Averill, James a Congregational ministar and chaplain, was born at Griswold, Conn., May 29, 1815. He was the eldest child of his parents, who died on two successive. mornings and were buried in the same grave. He was educated at Plainfield Academy, Amherst College (graduating in 1837), and the Yale Divinity School. (1840), and was ordained over the Church in Shrewsbury, Mass., in 1841. Ill-health compelled him to resign in 1848, and in 1852 he settled in Plymouth Hollow, Conn, After a pastorate of ten years, he accepted the chaplaincy of the 23d Regiment of Connecticut volunteers, and accompanied his regiment to the South. But his health could not bear the sultry climate, and he died of intermittent fever after a sickness of two weeks, June 11, 1863, at Lafourche, La. He was a stanch advocate of the great philanthropic and moral enterprises of the day. See Cong. Quarterly, 1863, p. 351.