AVERY FAMILY FILE #2
AVERY #1.1 (#891 GAC)
Feb 2005 amended Thomas Avery August 2005
Frederick Avery (Founder) and Elizabeth Stoddard
About 1817-8 to Annetje (Nancy) Eglin likely in what is now the Town of
Vital Record Ontario number 12139/80.
The funeral was held on Wednesday 24 March 1880 at one o'clock and he
was buried in the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll Oxford County in Lot 12
Section F. The gravestone is a
mottled brown granite with inscriptions with a cylindrical 6 foot top, all
sitting on a concrete base with word "Avery" formed into it
The gravestone inscription reads
PARENTS HERE LIE UNDERGROUND
THE DEAREST FRIENDS WE EVER FOUND
BUT THROUGH THE LORD'S UNBOUNDED LOVE
WE HOPE TO MEET IN REALMS ABOVE"
* Denotes additional information after
#2.1.1 Eliza Avery born prior to 1819, in New York
State likely present day Fulton or Hamilton counties. She came to Ontario with
her parents and died thus after about 1821 but before 1838 when Eliza Lucinda
child #12 was born, She had no known children
(I, RGM, believe she likely died "young")
(The Eliza Ann Avery buried in the Newark Cemetery
Lot 22 Concession 5 North Norwich Township Oxford
County is not "our Eliza" but one of the family of Orin Avery of
Norwich who was a distant cousin)
#2.1.2 * John Eglin Avery born 7 February 1819 in the
Town of Johnstown, Fulton County
New York.(Ref Groton Avery Clan shortened to GAC ) He
married Hannah O'Donnell at Woodstock Ontario.
He died 24 March 1901 and was buried in Carsonville Cemetery Washington
Township, Sanilac County Michigan. They had 2 children, neither of whom had
#2.1.3 * Alanson Avery born 31 May 1821 "en
route" to Zorra Township. He was a Civil War Veteran (GAR) having served
with the Missouri Engineers. He
farmed in Kansas after the war.
He died 3 November 1912 at Croswell Sanilac County and
was buried Croswell Cemetery.
He may or may not have been married. There were no
#2.1.4 * Silas Wood Avery born 23 September 1823 in
West Zorra Township.
He married Mary Jane Molaskey and had 8 children.
He lived in Brantford Township Brant County Ontario.
He died 11 June 1898 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery on West
#2.1.5 * Mary Jane Avery born about 1825 in West Zorra
Township married Archibald McKellar lived in North Oxford Township Oxford
County and had 7 children. She
died 7 June 1893 in
North Oxford Township, and was buried Ingersoll Rural
#2.1.6 * Cornelius Avery born 1 November 1827 in West
Zorra Township He married Eleanor
Judge in East Nissouri Township Oxford County and had 3 children.
He died 23 December 1861 near
St Mary's, Perth County Ont.
It is still not known where he was buried.
#2.1.7 * Orin Avery born 15 November 1829 in West Zorra
Township. He married Catherine Campbell and had 2 children.
He lived in Sanilac Township Sanilac County Michigan and died at
Croswell, Sanilac County on 31 August 1930, age 100 and was buried Croswell
#2.1.8 * Catherine Avery born 17 November 1830 West
Zorra Township. She married
February 1850 in Zorra Township to Robert James Moore, a Loyalist descendant,
son of James Moore and
Holder, from Long Reach Kings County New
Brunswick. They had 10 children.
The family moved to Gladwin County Michigan in 1879.
Catherine homesteaded in Idaho in 1903 after her husband Robert died October
1899 in Gladwin. She died 20
February 1928 age 98 at Spokane Washington and was buried Highland Cemetery
Gladwin with her husband. (Catherine Avery Moore was the great grandmother of
Robert G. Moore ) This family is continued under the Moore Family on this
disc, See Moore Robert James Note
that the numbering of the Moore family on this disc is done using Moore family
numbers ie Robert James Moore is #2.5.8
#2.1.9 * Charles “Henry” Avery born 9 June 1833 in
West Zorra Township.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Rodgers of Lambton County
Ontario and moved to Sanilac County and later moved to Butman Township Gladwin
County Michigan. They had 13
He died 23 February 1897 in Butman Township and was
buried in Butman Cemetery, no marker.
#2.1.10 Thomas E. (perhaps Eglin) Avery born 1834 in
West Zorra Township died West Zorra
18 June 1848 when
kicked by a horse. (Crawford Diaries). He
was buried in plot 3A Embro Pioneer Cemetery Lot 11 Concession 4 West Zorra
Township just west of Oxford County Road 6.
It is now called an “Abandoned Methodist Cemetery”
and was purchased in 1840 to be the site of a cemetery and Church (which was
not built until 1854). A picture
of stone on internet at freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dcoop. Marker reads
"In memory of Thomas E. Avery who died
1848 age 13 years 8 mos and
#2.1.11 William M. Avery born 1835 in West Zorra
Township. He was shown as a lunatic in 1851 West Zorra Census.
He was not "at home" for the 1861 West Zorra census.
He died 23 August 1864 and is buried Ingersoll Rural
Cemetery in "Potters Field". No Gravestone
#2.1.12 * Eliza Lucinda Avery born 1839 in West Zorra
Township She married Lemuel B. Stevens. They
had at least 3 children. She died
after 1912 perhaps at Chicago Il.
#2.1.13 * Daniel Stoddard Avery born 26 April 1841 in
West Zorra Township.
He married Mary A. Scott, 2 children.
He died Worth Township Sanilac County 21 August 1880 of consumption (T.B.)
(Alanson and Nancy had 51 grandchildren) (References
should be noted along with this history)
Alanson moved with his parents from Connecticut to the Town of
Broadalbin, Fulton County (then Montgomery County) New York State when he was
about 10 years old. His son Orin Avery stated in the Croswell newspaper of
November 1924 that his father Alanson had fought against the British during
the War of 1812. (He would have been 21/23 years old) (no other records yet
It is likely that Alanson moved to the present Town of Benson in
(Then the Benson Tract of the
Town of Mayfield Montgomery County) prior to his marriage to
Nancy Eglin, likely looking for work in the lumber
The Eglins had moved to the Benson Tract some years previously and
seemed to have been engaged in the lumber industry, one of them operating a
Mill (presumed Saw mill) there.
(See the Eglin Family history by R.G Moore)
Alanson did not own land in Town of Benson nor in the Town of
Broadalbin. The Groton Avery Clan
Genealogy (page 438) states that Alanson was a farmer and moved to Ontario
from Benson (Tract)
New York. (
the land in Benson was less than marginal). The Groton Clan Genealogy also
states that Alanson’s son, John was born in the Town of Johnstown, Fulton
County (then Montgomery County) in 1819 so Alanson may have had short stay
there before moving to Oxford County Ontario, likely about
June 1821. The
Averys settled on the West ½ of Lot 2 Concession 4 in West Zorra, likely
purchasing the property at the same time or shortly after they arrived in
Zorra. The farm is now part the Lafarge Cement Plant on the Governors Road
(former Kings Highway #2 now Oxford County Road).
The central part of the Erie Canal in New York State had been completed
between Utica and Rome in the fall of 1819 and thus river and canal
transportation was available from the Fonda area on the Mohawk River to Oswego
on Lake Ontario. Lake boats ran
service across Lake Ontario to ports in Ontario on the Bay of Quinte, Coburg,
Port Hope, Toronto etc. It is
difficult to pinpoint the place of birth of Alanson Jr but perhaps on a lake
boat between Oswego and the Bay of Quinte area or at some port on the Bay of
Quinte such as Picton. It is
likely that the laker boat service was used as far as possible likely to
Hamilton and then over land to Brantford and then via the Stage Road through
Burford to Woodstock as this road was in use by 1812 from Brantford to the
Governor's Road west of Woodstock.
