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and unanimously adopted:

The death of Mr. Henry Ogden Avery is a source of profound regret
to those associated with him in this Chapter.

Quiet, gentle and unobtrusive, he was always ready to work for the
good of others — for the interests of the profession at large. His quick

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Intellect gave him weight in council and fitted him for important, active
work, which promptly showed the effect of his endeavors, and his genial
nature endeared him to all with whom he came in contact.

The profession has lost an accomplished artist, an earnest servant, and
a faithful brother — such men are rare. New York Chapter of the Archi-
tectural Institute.

A. J. Bloor.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Architectural League of New
York, May 5**, 1890, the usual business of the meeting was prefaced by
some remarks upon the late Mr. Henry O. Avery by the President,
Russell Sturgis, who spoke of the virtues of Mr. Avery. Mr. Briggs and
other members made similar addresses. Mr. Wright offered the follow-
ing resolution, which was read and adopted:

"The Architectural League hereby records the death of H. O. Avery,
April 3o"», 1890, and orders spread on its minutes and for publication the
following short estimate of his work and character:

'"Educated under liberal influences in the office of Russell Sturgis and
the ^kx)le des Beaux Arts, he acquired In addition to his natural artistic
capabilities a grasp of the arts as a whole which made him a valued member
of our organization. He was one of the organizers of the first Architec-
tural Exhibition and took a leading part In the reorganization of the
League, having been a member^of the executive committee from its start.
By his earnestness and experience he encouraged and greatly aided each
of our annual exhibitions. His work In this cause Indirectly brought
about and hastened his death. His Ideals of progressional work and in-
tercourse were high, and he sought every opportunity to Inculcate an
esprit de corps that will raise the standards of all artistic labor and make
its united influence tell for the best. In doing this he kept modestly In
the background, but we who knew his devotion can characterize It as
wholly unselfish. This League is Indebted to him for all his kindly quali-
ties of heart and mind exerted unselfishly and so fully to Its benefit. We
record his loss In a spirit which would be characterisdc of the man whose
memory we honor, and regret that his career so full of promise was cut
off at so early a period. The Architectural League of New York.

F. A. Wright,

E. T. Hapgood, ^

F. S. Lamb.'"



Gborgb F. Kunz, President of American Scenic and Historic Prescrvadon Society..

. Fict-Chairman
J. Monroe Hbwlbtt, Fellow American Insdtute of Architects.

FuDERiCK R. Halset, Trustee of the New York Public Library.

EoT^ARO R. Smith, Reference Librarian, Avery Library, Columbia University.

Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University.

John B. Pine, Qerk of Trustees, Columbia University.

Robert W. db Forest, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A. Augustus Healy, President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.

EowARD Robinson, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robert B. Woodward, Vice-President of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and

Archer M. HuntingtoNj President of the American Numismatic Society.
Cass Gilbert, Past President of the American Society of Architects, and the

Architectural League of New York.
WttLLWii Henry Fox, Director of the Brooklyn Insritute of Arts and Sdenccs.
John W. Alexander, President of the National Academy of Design.
Edwin H. Anderson, Director of the New York Public Library.
IIekbert AdamsT" President of the National Sculpture Sodety.
Samuel W. Fairchild, President of the Um'on League Qub.
Frederick Diblman, President of the Fine Arts Association.
Frederick A. Gobtze, Dean of Applied Sdence, Columbia University.
Frank D. Fackenthal, Secretary of Columbia University.
Frederick Paul Keppel, Dean of Columbia College.
Austin W. Lord, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University.
Alfred D. F. Hamun, Professor History of Architecture, Columbia University.
Frank Dempster Sherman, Professor Department of Architecture, Columbia

Universirv. > .

