Mills Averill Letters
S 41
1 folder

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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, February 2005

Biographical Note:

Mills Averill was born in Vermont around 1793.  In October 1839, he and his family left New York and traveled by land to Lima, Lagrange County, Indiana.  It appears that his wife died before 1850.  They had several children together, including Lucia, George, Charles, Cornelia, Harvey, Adeline, Norm, and Jane.  Averill may have died before 1860.

 Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains three letters written by Mills Averill to family and friends living in New York.  In his letters, Averill discusses life as a settler in Indiana.  In his first letter, he discusses the trip to Indiana from New York, the character of the people in the area, public improvements, and the railroad.  He also notes his work at building a cabin for his family and the plowing he had done.  In the second letter, he spends a great deal of time discussing his family.  He talks about their health and treatments he had received from “Hoosier” doctors.  Averill also mentions an infestation of worms that were a threat to his crops.  In his third letter, Averill discusses a business transaction he was having difficulty closing.  He also mentions the failing health of his wife from liver disease.

Item Listing:

8 Oct. 1836

ALS to Friend from Mills Averill

15 June 1840

ALS to Brother from Mills Averill

21 Mar. 1842

ALS to Brother from Mills Averill

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1836-1842
Provenance: Laura Wygatt, White Plains, N.Y., Sep. 1945
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None

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