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Surviving Letters - Descendants of the Groton Averys

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  • Lucy Avery Morgan (1798 - 1869)
    From the Surviving Letters Project 1827 Transcribed Letter from Albert Morgan (1789-1860) and his wife Lucy Avery Miner (1798-1869) to Elias Avery (1768-1837) and Sally Barber (1773-1837) reflect...
  • Isaac Foster Ward (1843 - 1904)
    From the Surviving Letters Project Transcribed Letter from Frances Brownell Avery (1846-1928) to John Morgan Avery (1847-1873), Postmarked New Haven, CT, January 14, 1865. Scan of ORIGINAL LETTER
  • William Bourne Oliver Peabody, Rev. (1799 - 1847)
    William Bourne Oliver Peabody (Ju­ly 9, 1799 - May 28, 1847) was a Un­i­tar­i­an min­is­ter and author in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. His twin bro&...
  • Frederick Delano, M. D. (1765 - 1825)
    "The first physician at Aurora, was Frederick Delano, who came from Orange county about 1792, and practiced till his death July 26th, 1825, aged 60. He was one of the original members of the Cayuga Cou...
  • Rachel Foote (1777 - 1856)
    THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912, Page 305. Rachel and Zenas are said to have had one child

Avery Stories

A number of interesting old letters from the Groton CT - Aurora NY - Grand Rapids MI Avery line have survived the years through descent in the family. This project attempts to share these documents with the broader Geni family in hopes of adding color and depth to the threads of this family lineage. These personal letters begin to shed light on the human condition within the historical framework of their times as can best be captured through the personal records of their own life experiences.

The letters have been transcribed for ease of reading, however scans of the original documents are provided when possible in the event the transcription is questioned.

Steven Avery Kelley

The Letters in chronological order:

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1819

1822

  • Transcribed Letter from Mr. R. Humphrey to Joseph Ridgway Jr. (1800 –1850), written at Newport OH, November 27, 1822. Mr. Humphrey would appear to be a former teacher at a New York academy that Joseph likely attended and continued to be a mentor to Joseph. Both had recently removed to Ohio at the time of this letter. Scan of ORIGINAL LETTER
  • Transcribed Letter from William E. Avery (1805-1826) to his sister Maria Barber Avery (1801-1826), written at Springfield Mass, November 30, 1822. This melancholy letter was written by William when he was 17 years old. He would not live to see his 21st birthday. Scan of ORIGINAL LETTER

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1825

1826

1827

1828

1835

1863

1864

1865


1866

1874

1917