Arthur W. Dow, Professor of Art, Teachers College.
Talcott Williams, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University.
Tames R. Wheeler, Professor of Greek Archaeology, Columbia University.
Frederick C. Hicks, Acting Librarian, ColumbiaUniversity.
Frank WEfTENKAMPF, Curator of Prints, New York Public Library.
Alexander W. Drake, Late Art Editor of Tkt Century Magazine.
McDouGALL Hawkes, President of the Museum of French Art Institute m the

United States.
Edward G. Kennedy, President of The Grob'er Qub.
WaLiAM LoRiNG Andrews, Hon. Librarian Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Frederick A. Lucas, Directorof the American Museum of Natural History.
Robert Grier Cooke, President of the Fifth Avenue Assodation.
Edward D. Adams. Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A. A. Anderson, Hon. President of the American Art Assodation of Paris.
Howard Mansfield, Treasurer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
J. Samford Saltus, Hon. President Joan of Arc Statue Committee.




"PEDIGREE connection with Robert AveryS of Pill, Somer-
■■' set County, England, whose will bears date of July 2y*\
1575, and Richard Warren, of England, who came to America in
the Mayflower^ November ii***, 1620.

I. Robert Avery', of Pill, Somerset County, England. He died pre-
vious to October 14*'', 1575, that being the date of the proving of his will.
He had three sons, William*, Richard*, Thomas*.

^. William Avery*, of Congresburie, England, died ?. He had one

son Robert*; whether there were others, records do not say.

3. Robert Avery*, of Wokingham, England. His will, found in the
"Diocese of Doctor's Commons, bears date March 30**', 1642. He mar-
ried Joanne and had three sons, — William*, bom 1622, Robert*, Frances*.

4. Great-grandfather, William Avery*, bom Wokingham, England,
1622. Died Boston, Mass., March iS***, 1686. Great-grandmother,
Margaret (?) Avery, born England. Died Dedham, Mass., September
28*^ 1678.

5. Great-grandfather, Robert Avery', baptized Barkham, England,
December 7*'', 1649. Died Dedham, Mass., October 3"*, 1722. Great-
grandmother, Elizabeth (Lane) Avery, bom Maiden, Mass., 1655. Died
Dedham, Mass., October 21'*, 1746.

6. Great-grandfather, John Avery*, bom Dedham, Mass., February
4*'», 1685/6. Died Truro, Mass., April 23*^, 1754. Great-grandmother,
Ruth (Little) Avery, bom Marshfield, Mass., November 23"*, 1686.
Died Truro, Mass., October !•*, 1732. Warren-Little Family, p. 133.

7. Great-grandfather, Ephraim Avery', bom Truro, Mass., April
22""*, 1713. Died Brooklyn, Conn., October 20*'', 1754. Great-grand-
mother Deborah (Lothrop) Avery, bom Pomfret, Conn., January 9*^,
1716/7. Died Highlands, N. Y., October 4"*, 1777.

8. Great-grandfather, Ephraim Avery*, bom Brooklyn, Conn.,
April 13*'', 1741. Died Rye, N. Y., November 5*^, 1776. Great-grand-
mother, Hannah (Piatt) Avery, bom 1737. Died Rye, N. Y., May 13**',

9. Great-grandfather, John William Avery*, bom Rye, N. Y., May
24"*, 1767. Died New York, 1799. Great-grandmother, Sarah (Fair-
child) Avery, bom Stratford, Conn., Febmary 28***, 1773. Died New
York, May 6*^ 1837. Fairchild Family, p. 80.


la Grandfather, Samuel Putnam Avery", bom New York, January
I'*. 1797. Died New York, July 24*S 1832. Grandmother, Hannah
Anne (Parke) Avery, bom New York, April 24*^ 1804. Died Jersey
City, N. J., June 26»N 1888. Park^ Family, p. 107.

11. Father, Samuel Pumam Avery", bom New York, March 17 ,
1822. Died New York, August ii*N 1904. Mother, Mary Ann (Ogden)
Avery, bom New York, December ist, 1825. Died Hartford, Conn.,

April 29th, 1911. , „ , _ A n

12. Samuel Putnam Avery", eldest son of Samuel Pumam Avery"
and Mary Ann (Ogden) Avery, was bom in Brooklyn, N. Y., October



Direct descendant of William Aver\-^, who settled in Dedham, Mass., in 1650, and
Richard Warren, who came in the Mayflower, 1620, and settled in Plymouth,
Mass. Also direct descendant of Richard Park, who sailed from London, England.'
in the ship Defence, August 10"', 1653, and arrived at Boston, Mass., October 3"*


of Stratford, Connecticut
Thomas Fairchild, l6j8

All the material relating to the Fairchild Family was selected from Orcutt's
"History of Stratford and Bridgeport," Vols. I, II, published by the Fairfield
County Historical Society, 1886. .