Early settlement was mostly confined to the townline area between the
North Oxford and Zorra of Oxford and in 1820 there were
only 2500 people in Brock District which included present Oxford County and
Burford and Oakland Townships of present day Brant County.
Population in Zorra Township had increased by 1822 to the required 30
inhabitants (Likely men only) which allowed the inhabitants to hold a
"town meeting". No doubt
Alanson Avery was one of those inhabitants.
It appears that he moved
"alone" as no neighbours or relatives moved to Oxford in the same
time frame. (Although there was a distant cousin Orin Avery living at Norwich
some 20 miles away).
Although Alanson likely purchased the West 1/2 of Lot 2
Concession 4 shortly after 1821 when he came to Oxford, he did not receive the
memorial of the deed to the property from George H. Park of Dundas until
November 1835 and it was not
recorded in the land registry office until January 1836. The consideration for
the property was 30 pounds. One of the witnesses to the memorial was George W.
Holder who had “come up”from New Brunswick and was the son of Loyalist
Jacob Holder of Long Reach Kings County New Brunswick
George was an uncle to Alanson's future son-in-law Robert James Moore
(who married Catherine Avery). In
those days it was fairly common practice not to provide a deed until the
property was fully paid for.
For some unknown reason, Alanson was not listed in the 1824 assessment
of Zorra (although he may have been regarded as tenant as his land was not
completely paid for). He was
listed however in the 1826 assessment of Zorra at 30 pounds and 8 shillings
having 8 acres cultivated, 92 acres uncultivated, 1 milch cow and 1 horned
cattle. In 1824 there were 36
voters in Zorra (East and West) and 450 in whole County of Oxford (You had to
be a male property owner to be a voter)
Alanson was listed as a
member of the First Regiment of the Oxford County Militia in 1828 and 1829
being in the Company of Captain R. Always.
This company appears to have been raised in the Zorra Township area.
Alanson is listed as a private, age 35.
All residents between the ages of 19 and 39 were required to be part of
local militias and were required to parade once a year (usually late May or
June after the spring crops were planted). The British authorities still felt
that there might be the threat of an invasion from the United States. (It was
rather ironic that perhaps 25-30 % of population had come into the province
from the United States after the conclusion of the War of 1812.
Alanson was called as a witness before the grand jury in a trespass and
assault case on
1832 before the London District of the Quarter Court Sessions of the Peace,
held at the court house in London Ontario.
The next first country wide census did not occur until early 1842 and
was then only the heads of
(The 1842 census of Zorra Township or any part of Oxford County however does
not exist so the first census listing Alanson and his family did not occur
Within several years Nancy Eglin Avery’s brothers Thomas and
Cornelius Eglin moved to
By 1838 Brock District (
but Brock still had Burford and
In 1844, Alanson was one of the residents of
Alanson purchased the East ½ of Lot 1 Concession 3 West Zorra being
100 acres from
Robert Nixon and his wife in October 1848 (recorded in
November 1860). In 1850 he
purchased the adjoining 20 acres of the West 1/2 of
In the 1851 Census of the Township of West Zorra taken January 1852,
Alanson is listed in Division #1 page #8 as follows
Avery, Alanson age 60 farmer born United States, religion Wesleyan
Methodist, wife Nancy born United States age
56, children Elisa L., born Canada age 13, Alanson, labourer age 29, Orin age
24, labourer, William age 16, labourer and listed as a lunatic, and Daniel age
11. Alanson lived in a frame house. There was a female death in family in the
past year, but it is not known whom it was.
(The James Moore family was listed next in the Census.
The Moores, a second generation Loyalist family had come from Long
Reach area of King’s
In November of 1850
Alanson's son, Silas purchased part of Lot 1 Concession 4 West Zorra, the
North 25 acres of the West ½ for 50 pounds.
Alanson purchased this property from Silas in April 1856 again for 50
Pounds with his son Orin Avery acting as a witness to the memorial (of the
transaction for registration purposes). Silas
moved Ingersoll for a short time and then to
In the 1850s and 60s voting for a public office in
It appears that Alanson voting habits favoured the Reform candidate
rather than the Tory establishment candidate. Perhaps this was a "throw
back" to his days fighting the Tories in the
War of 1812 or his father Frederick's service during
No doubt Alanson was
sympathetic to the Reform cause of William Lyon McKenzie in the rebellion of
1837. At these elections the
voters of Brock District were electing a member of Parliament of
of Lot 2
Concession 4 and Alanson living on West 1/2 of Lot 2 Concession 4, both voted
for McDougall. In the 1861
election Orin, living as a tenant on Lot 2 Concession 4 and Alanson living on
East 1/2 of Lot 1 Concession 3, both voted for William McDougall rather than
In the 1863 election in West Zorra, Orin Avery, farmer on the West 1/2
of East 1/2 of Lot 10 Concession 2, Daniel Avery, occupant on Lot 2 Concession
4 and Alanson Avery on Lot 2
Concession 4, all voted for Hope F. McKenzie vs John
In the 1861 West Zorra Township Census, taken in April 1861, Alanson is
listed in District #2 page #8 as follows Alanson
Avery born US, religion Wesleyan Methodist, age 69 living in a
one family log house, Nancy Avery
born US age 63, Children Eliza age 22, Daniel age 19.
Living with Alanson and Nancy were Eliza J. Avery age
11 and Joseph Avery age 15, both born
The 1861 agricultural census which was taken at the same time as the
regular census listed Alanson Avery on Lot 1 Concession 3, with 120 acres, 40
acres under cultivation, 33 acres under crop in 1860, 6 acres under pasture in
1860, 1 acre orchard, 80 acres of woods, and the value of farm at $3000. In
the same census his son Orin was shown on the home farm the West 1/2
Both Alanson and Nancy could read and write. Alanson was a strong
supporter and worked to obtain the establishment of a public school near the
Zorra Townline (Reference Crawford diaries).
In December 1864 Alanson purchased a house lot in the hamlet of
North of Church Street, being part of
In February 1868 Alanson purchased Lot 10 Inkerman Street in Ingersoll
from his daughter
Eliza Stevens and her husband Lemeul. It is likely he
and his wife Nancy along with son Daniel and his family moved to
In 1871 Ingersoll election, Alanson Avery as the owner of 10 Inkerman
Street voted for Adam Oliver who won with 104 vs Stephen Richards, 49.
In 1874, Alanson Avery still living at
The 1871 Ingersoll Village
Census listed Alanson in Division number 2, Dwelling number 82 Family number
93 on page 25 of census (page 2 & 3 of index)
Alanson Avery age 78, born US, Episcopal Methodist, married, occupation
farmer, Nancy Avery
age 73, born US (German origin). Living in the same house with Alanson
was his son Daniel Avery, occupation farmer, religion Episcopal Methodist, age
30, his wife Mary age 24 and their daughter Alice Maud age 2.
An Eliza (last name U/K) age 20 and single was also listed and was
likely the same Eliza Avery that was living with Alanson at the time of the
1861 census. She was not a member of the family.
In the 1875 Oxford County Atlas, a Thomas Edwards, Postal address Embro
The 1875 West Zorra Township assessment rolls shows Alanson Avery as
number 261 on the roll and as a non resident of the township (as he was living
in Ingersoll), member of Episcopal (Methodist) church, resides in Ingersoll
School Section #5, owns
1. West 1/2
70 cleared value $6000.
