|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1827|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1888|
Dr. George W. Avery was the fourth child and second son of William and Hannah Avery, and was born in Sherburne, March 9, 1827. His early education began in a district school, and when ten years old he began attendance at the Sherburne academy, where, while he did not graduate, he studied the classics and higher mathematics.
In the fall of 1846 he commenced reading medicine with Drs. Devillo White and E. L. Lyman. In 1848 he went to Albany, and remained there as a student and assistant of Drs. Allen March and James H. Armstrong by until his graduation in January, 1850.
He commenced practice in partnership with Dr. William B. Reid, of Rochester, one of the oldest and most brilliant of the medical fraternity, and who, it will be remembered, was the originator of the Reid method of reduction of dislocations of the hip joint by manipulation and rotation. The partnership continued two years, Dr. Reid then going to New York, and Dr. Avery remaining in Rochester.
In 1861 he was commissioned as assistant surgeon of the 13th Regiment N. Y. S. V., and served with the regiment on General Porter's staff as detached officer until September 24, 1862, when he was promoted to the rank and commission of surgeon of the 94th Regiment N. Y. S. V. Immediately upon joining that regiment, he was placed in charge of all hospitals in General Franklin's grand division of the Army of the Potomac, and remained in that service until March 12, 1863, when the 94th Regiment was consolidated with the 105th N. Y. S. V. This consolidation mustered him from service, and he returned to Rochester; but he was immediately placed by General Quackenbush as surgeon of the 11th N. Y. S. V., and entered the service again on the 24th of June, the regiment being ordered to Harrisburg, Pa. On the 10th of July the regiment was ordered to Fort Hamilton, New York harbour; and, on priority of commission, he became surgeon at that fort. He remained in this position until January, 1864, when the regiment was consolidated with the 4th N. Y., and he was mustered out of service at his own request. During the preceding April he was one of the staff of five surgeons appointed by Governor Seymour as examiner of candidates for state bounty of $250.
On the 8th of March, 1865, he resumed the civil practice of medicine at Norwich, N. Y. He joined the Chenango County Medical Society in 1865. In 1866 he was elected treasurer of the society, and held the position, except during the year 1878, when he was made president of the society, until the time of his death. In 1870 he was elected delegate to the State Medical Society, and was made a permanent member in 1877. In 1883 he became one of the charter members of the New York State Medical Association, and was the only Founder from Chenango county. In 1885 he was chosen a member of the council of that Association, and in 1886 was made one of the vice-presidents, which constituted him president of the district branch.
Dr. Avery was one of the coroners of Chenango county for twelve years, and was a pension examiner for fifteen years.
He was a Mason, and held many positions of honour and trust in that fraternity.
He married, on the 7th of June, 1854, Miss Elizabeth Flower, of Rochester, who lived but about two years after their marriage, dying July 26, 1856. He was again married August 12, 1863, being united then with Mrs. Martha Clark, a sister of his former wife. He had no children.
In May, 1877, he became a member of the Norwich Congregational church, under the pastorate of Samuel Scoville.
It would be presumptuous for me to say anything of a man who had a record like the one just given of Dr. Avery. The recognition of the value of his services by the government, the honours extended to him in various civil capacities, and the exalted positions that he held in the medical societies in which he had membership, all become of themselves a memorial without further words, and indicate that he possessed exceptional ability and worth.
Williams Avery (1798 - 1865)
Hannah Dixon Avery (1797 - 1842)
Sherburne Quarter Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: dran
Record added: Nov 02, 2011
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