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1. Christopher AVERY 1, 2 was born 1590 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He died 3 12 Mar 1670 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Avery & Avery, page 27 through 42.
    Christopher Avery was a kersey (wool fabric) weaver. His wife stayed in England. No reason recorded. Marriage recorded Aug. 16, 1616, in church registry at Exeter, Devonshire. He  was in trouble several times in Massachusetts and Connecticut for "living from his wife." He could have had a brother named John.
  He and son James came to America together, either in 1630 with John Winthrspovor in 1631 with John Winthrop Jr. James and Junior became great friends. Father and son went to Gloucester, MA. James later moved to Pequot (later New London), in 1650.  His father joined him in 1665. Thomas Minor's diary records that Christopher Avery was buried March 12, 1679.

CLOCKMAKERS AND CRAFTSMEN OF THE AVERY FAMILY IN CONNECTICUT;
     Christopher's marriage was recorded Aug. 26, 1616. It also says he was first mentioned in the early records of Gloucester, Mass., in May 1642.

THE AVERYS OF GROTON:
    The Avery family is very old in Cornwall, and the Christopher Avery branch may have originated there. He was a selectman at Gloucester in 1646, 1652 and 1654. At a court in Salem he took the freeman's oath on June 29, 1652; was chosen and sworn clerk of the (train?) band and constable & clerk of the market. On Aug. 8, 1665, he purchased a house, orchard and lot from Robert Burrows in New London. Here he claimed exemption from watching and training  because of his age (June 1667) and was made a freeman of the colony in October 1669.

GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF NEW LONDON, CONN.
    Christopher Avery Jr. moved to Boston in 1658 from Gloucester and served as a selectman there and also in New London.

ANCESTRAL FILE
    He was born in Salisbury, England, about 1586 and married about Aug. 26, 1616, but better accounts dispute this origin, including a genealogical record written in 1800 by the Rev. David Avery. Also, Devon was the center of the kersey wool industry in England.

NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700 by Savage.
    Christopher Avery received a marriage license Aug. 26, 1616 in England.

"THE DINGHY", Vol. 3, Number 3, June-July, 1990, page 29.
    Gives his marriage date as 26 Oct 1616.

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Anson Wheeler, page 199.
    Christopher Avery, the emigrant ancestor and progenitor of the Avery family, was born in England about 1590. He was a weaver by trader, and came to this country and located at Gloucester, Mass., where he was selectman in 1646, 1652 and 1654. At a court in Salem he took the freeman's oath, June 29, 1692, and was chosen clerk of the band, constible, and clerk of the market. His wife did not come to this country. In 1658 he sold lands at Gloucester and removed to Boston, where on the 16th of March, 1658/9 he purchased land, a small lot, about twenty-six by forty-six feet. It was located in what is now the centre of the post-office building, facing on Devonshire street. The famous old spring, which gave the name to Spring Lane and which is now preserved under the post-office, was near.
    This Avery plot was a part of, or at least adjoined, the site of two notable resorts of later days -- the well known restaurant whence first came the famous "Julien soup", and the "Stackpole House," not much less famous. The Winthrop estate was not far away, and near by, in after years Benjamin Franklin was born. Christophery Avery did not long retain this property, for March 22, 1663, he sold land to Ambrose Dew, for forty pounds. There had evidently been no increase of value in the five years that he held possession. After being owned by two or three different persons, it was bought by Mr. Stackpole about 1790. Christopher Avery now follower his son James to Connecticut, and August 8, 1665, purchased a house, orchard and lot of Robert Burrows in New London. Here he claimed exemption from watching and training, on account of age, in June, 1667, and was made freeman of the colony October, 1669. He died March 12, 1670, by Minor diary.

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Christopher married Margery STEPHENS, daughter of Edward STEPHENS and Margaret, about 16 Aug 1616 in Ipplepen, Devonshire, England. Margery was born about 1590 in Abbots Kerswell, England. She died 1643 in Newton Abbott, England.

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, pages 27 through 29.
    Parents could have been Edward and Margaret Stephens of Kingswear, Devonshire.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i Captain James AVERY was born 1620 and died 12 Mar 1670.

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