Capt. Dudley Avery

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Dudley Avery, M.D.

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: 1816 (45)
At Sea - (Off The Coast Of The Mainland), Cuba (Yellow fever)
Place of Burial: Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ens. Daniel Avery and Deborah Avery (Avery)
Husband of Hannah Avery and Mary Ann Avery
Father of Dudley Avery, Jr.; Hon. Barton Frederick Avery; Caroline Campuit Fellows; Hannah Sprague; John Brown Avery and 3 others
Brother of Daniel Avery, Congressman; Elias Avery; Lt. Issac Avery; Deborah Avery (Avery); Latham Avery and 2 others

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About Capt. 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 303-4.

Dudley removed to Aurora, Cayuga County, New York where he was considered a citizen of that state ca 1794 because land was deeded to him in Aurora. In 1795, he and his family emigrated with the colony. July 5, 1798, he was appointed by Abiatha Hull, sheriff of Onondaga County, New York, as his deputy. This was a major responsibility as Onondaga County embraced all of the "Military Tract", or a territory twice the size of Rhode Island, and the amount of miles of travel necessary for a deputy to perform his duties was well in the thousands. He was also entrusted with the ballots cast for congressmen in the general election of 1796, and carried them to Albany to deliver them to Lewis A. Scott, Secretary of State, January 2, 1797.

Following the death of his wife, Dudley returned to Groton in1804 where he studied medicine. After he was admitted to practice medicine and surgery, he started west seeking a place to settle. He briefly located in Cincinnati, Hamilton County,Ohio before settling in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. His medical practice was quite successful and he accumulated a large fortune. He became a community leader and member of the state legislature in 1814-1815. He was a battlefield surgeon during skirmishes around New Orleans and during the end of the fighting mostly cared for the enemy. After the war he built a sailing vessel intended for trade with New York but died of Yellow fever on a trial trip off the coast of Cuba.



"Dudley and Elias Avery are believed to have come (to Ledyard, Cayuga, NY) in at the same time, (1795.) The former settled at what is known as " Pumpkin Hill," three miles south of Aurora. He was an inn-keeper, but left the town at an early day."

source: History of Cayuga County, New York, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by Elliot G. Storke, p 397

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Capt. Dudley Avery's Timeline

March 19, 1770
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
November 24, 1793
Age 23
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
September 16, 1796
Age 26
Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, United States
September 19, 1798
Age 28
Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, United States
March 3, 1804
Age 33
Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, United States
Age 37
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
April 10, 1810
Age 40
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States
Age 41
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States