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Daniel Dudley Avery

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
Death: Died in Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Dudley Avery and Mary Ann Avery
Husband of Sarah Craig Avery and Sarah Craig Avery
Father of Mary Eliza McIlhenny; Sarah Marsh Leeds; Dudley Avery; John Marsh Avery; George Marsh Avery and 1 other
Brother of John Brown Avery; Latham Avery and Eliza Brown Sharpe
Half brother of Dudley Avery, Jr.; Barton Frederick Avery, Hon.; Caroline Campuit Fellows and Hannah Sprague

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About Daniel Dudley Avery

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. Found in the DAR Library, Washington DC, page 304, 468.

He received his early education from his mother; was prepared for college by the Rev. Philander Chase, afterwards an Episcopal bishop; was graduated from Yale in 1830; returned to his native city, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1832. He was twice elected to the legisture and held the office of prosecting attorney for the district; was also elected district judge, which office he resigned in 1862. In this year, he removed his family to his estate on Petite Anse, now Avery's Island, and later to Texas to escape the excitement incident to the war. His oldest son enlisted in the Confederate army; his second son developed the salt works on the island which proved to be of untold value to the South. After the war, Judge Avery returned to Avery's Island, found his home in ruins, and set himself vigorously tot he task of saving the remnant of his fortune. His declining years were years of disappointment which he met with Christian fortitude. His faithful and devoted wife died and he followed her on the tenth of the following June. Their bodies lie in the same tomb beneath the spreading oaks of Avery's Island.


Title: Judge

Burial: Avery Island, Iberia Parish, LA in a tomb on the original plantation

Daniel's mother, with her thorough English education, was responsible for his early training and preparation for his success as a young man. He aquired the habit of study at an early age and was a close student throughout his life. At 14years of age, he was sent to Berlin, Ohio, under the care of Reverend Mr. Chase, western missionary, and afterwards Episcopal bishop of Ohio, to prepare for Yale College which he entered in 1826 and graduated in 1830. During his college days, he vacationed with the family of his uncle, Latham Avery, at Groton, Connecticut.

Daniel was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1832 being eminently successful in his profession and acquiring a large fortune. He was twice elected to Legislature from Baton Rouge,and held the office of Prosecuting Attorney for the district. He was also elected and served as District Judge in the same district, which office he resigned in 1862, removing his family to his extensive sugar plantation on Petite Anse, now Avery Island in an effort to escape the military action. In a very short time he moved his family again, this time to Texas, as they were unable to be undisturbed on Petite Anse.

While in Texas, Daniel's eldest son had enlisted in the Confederate Army and his next son, John M., had been left in Louisiana with an old salt works originally developed by his grandfather during the war with England 181 2-1815. With an increasing demand for salt, John M. enlarged the salt well and discovered a solid mass of rock salt only thirteen feet below the surface. The area of this salt deposit became the famous"Louisiana Salt Mines". John M.'s discovery, combined with the blockade of shipping ports, resulted in the entire country interested in the mines. A special Federal Army expeditionary force attempted to destroy the mines in 1863 because of the value to the Confederacy. Daniel exercised absolute control of the sale of the salt and would only accept Conferderate currency as an act of patriotism to sustain the public credit,and by his example to give confidence in it.

Daniel returned from Texas with his family in June, 1865 to find his home despoiled of everything, and his sugar plantation and mining property devastated by the Federal forces. Although never complaining and trying to save his remaining fortune for the next twelve years, his health declined and he was never able to fully recover. He was confirmed by the Episcopal Church in the late 1860's.

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Daniel Dudley Avery's Timeline

April 10, 1810
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
May 19, 1838
Age 28
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
February 4, 1840
Age 29
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
September 20, 1842
Age 32
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
April 4, 1844
Age 33
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA
Age 35
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, USA
October 16, 1848
Age 38
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
June 9, 1879
Age 69
Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States