3. Part of
Personal property $500
Total $11900, 25 cattle, 3 hogs, 4 horses.
Alanson was regarded as a most successful farmer.
Sometime after his wife's
World events shaped the economic, social and private lives of all
Alanson's life was no exception.
The strong demand for new land in
This depression was short lived as the demand for agricultural goods
sharply rose in the 1860's because of the American Civil War. However the
decade of the 1870's saw a major depression in Oxford County as the United
States was again self sufficient and took over many markets which Canada had
supplied prior to the war. The
result was again a large drop in the price of farm and manufactured good in
Little wonder most of the Avery children left
Cornelius left home before 1851 and lived in the St Marys area of Perth
County Ontario where he died in December 1861 . His widow Eleanor Avery
married Jeremiah Williams in August 1864 and they too soon moved to
Daughter Catherine and her husband Robert Moore moved to Gladwin County
Michigan in August 1879 where he continued farming and barn building. They
were the last of Alanson's children to leave
Daughter Eliza Avery and husband Lemuel Stevens were in
Alanson’s funeral notice read as follows, (copies received from Ed
McDonald, Haslett Mi )
AVERY In North Oxford March 21 Mr. Alanson Avery aged
Will take place from the residence of his son-in-law
Mr. Archibald McKellar Lot 14 Concession 3 North Oxford on Wednesday afternoon
24th instant at One o'clock
Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to
attend North Oxford March 22 1880
Prior to his death in May 1879 Alanson gave a deed of trust to his sons
Silas Wood Avery of the Township of Brantford, Orin Avery of Sanilac County
and his son-in-law Archibald McKellar of the Township of North Oxford
(Consideration $1) for his property being
(a). West 1/2 of Lot 2 Concession 4 West Zorra 100
(b). North 1/4 of the West 1/2 of Lot 1 Concession 4
West Zorra 25 acres
(c.). East 120 acres of Lot 1 Concession 3 West Zorra
(d.) Lot 28 North of Church Street in Beachville. (His
daughter Catherine and her husband Robert had moved that summer to Gladwin
Township Gladwin County Michigan).
The properties totalled 245
acres without the Beachville house and lot. The Trustees were to sell the
properties by any means after his death. The
proceeds after the deduction of 5% for the Grantees (Silas, Orin and Archibald
McKellar) for their time and trouble etc., were to be divided into 10 lots
after adding $500, the value that Alanson placed on property in Ingersoll
conveyed by him to his daughter Eliza Stevens. Equal shares of the proceeds
were to given to his children, John Avery, Alanson Avery (Jr.),
Avery, Orin Avery, Henry Avery, Daniel Avery, Mary Jane McKellar, Catherine
Eliza Stevens (after deducting from her share, $500
being the value of the Lot Alanson conveyed to her)and the daughters of his
deceased son Cornelius Avery (one share between them).
His daughters and grand daughters were to have their share of the money
without control of their husbands. Alanson
(age 87) signed the deed by "X" although previously he had been able
to sign his name.
Because of the depressed times throughout Ontario, the farms (245
acres) were advertised commencing in
January 1881 in the Woodstock Sentinel Newspaper for a year before they were
sold by the executors in January 1883 for $10,000. The Beachville lot was sold
The sale advertisement read as follows
"The following valuable farms are now offered for
sale, Family farm known as the Avery Homestead 125 acres Lot 2 Concession 4
Zorra and 25 acres on the north side of Lot 1 Concession 4. On the farm are
2 orchards and suitable buildings and land in a high
state of cultivation. One of the
best diary farms in the County of Oxford and is 4 miles from Ingersoll, 5
miles from Embro and 3 miles from Beachville"
Nancy (Anntje) Eglin was born in the Town of Amsterdam, formerly
Montgomery County now Fulton County New York on 17 July 1798 .
She was the daughter and one of 11 children of
John Eglin (1768-1845) and Catherine (Catalyntje) Dods (1769-1845) (For
information on both the Eglin and Dods families, see the Eglin and Dods
histories by R G. Moore). We have picture of a painting that is said by the
family to be Nancy (We have yet to find any pictures of Alanson)
Nancy died 6 April 1874 in Ingersoll and was buried with Alanson in the
Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. (Vital Records Ontario number 8269/74 gave the cause
of death was given as billious fever, duration
Her funeral notice read as follows
In Ingersoll on the 6th Inst. Mrs Nancy Avery, wife of
Allanson Avery in the 76th year of her age
Will take place to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon from
her late residence, North of the River at two o'clock.
The body will be taken to the Baptist Church where a sermon will be
preached, thence will proceed to the Cemetery (Ingersoll Rural) Ingersoll
April 7, 1874
DATES OF CHILDREN OF ALANSON AND NANCY AVERY
Order of birth Cause
Bef 1838 under 19
2. Thomas E
kicked by a horse
6. Mary Jane
Cancer of throat
7. Charles Henry
8. Silas Wood
9. John Eglin
11. Eliza Lucinda
aft 1912 71+
cancer of face
DESCENDANTS OF ALANSON AND NANCY AVERY
of February 2005
Secd Gr Gr
Children marked * See Avery file
EGLIN AVERY #2.1.2
Avery #1.1 and Nancy Eglin
February 1819 in the Town of Johnstown, Montgomery County, (now Fulton County)
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
1874 at North Oxford Township Oxford County Ont. to Hannah O'Donnell
listed in Vital Records of Ontario)
March 1901 in Sanilac Township Sanilac County Michigan (age 82 years 1 month
and 17 days)
heart failure and stroke (info in Groton Avery Clan incorrect)
Cemetery Section #10 Washington
Township, Sanilac County
* Orin Avery born 4 January 1873 at Lexington Township, Sanilac County
Michigan (location from Groton Avery Clan History and may be in error as John
owned land in Sanilac Township Sanilac County rather than Lexington Township
Daniel Avery born 1 September 1876 in Sanilac Township, Sanilac County
20 December 1876 of
"inflammation of the lungs" and is buried family plot in Carsonville
John moved to Zorra Township Oxford County with his parents about 1821
and in his youth farmed with his father Alanson there.
John has not been found in the 1851 census of Oxford.
1861 he was living in Zorra with his brother Orin Avery and was listed as a
He was listed as administrator of his brother Cornelius' Estate in 1866
and was shown as residing in West Zorra Township at the time. In September of
1872 he purchased a portion of Section 18 in Sanilac Township being the South
East 1/4 (40 acres) and the South West 1/4 of the South East 1/4
as well as the South 1/2 of the South East 1/4 of the North East 1/4
(20 acres for a total of 100 acres.) The property was on the north-south road
between Sections 17 and 18 and the east-west road between sections 18 and 19)
(the land seems to be rather swampy even to-day and covered with poor second
or third growth timber)
It is not known if he moved to Michigan in September 1872 or if he did
not move until he was married in April 1874. (John was about 55 at the time)
One assumes that he was a labourer (farm or otherwise) for the 30 plus
years between the late 1830's and 1872.
He is shown in the 1894
Sanilac County Atlas as the owner of the property in Section 18.
1906 Atlas his son Orin was shown as the owner of the property.
He was listed as a farmer in Sanilac in
the 1880 Sanilac County census. In
the 1890 census of Sanilac Township he was listed with a birthdate of February
1819, wife Hannah born December 1840 and a son Orin.
