Submitted by: Bunny Averill
Lafayette Kibbey Jerome Averill born April 5, 1827 at Persia Catt. Co. NY., is the youngest of 14 in the family of Corp. Samuel Averill JR. of VT. and Christable Kibbey of MA. Samuel along with his wife and children arrived in Persia 1819 or 1820. They were pioneers of this county. They are buried in Broadway Road Cemetery, Perrysburg, Catt. Co. NY.
Jeromes siblings are as follows-
1...Samuel V. b. 28 Feb.1801 at VT. He married Jemima Whitcomb on 9 April 1825 in Dayton and he died 24 August 1844 in St. Joseph MI.
2...Sophronia D. b. 24 October 1802 at VT. She married John Reinhart April 1831 in Gowanda and she died 1835 in Gowanda NY.
3...Sally C. b.29 September 1804 at VT. She married Augustus Balcom.
4...Molly B. b. 29 June 1806 at VT. She married Peter Harwood and she died 1851.
5...Ruth B. b. 28 July 1806 at VT. and died there 1810.
6...Angeline b. 7 May1810 at VT. She died in Indiana and is buried in Broadway Cemetery NY.
7...Laureston. b. 3 April 1812 at VT. He married Elizabeth Seabrook.
8...Carlos b. 1814 at VT. He married Lydia Benson and had three sons. The family is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery NY. Carlos died 1889.
9...Edwin b. 29 June 1816 at Genesee Co. NY He
Clark and he died 22 Aug. 1904, buried at the Broadway
They had five children.
10..Albert b. 1818 at Catt. Co. NY. and he died there 1818.
11..Lorin b. 1820 at Catt. Co. NY. His
obituary from the Munger
12..Sarah V. b. 1824 at Catt. Co. NY. She married John J. Parsons.
13..Aldula b. 1825 at Lodi, Catt. Co. NY. She died there 4 Feb. 1827.
Jerome married Eliza Hartman [daughter of Nicholas and Lucretia (Hull) Hartman] August 14, 1847 at Gowanda Catt. Co. NY. They had six children.
The first is Sarah b. February 13, 1849 at Persia Catt. Co. NY. She married Gridley Christy and they had a son and a daughter. She died Feb. 1896 in Erie PA. buried at Pine Hill Cemetery NY.
I was surprised to find in the 1850 census of Persia Catt. Co. NY, Sam, Christable their daughter Angelina and also living with them are Eliza, Jeromes wife and their daughter Sarah, but no Jerome. I knew he was in the Civil War but this is 1850 so where is he? After some frustrating searching finally in January 2004, I found a Jerome Averil age 21. The age and spelling aren't quite right but it all fit. Here he is, on the 23 day of September 1850 listed in a prison census!! I have tried to get the court records but no one has them. I have the prison records which state he was sentenced November 4, 1848 for two years and the crime was Grand Larsony. He was released November 4, 1850 from Auburn Prison Cayuga NY.
The second child is John J. b. March 25, 1852 at
He married Jennie Derby. He died 1922 she 1907 and they are
at Pine Hill Cemetery, NY. Her obituary from the Munger
3. Ida E. b. July 3, 1854 at Niagra Co. NY. Mark Dunkleman introduced me to her great grand daughter, Lois Stapfer. I am very happy to know her and we have enjoyed finding and sharing information for 6 years. Ida married twice and has four girls with her first husband. She died 13 Feb. 1926, buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, PA. with her mother and second husband.
4. Denton C. b. September 10, 1856 at Lockport NY. He married Rachel McMillen, he died 1929 and she died 1966. Both are buried in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA.
So now the 12th day of August 1862, Jerome joins the 154th Hardtack Reg. of NY.
This is a statement from Captain Hugaboom. 29 August 1863 - I certify that I was Captain of Company "K" 154th Regiment New York Volunteers in the month of November 1862 and that one Jerome Averill Corporal of Company "K" in said 154th received at or near Thoroughfare Gap Virginia while in the Service of the United States and in his line of duty and while doing duty as a picket at or near the above mentioned place received the following wound and injuring to with a gunshot wound in his right arm completely disabling him and rendering him unfit for duty: and that the said wound and injury occured on ar about the 15th day of November 1862 as above stated. Jerome received a total disability discharge 25 February 1863.
Mark Dunkelman says some people think the this wound was self inflicted.
Jeromes arm was amputated two or three times and some of
his bones are
in the National Museum of Health & Medicine Armed Forces
of Pathology, Washington, DC.
I received a copy of his Obit: Gowanda Oct.
1898 from the
Collins Town Historian.
His correct age at his death is 71 yrs and 6 mon.
His wife Eliza received a widows pension and she died at her daughters home in Erie PA. 7 January 1918. She is buried at Lakeside Cemetery Erie PA.
The youngest child of Jerome and Eliza is Alfred Bunn Averill b. November 23, 1865 at Persia Catt. Co. NY. Alfred married Anna Barnhart at Gowanda, Catt. Co. NY on 17 June 1886. Anna is the daughter of Albert and Lydia (Peirce) Barnhart and she was born Sept 1865 at MN. By 1920 Alfred, Anna and Donald moved to Albion Erie Co. PA. Anna died there on the 24th day of April 1928 and Alfred died in Fairview Erie Co. PA. 1 May 1951 and they are buried at Jolls Cemetery Catt. Co. NY.
They had 5 children-
1. Ruby M. b. 15 May 1889 at Persia. She married Floyd Ruben Ross 30 January 1907. Ruby died 7 Feb. 1920 and is buried in Jolls Cemetery NY.
2. Roy J. b. Feb. 1892 at Persia and died 1917, buried in Jolls Cemetery NY.
Roy standing alone
and wrote on the back of the photo
to Grandma Averill.
4. Ina F. b. Dec. 1898 at Persia and died 1911, buried in Jolls Cemetery NY.
5. Donald Alfred Averill b. 20 June 1909 at Persia Catt. Co. NY. Donald married Vivian Mary Elizabeth Beatty 10 May 1928 in PA. and their children were all born in PA. Vivian died 1974 and Donald died 1997 and they are buried in Phillips Cemetery in North East Twp. Erie Co. PA.
The Alfred B. Averill family line is ended with only female descendants.
Sources: page 427 vol. 1 and pgs. 597-598-599-600-601-602-815-816-817-818 and 819 of vol. 2 The Averell, Averill, Avery Family by Clara A. Avery.
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