Note: JOHN BOUGHTON, "son of Timothy and Martha Scott Boughton," was born at Poundridge, Westchester county, N. Y., May 2, 1770. Owing to losses sustained by his father, who was a soldier of the revolution, on his return from the war, found himself unable to bring up all his children at home, and accordingly put out his two oldest children, John and Sally, with a Mr. John Edmonds, of Southbury, Ct., to work until of age. When out of his time he continued to live in Southbury and work for his former employer until he married at Southbury, February 1, 1793, Currence Downs, of Southbury, where she was born Nov. 1, 1773. They continued to live at Southbury as farmers for a few years, when, learning of the great advantage of the soil in the western part of the state of New York, he decided to settle in the town of Scipio, Cayuga county, N. Y., where he moved his family with a yoke of oxen and a wagon. He started from Connecticut on the first day of February, 1791, and made the journey of over 300 miles through a new and sparsely settled country in twenty-one days. Arriving at Scipio they settled on a farm he had purchased, lying in the midst of a dense and heavily wooded forest, with but about an acre of cleared land to commence the production of a sustenance for his little family. Leaving, as they had, the comforts and advantages of a cultivated country, they felt keenly the want of church and school accommodations. Both having been members of the Presbyterian church at Southbury, they forgot not their early vows, and soon began, in connection with some of their neighbors, to arrange for church and school facilities. For a time the neighbors convened at their house for public worship, until the interest resulted in building a schoolhouse, which served for both purposes. Finding it needful to have a religious society organized, the people were called together for that purpose, and formulated the views of the body, which proved to be that of a regular Baptist church, of which they ever remained members while they lived, and in which all their children were brought up in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and were nearly all baptized into its fellowship. After a period of about thirteen years of toil and privation, Currence, the mother of all his children and the devoted sharer of his love and labor, died May 3, 1810, and was interred in the burying ground of the Baptist church at Scipio, N. Y., where there still stands a marble tablet with this inscription: "Currence, wife of John Boughton, who died in the faith of Christ May 3, 1810, aged 37 y. 3 m. 4d. He married second, Abigail Stilson, a widow, of Scipio, N. Y., January, 1811, by whom he had no children. After twenty-seven years of active life as a farmer on the same farm upon which he settled on arriving in Cayuga county, he died, much respected, March 25, 1824, and was buried by the grave of his departed wife, and a marble tablet, inscribed: "John Boughton, who died in the faith of Christ March 25, 1824," still marks the place of his burial.
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