Oscar James Averell letters

Oscar James Averell letters

Dates: 1881 September 7-8

Two handwritten letters from Averell while he was serving as a clerk of the Utah Territorial Supreme Court. The letters are orders for six cases of wine from William W. Allen, a merchant in Steuben County, New York, to be sent to Colonel Michael Shaughnessy, U.S. Marshal in Salt Lake City, Utah. Letters were written from Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, and are dated September 7 and 8, 1881.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Averell, Oscar James, 1834-1892
  • Call Number: MSS 9051
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Initial citation: MSS 9051; Oscar James Averell letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9051, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Rick Grunder on August 16, 2017.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Rick Grunder; August 16, 2017.
Subject Terms
Salt Lake City (Utah)--19th century; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Retail Trade; Wine industry--Utah--History--19th century
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Processing Information
Processed; Jace Packer, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013).
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Averell (Oscar James) letters
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Jace Packer
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-22 13:22:41 -0600.
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Biographical / Historical

Oscar James Averell (1834-1892) was a public servant in New York and Utah.

Oscar James Averell was born on the 15th of July, 1834 in Cameron, Steuben County, New York to parents Hiram Averell and Huldah Hemenway. He married Helen C. Thompson on November 19, 1862. They had four children together, Julia Thomas Beekman, William, Edward, and Belle Averell Wynkoop. There is not much known for certain about Mr. Averell, but it is known that he worked as a public servant at the city, county, and territorial levels of government for most of his professional life. There is record of him serving as County Clerk in Steuben County, New York in 1962; as well as the Internal Revenue Assessor and Collector in Bath, Steuben County, New York and Elmira, New York during 1867 to 1868. Then in 1880 and 1881 we find him in Utah as the clerk of the Utah Territorial Supreme Court, until at least 1889, when he became the subject of the national court case, United States vs Averill. A few years later, Mr. Averell passed away on December 20, 1892 in Washington D.C.

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