Hannah O'Donnell was born 20 June 1844 at Belfast Ireland (Ref GAC). It
is not known when she came to Ontario but she was in Ingersoll Village for the
1871 census when she was a servant in the household of William Rumsey, a
banker. Her age was given as 25, birthplace Ireland and of the Roman Catholic
religion. She died 1 January 1913
in Sanilac Township at age 68. (Her death certificate stated she was 75 or 80
Avery #1.2 and Nancy Eglin
May 1821 likely "En route" from New York State to Oxford County
perhaps the Bay of Quinte area of Eastern Ontario as the Averys were moving
from the Town of Johnstown to Oxford County
the 1900 census he stated that he was born “at sea”.
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
although his obit states he had (maybe Kansas ?) but his pension claim
in August 1898 states he was never married
November 1912 at Croswell, Sanilac County Michigan
Cemetery in the Orin Avery Plot
He purchased 50 acres in Lot 186 North Talbot Road Middleton Township
Norfolk County Ont in March 1846. (Property
is in the present day Town of Delhi) He sold the property on 25 November 1850
to Samuel Spicer for 42 Pounds. Whether he ever lived on the property is not
known. He was never assessed for it but apparently non resident owners were
not assessed for land at that period in Ontario.
At the time of the 1851 census (January 1852) he was living at home
with his parents (age 29, Occupation labourer)
bothers Orin, William and Daniel and sister Eliza.
He has not been found in the 1861 Ontario census nor has there been any
other reference found about him in Oxford County.
He might have gone to Michigan or Indiana (his uncle Cornelius Eglin
was in Porter County Indiana by 1850). Alanson
enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War on
September 1861 at Ellison Illinois and was mustered in on 31 December 1861 at
Otterville Michigan as a private with Company “K” of the Engineer Regiment
of the West Missouri Volunteers
was transferred to "B" Company of First Regiment of the Missouri
Engineers about January or February 1864. He was discharged as a private and
artificer at Chattanooga Tennessee on 1 November 1864.
In his pension claim he stated that he had lived for a period of time
at Wappelo, Louisa County Iowa. His cousin Daniel Avery who was the son of
Soloman Avery (brother of Alanson Sr)
also stated he lived at Coyville Kansas but this was likely his post office
for his land he received for Civil war service, He received land in Greenwood
County Kansas under an Act passed in 1870 by the US Government providing land
for Civil War Veterans however he has not yet ben found in the1870 or the 1880
census. In August 1876, he
received a clear deed in August 1876 to West ½ of North East 1/4 Quarter (80
acres) and South East 1/4 of the North West Quarter
(40 acres) of Section 33 in Township Number 26 South and Range 13 East
(PleasantGrove Township in the South East Corner of Greenwood County).
The land is at the edge of the "Flint Hills" area east of
Wichita (wheat growing and cattle
grazing today in the area) .He sold this property in July of 1890 for $2500
and at the time declared himself a widower.
By October 1884, he had retired to a small house in the hamlet of
Toronto in Woodson County Kansas. In
October 1888 he gave power of attorney to his brother Orin to dispose of his
property in Sanilac County (It is not known what property he owned in Sanilac
County at that time although it could have been a lot in Croswell, Sanilac
County). At that time he
declared himself a single man.
purchased 2 lots in Toronto in August 1888 for $300
(He may have been living next door at the time).
He sold these 2 lots plus
an adjoining lot for $500 in April 1901 (He was living in Gladwin Michigan at
the time and one of the witnesses was Milford E. Raymond husband of his sister
Avery Moore's daughter Janet Moore Raymond.)
Alanson seemed to have had to apply a number of times for a Civil War
pension. The first record of an application was when he was still living in
Kansas at age 58 years. On 30
November 1879, a statement was given by John McNames age 50 (a farmer in
Lexington Township Sanilac County Michigan and a neighbour of his brother Orin
)and Peter McNames age 41, that they had known Alanson before he enlisted with
the Missouri Engineers and that he was a strong, able bodied man free from
This statement was taken at Lexington in Sanilac County Michigan where
both the McNames resided at that time. It is presumed the "McNames"
were former residents of Oxford County Ontario (there were McNames families in
Zorra and North Oxford Township Oxford County in the 1840-50's)
He next applied for a
pension on 18 June 1886 at Coyville, Wilson County Kansas stating that the
severe conditions of a “March” to New Madrid, Missouri about 1 September
1863 had caused severe varicose veins in his legs. It appears that he was
denied a pension as he made a further application on
June 1890 at Toronto, Woodson County Kansas.
This application seems to have been approved as he applied for an
increase in an Invalid Pension on 21 August 1891 (age 70) stating that the
small fingers of his left hand had been injured by a shell at Fort Madrid
as well as having other disabilities of old age.
In a statement in May 1893, a neighbour in Toronto, Kansas, Henry
Coburn stated that Alanson had lived with him for 3 years, was disabled and
did not partake of liquor. Alanson
also stated that he had to be lead because
of blindness during a "March" for several days in 1862 between
Johnsonville and Raymond Springs, Tennessee.
He was still living in Toronto Kansas in April 1898 when his niece
Henrietta Avery Beardsley (daughter of his brother Henry Avery) died in
Toronto in April 1898. She had
moved there about 1894 and had married in January 1896 and had been looking
after him. Alanson returned to Gladwin Michigan very likely shortly after
Henrietta's death, where he lived with his niece Nancy Moore Wright (Daughter
of his sister Catherine Avery Moore) until she died in 1904.
He was listed in the 1900 census of Gladwin Township Gladwin county
living with Nancy and her husband David Wright and their 3 daughters He stated
that he was born May 1821 “at sea”,
He applied for a pension increase in 1901 (age 80) stating he was
unable to preform manual labour and at that time signed the Document with an
"X" (up to an including 1898 he had been able to sign his name).
He moved to Croswell Michigan after Nina Wright's death and lived with
his brother Orin Avery and Orin's daughter Eliza Martin until he died in
November 1912 from kidney disease. At the time of his death it appears that he
was drawing a pension of $20 per month.
His obituary in the Croswell "Jeffersonian" stated he was a
staunch Republican, a member of the United Brethen Church tho he united with
the Baptist Church in Croswell. The
obit also noted he was survived by his brother Orin, sisters, Mrs. Robert
Moore of Idaho and Mrs L. Stevens of Chicago.
estate valued at $1375 was left to his brother Orin and included a lot in
Alanson was 6 foot 1/2 inch tall, had a light complexion and blue eyes (pension records)
WOOD AVERY #2.1.4
Much of the info from David Avery of Ancaster Ont
Alanson Avery #1.1 and Nancy Eglin
23 September 1823 in (West) Zorra Township, Oxford
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
19 April 1849 in Zorra Township to Mary Jane Molaskey
by Rev. George Turner of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Witnesses were his
brother John Avery and his sister Mary Jane Avery
14 June 1898 Brantford Township Brant County Ontario
Greenwood Cemetery on West Street in Brantford, Brant
County Ontario Section H Row 19
#184.108.40.206 * Eliza Jane Avery born 3 February 1850 in
West Zorra Township
#220.127.116.11 * Nancy Victoria Avery born 23 April 1852 in
#18.104.22.168 * Mary Ann Avery born 24 December 1855 in West
#22.214.171.124 * Alanson Henry Avery born 27 August 1857 in
Ingersoll, Oxford County,
#126.96.36.199 * Catherine Elizabeth Avery born 30 October
1860 at Brantford Township
#188.8.131.52 * Cornelius Eglin Avery (Neely) born 9 July
1862 at Apps Mills, Brantford Township
#184.108.40.206 * Orin Frederick Avery born 9 April 1865 at
#3.1.5..8 * Daniel Robert Avery born 27 December 1868
at Brantford Township.
