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Biography of Aikens Dukett
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DUKETT, AIKENS, was born in lower Canada (now the Province of Quebec) on the 22nd day of February, 1815. He is the eldest son of Aiken and Louisa (Frischett) Dukett. His early advantages for securing an education were of the most limited character; but by studious and observing habits in later life he has been enabled to acquire the foundation of an English education. His boyhood and youth were passed in farm life until his seventeenth year, when he was engaged as a sailor on various Lake Champlain vessels; this occupation he followed for two years. In 1835 Mr. Dukett came into the town of Bridport, Addison county, Vt., and worked for two years for various farmers in the town, and afterwards became a resident of Crown Point, N. Y. While residing there he was employed by Juba Howe, then a prominent of that town. While residing there he was married in 1843 to Mary Maynard; they have had four children, none of whom are now living.
In the year 1848 Mr. Dukett returned to Bridport and purchased the Benjamin Peacock farm, containing one hundred and thirty acres. In 1852 Mrs. Dukett died and in March of the following year he was married to Anna Scott, a native of Scotland, born December 22, 1831. The entire record of Mr. Dukett’s life places him among the quiet, persevering and unobtrusive farmers in this county. Prudent and careful, possessing a thorough knowledge of the better methods of agriculture, industrious and persevering, he has of course been very successful, adding largely to his landed possessions by the purchase of adjoining farms, until he now owns about twelve hundred acres of land in Bridport and Crown Point; this comprises one of the largest and best estates in this locality; the lands are well cultivated and furnished with commodious and comfortable buildings, all of which have been acquired by Mr. Dukett’s own intelligent efforts. He has never sought public office, preferring the quiet and enjoyment of his own home and business. His life has been eminently a practical and successful one; his domestic relations are of the happiest character, and he now has the satisfaction of seeing five promising sons and daughters growing to maturity around him; the eldest of these, William A. is at present engaged in clerking at Crown Point. John S., Mary A., Barbara E. and Margaret R. are still residing with their parents. Mr. Dukett is a believer in the elevating influence of religious faith and has always given freely of his substance for the support of Christian objects. Mrs. Dukett and her children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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