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Surviving Letters - Descendants of the Groton Averys

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  • Margaret Perry (1816 - 1896)
    From the Surviving Letters Project 1865 Transcribed Letter from Margaret Perry to her brother-in-law Noyes Latham Avery (1815 - 1901). Postmarked Tecumseh, MI, August 8, 1865.
  • Alice Perry (c.1845 - d.)
    From the Surviving Letters Project 1863 Transcribed Letter from Alice Perry to her first cousin John Morgan Avery (1847-1873). Postmarked Tecumseh MI, April 5, 1863. Scan of ORIGINAL LETTER
  • 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)
    THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 775-6 From the Surviving Letters Project Transcribed Letter from Frances Browne...
  • 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 bro­ther, Oliv­er Will­iam Bourne Pea­bo­dy, was al­s...

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 shed light on the human condition within the context of their times as captured through the personal reflections of each author's 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:





  • 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