Amos Calkins was born 16 September, 1797 in Tinmouth, Vermont. He came to New York with his family while still a young boy. They built the first Presbyterian church in the area. He fought in the War of 1812 and married Thankful Savage a few years later, on 11 September 1816. Amos was a descendant of Edward and Samuel Fuller, Mayflower passengers. He died on 31 December, 1880. Amos and Thankful are buried in the Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Fulton New York.