Obituary for Elijah Avery

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in Need-ham of of he in Pat-ton's he its Need-ham is so Uncle Lige Avery Dead. Uncle Elijah Avery died at the home of his son, about three miles from Morganton, last Friday. Friday. June 18th. near his 80th year. He was a fine type of the old time, ante-bellum ante-bellum ante-bellum darkey and J in his love and faithfulness to his 1 old master's family he exemplified exemplified all the virtues of a type that has about disappeared. He belonged to Col. Isaac Avery and was born and raised at Swan Ponds near Morganton. His first striking evidence of faithfulness was in 1854 when he was sent to California with other slaves to work in the gold mines. A large majority of the slaves asserted their independence and ran away, but uncle Lige, through many hardships and perils, came back into voluntary slavery. During the Civil war, he was the body servant of Col. Avery, who was killed at Gettysburg while commanding Hoke's brigade. brigade. Uncle Lige went on the battle field, got his body and buried it, bringing his sword and watch home to the father of the dead soldier. He was a good farmer and raised all he needed on his little farm. A few years ago he was a familiar figure around town, where his services were in great demand as a gardner. He was most thorough in his work and strove for perfection in every detail. It is not claiming too much for him to say he was an aristocrat and a gentleman, and as honest and faithful in every duty he performed. A short while before his death he sent for his white friends. One who was unable to go to him pays this tribute to his memory. A Friend. their let on but buy, ever by the a will on the

Clipped from The News-Herald24 Jun 1909, ThuPage 3

The News-Herald (Morganton, North Carolina)24 Jun 1909, ThuPage 3
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