Biography of Avery M. Starkweather
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Starkweather, Avery Meech, was a native of New London county, Conn., and moved with his parents when small to Saratoga county, N. Y. He resided there until 1816, when with his wife and one child he came to Orleans county and bought 150 acres of the Holland Land Company in the town of Barre, for which he paid three dollars per acre. He cut the first tree on this farm the night he arrived for the cow to browse on. He built a log house in which he lived about ten years, and in 1827 built the brick house now on the place. In 1826 the Erie Canal was completed and added much to the value of his farm. Mr. Starkweather was the first superintendent of that division of the canal, was postmaster at Eagle Harbor. and also. supervisor of the town of Barre two terms. He was one of the founders of the M. E. Church at Eagle Harbor and one of its most devoted members. He died October 3, 1865, aged just 75 years. His wife was Abigail Brockett, by whom he had four children, viz.: Jared B., who set tied in Kenosha, Wis., and died there in 1891; Reuben C., who lived and died in Orleans county; Eli P., who spent most of his life in the west and died on the homestead in 1888; Giles E., who lived a number of years in Milwaukee, Mich., and died there in 1887. The second wife of Avery M. Starkweather was Electa Moon, by whom he had one child, Hiram Avery, who served three years in the war of 1861-5, after which he moved to Van Buren county, Mich., and died in 1886. Reuben Cheney Starkweather was born in 1816. In 1840 he married Susan Jane Brown, daughter of John and Olive Brown, of the town of Gaines. Their children were Abigail and Amelia, who died young; Avery C. and Arthur J., who with their mother own and live on the old home farm. Mr. Starkweather was a steward and prominent member of the M. E. Church at Eagle Harbor. He died July 18, 1873. Avery C. Starkweather married Annie E., daughter of John and Elizabeth Anderson, of Carlton, March 23, 1892.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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