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The Marin Journal
Thursday, November 10, 1910
In Sausalito, November 9th, Francis Avery, age 76 years.
The Sausalito News
November, 19, 1910
Francis Avery Passes Away
Was Former Treasurer of Marin
With the death of Francis Avery at his home In Sausalito November 9th, passed away one of God's truest noblemen of a very sterling character. A man who was always a kind and indulgent father and to his friends the soul of true fellowship. But greatest of all was be a man. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed In the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowmen, who lets into dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness, is following in the footsteps of his Master.
Francis Avery was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28, 1834. His father, Henry Avery, a well known lawyer in that city, was a descendant of the Averys of Groton, Connecticut, a family who came to that town from Massachusetts in 1860, and who served their country well both In Colonial and in Revolutionary times. Nine men of the family were killed at the defense of Fort Griswold.
Mr. Avery received his early education at Springfield, Connecticut, was a student at Yale until ill health compelled him to withdraw from college; and after studying law at the Cincinnati Law School, was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1857. In June 1856 he married Louisa, daughter of Henry Stanbery, who was afterward a member of Johnson's cabinet, and later resigned from his office as Attorney-General in order to defend Andrew Johnson at his impeachment. Shortly after his marriage Mr. Avery went abroad where be lived for several years. In 1868 he came to California and in 1872 was admitted to the California bar. Six years later he took up his residence In Sausalito where he passed the remainder of his life.
Mr. Avery was intimately and actively connected with the work of the Episcopal Church in California. He was a vestryman formerly of Christ Church, Sausalito, and in late years of the Church of Our Savior, Mill Valley; he served on the Board of Missions of the Episcopal Church, on the auditing committee of the Diocese of California, and for many years on the board of St. Luke's Hospital. He was a Mason. At one period he acted as secretary of the Sausalito Laud and Ferry Company. From a sense of public duty he served a long term in the militia, Company F, California National Guard. He was also treasurer of Marin county several years ago.
Mr. Avery had six children, of whom only one survives him, Mrs. H. C. Campbell of Sausalito. His youngest son, Howard Avery, served in the Philippines through the Spanish war, was wounded at Zapote and afterward, until his death in 1902, was a lieutenant in the 14th Infantry, U. S. Army. Mr. Avery is survived by a sister, Mme. Juan de F. Martin, living in Paris.
The funeral services, at Christ Church, Sausalito, on November 11th, were conducted by Bishop Nichols, Rev. H. Howltt, Rev. C. L. Miel and the Rev. George Maxwell. The Interment, which was private, took place at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, on November 12th.
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