QTRATFORD village is located on the Housatonic River about
^ one and a half miles from Long Island Sound, in Fairfield
County,^ Conn., fourteen miles from New Haven and fifty-eight
miles from New York City.

The original township, being twelve miles in length north and
south, and about seven miles wide east and west, comprised most
of the territory now included in the five townships of Stratford,
Bridgeport, Huntington, Trumbull and Monroe.

Stratford was the seventh plantation settled within the present
territory of Connecticut. Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield,
the first three, were commenced in the years 1635-6; Saybrook
was commenced under John Winthrop, the younger, in 1635,
although but few families had arrived there in 1636.

Mr. Davenport's company from London, with Mr. Pruden's,
-arrived at New Haven the middle of April, 1638, and the next
spring Mr. Pruden and his people who had remained all winter
at New Haven, settled at Milford; and in the spring of 1639 a
number of families settled at Stratford, then known by the In-
dian name of Cufheag.

The PaUnt for the territory of Connecricut, given by the Earl
of Warwick in 1631, under King Charles I, included "all that
part of New England, in America, which lies and extends itself
from a river then called Narragansett river, the space of forty
leagues upon a straight line near the sea shore towards the south-
-west, west and south, or west as the coast lieth towards Virginia,"
and therefore covered more area than the present State of Con-
necricut. The title to this land was given to the Earl of War-
wick by the Plymouth Company of England. On "the 3^* of
November, 1620, just before the arrival of Mr. Robinson's people


in New England, King James I, by letters patent, under the
great seal of England, Incorporated the Duke of Lenox, the Mar-
quis of Buckingham and Hamilton, the Earls of Arundel and
Warwick and others, to the number of forty noblemen, knights
and gentlemen, by the name *of the Council established at Plym-
outh in the county of Devon, for the planting, ruling and gov-
erning of New England in America,* and granted unto them,
and their successors and assigns, all that part of America lying
and being in breadth from forty degrees of north ladtude from
the equinoctial line, to the forty-eighth degree of said northerly
latitude inclusively, and in length of and within all the breadth
aforesaid, throughout the main lands from sea to sea." The patent
ordained that "this tract of country should be called New Eng-
land in America, and by that name have continuance forever."

In 1630, this Plymouth Company conveyed to the Earl of
Warwick the territory named In the Connecticut Patent, and
which he sold, as above, to the parties named in that Patent to
the number o^ eleven persons. The dlflSculty of ascertaining
the date when Stratford was made a town, with many other
items of Its organlzadon and Hrst settlement, is In consequence
of the town records for ten of the first years having disappeared.

Not only were the plantations of Stratford and Fairfield called
towns in April, 1640, but they had freemen who no doubt voted
in the adoption of the first constitution, in January, 1638 CoW
style), they being a part of the government at the time, and
hence In no great hurry to effect an organization of the town
which would be burdensome to maintain; for during several
years after the commencement of the settlement they seem to
have been released from taxes, and perhaps this is the reason
why representatives were not sent earlier than they were.

Stratford does not appear to have sent representatives to
General Court until 1642, when Philip Groves filled that posi-
tion. The taxes for Stratford and Fairfield were collected to-
gether as one plantation until 1647, when they were ordered by
the court to be divided. Also their courts were held jointly some
years by magistrates appointed for the purpose.

