Biography of Edward M. Avery
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Avery, Edward M., was born in Groton, February 28, 1849, a son of Oliver and Hannah (Webb) Avery, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Edward M. was educated in the common schools and Groton Academy, and at the age of sixteen began work as a machinist with Perrigo & Avery, becoming a journeyman after three years, during part of which time he attended school. Having become a practical machinist, he worked at his trade for some time, and about 1873 was advanced to the position of foreman, and when the business was merged into the Groton Bridge Company he continued in the same capacity, which position he flOw fills. October 9, 1877, he married Lina, daughter of Alauson and Maria Field, and their children were Henry Gardner, born October 27, 1878; and Harold Field, born August 2, 1880. For two years our subject was a member of the Board of Education, and for many years has been active in the M. E. church, acting as chorister for fifteen years. He is now one of the trustees and stewards. Nehemiah Webb, a former resident of Genoa, came with his family to Groton about 1823, where he followed his business of tailoring for thirty years. He died in 1853. His wife was Abigail Backus, and their only child was Hannah, born January 7, 1806, who married Oliver Avery, April 3, 1895, and died March 22, 1883.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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