Alva Averill, deceased. He was born Sept. 1, 1794, in Greenfield, Hillsboro Co., N.H.; son of David Averill, to whom were born the following children: Asa, Allen, Sallie, Ethan, Jane, Ruth, Fannie, Ira, Alva. Fannie and David were born in New Hampshire; the others in Kennebec Co., Me., where David removed about the year 1800. Alva was a lad of 14 when his father died, and at that time was thrown upon his own resources, and early in life learned to "rough it".
Dec. 2, 1818, he was married to Abigail Averill, his cousin, who was born June 13, 1797; she was a daughter of Elijah and Mehitable (Bradford) Averill, to whom were born nine children, of whom she is now the sole survivor. Her father was a stonecutter and an excellent mechanic, and had been a soldier in the war of the Revolution, receiving his pay in continental money. He selected land in Deering, Mass., with a view to purchasing it, but before he closed the trade his money became worthless. This disheartened him, and having endured the hardships and exposure of that trying period, he sickened and died soon afterward. He had four brothers and one sister--Eben, Elijah [sic], David, Moses and Ruth; all of these served in the war of the Revolution, and were among the number who, at Valley Forge and other places, suffered such extreme hardships, hunger and exposure. Ira was wounded. After the death of her father, she being then a girl of 7 years, was left to shift for herself, and worked about, and also acted as a nurse. She remained four years in the Hutchinson family, of singing fame. She learned to spin and weave, and worked wherever she could obtain employment, and saw hard times in her endeavors to maintain herself and assist her mother in caring for the other children.
As stated above, Mr. Averill was married in 1818; he purchased 47 acres in Kennebec Co. (now Franklin), Me., and remained there until 1834, when he determined to cast in his fortunes with the West; starting that fall, he came by canal to Rochester, where he spent the winter. He left there April 28, and, with staff in hand, walked out and took up 104 acres (where Jemima now resides), and, returning as he came brought out his family in a wagon, reaching here June 12. Six weeks from his arrival, they moved into their log dwelling. Here he remained until removed by death, Jan. 23, 1861. He was a man of sound judgement, and a correct business man. In his younger days, he worked at the carpenter's trade, and was naturally ingenious, turning his hand cleverly to anything of a mechanical nature. The Averill family have long been Democratic; his father cast the first Democratic vote in Temple Township, Me. Alva, however, after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law, voted the Republican ticket. His widow, having passed the allotted span of life, still retains her faculties to such an extent as seems to indicate a further lease of life. The farm, consisting of 160 acres, is being carried on, and managed very successfully, by her daughter, Jemima, who is the only child living.
History of Medina County, Ohio. Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.