Henry Avery was a fruit-grower and nurseryman in Sec. 21, Union Township. Born in Greene Co., Ill., November 1821; moved to Des Moines County, Iowa in 1836. Married twice, first wife was Miss Mary M. Ogle; second wife was Miss Sophia Staff. On his home farm Mr. Avery had 125 acres of nursery and orchard; and owned 2,209 acres of land - 609 in Des Moines Co., 340 in Henry Co., 200 in Washington Co., 40 in Louisa Co., 280 in Pottawattamie Co., 320 in Fremont Co., 80 in Decatur Co., 360 in Ringgold Co. and 80 in Dallas. --------- Groton Avery Clan, p.909:He married Mary Mordock Ogle on May 8,1842 at Greene County, Illinois.He married Sophia Albertina Staff on Nov 14,1865 at Burlington,IA.