Silas farmed in West Zorra and purchased 25 acres being the North part
of the West half of Lot 1 Concession 4 on November 1850.
He has however not yet been located in the 1851 Census.
He sold this property to his father Alanson, Avery in April 1856 and
apparently moved to Ingersoll where his son Alanson Henry Avery was born in
August 1857. He was an executor of
the will of his father in law Peter Molaskey who died 9 March 1848 and was
buried 11 March at Mr Mabys (Mabee’s)
meeting house (Ref Crawford diaries (likely North Oxford Township). The other
executor was Peter Molaskey Jr, Silas’s brother in law (One of the witnesses
to the will was Nancy Avery, Silas’ mother) (only example found of her
signature) (did the Molaskeys live
in West Zorra ??)
Silas moved again, before October 1860 to half of Lot 7 Concession 3 in
Brantford Township, near Apps
Mills. The other half of the lot was owned by Peter Molaskey Jr. He is listed
in the 1861 census in Brantford Township Page 14 Section West of Grand River
as Silas Avery age 37,
Jane Avery.age 32, children Eliza
12, Nancy 10, Mary Ann 8, Alanson H. 6, Catherine E. 2.
Also living with Silas was his mother-in-law Mary Molaskey born New
Brunswick, of Baptist religion age
He was also listed in the 1871 Brantford Township census in Dwelling #
84, Family #86 as
Silas Avery age 48, wife Mary age 43
children Eliza age 21, Nancy age 18, Mary Ann age 16, Alanson age 13,
Catherine age 11, Cornelius age 8, Orin
age 6 and Daniel
He purchased from Jeremiah Burch and his wife Elizabeth, 164 acres in
Lots 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the Kerr
Tract on the Pleasant Ridge Road in Brantford Township (less the right of way
of the Brantford and Port Burwell Railway)in October 1878 for $5300
Here he continued to farm and lived there for the rest of his life.
In the 1881 census of Brantford Township, West Brant County he was
listed as age 57 farmer born Ontario. Episcopal Methodist, wife Mary J age 52
born New Brunswick of Polish origin.
Children all born Ontario, Mary age 24, Alanson age 22,
Cornelius age 18, Orin age 15, Daniel age 13 and a farm labourer Daniel
Silas was the one executors (along with his brother Orin and
brother-in-law Archibald McKellar) of his father's Alanson estate and
signed the deeds selling his father's property in West Zorra Township in
January 1883. In April of 1885 Silas
placed a $3000 mortgage on 128 acres of Lot 1 & 2 of the Kerr Tract
at 6% due and payable in 3 years. He was however still making payments
on the mortgage in
April 1892. He may have used the mortgage money to
build a new house as he built at some time during his ownership of the
property a large two storey cream coloured brick house which was set facing
east on the edge of the Grand River Valley.
The 1891 Census of Brant County South, First Section Brantford Township
W.Avery, married, age 67, farmer, born Ont,
father and mother born US, Methodists ,wife Jane M born New Brunswick
age 62, Cornelius, Male, son, age 29, single son, Orin, married.
age 25, Orin's wife Elizabeth. age
24 (her father born France, mother
born Ireland) Frederick, male age
His sons, Cornelius and Orin assumed the farm on his
death in 1898. His daughter Eliza Avery Franklin received the Molaskey
homestead from her mother about the same time.
I have not yet found the widow, Mary Jane Avery in the 1901 census
Mary Jane was a daughter of Peter Molaskey and Mary Pickel (Pickle) (Bickle)
and was born
14 April 1829 in Hammond New Brunswick.
The Molaskeys had come to Brant and Oxford Counties in the late 1840's
. Mary died 19 August 1920 at her home on the Kerr Tract which now housed her
son Cornelius and his family and
is also buried in Greenwood Cemetery Brantford.
She was one of 9 children
(others James? Henry? John ?). Mary Pickle Molaskey’s
parents were Nicholas Pickel and Rachel Inscoe, Loyalists from New
Jersey to New Brunswick. Mary Pickel Molaskey is buried at the Landon (also
known as the Dickie Cemetery) which is located at the North West corner of Lot
1 Concession 4 Brantford Township Brant County. (Intersection of Henderson
Road and County Road 16)
JANE AVERY #2.2.5
Alanson Avery #1.2 and Nancy Eglin
about 1825 in West Zorra Township Oxford County Ont.
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
About 1852 to Archibald McKellar likely in West Zorra
or Ingersoll, Not found in Brock district marriage Records so they may have
been married in Perth County (Ontario)
27 June 1893 of cancer of the throat in North Oxford
Township Oxford County
(likely at her home Lot 14 Concession 3)
Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll Ontario Lot 69
#220.127.116.11 * Nancy Jane (Nina) McKellar born about 1853
likely born Woodstock Ontario
#18.104.22.168 * Eliza L. McKellar born 1858 born Woodstock
#22.214.171.124 * Catherine Jessie McKellar born 1862 in Perth
#126.96.36.199 * Agness Mary McKellar (aka “Love”
McKellar) born 1864 in Downie Township Perth County
tho the 1901 cesnus gives born 31 August 1866
#188.8.131.52 * Helen Louisa McKellar born 1866 in Downie
#184.108.40.206 * John A. McKellar about 1868 likely Downie
#220.127.116.11 Archibald Wright McKellar born about May 1872
at North Oxford Township.
He died 25 September 1872 age 4 months and 26 days of
consumption (T.B.), Buried McKellar Plot, Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
Mary Jane has not as yet been located in the 1851 census. In 1861 she,
her husband Archibald and family were likely in Downie Township in Perth
Archibald was born in Lonirgoilhead Argyllshire Scotland on 23 October
He came to Canada in 1842 living in Lanark County
before he moved to Downie Township Perth County and to Oxford County in 1870 .
He purchased 200 acres being Lot 14 Concession 3 North Oxford Township in
September 1869 where he farmed for the next 25 years.
He was in North Oxford
Township for the both the 1871 and the 1881 census. The 1881 census of North
Oxford Township listed Archibald as age 58, wife Mary Jane 55 and children,
Catherine 18, Mary 16, Helen (or
Ellen) 15, and John 13.
He was one of the executors of his father-in-law Alanson Avery's Estate
in 1883-4. He retired about 1894
and moved to Ingersoll with his daughter Mrs Love A. Richardson (Mrs Frank
Archibald was listed in the 1901 census of Ingersoll Oxford County (div
B-4 page 7) as head of Family ans recorded as Campell McKeller born 23
November 1823, age 77, widower, With him was his daughterAgness Richardson
,age 37 and born 31 August 1866 who was described as a widow and his grandson
Frank W Richardson age 7.
Archibald sold his farm to his daughter Nina in 1903.
He died 23 November 1905 of "paralysis", age 83 in Ingersoll
at his daughter's (Mrs. Richardson) and is also buried in the Ingersoll Rural
Cemetery. His obit noted he was a
Conservative in politics and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Canada Company records re Downie Township)
Alanson Avery #1.2 and Nancy Eglin
1 November 1827 in West Zorra Township
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
24 May 1855 to Eleanor Judge of Nissouri Township,
Oxford County by Rev George Turner of the Methodist Church. Witnesses were
Orin Avery and John McNames
23 December 1861 near St Mary's, Perth County, Ontario
no burial place as yet found. All Oxford county (Zorra
and West Nissouri) Cemetery records checked as well as St Marys in Perth
#18.104.22.168 Nancy Jane Avery born 4 July 1857 and died
#22.214.171.124 * Margaret Avery born 10 December 1859 likely
near St. Mary's
#126.96.36.199 * Elizabeth (Eliza) Cornelia Avery born 8 June
1862 at Thamesford, Oxford County.
born 5 1/2 months after her father died
Cornelius has not as yet been located in the 1851 census. or 1861
census (project to be .undertaken)
He was a tanner and a stock drover and a county bailiff (ref Groton Avery
It has not been ascertained if Cornelius owned land in
Oxford, Perth or Middlesex Counties.
