JOHN AVERETT

(1854-1938) Son of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Written by George Washington Gill Averett

John Averett, son of George W. G. Averett and Nancy a. Turnbeaugh was born in Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Illinois, November 23, 1854 and came to Utah with his parents in 1859.

He worked on the St. George Temple during its erection and is credited with hauling the first load of rock of the temple.

On October 9, 1877, he was united in marriage with Amelia Connell in the St. George Temple. They lived together through the years to celebrate their golden wedding Anniversary. They lost two boys and two girls in infancy and only raised one daughter Millie. They left Southern Utah in early married life and lived at Carey and Rigby, Idaho, where upon their deaths he and his wife were both buried.

 

MURRAY ELIJAH AVERETT

(1856-1938) Son of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Written by George W. G. Averett

Murray Elijah Averett was born August 2, 1856 at Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Illinois, and in March, 1859 his parents left by wagon and team for Utah. They reached Salt Lake City in September where they stayed until October Conference, then the family moved to Manti, Utah. He had a sister Melzenia born just under the hill, where the Manti Temple now stands, on June 25, 1860.

In the spring of 1861 the Averett family moved to Washington, Utah, were Elijah spent most of his life. He moved to Arizona in 1886 but only stayed there nineteen (19) months then came back to Washington, the trip back taking them 22 days.

He helped work on the St. George Temple hauling dirt and leveling ground.

On April 7, 1883, he married Martha Alexander, who was born September 30 1894, to Woodruff and Martha Reece Alexander.

He had a farm a few miles south of Washington and lived there with his family for several years then he built a home in town on the lot were his parentís home used to stand.

Thirteen (13) children were born to this couple including two pair of twins.

Elijahís special interests and hobbies included tilling the soil and making good crops grow to support his family on as dollars were plenty scarce while he was raising his large family. He also made many caskets or coffins for the people of the town and did it gratis.

He had one son, John, in World War 1. His son Murray (Dick) was killed in an accident and Dickís wife Hattie was also killed in a car accident, which also took the life of one of their sons-in-law.

He lived to be 82 years old and kept active right to his last days. He worked as a carpenter and built many things, as he was very apt and skilled in anything he wanted to do.

Elijah died November 21, 1938, and was buried in Washington, Utah.

MARTHA ALEXANDER had a very cheerful attitude, always smiling. At the age of 90 she fell and broke her hip and lived only a few months, never complaining at her lot in life. She always had plenty of the necessities of life but few of the luxuries and modern conveniences. She went to Boulder City, Nevada and kept house a few years for her son Jon and there she enjoyed a modern home.

She suffered many hardships in the early days of Dixie and worked in the old cotton factory for about 10 years.

At the time of her death, April 6, 1955 she had seven living children, 40 grandchildren, 60 great children and eleven great great grandchildren, making posterity of 131. Most of theses were at her funeral.

She experienced many of the Indian raids and excitements in her childhood. She was very active and alert up to the time of her death, keeping house for her son john and his boy. Her mind was exceptionally good for a woman 90 years old and one who had given birth to thirteen children.

Funeral services where held Saturday, April; 9, 1955 and burial was by the side of her husband.

 

JAMES AVERETT

(1863-1902) Son of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

James Averett was born in Washington, Utah, March 26, 1863 and spent his entire life there except when employment took him away from home. He worked at Delemar, Nevada, where he contracted "Delemar Dust" which caused his death on December 10, 1902.

He married Maragrett Alexander and they had born to them seven (7) children. She was left the responsibility of rearing and supporting their children alone. She had to work very hard for small pay but by her thriftiness, courage and skill she made them a good home.

Margaret Alexander was born March 28, 1871, a daughter of Woodruff and Martha Reece Alexander. She worked in the old cotton factory at Washington when a girl. She died April 10, 1946, and was buried in Washington beside her husband.

 

HENRY AVERETT

(1865-1914) Son of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Henry Averett was born November 21, 1865, at Washington, Utah and spent his life there except when employment took him away from home. He married Johannah Swenson who was born January 10, 1872 in Sweden. To them were born seven children. 

They moved to Filer, Idaho and had one son born May 31, 1911. Henry died in Filer, September 1914. Johannah lived in Gooding, Idaho for several years where some of her children had moved to after marriage. She died March 28, 1955, and was buried at Gooding.

 

NANCY MARGARETT AVERETT

(1868-1952) Daughter of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Nancy Margarett Averett was born in Washington, Utah, July 6, 1868. She married Samuel Amos Carter April 9, 1890, who was born at St. George September 13, 1872.

He worked at Delemar, Nevada and contracted a lung disease "Delemar Dust" and died Jun 1901, leaving Margarett with six small children to support. One child died when only a few months old at St. George, Utah.

She moved to Idaho and married again to John Turnbeaugh and had two children by him before he died. She lived to be 84 years old; getting so feeble in mind and body that she was taken to Blackfoot, Idaho, where she died September 25, 1952.

  

JOSEPH SMITH AVERETT

(1870-1936) Son of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Joseph Smith Averett was born December 12, 1870 in Washington, Utah. He lived there until grown and was married to Malinda Thompson, who was born May 30, 1872 also at Washington. She was a granddaughter of Robert Covington, the first Bishop of Washington.

He had to go away from home to make a living, as money was a very scarce article in the early days of Dixie.

They had ten children born to them, three in Washington, two in Arizona, one in California, tow in Nevada and two in Idaho. They never stayed very long in one place.

Joseph died September 25, 1936, I believe in Oregon or the state of Washington. His wife died January 2, 1943, somewhere in the Northeast where most of their children live.

 

MARY AVERETT

(1873-?) Daughter of George Washington Gill Averett and Nancy A. Turnbeaugh

Mary Averett was born January 28, 1873 in Washington, Utah and married Thomas Sidney Pearce, who was born December 8, 1872. They had a baby, Mary Cassie, born October 26, 1894, in Washington. Mr. Pearce died January 17, 1896 and February 16, 1896; Mary gave birth to a son, Sidney Thomas.

She worked at the cotton factory and supported her little children until November 8, 1899; she married Jacob L. Maxwell of Glendale, Utah. To this marriage was born seven sons (one pair of twins), three of them in Washington. In the winter of 1902 and 1903 they moved to Lovell, Wyoming.