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Mills Averill letters

 Collection — Folder: S041
Identifier: S0041

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three letters written from Mills Averill to family and friends living in New York ranging from 1836 to 1842. In his letters, Averill discusses life as a settler in Indiana. In his first letter, he discusses the trip to Indiana from New York, the character of the people in the area, public improvements, and the railroad. Averill also notes his work at building a cabin for his family and the plowing he had done. In the second letter, he spends a great deal of time discussing his family. Averill talks about their health and treatments he had received from “Hoosier” doctors. He also mentions an infestation of worms that were a threat to his crops. In his third letter, Averill discusses a business transaction he was having difficulty closing. He also mentions the failing health of his wife from liver disease.


  • 1836-1842


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Mills Averill was born in Vermont around 1793 and later lived in New York. In October of 1839, he and his family left New York and traveled by land to Lima, Lagrange County, Indiana. It appears that his wife died before 1850. They had several children together, including Lucia, George, Charles, Cornelia, Harvey, Adeline, Norm, and Jane. Averill may have died before 1860.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Laura Wygatt on 1945/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.