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In a list of the owners of fence about the first common fiel<i,
the fence being a little over 353 rods in length, which if it sur-
rounded the entire field enclosed nearly fifty acres, but if it was
a fence' direct across the neck to Fresh Pond, it would have en-
closed several hundred acres, or all of Great Neck as well as Little
Neck. This list is without date but must have been recorded
before 165 1, since William Burritt*s name is on it and he died
before that year. It is probable that this is not a complete list.
There are forty-one names and Thomas Fayrchild is number 16
with 6 rods, 9 feet.



npHOMAS FAIRCHILD» was among the first settlers of Strat-
-■■ ford, but whether he came here in 1638 or 1639 is not known.
He was a merchant and may have come with his brother-in-law
Thomas Sherwood, or with William Judson in 1638, for the pur-
pose, principally, of trading with the Indians, or he may have
joined Mr. Blakeman*s company at Wethersfield and come in
1639. Mr. Fairchild's wife was the daughter of Robert Sea-
brook, and therefore sister to the wives of Thomas Sherwood,
William Preston, of New Haven, and Lieut. Thomas Wheeler, of

In what ye^r Mrs. Fairchild died is not known, but her last
child was bom in 1653, and Mr. Faircliild married, second, Cath-
arine Craigg, of London, a relative of Mrs. Elizabeth Whiring of
Hartford. He died December 14*'', 1670, and the selectmen re-
ported his inventory at £350. He had four sons by his first wife
and two by his second.

Mr. Fairchild was one of the most prominent and respected
men of Stratford. He was appointed by the General Court, with
Thomas Sherwood and the Constables of Stratford, to draft
men in 1654 for the then proclaimed Narragansett war; and again
on a committee with Philip Groves, as leather sealer of Fairfield

In 1654 he was elected Deputy; and a number of times after
that, and in 1663, he was nominated for an assistant, and the
same for three successive years, but was not elected. As these
nominations were made at or by the General Court, this shows
the estimation of him by that body. In 1664 he was appointed a
Commissioner • who was a Justice of the Peace, for Stratford,
and was reappointed afterwards.

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The family name is of long standing in England, the coat of
arms indicating that members of it were in the Crusades from
A. D. 1096 to 1400.


I Samuel', bom in Stratford August 3 1**, 1640. He was probably the

first white child bom there. Married, , Mary, daughter of Moses

Wheeler and Miriam (Hawley) Wheeler. She was bom September 13*'',
1655. He died about 1704. They had four children. Sf^ forward.
Moses Wheeler was in New Haven as early as 1641 and probably came
from London in 1638. He married Miriam, the sister of Joseph Hawley;
and he was brother-in-law to the Rev. Adam Blakeman, the first pastor
at Stratford. The Wheeler family had been resident in the county of
Kent, England, many generations before Moses was bom, which occurred,
according to the records, in 1598. He was in Stratford in 1648, when the
privilege of a ferry across the Housatonic River was granted him by the
General Court. He died March i**, 1698, aged 100 years.

n Sarah*, bom in Stratford February 19^, 1641-2. Married, ,

Jehiel Preston, her cousin. He was baptized I4**», 1640. He was a

representative in 1683. They had six children.

III John*, bom in Stratford May i**, 1644. Died young.

IV Thomas*, bom in Stratford February 21**, 1645^ Married, ,

Sarah , and died in Woodbury March 27"», 1686-7. They had three


V Dinah*, bom in Stratford July 14*'', 1648.

VI Zechariah*, born in Stratford December 14**', 1651. Married,
November 3"*, 1681, Hannah, daughter of John Beach. She was bom
December — , 1665. He died June 23'**, 1703. In a list of landed pro-
prietors, January 13*'*, 1699, he was credited with owning twenty acres.
They had nine children. John Beach appears first on Stratford records
in 1661, with Richard Beach, probably a brother, and purchased his first
land* there May 21"*, 1660.

VII Emma*, born in Stratford October — , 1653. Married, April 20''',
1676, Hackaliah Preston, her cousin. He was baptized April 9*\ 1643,
was the son of William Preston of New Haven and grandson of Robert
Seabrook. They had one son.



CAMUEL FAIRCHILDS eldest son of Thomas Fairchildi and

(Seabrook) Fairchild, was born in Stratford August ^i**,

1640. Married, , Mary, daughter of Moses Wheeler and

Miriam (Hawley) Wheeler. She was bom September 13**', 1655.
He died about 1704.


