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His great-grandfather, George Booth, came from Southold, L.I., and settled in Orange County in 1741. Benjamin Booth was the son of George, and lie married Sarah Bull, daughter of William Bull and Sarah Wells, and was among the early tillers of the soil in the county. Thomas, who was a farmer by occupation, was one of their children. He married Jane Barker, of South Carolina, and their issue were Jesse, John (who was a prominent lawyer of Goshen, surrogate of Orange County, and died in Iowa), Vincent, Nancy (who married Washington Wood, of Newburgh), Amelia (who married Joseph Slaughter), and Louisa (deceased).
Thomas Booth died on the homestead, in Hamptonburgh, Oct 3, 1824.
Vincent Booth, our subject, was born on the homestead in 1794; spent his early life at home, and attended the schools of his native place. Following the inclinations of his ancestors, he engaged in farming, and also managed a milling business. On Feb. 9, 1826, he married Mary A., daughter of William and Sarah (Booth) Conning, a descendant of one of the early families of the county, and spent his life on the homestead of one hundred and forty acres, located in Hamptonburgh (formerly a part of Goshen).
Mr. Booth took an active interest in the Public matters of his town, represented it in the board of supervisors in 1852 and 1853, and was a justice of the peace of his township for two terms. Agricultural and stock matters always found in him a friend, and he was stockholder of the Erie and of the Montgomery and Erie Railways.
He was a man of strong convictions and honesty of purpose. The Goshen Independent Republican, in its obituary notice of him, said: "That he was a man of sterling principles, strict integrity, and had left a name which calumny could neither dishonor or tarnish. Social and hospitable, his door was ever open to the calls of his friends and neighbors, and that few men in his community would be more missed fro the walks of private life."
He died Nov. 1, 1871, his wife surviving him.