Lester Perkins, "Fabius, was born in Litchfield, Conn., March 21, 1858, a son of Charles and Lucy (Merriman) Perkins, also natives of Connecticut, where the father died in 1874, and his widow now resides there. Our subject came to Fabius at the age of ten years to reside with his uncle, John T. Colby, and was educated in the public schools. He has worked in the cheese factory for six years, though farming has been his principal occupation. In 1879 he married Philura Fox, by whom he has had nine children: Lottie, John W., Frank, Jessie, Charles, Grace, Mary, Ethel, and Rosette. John W. died July 7, 1894." Source: Bruce, Dwight H. (Ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, p. 354.