Biography of John D. Avery
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Avery, John D., was born in Prattsburg, N, Y., November 1, 1845, reared on a farm, and educated in the common schools. At nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter's trade, and in the fall of 1864 he enlisted in Co. A. 1st N. Y. Dragoons, and was injured while going into battle at Winchester, by his leg being caught on a snag. He also participated in the battle of Strausburg, and was sent home on a parole, and a year passed before he recovered from the effects of his injury. In 1866-67 he engaged in farming in the town of Wayne, after which he returned to Prattsburg, and for three years worked at the carpenter trade with his father. He then engaged in the blacksmith business, Which he followed for fifteen years, and in connection with this business he added a stock of hardware, later dropping the blacksmithing, and since 1888 has carried a general merchandise stock, his wife conducting the store, while his attention is given to his farm of 147 acres. In polities he is a Republican, and for three terms serving as overseer of the poor, and in 1888 was appointed postmaster, which office he held for five years. In 1866 he married Sarah A., daughter of Major L. Fox of Wayne, by whom he had two children: Mrs. Anna Dell Simons of Prattsburg, and Delos Lee, who is a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. He also has an adopted daughter, May Eldred. John Avery, his grandfather, was born in Massachusetts about 1800, and was one of six children. He removed to Chedango county where he was a distiller for some years, and in 1828 moved to Prattsburg where he engaged in farming and lumbering the remainder of his life, also owned and conducted a steam saw mill. He married Ruby Spencer, by whom he had eight children: Mary. John, Sarah, Densmore, Emily, Samuel C. Daniel, and Orson. Samuel Avery, father of John D., was born in Chenango county in 1824, and has followed the carpenter trade all his life, doing a great amount of contracting and building in his town and adjoining towns, and has spent his whole life in the town of Prattsburg. In politics he is a Republican, and has served in nearly all the town offices at various times. He is a member of the Ingleside Grange Lodge. In 1841 he married Samantha, daughter of Israel Graves of Prattsburg, by whom he had five children: Mary E., deceased, Delos L., Clark D., John, and Valvaria, deceased. All three sons served in the war of the Rebellion, and he was drafted but discharged. Mrs. Avery died January 16, 1895.

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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