Laws, Simmons

from Yaphank As It Is and Was
Beecher Homan


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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