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 married Esther Clark and he died 22 Aug. 1904,  buried at the Broadway Cemetery.  They had five children. 
Edwins obituary from the Munger scrapbook----
Aug. 1904      Edwin Averill died the past week at his home north of the village, in his 89th year.  He was born at Alexander, Genesee Co., NY and came with his parents, Samuel Averill and wife, who had previously come from Rutland, VT to Perrysburg where they remained a year and then took up a farm in Persia which they cleaned from a dense forest.  He has been a contimuous resident here for the long period of 87 yrs.  He married Esther Clark who survives him with several daughters and a large number of grandchildren.  The burial was at Broadway cemetery by his parents and other members of the Averill family who were buried there many years ago.

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 Scrapbook-
Jan.  1907---Loren Averill died at the State Hospital Jan. 10th , 1907 in his 87th year.  The family came from Vermont, where he was born in 1820.  His father, Samuel Averill settled upon what is now the Orlando Ackley farm on Broadway, which he cleared from the forest.  Of 5 sons and 3 daughters, Mr. Averill is survived by but one sister living in New York.  He married Adeline Hartman, who died several years ago.  Three sons and 5 daughters comprised the family and but three daughters survive the aged father, Mrs. Williams of Perry Street, Mrs. William Van Ostrand of Buffalo and Mrs. Mamie Unger of Johnson Street in this village.  He followed the trade of a carpenter and was a remarkably strong vigorous man of a fine physique.  The funeral was from his daughter's home, Sunday afternoon, burial at Broadway, where his wife and several children had been laid to rest. 

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. 

Prison Records

During the early 1960's my parents started searching our genealogy.  My Grandfathers response to Dad is "they were all just a bunch of horse theives".  Neither of Dads parents ever gave Dad information of their parents.  After my father died much of their notes and info. dug up through the years was gone.  So the only thing I had to go on is the Book by Clara, a few photos, some memories, information received from Lois Stapfer (another g g grand daughter of Jerome) and the bible from Jeromes parents.  The bible was given to my father by his Aunt Irene. 

The second child is John J. b. March 25, 1852 at Lockport NY.  He married Jennie Derby.  He died 1922 she 1907 and they are buried at Pine Hill Cemetery, NY.  Her obituary from the Munger Scrapbook--
   Sept...1907  Mrs. Jabez Averill died at her home on Point Peter.  Burial at the Pine Hill last Friday.  She was a daughter of Morgan Derby, born at Hidi 53 years ago.  She has been in poor health for months past.  A daughter, Mrs. McKenzie and a son Harry Averill, survive her.  Mr. and Mrs. Averill were in California a year ago, but the change seemed to do her no good and they returned here to their old home.

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. 

 five generations clipping here

5.  William b. August 14, 1859 at Lockport NY.  He married Eliza Griener.

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 Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.
Jerome died 29 October 1898 of Brights disease of the Kidneys and is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery Cattaraugus New York. 

I received a copy of his Obit:  Gowanda Oct. 1898  from the Collins Town Historian.
Died Friday Oct. 29, 1898 at his residence upon Water St., aged 86 years.  His parents were early pioneers of Persia where the family resided upon a farm on Broadway.  He was a soldier and lost his arm.  He has long been in feeble health and received a pension of 86 dollars per month.  Some years ago the family moved from a farm in Dayton to the house long occupied by Hiram Palmer.  He leaves a wife and 3 sons and a number of grandchildren.  The members of the G.A.R. had charge of the funeral which was from the house Monday afternoon,  Rev. E. J. Fisher officiating.

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.

photo of 4 generations- Eliza Hartman Averill sitting and Arlene Ross is standing in front of her. Standing are Ruby Averill Ross and Anna Barnhart Averill.


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.

Photo of Averill children--Ruby holding Donald and Roy is standing next to him.  Ina is behind Ruby and Irene is on the end.

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.

3.  Hazle Irene b. August 1896 at Persia   She married John Stabenau and had two daughters, Dorothy and Maxine.  They lived in Lawrence Park, Erie Co. PA.

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 photo of the babys is Donald A. Averill standing next to Ruby Averill Ross daughter, Arlene Ross.

 The Alfred B. Averill family line is ended with only female descendants.

Horse and carriage photo- Alfred and Roy and Donald on Roys lap.  Anna and Eliza holding Arlene.

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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