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90. James AVERY was born on 30 July 1845 in Knox County, Illinois. He died on 6 June 1931 at the age of 85. He was buried in Lynn Cemetery, Schuyler County, Illinois.71

James married Martha Dixon, daughter of Lawson and Hannah Dixon, in 1868. They had a son LaFayette, born 3 Jul 1870.

1880 Census. Camden Twp, Schuyler co IL, Hh 86, next to his father.
Hh 84
James Avery, age 32
Martha, age 28,
LaFayette, age 9
[they also had two farm laborers listed - Thomas Elder age 21 and Thomas Carnes, age 63]

James Avery was born in Knox county, Illinois, July 30, 1844. He has always lived with his father, although he owns 120 acres of land himself. He is a Democrat and has been Highway Commissioner and member of the School Board. He is a member of Camden Lodge, No. 648, A.F. & A.M. He has worked as a carpenter. He was married in 1868, to Martha Dixon, daughter of Lawone and Hannah Dixon. She was born in Brown county, in 1848. They have one son, LaFayette, born July 3, 1870.
SOURCE: "BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW OF CASS, SCHUYLER and BROWN COUNTIES, Illinois - 1892", page 181. The Biographical Review Publishing Co., Chicago.

Article believed to be from The Schuyler Citizen - sent by the Schuyler Jail Museum.
2? May 1907
Mrs. Martha Jane Avery, wife of Jas. Avery died at her late home in Camden township on Wesnesday, May 15, 1907, after an illness of only a few days, heart failure being the cause of death. The footprints of death had scarcely been erased from this home until the news flashed over the wires that the cruel monster had again entered the sacred precincts of the same house and claimed another victim, the beloved wife and mother - the aged father having just gone before [James's father, Philander Avery, had died on May 9th]
Mrs. Avery was the first born daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Dixon which event occurred Sept 23, 1847 in Brown Co, Illinois.
She leaves the aged mother and several brothers and sisters, beside husband and son to mourn her departure. Mrs. Avery was esteemed and beloved by all who knew here - kind, tender, merciful and true was her happy disposition. She was united in marriage to James Avery Feb. 25, 1868. To this union was born one son, Lafayette, who was at the home most of the time during her sickness. She was converted and joined the Christian church when a young woman.
The funeral was held on Saturday at 10 a.m. from the family residence, conducted by Rev. A. D. Potter of Camden. A large congregation was present to show their love and sympathy to the grief strick family.
We miss thee from our home, dear mother,
We miss thee from thy place;
A shadow o'er our home is cast.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee,
We miss thee everywhere
CARD OF THANKS. We desire to express our gratitude to our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in caring for our beloved wife and aged father during their last illness. Jas. Avery.

James AVERY and Martha Jane DIXON were married on 25 February 1868. Martha Jane DIXON was born on 23 September 1847 in Brown County, Illinois. She died on 15 May 1907 at the age of 59 in Camden, Schuyler County, Illinois. She was buried in Lynn Cemetery, Schuyler County, Illinois.72

Martha's parents were Mr. & Mrs. Lawson Dixon. Her mother was still living when Martha died in 1907.

James AVERY and Martha Jane DIXON had the following children:



Lafayette Philander AVERY was born on 3 July 1870 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died on 29 April 1949 at the age of 78 in Schuyler County, Illinois.

Lafayette Philander "Lafe" Avery
Birth: Jul. 3, 1870
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 1949
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA
OBIT: Lafayette "Lafe" Philander Avery. L. P. Avery, 78, Of Camden Township, Died On Friday. L. P. Avery, 78, prominent retired farmer of Camden township, and a lifetime resident of Schuyler county, died Friday afternoon at Schmitt Memorial hospital, in Beardstown. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 1:30, at the First Methodist church in the city, with Rev. Harry S. Crede in charge, assisted by Rev. J. A. Mason. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery. Lafayette Philander Avery, commonly known as "Lafe" to his many friends, passed away Friday afternoon, April 29, at 1:30 o'clock, at Schmitt Memorial hospital, Beardstown. He had been a patient there for only a day and a half, but had been in failing health at his farm home since the month of November. Lafayette, only son of James Philander Avery and Martha Dixon, was born July 3, 1870 on the farm in Camden township. At the time of his death he was at the age of 78 years, nine months and 26 days. His entire lifetime was spent on the home farm, where he and his father were engaged in farming and the raising of livestock. In the year 1893, he was united in marriage to Louise Peters, and to this union was born one daughter, Ara Violet, on August 17, 1895. His wife passed away one year and a half later. On February 24, 1898, he was again joined in marriage, to Miss Hattie Miller of Brown county, with whom he lived in happy companionship for almost 52 years. To this union one son was born, James Louis, August 10, 1905, who has been a partner in farming with him for the last 25 years. He was converted in Chapel Hill church under the pastorate of Rev. Waters, about the yar 1910. From this time on he was a regular attendant of this church, and also Union Chapel. During the closing days of his life he derived much consolation from the promise of a home beyond the grave, whre there will be no more suffering and death. During his lifetime, Mr. Avery was affiliated with everything that was good, having been a very worthy friend to all who knew him. Whenever a helping hand could be lent for any worth-while purpose, to do so. Mr. Avery was a good neighbor in all that the word implies, and will be sadly missed in his community where he had lived his entire lifetime. He had been a member of the Masonic lodge for over 50 years. Besides many, many friends, surviving to mourn his passing are his widow, one daughter, Ara, who had resided at home, and one son, James Lewis; his two grandsons, Andrew Lafayette Avery and James Louis Avery, Jr., who will miss his undivided attention.
SOURCE: Rushville Times, May 5, 1949.

Groom: AVERY, L P; Bride: PETERS, LOUISA; Date: 1894-01-09; Volume/Page: C /231; License Number: 82; County: SCHUYLER (IL.).
Groom: AVERY, L P; Bride: MILLER, HATTIE; Date: 1898-02-24 Volume/Page: 1A /220; License Number: 2673; County: BROWN (IL.).