Abraham (or Abram) Parsons Sherril (alternately spelled Sherrill) was born in East Hampton, New York, on September 3, 1803, the son of Abraham Sherril (ca. 1754-1844) and Anna Huntting (or Hunting) (1763-1847). He had two siblings, Stephen (1801-1892) and Nathaniel H. (1806-1884). After studying at the Clinton Academy in East Hampton, he spent 3 years as its assistant principal. He then taught in Quogue, New York, and Middletown, New Jersey, until moving to Smithtown, New York, in October 1828. On October 15, 1832, he married Elizabeth Saxton (b. 1811), and in 1835 they moved to Pike, New York, where he opened a general store and served as postmaster and town supervisor. Abraham Parsons and Elizabeth Saxton Sherril had six children: Anna (1833-1839), Mary Elizabeth (b. 1841), John Saxton (b. 1844), Eleanor W. (b. 1847), Abraham Parsons (b. 1850), and Edwin Stanton (b. 1854). Abraham Parsons Sherril died on January 4, 1888.