WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
GEORGE WASHINGTON GILL AVERETT
(farmer, wheelright, blacksmith, surveyor, gunsmith)
BIOGRAPHYGeorge Washington Gill Averett was born January 20, 1824 in Maury County, Tennessee.
Nancy Ann Turnbeaugh was born on August 22, 1836 in Pleasant Hill, Pike County, Illinois.
George married Nancy on February 24, 1853 in Pleasant Hill, Illinois.
George and his family left the east (Missouri?) for Salt Lake in a good wagon on March 18, 1859. They reached Salt Lake City on September 3, 1859. After staying there short while, they joined George's brother in Manti, Utah. And then on to Gunnison, Utah.
George's brother, Elijah, was called to go to Dixie in 1861. George got the blessing olf Orson Hyde and was allowed to join Elijah and Elisha.
George and his family settled in Washington City where he bought a lot for $20.00. His family lived on that lot in a wagon cover during the great storm of December 1861 and January 1862. Then he gathered some logs and stones and built a shanty on his property, which he thought was the first shanty built by the 1861 immigrants. He was issued a surveyors certificate for Lots 2 and 3 of Block 16 on the original 1863 survey. There he farmed and worked as a wagon master, surveyor, gunsmith, wheelright, blacksmith, and water master. He befriended the Indians and was named "George Fixum" because of the aid he rendered to them.
The water master job was thankless and very hard on George. So in the latter part of 1884, he traded his property in Washington for some in Arizona. He settled up his affairs and left for Arizona on March 27, 1885. When he got to Arizona his property there was nothing like it had been described. He only stayed 19 months and then returned to Washington City where he took over his old property and spent the rest of his life.
George died on January 14, 1902 and was buried in the Washington City Cemetery.
Nancy died on April 18, 1909 and was buried in the Washington City Cemetery.
REFERENCESWashington City "MONUMENT PLAZA"
See the George W. G. Averett biography on pp. 16-19.
Biography of John Averett
by George Washington Gill Averett
Averett Family History
by Jennet Averett and George Washington Gill Averett
Autobiography of George Washington Gill Averett, 1824-1902
Biographical Sketch of the Life and Adventures of George Washington Gill Averett
George Washington Gill Averett in Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel
Also see Averett, George Washington Gill, Autobiography [ca. 1894], 171-72 in Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel
George W. G. Averett, 1824-1902
in Washington City "MONUMENT PLAZA" May 10 2003
Also see the sections on George's brothers, Elisha on Pages 47-48 and Elijah on Pages 49-50.
Find-A-Grave entry for George Washington Gill Averett
Find-A-Grave entry for Nancy Ann Turnbaugh Averett
Geni entry for George Washington Gil Averett