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Letter from Rebecca Avery and other members of her family at Memphis, Tennessee, to her daughter Amanda A. Avery, c/o Mrs. Holcolm, La Grange, Tennessee, written on November 13, 1846. The other family members include Amanda's sister Cornelia Estelle, an unidentifiable author and cousin Bob. Rebecca Avery notes how tired she is with her six student lodgers and two day boarders. “I hope you will catch a smart beau, for I want you all married.” Estelle (Stella) complains of a cough and wonders if it is consumption. Says she is tired looking after the boarders also. The unidentifiable writer notes that “poverty is a most niggardly rascally tormenting pestiferous scamp of a thing – that sticks tighter and bites harder than a thousand musketoes in a Mississippi swamp could possibly do.” Amanda Avery (1828-1916) was the daughter of Nathan Avery (1792-1846), a physician born in Lebanon, New York, who practiced in Bolivar and Memphis, and Rebecca Jones Rivers (1793-1847), whom he married in Montgomery County, Tennessee, in 1818. Their children included: William Thomas (1819-1880), Elizabeth Edmunds (1824-1916, who married Minor Meriwether), and Cornelia Estelle (1830-1919). Amanda married Nathaniel Macon Trezevant (1829-1912), a lawyer, in 1848.






Avery, Rebecca, 1793-1847., Avery, Amanda A., 1828-1916., Avery, Cornelia Estelle.

Rebecca Avery letter, Memphis, 1846