Avery R. Palmer, "LaFayette, was born in La Fayette, June 29, 1820, a son of Dr. Avery F. and Sally (Bailey) Palmer, he a native of Stonington, Conn., and she of Massachusetts. The grandfather was Rowland Palmer, also of Connecticut, and came with his wife Sabra in 1815 to La Fayette, where they died in 1836 and 1850 respectively. The father of our subject was for forty years a veterinary surgeon in successful practice, and a prominent man of his town. He died in 1873 and his wife in 1865. Avery R. was educated in Cortland Academy, and studied for the ministry at his home. He managed his father's farm until he was twenty-seven, then took the pastorate at Marcellus Baptist church, where, his health failing, he went to Sterling, Cayuga Co., where his health grew worse. He then came to Tully, and in 1853 was elected supervisor, serving four years, and in 1856 was appointed superintendent of the Onondaga penitentiary, serving three years. He was also justice of the peace in Otisco. In 1863 he came to his present place, and has been supervisor of the town for 1873-74-79. He has also served twelve years here as postmaster, and has been notary public four years. During all these years our subject has been supplying as minister, and in 1891 took charge of the Apulia church, and was also in charge of the church in Vesper six years. Mr. Palmer has done an extensive business in settling estates in this part of the county. He is an ardent temperance worker, and a member of the Royal Templars, being chaplain of the Grand Council. In 1847 he married Elizabeth Henderson, a native of Tully, born Jan. 12, 1828, a daughter of Peter Henderson, the first white child born in Tully, whose father, Phineas, was among the very first settlers of the town. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer have had one son, Jirah D., born in 1848, who is now proprietor of the Collingwood grist and saw mills. He married in 1867 Viola S. Miner, who died in 1885. In 1887 he married Marian Van Antwerp, and they have had four children: George F., Avery R., Edna and Edith. Jirah D. is an Odd Fellow, and one of the trustees and members of the managers of the Odd Fellows' Home Association at Lockport, and postmaster at Collingwood. The Palmer family date their ancestry to one Walter Palmer who came with his brother Abram from Nottinghamshire, England, in 1629, and settled in Stonington, Conn., while Abram went to the West Indies." Source: Bruce, Dwight H. (Ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, pp. 164-165.