Aylmer Pelton is a son of Samuel B. and Margaret Pelton. He was born at Godmanchester, East Canada, December 3, 1832. When ten years old he went to live with and uncle, Lyman E. Pelton, in the State of Vermont, during the four years he resided with his uncle he learned the business of tanning and currying leather. He went to Woburn, Massachusetts, where he followed his trade for two years. He then went to the city of New York and engaged at work in a wholesale leather establishment. From here he came to California, leaving New York on the 20th of October, 1853, he arrived in San Francisco in November of the same year, and immediately went to the mines in Nevada county, he remained there until in September, 1855. During the time he resided in California he made a trip, in 1858, to the Frazer river country and served from 1864 to 1866 as a soldier in the Indian troubles in Owens river and Visalia districts.
He has 100 acres of agricultural land and 23 acres of mineral land, known as the Pelton mining claim. He was married on the 13th of September, 1876, to Isabella Lanktree, a native of East Canada. They were married at Melone, in the State of New York. To them have been born three children, viz: Allen E., born July 19, 1878, Martha L., born March 11, 1880, and Bertie S., born February 11, 1882. Mr. Pelton has two brothers who reside in the same township, viz: Samuel C., and Stephen H., the latter was married January 1, 1865, to Miss Louisa Kilpatrick, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Kilpatrick. They have three children, Ettie M., Ida A. and Myron S., all born in El Dorado county. The two brothers are partners in mining on Grays Flat.
The History of El Dorado County, California by P. Sioli, page 261
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