Looking for parents of James Phinney, b. 6 May 1784 (tombstone)in Massachusetts. He married about 1804 in Vernon Center, NY to Lois Cody and they had 9 children born there. Lois died in 1853 and soon after James joined his children in Wisconsin. He died 4 May 1870 in Green Lake, WI. A bio of one of his sons says James was a descendant of Puritans, and the son of a successful shipowner who when age 50 lost 7 ships in succession and was reduced to poverty. James was then adopted by relatives until is majority. James was well educated as were his children. In NY he was a shoemaker. Any help would be appreciated.