His brother John Avery of West Zorra Township was named
as administrator of his will (microfilm Record of Ontario wills #115 in 1866
County of Oxford Index). The will
was probated on 1 February 1866.
Eleanor Judge was born 22 April 1839 (married at age16) near Toronto (GAC)
and was the daughter of John Judge and Jane Henderson.
She remarried to Jeremiah Williams on 3 August 1864 at
Michigan. She gave her age
as 26 and her residence as Oxford County.
He gave his age
to Saginaw Michigan and were there by December 1886 when Eleanor's daughter
Margaret married Erwin Davenport. In
1910 Eleanor lived on the west side of Saginaw (no mention of Jeremiah in the
A. AVERY #2.2.7
Alanson Avery #2.1 and Nancy Eglin
15 November 1829 in West Zorra Township Oxford County
Ont. likely at Lot 1 Concession 3
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
7 December 1857 likely at Ingersoll Oxford County
Ontario to Catherine Campbell
31 August 1930 age 100 years 8 months and 16 days at
his home in Croswell, Sanilac County, Michigan of cancer of the face
#188.8.131.52 * John E. Avery born 7 March 1861 in West
#184.108.40.206 * Elizabeth Jane Avery (Eliza) born 14 October
1864 in West Zorra Township
Orin’s second name is
unknown. His obit noted he had
received a grammar school education.
In 1857, 58 and 1861, Orin lived on Lot 2 Concession 4
West Zorra. At the time of the
1851 West Zorra census he was listed as Orin Avery age 24 labourer, single,
and was living with his parents Alanson and Nancy Avery.He had purchased the
North West 1/4 of Lot 4 West Zorra (50 acres) in November 1859 for $150. He
purchased the North 1/2 of the East 1/2 of Lot 10 Concession 2 West Zorra
in November 1860 and in 1863 he lived there. (Deed #23828)
He sold his Zorra Township property in October 1865 (deed # 33805) and
by the 15th of February 1867 was living in Lexington Township Sanilac County
Michigan on the South East 1/4 of Section 15.
He received a deed for the property on 6 December 1867 and owned all
the South East Quarter of the section except the North West 1/4, 120 acres in
total. He was shown as the owner
of this property on the 1894 Sanilac County Atlas.
The buildings were on the road between Sections 14 and 15. Orin is
listed in the 1870 census of Lexington Township as age 40, farmer, wife
age 34 and children, John age 9 and Eliza age 5 all of
whom were born in Canada. He was listed in the 1880 census of Sanilac as a
farmer age 51, wife Katharine age 43 and children John age 19 and Eliza age
He was the first of the Avery brothers to move to Sanilac County,
though his brother Alanson was in the US prior to the Civil War.
Orin not only raised his own family but after the death of his son John
also raised his grandson Earl Avery. The
family was listed in the 1900 census of Lexington Township as Orin Avery born
November 1829, wife Catharine born July 1837, mother of 2 children with on
living and grandson Earl age 16, born
Orin was listed as a grain farmer and stock grower in the
"Business Section" of the 1906 Sanilac County Atlas under Lexington
Township. On the map of Lexington Township,
a "George Farley" is shown on the farm in Section 15.
Whether Orin still owned the farm at that time is not known .
About 1903 Orin and his wife moved into Croswell (Section 22 Lexington
Township) onto a 2 acre property that he had purchased in 1878.
About 1908 he built a new
house on the property in Croswell. In October 1904, he was appointed the
guardian of his nephew Orin Avery #220.127.116.11 (son of John Avery) who had been
declared mentally incompetent.
After his wife Catherine died in 1922, Orin lived with his daughter
Eliza (Mrs. Dr. George R.) Martin in Croswell.
He and Catherine were members of the Second Adventist Church in
He was very active and at age 95 could ride horseback
which was a hobby of his. At age
97 he could still walk without a cane and read without glasses.
The village of Croswell gave him a 100th birthday party complete with a
chicken supper for nearly of 200 people on 15 November 1929. He rode a horse
during the birthday parade. He was listed as age 100 in the 1930 census of
Lexington Township and was living with his daughter and son in law George and
Catherine was born on 10
July 1837 at ?, and was the daughter of John Campbell (born Scotland) and Mary
Gee (born New York State). She died 3 December 1922 of arterial sclerosis (age
4 months and 23 days) and is buried with Orin in the
Alanson Avery #1.2 and Nancy Eglin
17 November 1830 likely
at Lot 1 Concession 3 West Zorra Township Oxford County Ontario
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER 2134
on 27 February 1850 to Robert James Moore in West Zorra
Township, Oxford County Ont. by
Rev. George Turner of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Witnesses, Norval Britney (soon to marry Robert's sister Jane) and George
Bailey (no relationship to any one in either the Moore or Avery families so he
was likely a friend).
20 February 1928 at Spokane Washington State
Moore-Campbell family plot Highland Cemetery (west side
of Road) Gladwin City, Gladwin County Michigan. Cemetery
Plot is on west limit of Cemetery about midway north-south of the
Markers inscriptions are
"1827 Robt. J. Moore 1899" and "1830
Catherine Moore 1928" as well as “1872 Katie 1887"
#18.104.22.168 * Adelaide Rachel Moore born 28 January 1851
in West Zorra Township.
She was married 11 April 1871 at Lexington, Sanilac
County Mich. to William Arthur Marin.
She died 5 November 1937 at Crookston Minnesota. Four
#22.214.171.124 * George Frederick Moore born 23 August 1853
in West Zorra Township.
He was married 18 January 1877 at Kalamazoo Mich. to
Jeanette (Jennie) Murphy.
He died 14 February 1934 at Tacoma Washington. Ten
#126.96.36.199 * Nancy (Nina) Maria Moore born 28 February
1855 in West Zorra Township.
She was married 10 September 1884 at Gladwin Township.
Gladwin County to David B. Wright.
She died 21 April 1904 at Gladwin City.
#188.8.131.52 * James Robert (Jim) Moore born 19 November
1855 in West Zorra Township.
He was married 29 October 1891 in Brantford Ont. to
Sophia Marr. He died 3 December 1938,
Dumfries Township. Brant County Ont., They had one son Murray Marr Moore born
15 January 1896 Sage Township Gladwin County Michigan.
(Jim was RGM’s grandfather)
#3.2.8 5 * Alanson (Lant) Avery Moore born 24 October
1858 likely in West Zorra Township.
He was married 9 February 1888 at Detroit Mich. to
Margaret Harrup. He died 20 November 1928
at Detroit. Two
#184.108.40.206 * Mary Jane Moore born 1 April 1861 in West
Zorra Township. She was married
1889, Gladwin Township. to Robert Boyd Wright. She died 30 July 1946 at
Spokane, Washington State. Four Children
#3.2 8.7 *
Elizabeth (Eliza) Moore born 12 October 1863 at the hamlet of Beachville,
West Oxford Township. Oxford County. Ont. She was
married 20 January 1890 to
Thomas Glashan Campbell at Gladwin City. She died 29
December 1940 at Gladwin. One child
#220.127.116.11 * Eleanor (Ella) Lillian Moore born 13 June
1866 at Beachville. She was married
24 April 1909 to Franklin P. Knopp at Hillyard
(Spokane) Washington State.
