Porter Dexter Parkhurst

Male15 March 1824–18 September 1883

Brief Life History of Porter Dexter

When Porter Dexter Parkhurst was born on 15 March 1824, in Mansfield, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Dexter Parkhurst, was 26 and his mother, Miriam Spear, was 22. He married Sarah D. Pinkham on 5 June 1849, in Pennsylvania, United States. He lived in Erwins, Erwin, Steuben, New York, United States in 1875 and Erwin, Steuben, New York, United States in 1880. He died on 18 September 1883, in Steuben, New York, United States, at the age of 59.

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Porter Dexter Parkhurst
Sarah Ophelia Young
Marriage: 20 September 1860
Frank Dexter Parkhurst
Mark C. Parkhurst
Bill Parkhurst
Maria Belle Parkhurst
Charles Leslie Parkhurst

Sources (5)

  • P D Parkhurst, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Marriage Notices From Steuben County New York, Newspapers 1797-1884
  • Porter Dexter Parkhurst in entry for Frank D. Parkhurst, "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 September 1860Painted Post, Erwin, Steuben, New York, United States
  • Children (5)

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    World Events (7)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 1

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 3

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


    Age 22

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Parkhurst, such as Parkhurst in Buxted (Sussex), which is recorded as Perkehurst in 1439, and Parkhurst in Abinger (Surrey), which is recorded as Parkherst in 1464. The placenames derive from Middle English park ‘park, enclosure’ (Old French parc) or parrok ‘enclosure, paddock’ (Old English pearroc) + hirste ‘hillock, copse’ (Old English hyrst).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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