LYMAN AVERY. This gentleman, who has for over thirty-two years held the position of station agent of the New York Central Railroad at Wampsville, Madison County, was born at Paris Furnace, Oneida County, in 1819. His father, Gardiner Avery, was born at Munson, N.Y., in 1773, and died at Saratoga Springs in 1849. The grandfather, Gardiner Avery, died of diphtheria in December, 1831, when he was eighty years of age; and his wife, whose maiden name was Amy Newell, fell a victim to the same disease but one day before. They had fourteen children, namely: Gardiner B., born in 1773, and died in 1849; Stephen, born in 1775, died in 1813; Hannah, born in 1778; Benjamin, born in 1780, died in 1885; Betsey, born in 1783, died in 1815; Calvin, born in 1785, died in 1829; Anson, born in 1786; John, born in 1788, died in 1855; Lyman, born in 1790, died in 1809; Amy, born in 1793, died in 1827; Charles, born in 1795; Sophia, born in 1798, died in 1799; Sophia, born in 1800; and Jared, born in 1803, died in 1880.
The father of our subject was married to Miss Hulda Haskell, of Albany, N.Y., whose only child, Eliza, died young. The mother also died early, and was buried in Albany, while her husband was attending the Legislature, to which he was elected for two terms. He was a man of limited schooling, but of great natural ability, and was very wealthy. He was one of the founders of the Paris Furnace, holding stock in the company, and later of the Lenox Furnace, now of Hobokenville. He married for the second time Miss Betsey Sage, of Connecticut, who became the mother of seven children, of whom our subject was the youngest. He and his brother, Newell Avery, together with their father, were interested in a cotton factory near Sauquoit. All the members of the family but himself are now deceased.
Lyman Avery was brought up on a farm belonging to his father and situated near Paris Furnace. He went to school in Clinton, N.Y., and remained at home with his parents until his marriage with Miss Cynthia Spencer, daughter of William and Polly (Fletcher) Spencer, natives of Massachusetts. This marriage took place in May, 1847, at the home of the bride's parents in Wampsville, N.Y. For about four years after their marriage he and his wife lived on a farm in Oneida County, but in 1861 removed to their present residence. Their beautiful home is pleasantly situated near the Wampsville station, across the road from the New York Central station. This handsome dwelling was erected on the ruins of their former house, which was burned in September, 1878. They have four acres of land at this place, and thirteen more about half a mile away. Mr. and Mrs. Avery have one daughter, Mary Ada, wife of F. M. Benjamin. Mrs. Benjamin resides with her father and mother; and she and her husband are the parents of one little girl, Ruth Avery, born August 12, 1889. Mr. Avery is a strong Republican in his political creed, though not an aspirant for office. He once served, however, as Town Collector in Oneida County. He has been for many years an Odd Fellow, and has filled all the chairs up to that of Noble Grand.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, the parents of Mrs. Avery, were married in Deerfield, N.Y., and lived in Utica for some years, where they kept a hotel, later keeping one in Vernon. They afterward came to Wampsville. Mrs. Avery's mother died in 1853, at the age of fifty-seven, leaving four children, three daughters and one son, William, who died in his seventeenth year. The father died in 1856, when he was over seventy years old. His death occurred in Milwaukee, Wis., to which place he had moved some seven years before. He left considerable property. He was a Master Mason, and in religion a member of the Methodist church, standing high in the regard and esteem of the community.
Mr. Lyman Avery is now in his seventy-fifth year, strong and sturdy, with undiminished faculties, and with every prospect of many years of usefulness and comfort before him. Honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellow-men, he stands as high as any citizen of his town in the esteem and confidence of the people.
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