In this volume will be found a record of many whose lives are worthy the imitation of coming generations. It tells how some, commencing life in poverty, by industry and economy have accumulated wealth. It tells how others, with limited advantages for securing an education, have become learned men and women, with an influence extending
John Bouton Sr., a French Huguenot, sailed from England in July, 1635, and arrived in Boston in December of the same year. He lived successively in Boston, Watertown, Massachusetts; and Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut. He held many official positions. He married (first) Joan Turney; (second) Abigail Marvin; (third) Widow Mary Stevenson. Children by first marriage:
John (2), son of John (1) and Abigail (Marvin) Bouton, was born in Norwalk, September 30, 1659. He married Sarah, daughter of John Greggorie (Gregory). Children: Abigail; Mary; Nathaniel, married (first) Hannah , (second) Mary ; Joseph; Eleazer, see elsewhere; John, married Mary Petit; Daniel, married Elizabeth Robert.
Eleazer, son of John (2) and Sarah (Gregory) Bouton, was born in Norwalk about 1696. He married (first) Elizabeth Seymour, (second) Mary (Petit) Bouton, widow of his brother John. Children, all by first marriage: Ezra, married Mary, daughter of Jacin Bouton, of Norwalk; Hezekiah, see elsewhere; Eleazer, married Dinah Benedict; Elizabeth; Sarah; Matthew, married Rachel
Hezekiah Boughton, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Seymour) Bouton, was born in Norwalk, November 2, 1725, died in 1998, and was buried on Boughton Hill. With his sons he went from Old Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to the Genessee country, as it was then called. In the spring of 1788 his sons, Jared and Hezekiah Jr., commenced
Jared, son of Hezekiah and Abigail (Penoyer) Boughton, was born in Salem, New York, February 1q, 1766. He married Olive, daughter of Charles Stone. Children: Selleck, married Clarissa Brace; Melania, married Dr. Archelaus G. Smith; Frederick, married Elizabeth C., daughter of Rev. A. C. Collins; Lyman, married (first) Dinah Boughton, (second) Julianna Turrell; Olive, married