I Robert', bom in Stratford , 1681. His grandfather Wheeler

left him some property.

n Samuel', bom in Stratford , 1683. Married, January 3"*,

1705, Ruth, daughter of John Beach, Jr.^ and Hannah (Staples) Beach,
of Fairfield. She was bom about 1685 and died January 30^, 1722.
They had seven children. See fonoard,

III Edward', bom in Stratford. Removed to Newtown before 1705 (?).
Married, January 25*'', 1710, Elizabeth, daughter of Ebenezer Blakeman
and Dorothy (Smith) Blakeman. She was born February lo***, 1688.
They had five children.

IV Jonathan', bom in Stratford .



CAMUEL FAIRCHILDS second son of Samuel Fairchild'

*^ and Mary (Wheeler) Fairchild, was borri in Stratford ,

1683. Married, January 3"*, 1705, Ruth, daughter of John
Beach, Jr., and Hannah (Staples) Beach, of Fairfield. She was
bom about 1685, and died January 30***, 1722.


I Anna*, bom in Stratford October 12*^, 1706. Died February 9*'',

II Mary*, bom in Stratford 27*'', 1708. Married, March 7^,

1728-9, Samuel Adams. They removed to Litchfield, where she died in
her io6*^ year. They had six children. In a list of Representatives from
Stratford, before 1776, Samuel Adams* name is mendoned twelve rimes,
from 1748 to 1770. Frcquendy he is called Captain.

ni Samuel*, bom in Stratford February 3"*, 1710. Married, April
S*^, 174s. Mary, daughter of John Curriss. He died in 1790, aged 80.
She died in 1783, aged 64. They had three children. Set forward. The
Curriss family subscribed £159 toward building a Congregarional church
in 1743. TTie members of this church, however, disagreed, and one
facrion formed an Episcopalian body the same year, and built Christ's
Church, in which Samuel Fairchild had a pew.

IV Ephraim*, bom in Stratford August 28*'', 1713. Settled in Weston.

V Abigail*, bom in Stratford December !$% I7IS-

VI Eunice*, bom in Stratford May 20*^ 1718. Died April 21**, 1721.

VII Benjamin*, bom in Stratford -^ — (f).



CAMUEL FAIRCHILEH, eldest son of Samuel FairchJld» and
*^ Ruth (Beach) Falrchild, was born in Stratford February 3'**,
1710. Married, April 5***, 1745, Mary, daughter of John Curdss.
He died in 1790, aged 80. She died in 1783, aged 64.


I John Curtiss', bom in Stratford February — , 1745-6. Married,
November 6**», 1768, Elizabeth Burch. She died in 1804, aged 53. They
had nine children. See forward.

II Abel', bom in Stratford. Baptized January — , 1753. In a list
of persons who withdrew from the Congregational Society of North
Stratford and of Trumbull and united with the Episcopal Church, with
the dates and the places to which they went, Abel Fairchild is mentioned,
March 20*^, 1788, as going to Ripton.

III Robert*.



JOHN CURTISS FAIRCHILD5, ddgst son of Samuel Fair-
child* and Mary (Curtiss) Fairchild, was bom in Stratford
February — , 1745-6- Married, November 6*S 1768, Elizabeth
Burch. She died in 1804, aged 53. In a list of returns for back
pay, **5*»» Regiment, 2^ Company, commanded by Lt. Col.
Samuel Whiting, of Stratford, commencing 26**' June, 1775, and
ending 29*'* November," is found the name of Jno. Curtiss Fair-
child. This company went to Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain,


I William*, born in Stratford , 1769.

n John*, bom in Stratford , I770- Married, May 3i**, I79S»

Abigail, called "Nabby," daughter of Samuel Patterson and Esther
(Rowland) Patterson, of Weston, Conn. She was bora February I9*^
1772. He died in 1800. They had one child.

ni Joseph*, bom in Stratford , 1772. Died , I77S-

lY Sarah*, bom in Stratford February 28***, 1773. Married, November
,5^ 1793,* John William Avery*, bom May 24**', 1767. She died May

6*^, 1837. He died , I799» aged 32. They had four children. See


V Curtiss*, bom in Stratford ^ 1775.

