Ashbel B. Parmelee, born in Malone October 14, 1816, was a lifelong resident except for six or seven years,
and was one of the strongest, must useful and most exemplary citizens that the town ever had. He taught school
in the western part of the State and at Kingston for two or three years, begining in 1835, and also studied law
while so engaged. After admission to the bar he practiced in Illinois for a time, returning to Malone in 1842.
Here also he practiced until 1865, though not very actively from 1854 because engaged for eleven years following
that date as State canal appraiser. It was at a time when graft in this work had been scandalous, and Mr. Parmelee's
service purified conditions notably. From 1850 to 1854 he was district attorney of Franklin county, and during
Colonel Seaver's absence in the army for two years during the civil war was in editorial charge of the Palladium.
In 1865 he located in New York city for a year or two in the practice of his profession, and, then returning to
Malone, became a partner with James H. Titus in the land and lumber business, which passed subsequently to the
sole ownership of himself and his son, Morton S. Besides the benefits that Malone
as a whole derived from the prosecution of his large industrial interests, scores of those holding lands under
contract with him enjoyed in a measure known only to themselves forbearance and bounty at his hands which saved
them from serious losses, if not from actual ruin. Of strong convictions, intelligent to a degree, upright in every
walk of life, Mr. Parmelee commanded wide and profound respect; and, though far from what is known as a "good
mixer," was of warm sociability in the circle of his immediate friends, and had a deep and abiding interest
in everything that looked to the welfare of the community. He was for many years president of the village board
of education and of Morningside Cemetery Association, giving unstintedly of his time and abilities to the duties
of the positions. Mr. Parmelee died of paralysis, following a surgical operation, August 17, 1886.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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