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Dorcas Willis Averett
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1810
Gallatin
Sumner County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 1843
Nauvoo
Hancock County
Illinois, USA

Daughter of John Willis and Jane Kirkpatrick

Married Robert L. Witt, 27 Feb 1825, Mcleansboro, Hamilton, Illinois.

Children - Kissie Ann, John Wesley, Sarah Jane, William, Miles.

Married - Elisha Averett, 1838, Caldwell County, Missouri. January 19, 1846, Elisha was sealed to Dorcas Willis Witt Averett with Sarah Jane Witt standing as proxy.

Children - William, 2 infant children who died in Nauvoo, Illinois.

History - Dorcas Witt, (she was a cousin of Joshua T. Willis) was the widow of Robert Witt who was killed in an affray or fight in McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois. Robert Witt had come to McLeanboro when he was nineteen years of age. He became one of the blacksmiths for the town. Robert also served in the Black Hawk War in 1832.

Elijah and Elisha Averett were also soldiers of the war and in the same county company as was Robert. The brothers were nearby neighbors to Robert and his family living in the Mayberry Settlement just nine miles south of McLeansboro. The Averett family had moved to Illinois from Maury County, Tennessee. The Witts became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after it was organized.

Robert Witt married Dorcas Willis on February 28, 1825 and they became parents of five children: Kissie Ann, John Wesley, Sarah Jane, William and Miles. Robert was killed in 1834, when Sarah Jane was three years old. Her father and his neighbor (Bum Gamer) were in the process of a heated argument and in the pursuit of this argument; the neighbor struck Robert in the back with a broadax killing him almost instantly. Dorcas was left with three children to care for. William born in 1833 and Mills born in 1834 had both died before 1838. Dorcas left Hamilton county with a group of Saints and traveled to Missouri.

The Averett family was also part of this group. Dorcas was well acquainted with Elisha and Elijah as well as other members of the Averett family. The families had lived a few miles apart from each other and they had joined the Church at approximately the same time. In 1838, at Caldwell County, Missouri, Elisha Averett and Dorcas Willis Witt were married.

Dorcas Witt Averett died in childbirth, along with her infant daughter. What a sad day for twelve-year-old Sarah Jane and her sister and brothers when their mother died. Kissie Ann Witt was sixteen; John Wesley Witt was fourteen; and William Averett was two.

Elisha and children buried Dorcas in the "Old Mormon Cemetery" located in the Parley Street Cemetery near Nauvoo. Elisha engraved on her stone: "Sacred to the Memory of Dorcas consort of Elisha Averett_ Died 6 Feb 1843_age 33 years". This inscription was found in a book of graveyard inscriptions of the Nauvoo area.

Elisha was a conscientious man, not one to shirk his responsibilities. He cared for these children displaying a great amount of love and kindness toward them. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elisha Averett (1810 - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Jane Witt Averett (1821 - 1876)*
  William Averett (1839 - 1909)*
  Child Averett (1843 - 1843)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Sacred to the Memory of Dorcas consort of Elisha Averett_ Died 6 Feb 1843_age 33 years".
 
Burial:
Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds
Nauvoo
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Feb 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24693715
Dorcas <i>Willis</i> Averett
Added by: KR
 
Dorcas <i>Willis</i> Averett
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 Added: Jul. 15, 2013

- SMSmith
 Added: Feb. 17, 2008
 
 
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