Biography of Chauncy Avery
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Avery, Chauncy, was one of the pioneers of Stenben county. He was born June 28, 1798, in the State of Connecticut. He came to New York and married Emaline, a daughter of William Van Brunt of Byron. They were the parents of thirteen children. He died May 18, 1876; his wife died October 19, 1870. They were pioneers in the Christian church of which they were members. Their children were Chauney Stillman, horn May 7, 1825: Gilbert Franklin, born January 15, 1828; Clarissa M., born October 29, 1832; she married Warren Northrop; he was killed in the Wayland tragedy January, 1871, by Mrs. Mary Hess; Simon G., born December 12, 1834, died March 20, 1893; Rose C., married Horace Avery, lives in Pennsylvania; William H., born December 13, 1837, died October 7, 1877, leaving a wife and four children in Florida; Nancy M., born April, 1840, died May, 1848; Charles F., born November 24, 1842, (lied March 20, 1895; John H., born March 2, 1849, married Anna Hayward; they have three sons and a daughter. The others all died in infancy. Chauncy S. married Mary Jane, a daughter of Augustus Mathers, who was one of the old pioneers of Cohocton (now Wayland); she died August 4, 1866. They had three daughters: Maryette, now Mrs. Abram Van Riper, of Cohoeton; Frank M., now Mrs. Robert Cole of Hornellsville; and Harriet A., now Mrs. George Pierce of South Dansville. His second wife was Lucinda R., a daughter of Zina Tripp. In 1878 he purchased the Avery homestead near the I). L. and W. depot, where he still resides. He is a member of the G. A. R Post, and also of the I. O. O. F., Lodge 176, in Wayland. Four of the Avery brothers enlisted in the United States service in our late Civil war. Chauncey S. and Simon were in the last year and took part in a number of hard fought battles; assisted in tearing up the Weldon Railroad, and were present at General Lee's surrender and witnessed the stacking of the Rebel arms. Gilbert enlisted in 1862, was in General Bank's division in Louisiana. Charles F. enlisted in the beginning of the war and was a soldier until its close. He received a bad wound in the face, the ball entering just below the left eye and coming out just below the ear, destroying the sight and hearing of that eye and ear. Besides a common school education he graduated from the Poughkeepsie Commercial College since the war. He went to Florida and was twice elected by the Republicans to the Legislature of that State. He died of consumption March 8, 1895. Zina Tripp, born April 3, 1789, in Washington county, N. Y. He married Ruth Baudish. She died in June, 1820, They had five children; none of them ever lived in this county. His second wife was Parthiana, a daughter of Nathaniel Bennett, of Waterloo, N.Y. Their two oldest children died in infancy; names of the other five were Harriet Eliza, born April 26, 1825, died in 1848; Lucinda Ruth, born December 21, 1828, married C. S. Avery; Catherine M. died in Wayland, September 7, 1884. Nathaniel Bonnell, born November 9, 1833, was lost in the woods May 8, and found dead May 11, 1837. Christopher Columbus, born April 19, 1836, married Rachel Pierce; they were married in March and he enlisted in the United States service the next September, 1862, He was in General Banks's division and in his expedition up Red River in Louisiana was in two hard fought battles when our army lost near four thousand and the enemy nearly as many. On the retreat down Red River Admiral Porter's fleet got stuck and could not get down over the falls at Alexandria and Grand Ecore when our boys had to work building dams to raise the water. Christopher was among the number working in the water up to their waists and often up to their necks. After the gunboats were off and safe he had to march on a forced march from two o'clock in the morning until two o'clock the next morning. This broke his constitution and he was sick after it a:; long as he lived. He was home on furlough at the time of his death, which occurred September 20, 1864. His captain said he was a brave and faithful soldier. He was converted before the war and his chaplain said he was a faithful soldier of the Cross. Zina Tripp and his wife were both converted years ago, but they never united with any church, but their wives were like the Quakers, not believing in a water baptism or vocal prayer, but in a life hid with Christ in God. He died September 27, 1859; his wife died August 30, 1870.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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