THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 199.
Capt. James Avery, the only child of Christopher, was born in 1620. Came to America with his father, and lived at
THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 200.
Gloucester for several years. The Rev. Mr. Blinman, who had been a minister of Gloucester for eight years, was engaged to become the minister of the Pequot Plantation. A party of his friends proposed to move with him, and came on to make preparatory arrangements, Oct. 19, 1650. It appears that James Avery went back to Gloucester, sold his possessions there to his father, and in 1651 returned to New London. In March of that year the principal body of these eastern families arrived.
Capt. James acquired large tracts of land at what is now Poquonoc Bridge, Groton, east of New London. About 1636 he build the hive of the Avery's at the head of Poquonoc Plain, a mile and a half from the river Thames. In 1684, the old Blinman edifice, first church of New London, the unadorned church and water-tower of the wilderness, which had stood for thirty years, was sold to Capt. Avery for six pounds, with the condition that he should remove it in one month's time. According to tradition, the church was taken down, its materials carried across the river, and added to the house he had already built at Poquonoc. In spite of this analytic and synthetic progress, the ancient dwelling seemed to have retained some of its sacred character, for a century later it was occupied until July 21, 1894, when a spark from a passing locomotive ignited its well-seasoned frame, and in a short time only the ancient chimney remained to mark the spot of this historic house of Eastern Connecticut. A few years later the chimney was taken down, the grounds graded, and a tasteful monument was erected by the descendants of James Avery.
He was ensign, Lieutenant and captain of the New London companies and served throughout King Philip's war in command of forty Indians from Stonington, New London and Lyme. In 1676 he was captain of one of the four companies which protected the frontier, and for twenty-three years an officer of the town, and twelve times deputy to the General Court, 1656-80; also assisting judge in deputy to the Prerogative Court, and was most prominent in maters relating to the church, as references to him in such connections are numerous.
He m. 1st Nov. 10, 1643, Joanna Greenslade, b. about 1622; she d. after 1693. He m. 2nd, Mrs. Abigail (Ingraham) Chesebrough, widow of Joshua Holmes, July 4, 1698, (No. 2) Holmes family. He d. April 18, 1700. His widow was living at late as 1714.
THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 292.
Abigail Ingraham 3d husband, Capt. James Avery; for his 2d wife (No. 2), Avery family.
THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. Found in the DAR Library, Washington DC. Pages 43 through 78.
James Avery came to America with his father in 1630 on the "Arbella". James was an early land owner at Gloucester as it is shown by extracts from the town book containing an account of "Land laid out and to whom;"
9 mo. (16)45. "Andrew Lister had 8 acres of upland upon Planter's Neck, running from Lobster Cove to the sea, the 24th lott next to James Averies."
1 mo. (16)47, "James Averie Given 6 acres of upland at the hed of Little River to be laide out."
26. 3. (16)51. "Also the said Richard Beefor bought of James Avery three acres of upland."
15. 10. (16)53. James Avery had marsh at Chebacco.
The following items are from the Salem quarterly court records and files.
1: 11: 1645. James Avery of Gloucester took the oath of freeman.
25: 10: 1649. James Averey grand juryman from Gloster.
24: 4: 1650. James Averey grand juryman.
In studying the record of these days, the careful student is strongly impressed with the fact that Capt. James Avery was a very remarkable man. Living as he did in stirring times, he was a leader among strong men, enjoying their confidence and respect because he deserved them. Especially it is to be noted that although the state took cognizance of affairs that we now call private and interfered in the details of family life and personal relations in a way that would not now be tolerated, he was never censured or "presented" for any shortcoming or alleged dereliction of duty of propriety. Eminent in all the relations of life, his descendants look upon him with pride and affection as one "sans p[eur et sans reproche."
ANCESTORS OF ALDEN SMITH SWAN AND HIS WIFE MARY ALTHEA FARWELL, by Josephine C. Frost, The Hills Press, New York MCMXXII, page 32.
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