04 May 2014

Miles P. Squier

The miscellaneous writings of Miles P. Squier ... with an autobiography:



"I was born, in Cornwall, Vermont, May 4th, 1792; being the second son and child of Wait and Hannah Squier. My parents were of English descent, and natives of Berkshire Co., Mass. My father was the third son of Andrew Squier, of Lanesboro, Mass., through whom the family is traced to Waterbury, and that region in Connecticut. My mother's maiden name was Hannah Powell: she was the fourth daughter of Miles Powell, whose name I inherit. He was a man of some distinction in his day, and the Colonel of a regiment of
Berkshire Militia, in the well-known Bennington battle in the war of the Revolution : that beginning of victories in behalf of the American standard, which had so much influence on the great issue pending, and on the liberties of the world."

"It was indeed a privilege to visit the death-bed of Mr. Squier. It was not a scene of melancholy gloom, of doubt, of distrust, of alarm, or of apathy or indifference. It was not the scene so often witnessed, of a clinging to earth, and of an unwillingness to be torn from it ; it was one of peaceful, contented, happy resignation to the Divine will, under the conviction that this sickness was to be his last; nay, it was a scene of joyful hope in Christ and assurance of heaven, and desire to be freed from the incumbrance of an earthly tabernacle. One day he said, 'Why should I be confined to this little speck of earth when I may soon have the freedom of the universe?"'

From this site:

Miles Powell Squier... (May 4th, 1792- June 22nd, 1866) Pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church from (3 May, 1816- 1 January 1824).
Born in Cornwall, VT, the second child of Wait Squier and Hannah Powell Squier, who were both of English decent and natives of Berkshire County, MA, they were married in 1790. He was one of three sons and three daughters who survived into adulthood, the names of his siblings were Wait, Jr., Calvin, Laura, Lorinda, Aurelia, and Huldana, Laura and Lorinda.  His parents, Wait Sr. and Hannah Powell Squier moved to New Haven, CT in 1794 where the elder Wait Squier took up farming.
While living in Buffalo on 22 February, 1820, he married his wife, Catherine Seymour (8 October, 1792 – 6 December, 1873), then of Rome, NY, but who was born in Hartford, CT. Miles and Catherine had no children.

United States Census, 1850
Seneca, Ontario, New York, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Miles P Squire M 58 New York
Catharine S Squire F 57 Connecticut
Mary Mcdonough M 30 Ireland
Margarett Mcwilliams M 23 Ireland
Catharine S Henry F 13 Connecticut

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