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Laws, Simmons

Yaphank
from Yaphank As It Is and Was
by
Beecher Homan
1875


Dea.SIMMONS LAWS.

Dea. S. Laws was born in England ,1781,and died at Yaphank ,Feb.4,1867 ,aged 86, 10 months and 10 days .

He came to the States with his parents when fifteen years old ,settled in the Ridge .He married there, and moved to Yaphank ,where he kept a tavern in an old structure that stood west of his more recent residence .

To the day of his decease he was a senior elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church ,and quite ecclesiastically famous .

Dea .Laws was a pious man , but ignorance often caused him to grope in darkness .He was arbitrary and self -willed, and blindly grasped for wordly goods .Like many emplary Christians, he carried the world in one hand and God's word in the other . His besetting sin was an inborn love for money; but that peculiar failing is as in the " Broad Road " and is not generally declared a " very bad fault."

Mr.Laws lived to a ripe old age ,and calmly sank to sleep . He left many mourning friends behind him, and a breach that has never been filled. It was a lovely winter day when his remains were lowered to their long , long rest; but at the last trump his face will beam from beyond the setting sun , and he will be judged with his fathers . 

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