I have some census records to add to yours.
1860 - Exeter, Otsego, NY: Laura Story - widow, with Harriet Scott age 41, George W. Scott age 17, and Ellen Scott age 6.
1860 – Austin Scott age 22 is a boarder living next doorto Laura Story and Harriet Scott
1870 – Exeter, Otsego, NY: Laura is 74 living with dau Harriet Scott in Exeter, Otsego, NY
1880 – Census Exeter (Schulyers Lake), Otsego, NY Laura Story age 85 – insanity - born in NY, living with Harriet Scott age 65 . Laura is listed as ‘mother’.
I am a direct descendant of Laura's parents: Daniel Hamilton and Keziah Keyes. There is much information available extending the Keyes line. However, it has been a challenge extending the Hamilton line beyond Daniel. His son Luman of Steuben co NY is my ancestor.
I did not know Daniel attended West Point. Do you recall where this information came from? I have his Rev War records which state he enlisted April 1782 as a private from New Marlboro, Berkshire, Mass. He was discharged from service, 30 June 1784 at West Point, NY. At the time of his discharge he held the rank of sergeant.
I have searched two records which list deaths recorded in newspapers covering Steuben Co. I have found nothing for Laura Story.
As for Laura's birth (abt 1794)I believe she was born several years prior to her parents moving to Steuben co NY. In fact, I believe she may have been married before they arrived which appears to be prior to 1813.
"The first town meeting was held in April 1813 at the residence or hotel of Simeon Bacon, who then lived on the Daniel Hamilton farm"
Robert's Historical Gazetteer of Steuben Co NY, pg 413
Our Daniel Hamilton may be the one listed in the 1800 census for Cherry Valley, Otsego, NY. Perhaps he is also one of 2 D. Hamilton's in the 1810 census of Cherry Valley. BTW Exeter/Schyler Lake are neither very far from Cherry Valley, maybe 40 miles.
Like you I am anxious to learn more about the Hamilton and Story families. I hope we can be of help to one another. I look forward to hearing from you again.
Sharon Stephens Kiserhermanakiser@yahoo.com