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Amos James Parkhurst
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1841
Death: Apr. 27, 1930

Amos James Parkhurst (son of Nahum A. & Roxanna) was born on June 17, 1841 in Oswego Twp, IL. He died on April 27, 1930 in Oswego, IL.

Amos was one of the founders of the Oswego Presbyterian church and served as an "Elder" from 1896 to 1913 and returned to active "Elder" status from 1918 to 1920. He also served on the Stewardship Committee and was a member of a quartet that played at various church functions: Concert and Lecture, Baptist Church, Oswego, 3 Apr 1873.

He was regarded as "one of God's noblemen, kind, considerate, forbearing, and courteous, few lives have been lived at Oswego that has meant so much to the entire community as your father's. For fifty years he has been an influence always for the very best; through his own life and that of his family; he has left his contribution to the community", according to Reverend Joseph Turner (J. T.) Hood, pastor of the Oswego Church. He was also secretary of the Bible Society and was re-elected in 1880. Kendall County Record 17 Jun 1880.

He also played with his sons in the Specie Grove Band. Images of America Oswego Township, p. 116. Amos must have been a character for he played Santa at church one year: "The audience on the occasion of the union Christmas tree at the Congregation church was packed and piled up.... Amos Parkhurst acted the Santa Claus" Kendall County Record 12-29-86

Amos J. Parkhurst married Alice L. Head (1858-1936) on December 25, 1877, they had six children Reuben & Raymond (twins); Amy; Sophie; Clarence and AJ. They owned and operated the family farm until retiring to Florida in 1910, when they divided up portions of the farm to their three oldest sons: Reuben, Raymond and Clarence. Source: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900
Vol A Page 170 License # 2454; 1910 & 1920 US Census

Amos J. Parkhurst, one of the oldest residents of Oswego, died Sunday afternoon. Mr. Parkhurst was born on the old Parkhurst farm near Oswego June 17, 1841. He was married in 1877 to Miss Alice L. Head of Oswego. To this union were born six children, Mrs. Royce E. Smith, Mrs. Allen Woolley, Raymond and Clarence Parkhurst, all of Oswego, Reuben Parkhurst, Aurora, and A.J. Parkhurst of Ocala, fla.; and a nephews, James Allison of State Center, Ia.
Mr. Parkhurst leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Alice Parkhurst; his six children; and 29 grandchildren, besides a host of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral services will be conducted April 29 from the Oswego Presbyterian church. Burial in the Cowdrey Cemetery.

The funeral of Mr. Amos Parkhurst on April 29 was attended by a large number of people, among those from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. d White, Jim White, and Mrs. May White Furr of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. Will Topping of Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Coop and Mrs. Alexis Walstrom of Minooka.
Source: Little White School Museum Library, Oswego, IL 1930

The Cowdrey Cemetery, just down the road from the Parkhurst homestead, was incorporated in 1891. The principals were George M. Cowdrey, George H. Van Emon, and Amos J. Parkhurst. Amos' grandmother Roxanna Ashley Parkhurst was one of the first buried there, she died in 1838 (her date of death is not recorded in the cemetery record). Amos' Aunt Emily was one of the first recorded burials on May 13, 1840. Amos was also on the committee that acquired more property for the Cowdrey Cemetery. Many others in his family are buried there as well, his parents, Nahum and Roxanna (Ashley) Parkhurst, his mother's parents Stephen and Roxanna (Pitcher) Ashley and two of his granddaughters, Elizabeth Parkhurst Lange and Anita Parkhurst Popp. Amos planted the row of arborvitae's that line the drive into the cemetery.
Family links: 
  Nahum Amos Parkhurst (1805 - 1875)
  Roxana Ashley Parkhurst (1811 - 1892)
  Alice Lilly Head Parkhurst (1858 - 1936)*
  Amy Effie Parkhurst Smith (1878 - 1961)*
  Sophie Allison Parkhurst Woolley (1881 - 1965)*
  Reuben Pitcher Parkhurst (1883 - 1943)*
  Raymond James Parkhurst (1883 - 1972)*
  Clarence Edward Parkhurst (1885 - 1969)*
  Amos James Parkhurst (1894 - 1942)*
  Emily Almira Parkhurst (1830 - 1840)*
  Lydia Paulina Parkhurst (1831 - 1869)*
  Reuben Pitcher Parkhurst (1834 - 1863)*
  Sophia Amanda Parkhurst Allison (1839 - 1907)*
  Amos James Parkhurst (1841 - 1930)
*Calculated relationship
Cowdrey Cemetery
Kendall County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Cathy Truesdale
Originally Created by: Nana2
Record added: Oct 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16137407
Amos James Parkhurst
Added by: Cathy Truesdale
Amos James Parkhurst
Added by: Nana2
Amos James Parkhurst
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 Added: Jan. 2, 2009

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