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Samuel Wooten Averett
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1838
Death: Sep. 20, 1896

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900 about Samuel W Averett
Name: Samuel W Averett
Rank Information: Acting Midshipman, Midshipman, Dismissed
Service Dates: 3 Nov 1855, 9 Jun 1859
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)

U.S. Military and Naval Academies, Cadet Records and Applications, 1805-1908 about Samuel W Averett
Name: Samuel W Averett
Year: 1858
Volume: Volume 350; 1857-1858
Record Set: U.S. Naval Academy Registers of Delinquencies, 1846-1850 and 1853-1882
Location: Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland

Samuel Wootton Averett (March 1, 1838 - September 20, 1896) graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1859 and served on the screw sloop U. S. S. Wyoming in the Pacific Squadron of the U. S. Navy. When his ship put into San Francisco in May of 1861 and he found that the Civil War had broken out, he resigned from the U. S. Navy, made his way to New Orleans and, as a Lieutenant in the Confederate Navy, accepted command of the C. S. S. Watson, a towboat engaged in mounting the defenses of the city. He soon commanded a floating battery at Island No. 10 which was captured in April 1862. He was a prisoner until exchanged four months later. In October 1863, he joined the C.S.S. Florida which terrorized the Atlantic sea lanes before its capture in Bahia, Brazil in October 1864. Six months earlier, Averett had been detailed to carry dispatches from Bermuda to Richmond. His deteriorating eyesight, apparently a malady of many of the Averetts, made him less effective as a naval officer and the Confederate Secretary of the Navy sent him on leave to "Sedge Hill", the Averett family home in Halifax County where he suffered from a near fatal bout with typhoid fever and a partial loss of vision in one eye. His convalescence lasted until after the War when he secured a job as a teacher at the Culpeper Female Academy under his brother-in law and Roanoke Female College founder, Nathan Penick. In 1872, he came to Roanoke Female College where he served with his brother, John Taylor, until he left in 1887 to become President of Judson Institute, later Judson College, at Marion, Alabama where he served until his death.

Samuel Wooten Averett (1887-1896). During his tenure, Averett led a revision of the curriculum; women were first appointed as principals of academic departments, and Judson Echoes was introduced as the student publication of the Fidelian Society, an organization aimed at encouraging writing. On November 24, 1888, Jewett Hall burned to the ground, forcing classes to meet in rented buildings in Marion. The cornerstone of the second Jewett Hall was laid in May 1889; classes resumed in it the following October.Averett died suddenly in 1896

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  Martha G Coleman Averett (1803 - 1880)
  Janie Miller Averett (1848 - 1916)*
  Berkeley Averett (1877 - 1887)*
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Green Hill Cemetery
Danville City
Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Apr 30, 2006
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