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Parkhurst, Aaron, was born in Herkimer county, town of Fairfield, March 4, 1828, a son of Amos and Mary (Fults) Parkhurst, he born in Herkimer county, town of Fairfield, and she born in Watertown, a daughter of Melyer Fultz, who came from Mohawk, N. Y., to Watertown in 1802, being one of the first settlers of the town. He died in Toronto, Canada, and she in Orleans, N. Y. Amos Parkhurst was a son of George, a native of England, and he and four brothers came from England, George coming to Fairfield, N. Y., and there lived and died. He was justice for twenty-seven years and served in the Revolutionary war. His wife was Rebecca Litchel. Amos came to Orleans in 1837 and was a butcher and cattle dealer. He was a Democrat in politics and died August 23, 1865; his wife died May 17, 1875. Aaron Parkhurst was nine years old when he came to Orleans, and at the age ol twenty he came to the village of Theresa, where he worked in the mill of Pool & Fisher four years. He then rented a farm and after twelve years bought the farm of 204 acres for $7,800; he then added 100 acres more and after six years sold all for $16,000. He has since bought and now owns 800 acres of land. Mr. Parkhurst has made his own property and is one of the wealthy farmers of his town. He is Democrat in politics and was trustee of schools for some time and on the board ol excise and trustee of village for seven years. He is a member of Theresa Lodge No. 174, F. & A. M. January 27, 1853, he married Ellen A. Snell, daughter of Gideon Snell, and they had one daughter, who died in July, 1887, leaving a husband, D. Alton Salisbury, and two children, Ellen A. and Lottie. Mrs. Parkhurst died February 22, 1876, and on September 23, 1881, Mr. Parkhurst married Fannie Wilson of Alexandria, and they have one adopted daughter, Bertha, and four children Della M., Frankie, Ray A. and Roy O., twins.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898