can be read now at the very bottom of the page. The book is kept in the Jamaica town hall. David, father of Squire moved his family to Hadley, Saratoga County, N.Y. about l805. There Squire met Zeruiah Finch and his bible, incorporated into his war of 1812 records in the Archives in Washington, D.C., shows he married Zeruiah in Hadley in l815. He located later in Hope Falls, Hamilton County, N.Y. where he owned a lumber mill and a tannery.....Samuel Laughton Sr. of Dummerston, Windam County, Vermont was the father of David Laughton, father of Squire. John Laughton of Ipswich, Massachusetts was the father of Samuel Laughton of Dummerston and John moved from Massachusetts to Dummerston, Vermont in his older years. He was the son of Priscilla Silsby and great grandson of Henry Silsby Jr, shoemaker and fish net maker, who lived on the coast at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, who distaff on his fathers mothers side was of the Rand family. Henry Silsby Jr. was the greatgrandfather of John Laughton of Dummerston. The Ipswich town records in the plural note young boy John Laughton (born in the very early 1700s) great grandson of Henry Silsby Jr. and John Laughtons mother Priscilla Silsby, grandaughter of Henry Silsby Jr., as living with Henry at his cottage on the Ipswich coast. Henry is noted as being venerable. The name of John Laughtons mother is given as Priscilla Silsby and not Priscilla Laughton, so a likelyhood is she first married a Laughton and had John, and her first husband died, and she second married a cousin by the name of Silsby. Whether he died or was out at sea is not known. The Ipswich town records do not give marital status and are simply of town business. A sister of Henry Silsby Jr., Hanna Silsby, had married more than two decades earlier Thomas Laughton Jr., of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts and in l682 John Laughton was born of this marriage. Hanna, his mother died in the mid 1680's. John Laughton born 1682 is a candidate for the first husband of Priscilla Silsby and there are others. Hanna Silsby Laughton, sister of Henry Silsby Jr., is often mistakingly believed to be the mother of John Laughton of Dummerston. John Laughton of Dummerston, married in Massachusetts, Mary Crawford, daughter of Aron Crawford and Agnes Wilson, both born County Tyrone, Ireland in 1677, and both died in the later half of the mid l700s in Rutland, Massachusetts. You may want to look at my Lawton (Laughton) posts over on the Lawton Family Geneological Forum. Recently descendents of Amos Laughton, brother of Squire and descendents of other siblings of Squire, came up with the theory that John Lawton did not marry Mary Crawford but instead married a daughter of the wealthy Massachusetts sea captain, Samuel Graves. I do not know. They may not like Woodrow Wilson. In any case they had this new geneology published on Minas Page.


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