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Zeruviah Finch, wife of Squier Laughton
Posted by: James F. Lawton Date: July 07, 2001 at 07:29:31
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Disregard the posting of Mina Ostergard (who is proprietor of "Minas Page" on geneology on the web) on Zeruviah Finch who married in l818 an unknown Laughton of Hope, Hamilton County, N.Y., who was born in Jamaica, Windham, N.Y., and whose father was David Laughton of Edinburgh, N.Y......the correct spelling is Zeruiah Finch or simply Sarah Finch and she married the unknown Laughton who is not unknown at all but whose name is Squire Laughton (Lawton) in 1815 in Hadley, N.Y. He was born 1794, and his birth is at the very bottom of page 4 of the Jamaica Town, Windham County, Vermont, Town Book, the page which is now encased in plastic. He was not born in Windham, Jamaica, N.Y. as Mina Ostergard gives..........the geneology of the lumberman Squire Laughton, my great great great grandfather, has been well documented with the highest level of records for decades, and photocopies of the family bible purchased by Squire Laughton in the 1840s gives Zeruiahs exact month and day of marriage to Squire Laughton in Hadley, Saratoga County, N.Y., in 1815 and when their first son George, who died as a baby, was born and in order the other children born. No other records exist of the marriage of Squire Laughton to Zeruiah Finch with exception of this family bible, the original transcription which is in the the Federal Archives in Washington, D.C. incorporated into the War of 1812 service records of Squire Laughton. Additionally the DAR in Washington, D.C., has a copy of the bible, and it is in other geneological libraries additionally. Additionally, Zeruiahs date of death is not unknown. She is buried with Squire in the Old Northville Cemetery, Northville, N.Y. and her name, birth and death at age 86 is recorded. The gravestone is impressive. Squire settled at Hope Falls, Hamilton County, N.Y. in 1835, at the center of the community where the bridge is located, formerly the Old Lawton Bridge. The bridge was on the War of 1812 highway and began as an indian trail and in old Dutch times was known as the smugglers trail to Montreal, up the west branch of the Hudson, the west branch now known by another name, the main trail being up the central Hudson. It remained the smugglers train untill it became the War of 1812 highway. After that and before it was one of the main routes of the underground highway for smuggling blacks from the south to the safety of Canada up untill the time of the Civil War. The old Squire Laughton (Lawton) home still stands on the north side of the bridge as does the mill pond to his lumber mill where blacks on their way north did much labor. His tannery was on the south side of the bridge and most of 170 acres of improved farm land was on the south side of the bridge and the Tannery Rd. with camps and homes runs through those lands. Squire Laughton was Justice of the Peace, Town Supervisor, and Postmaster of Hope Falls which had a population of 400 full time residents at its peak. Northville, N.Y. in Fulton County being just a few miles to the south, and Edinburgh in Saratoga County just a few miles to the south of Northville. There Squires father David had a farm. There had been running of blacks up from Hadly through Hope Falls before the War of 1812 and I do not know if Zeruiah Finch was part black. She is in the census as white. She is one of the few Finches not included in a massive Finch geneology book. No record of birth or marriage, exception of in the bible mentioned above has ever surfaced and is unlikely ever will. She lived in wild primative land which is probably the reason. Squire was the distant cousin of John Brown of Harpers Ferry fame. This was through a great grandmother, Susanna Melvin of Vermont


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