She died 26 September 1946 at Spokane. No children
#18.104.22.168 * Janet (Jennie) Elsey Moore born 8 May 1870
at Beachville. She was married 7 July 1892
at Gladwin City to Milford Elmer Raymond. She died 16
November 1939 at Portland Oregon.
#22.214.171.124 Catherine O. (Katie) Moore born 18 September
1871 at Beachville. She died 4 July 1887 likely of appendicitis at Gladwin City,
Gladwin County. Buried Highland Cemetery Gladwin in family Plot. Grave marker
inscribed "1872 KATIE 1887". However
her obit states that she was buried in Grout Town(ship) Cemetery. (It is
presumed the remains were moved to Highland Cemetery at a later time.)
#126.96.36.199 "Son" Moore. Family stories says
there was a son who lived for only a very short time.
Robert's obituary in October 1899 states he had 11
children 9 of whom were living at that time, however Katie's obituary in July of
1887 in the Gladwin Record newspaper says that she was the youngest of 10
children, the rest of whom were living.
For Catherine and Robert’s Family history and
descendants see Robert James
Moore Branch #2.5.8 of the Moore Family History
DESCENDANTS OF ROBERT JAMES MOORE AND CATHERINE AVERY
Gr. Great Grandchildren
Adelaide R. Marin
“HENRY” AVERY #2.2.9
Alanson Avery #2.1 and Nancy Eglin
9 June 1833 likely at Lot 1 Concession # 3 West Zorra
Township Oxford County Ontario
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
Sarah Elizabeth Rodgers in 1854 likely at the hamlet of
Warwick in Warwick Township
Lambton County Ontario
23 February 1897 of cancer of the throat in Butman
Township, Gladwin County, Michigan
unmarked grave in Butman Cemetery, Cemetery Road,
Section #7 Butman Township
children 1 to 8 born in Warwick Township Lambton County
#188.8.131.52 * Elizabeth Ann Avery born 26 October 1855
#184.108.40.206 * Lucinda Jane Avery born 7 August 1857
Amelia Avery born 21 August 1859 died
July 1861 age 2
(Listed in 1861 Warwick Township Census)
#220.127.116.11 * Sarah Amanda Avery born 4 February 1862
#18.104.22.168 * Alice Abelia Avery born 12 May 1864
#22.214.171.124 * Deborah Cornelia Avery born 10 August 1866
#126.96.36.199 * Henrietta Louesia Avery born 4 May 1869
#188.8.131.52 Charles Eglin Avery born 6 April 1871
Died 1 January 1875 in Worth Township
Children 9 to 13 born in Worth Township Sanilac County
#184.108.40.206 Frederick Avery born 28 July 1875
Died 16 September 1875 of consumption (T.B.) in
#220.127.116.11 Elmer Avery born 7 September 1876
Died 2 November 1877 in Worth Township
#18.104.22.168 * Nellie Victoria Avery born 26 April 1878
#22.214.171.124 William Avery born 8 August 1879 Died 9
September 1879 of unknown causes in
#126.96.36.199 * Friend Benson Avery born 6 April 1882
Henry has not as yet been located in the 1851 census. It is not known why
Henry Avery was in Warwick in 1854 as it appears that none of the other Avery
brothers had left Zorra Township prior to that time. His brother-in-law Robert
Moore (husband of Catherine) was a barn builder and was in the Lambton County
and the St. Clair County Michigan area at that time. (Robert's brother Walter
was also a carpenter at Marysville near Port Huron by 1852. It is quite likely that Henry was
working for his brother-in-law and stopped at the local hotel to admire the
hotel keeper's daughter ! The
Avery and the Moore families were very close from the 1850's when Robert and
Catherine married until at least the late 1930's.
Contact between some of the branches continues until
this day. Henry was still in Warwick
Township for the 1861 census when he was listed as a labourer, age 27 Wesleyan
Methodist by religion with his wife Sarah age 24 and children Elizabeth age 6,
Lucinda age 5 and Catherine age 2
In December 1863, he purchased his father and mother-in-law's David and
Elizabeth Rodgers farm for $800.( West ½ of Lot 22 Concession 1 South of the
Egremont Road in Warwick Township which was 100 acres).
He was still, however, listed as a labourer rather than a farmer in the
1864-5 Sutherlands Directory of Lambton.
By the time the 1871 census of Warwick Township had rolled around,
Henry's family had grown to Elizabeth 15, Lucinda 14, Sarah 9, Alice 6, Deborah
4 Henrietta 2 and Charles Henry born
in March 1871. (Catherine had died in July of 1861 at nearly 2 years of age).
Henry and his brother John
(who moved in September 1872) were the last of the Avery brothers to move to
Michigan. In July 1872 Henry sold
his farm in Warwick for $2700 and moved to Galbraith Road in Worth Township,
Sanilac County Michigan where he purchased 80 acres (the East 1/2 of the South
West 1/4 of Section 24) (1 mile east
of Amadore). He was listed in the
1880 census of Worth Township as a farmer, age 52, (actually he was only 47).
wife Sarah age 44 and children Lucinda J. age 22, Sarah M. age 18, Alice A. age
16, Deborah age 13, Henrietta age 11, (all born in Canada) and Nellie V. age 2
born in Michigan,as well as two farm labourers.
In February 1890, he sold his farm for Two Thousand Dollars with the
purchaser to pay off the mortgage $1000 and $168 interest.
He was a director and chairman for a time of the Carmen Cemetery Board
(Christian Union Cemetery Association).
He may have lived in Carsonville in Sanilac County for a time before
moving about 1894 to Butman Township, Gladwin County purchasing the West ½ of
South West 1/4 of Section 17 (80 acres).
His sister Catherine and her husband Robert Moore had moved to the Ridge
Road in Gladwin Township in 1879 and Henry's new property would be about 5 or 6
miles north of his sister residence. Henry
sold a school lot from his property about 1896 which became known as the
Avery School (#3 Butman).
Henry died in Butman Township on 23 February 1897 of cancer of the throat
and is buried in an unmarked grave in Butman Cemetery.
His eldest grandchild was Fred Howard Benaway born 16 May 1878 and the
youngest was Thomas Leslie Hall born 9 April 1925, 24 in all.
Sarah Rogers was born 19 April 1836 in Addington County Ontario
(Reference her obit) and was the third daughter of David Rodgers 1809-1865 and
Elizabeth Benson 1819-1903. Her
father David was a Hotel Keeper in Warwick (deed December 1863).
The 1864-5 Sutherland's Directory of Lambton County lists David Rodgers
as the proprietor of the Warwick hotel. (The David Rodgers who was a farmer on
Lot 16 Concession 1 North of the Egremont Road in Warwick Township by 1877
(Lambton County directory), might have been Sarah's brother)
Sarah continued to live in Butman Township until after 1900 when she was
listed in the Butman Township census with her daughter Deborah and son in law
Daniel Briggs. How long after that
she remained in Butman is not know. Sarah
died 6 February 1918 at Bridgeport, Saginaw Michigan
(Reference Percy Briggs) and is buried in the Carmen
Cemetery on east side of Babcock Road, about one mile north of the Baker Road in
Worth Township (gravestone reads
Sarah E. Avery 1836-1918).
Obit 7 February 1918 page 3 Saginaw Courier Herald
Her grandson Percy Briggs stated that when she died she asked to be
buried near her children that had died in Worth Township and were also buried in
the Carmen Cemetery. (Ref. Ed McDonald 1985) (there may be more than one child
buried in that Cemetery).
