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Mills Averill letters 1836-1842

Averill, Mills, (Author (aut)).
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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S0041 (Text) 00000105866081 Manuscripts Available -

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection contains three letters written from Mills Averill to family and friends living in New York ranging from 1836 to 1842. 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. Averill 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. Averill talks about their health and treatments he had received from Hoosier doctors. He 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.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Mills Averill letters, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Mills Averill was born in Vermont around 1793 and later lived in New York. In October of 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.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Laura Wygatt on 1945/09.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Diseases.
Frontier and pioneer life > Indiana.
Railroads > Indiana.
LaGrange County (Ind.)
Genre: Correspondence.

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