VI Tabitha*, bom in Stratford ^ 1777. Died ^ 1778.

VII Ruth*, bom in Stratford , 1779. Married Brown.

VIII Benjamin", born in Stratford i 1781.

IX Reuben*, bom in Stratford ^ 1784.

* See Valentine's Manual, 1793.



CARAH FAIRCHILD', eldest daughter of John Curtiss Falr-
^ child' and Elizabeth (Burch) Fairchild, was bom in Strat-
ford February 28***, 1773. Married, November 16*'', 1793, John
William Avery", eldest son of the Rev. Ephraim Avery'. He was
born May 24»S 1767, Rye, N. Y. She died May 6*S 1837. He
died f 1799* aged 32.


I Avery^ John William, bom in New York September 24*'', 1794. In
early life was lost at sea in the JeanetU.

II Avery^ Elisha Lothrop, bom in New York Febmary 27**, 1796.

Married, , 1822, Jane Gunning. She died September — , 1837. They

had three children. Married, second, April 12*'', 1839, Sarah, daughter of

David Coit, of New London, Conn. She was bom , 1807. He died

August 3"*, 1878. She died February 12*'', 1892. They had four children.

III Avery^ Samuel Putnam, bom in New York January i**, 1797.
Married, January i**, 1821, Hannah Anne Parke% of New York, daughter
of Benjamin Parke* and Susanna Maria (Keens) Parke. She was bom
April 24*^ 1804. He died July 24*^ 1832. She died June 26*^ 1888.
They had six children. See fonoard.

IV Avery^ Sarah Elizabeth, bom in New York November 3'**, 1798.

Married, ^ 1817, Ebenezer R. Dupignac, of New York. He was

bom December 16*'', 1794. He died November — ^ 1864. Thdy had
four children.



CAMUEL PUTNAM AVERY^ third son of John WiUIam
*^ Avery* and Sarah (Fairchild*) Avery, was bom in New York

• January i**, 1797. Married, January !•*, 1821, Hannah Anne
(Parke') Avery. He died July 24*'', 1832. She died June 26**',

• 1888.


I Samuel PutnamS bom m New York March 1 7"*, 1822. Married,
November 24*'', 1844, Mary Ann, daughter of Henry Aaron and Katha-
rine (Conklin) Ogden. She was bom December i'*, 1825. He died in
New York August ii''', 1904. She died in Hartford, Conn., April 29*^,
191 1. They had six children. ' Su fortoard.

II Hannah Stanton', bom i^i New York October 12*'', 1824. Married,
May z^^t 1854, Charles Russell Cornell, of Troy, N. Y. He was bom
June 20**», 1806. She died June 25***, 1885, in New York. He died Sep-
tember 12*', 1866. They had one daughter.

UI Susan Jane', bom in New York December ii***, 1826. Married,
December s*\ 1850, Stephen Avery, of Hudson, N. Y. She died March
18*'', 1912, in Santa Barbara, Cal. He died January i**, 1853. They had
one son.

IV Benjamin Parke', bom in New York November ii**», 1828. Mar-
ried, November 27***, 1861, Mary Ann Fuller, of San Francisco, CaL,
bom July 13*^, 1827. He died November 8**», 1875, in Peking, China.
She died June 9*'', 1913. They had no children.

V Mary Rebecca Halsey*, bom in New York August lO*'', 1830.
Married, June 7*^, 1856, Rev. T. De Witt Talmage, of Bound Brook,
N. J., bom January 7"*, 1832. She died June 7***, 1861, in Philadelphia,
Pa. He died April 12*^, 1902, in Brooklyn, N. Y. They had two children.

VI Charles Russell", bom in New York, October—, 1832. Died August
5*^.1833. • .



OAMUEL PUTNAM AVERY', third son of Samuel Putnam
*^ Avery' and Hannah Anne (Parke) Avery, was bom in New

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