LUCINDA AVERY #2.2.12
Alanson Avery #2.1 and Nancy Eglin
about 1839, likely
Lot 1 Concession 3 West Zorra Township, Oxford County Ontario
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
8 February 1865 at Ingersoll to Lemuel B. Stevens (son
of Lemuel and Francis Stevens)
(she gave her age as 20 when married, however she was
listed as 13 in the 1851 West Zorra census)
after 1912 perhaps at Chicago Illinios as she was
mentioned in the obit of her brother Alanson in November 1912 as living in
Were there older Children?
#188.8.131.52 Avery A. Stevens born about 1872, likely in
the Ingersoll area
He married in Chicago on 20 July 1904 to Nellie I
listed in 1910 census of Chicago 7th ward living as a renter at number 6023
Street, home #70
Avery Stevens age 38 married 5 years born Michigan
,occupation Retail merchant awnings and
leather good s, wife Nellie age 28 born Illinios. They
had been married 5 years, daughter Mary K age 1 born Illinios. He was still
living in 1940 when he inherited $75 from his cousin Orin’s estate.
#184.108.40.206 Marshall B. Stevens born April 1874, likely
born Ingersoll area.
He was listed in the 1900 census of Ward #32 of Chicago
born April 1874, age 25, single, a boarder and an “electric student.”, to US
in 1884. He was listed in the 1910 census of Chicago in Ward #
living on Prarie Avenue age 35, born Canada parents
born Canada Occupation illegible, Wife “Lucredia” age 26 born Indiana
and son Robert age 9 months born Illinios
The family was listed in the 1920 census of Chicago
living at 6675 Champlain avenue (renting)
Dwelling #96 family, 214, Marshall Stevens age 45,
Manufacturer in a manufacturing company, to US in 1880. wife Lucretia, age 35
and children all born Illinios, Robert age 9, Albert age 8 and Lucretia age 3
Family info states he had a daughter Margaret Catherine
Stevens who died at about age 16, perhaps around md 1930's
in a fall from a horse. Marshall was living May 1940 when he inherited
$75 from his cousin Orin’s estate.
#220.127.116.11 Elgin C. Stevens born about 1875 living May
an Elgin Stevens born Michigan is listed in the Manhatten New York 1920 census
district #1424 at 6140 Riverside Drive, renter, family
#630 .Elgin’s age given as 39 with a wife Nelda
age 38 and born Kentucky , occupation as best I can
read was a whare house merchant (lousy writing on whole census) No way of
knowing if this is the correct Elgin Stevens.
listed in the 1930 census of Aurora Kane County Ill (ancestry.com) living as
roomer with Family #146 Harriett Thomas. Elgin’s
age was given as 55, perhaps divorced and perhaps a Joiner in a cable office tho
the census was most difficult to read born Canada (As of Feb 10 2005 I can no
longer find this on Ancestry.com)
The address for all 3 brothers was given as 70 South Broadway, Aurora
Illinios in May 1940.
It is not known if there was a sister Mary Stewart of
Seattle Washington State as she was also listed as a heir of her cousin Orin
Avery (son of John Avery) in September 1939. She was not in the final statement
so she may have died before the money ($75 each) was distributed in May 1940.
Moore Wright of Spokane Washington was omitted in the September 1939 statement
but included in the May 1940 statement. These two person might be one and the
same but I thing this is a little far fetched.
When Lemuel Stevens was married in 1865 gave his age as 24 (born about
1840), and was resident of East Nissouri Township Oxford County and gave his
birth place as Nova Scotia.
The 1861 West Zorra census showed Lemuel living at home
with his parents age 22 on Lot 2 Concession 4.
Eliza was listed as age 22 single and living with her parents Alanson and
West Zorra Township.
The Stevens lived in Ingersoll from June 1867 to February 1868 on Lot 10
Inkerman Street (South East corner of Inkerman and George Streets).
They sold the property to her father Alanson Avery in February 1868 and
may have moved at that time to Michigan as they were not listed in the 1871
census index of Oxford County.
They repurchased the property in Ingersoll from Alanson in August 1879
and sold it in December 1880 to Eliza's niece
Nina McKellar (#18.104.22.168)
The Stevens were in Saginaw Michigan by July 1881 and were living in
Chicago by 1912.
M.L. Bacon of Grand Blanc Mich reports (1994) that the
Stevens family of Sanilac may have been related to Lemuel
In the 1930 Census of Compton Township Kane County Ill,.(ancestry.com) a
(first name Wales ) Dwelling 130, family #140 is
was listed as age 24
manager. born Illinios, wife Cora
24 son Avery L age 2 years
and one month and
daughter Wilma age One year and one month. As these
people part of the family ?
STODDARD AVERY #2.2.13
Alanson Avery #2.1 and Nancy Eglin
26 April 1841 in West Zorra Township, Oxford County
GROTON AVERY CLAN NUMBER
21 December 1868 at Ingersoll to Mary A. Scott
21 August 1880 of consumption (T.B.) in Worth Township,
Sanilac County Michigan
age 38 years 3 mos and 26 days
Croswell Cemetery, Sanilac County
#22.214.171.124 * Alice Maud Avery born 25 November 1869
(Groton Avery Clan Records) at Ingersoll
(her death certificate lists 1870)
#126.96.36.199 * Frederick Scott Avery born 14 July 1876 at
Worth Township Sanilac County Mich.
In June 1863 Daniel lived on his father's farm, Lot 2 Concession 4 West
(1863 Polling Records).
He lived in Ingersoll from 1869 to after 1871 where the 1871 census of
Ingersoll showed him living with his father Allanson at 10 South Inkerman
Street. At that time he gave his age was given as 30 his religion as Methodist,
his wife Mary as age 24 and daughter Alice Maud as age 2.
November 1871, he purchased a portion of Section 27 in Lexington Township
Sanilac County on 16 November 1871 (CHECK Township.) By 1876 (Atlas he owned a
portion of the
South West 1/4 of Section #12 Worth Township (120
acres). The family was in Worth in July 1876 when son Frederick was born. In the
1880 census (taken 5 June) the family was listed in the census of Worth Township
and it was listed in the census records that Daniel age 39 had consumption,
wife Mary age 33, and children Alice M. age 10 and
Frederick S. age 3.
Mary Scott was born on 15 September 1846 (Death certificate) in or
perhaps near Woodstock Ontario, altho her parents may have been living in North
Norwich Township Oxford County by that time.
Her father, John Scott was
born in 1817 in Scotland and her mother Catherine Hagle was born 1819 or 1820 in
Canada. When Mary married Daniel, the Scotts lived on Gore Lot Concession 3
Norwick Township Oxford County, tho Mary was likely working in Ingersoll.
Mary remarried on 14 January
1900 at Ithica Michigan to Hugh McIntyre, age 57, widower who was a lumberman at
Croswell. (Witnesses were her son Frederick and his wife Jane Avery).
She gave her residence as Croswell and her occupation
as a housekeeper.
Mary died 5 January 1936 age 89 years, 9 months and 21 days (Death
certificate)(This does not agree with birth date of 15 September 1846 also shown
on her death certificate (cause old age) at
her daughter Alice Shannon's residence at 1002 Cass
Street in Traverse City where she had lived for
30 years, Although the death certificate states that
her burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City, her name is shown on the
Grave Stone with her first husband Daniel Avery in Croswell Cemetery
It is not known when or where her husband Hugh McIntyre died but likely
before (say) 1907
For info on the Scott family in Ontario see “AVERY SCOTT “ File by RGM