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38. Mariah AVERY was born on 13 August 1813 in Pennsylvania.8 She died on 8 September 1844 at the age of 31 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was also known as Maria AVERY.

I have found little additional information about a Maria Avery. It is possible she died as a child or young woman, as Solomon Wixom, married to her sister Sarah, had himself sealed to a Maria Avery in 1872, along with eight other women, many of whom appear to be kin to Solomon or one of his wives. It was the custom among the early church members to assure that deceased, unmarried women were provided a husband.

However, she is also likely the Mariah Avery that was first married to Goveneur Butterfield in Schuyler Co, in 1836. He would marry her niece Sarah Avery, daughter of William & Margaret Pickel, in 1845. In the Journal of Solomon Wixom, he recorded the birth and death dates of Maria.

Mariah AVERY and Gouvneur BUTTERFIELD were married on 27 January 1836 in Schuyler County, Illinois.42,43 Gouvneur BUTTERFIELD36 was born in 1812 in New York.42

1st Marriage to Mariah Avery: Marriage Vol. 1, p.40. License #00000336

In the 1840 Census, Goveneur Butterfield is shown with a probable spouse, age 20-30, and a female child under 5. Possibly both wife and this child died before 1845 when he married Sarah Avery.
Green Butterfield was age 30-40 and next to Goveneur
Benjamin Butterfield, had one male 10-15, and a male age 60-70; a female 50-60

In the 1850 Census, Mr. Butterfield gave his occupation as Bricklayer. He did have one wife and it was Sarah.
1850 Census. Living next door to her parents. Governeur Butterfield, age 38, b. NY.
Sarah, age 21, b. Ohio. William H. age 3 b. Illinois, Almira, age 1, b. Illinois.
And just on the other side of Goveneur and Sarah was a Samuel Butterfield, age 33, b. PA, his wife and two young children.