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Some Descendants of Christopher AVERY

Second Generation


2. Captain James AVERY 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Christopher ) was born 1620 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He died 6 12 Mar 1670 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

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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James married 1 (1) Joanna GREENSLADE 2, 3 on 10 Nov 1643 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Joanna was born about 1623 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. She died about 1693/1698 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 200.
    James Avery (No. 2) married 1st, Nov. 10, 1643, Joanna Greenslade, born about 1622; she died after 1693.

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, page 43.
    That her name was Joane Greenslade is learned from her letter of dismissal from the church at Boston to the one at Gloucester in 1544. The first volume of admissions of the First Church of Boston contains what little information we have been able to glean concerning Joane Greenslade. On page 63 is a list of six names of which hers stands third among the admissions as follows:
    "The 18th day of ye 4th Moneth 1643 Joan Greenslade, a single woman." On page 66 of the same volume is an entry showing her dismissal to the church of Gloucester:
    "The 17th day of ye 1st Moneth 1644 Our Sister Joan Greenslade now ye wife of one James Averil of Gloster had granted hir by ye Churches silence lres of Recomend to ye Church of Gloster."
    She, however, seems to have retained her connection with the First Church at Boston, for on page 97 of the book of admissions is the record:

"be Sister Joan Avery wth ye Concent of ye whole church waas dismist unto ye church of christ at Pekot on ye 31 of ye 6th mo 1651."
    Nothing is known of her ancestry. A petition with the following heading:
    "1663, July 4, A Declaration of ye Townes of Scarborow & Tfalmouth Black point & Casco to be Presented to ye Hond Court att York," Carries numerous signatures, including that of Thomas Greenslad. At the time the province of Maine was clamed by the heirs of Sir Ferdinando Gorges and by the colony of MA Bay, the struggle for jurisdiction ending in favor of the Bay Colony in 1677. A possible relationship between Thomas Greenslad and Joane Greenslade is suggested by the fact that the first born son of the latter was named James (for the husband) and that the second born was named Thomas.
    Among those who were granted permission to go from the Barbadoes to Antigua, Hotton's "List of Early Emigrants" records the following:
    "Greenslatt Thomas (October 7, 1679) in the Sloop "Ture Friendship" for Antegua." Charles Kallahane, Comandr."
    It has also been stated that Joane's father was an Edward Greenslade of Boston, but of him nothing has been learned. The Greenslades of England are a distinctively Devon family and very numerous there, anciently and at present.

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They had the following children:

+ 3 F i Hannah AVERY was born 11 Oct 1644 and died 22 Aug 1721.
+ 4 M ii James AVERY Jr. was born 15 Dec 1646 and died 22 Aug 1728.
+ 5 F iii Mary AVERY was born 29 Feb 1647/1648 and died 2 Feb 1708.
+ 6 M iv Thomas AVERY was born 6 May 1651 and died 5 Jan 1737.
+ 7 M v John AVERY was born 10 Feb 1653/1654 and died after 1724.
+ 8 F vi Rebecca AVERY was born 6 Oct 1656.
  9 M vii
Jonathan AVERY 1 was born 5 Jan 1657/1658 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut. He died Aug 1681 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut and was buried 15 Sep 1681 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

VITAL RECORDS OF NEW LONDON, NEW LONDON CO., CONN.
    Jonathan Avery sonn of James Avery departed this life in ye month of August 1680.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 201.
    9. Jonathan Avery, b. Jan. 5, 1658, buried Sept. 15, 1681.
  10 M viii
Christopher AVERY 1 was born 30 Apr 1661 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut. He died 8 Dec 1683 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

VITAL RECORDS OF NEW LONDON, NEW LONDON CO., CONN.
    Christopher Avery sonne of James & Joanna Avery - born ye 30th of April 1661.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 201.
    10. Christopher, b. April 30, 1661, died Dec. 8, 1683.
+ 11 M ix Samuel AVERY was born 14 Aug 1664 and died 1 May 1723.
  12 F x
Joanna AVERY 1 was born 1669 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 201.
    11. Joanna, b. in 1669.

James also married 1 (2) Abigail INGRAHAM 2, 3, 4, 5, daughter of Richard INGRAHAM and Elizabeth WINGALL, on 4 Jul 1698 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. Abigail was born 12 Jan 1633 in Bristol, Bristol Co., Rhode Island. She died 1715 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 200.
    James Avery 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.
    6. Samuel, bapt. Boston, England, April 1, 1627, m. Abiagail Ingraham.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard Ansel Wheeler, page 292.
    Samuel Chesebrough (No. 6) married Abigail Ingraham, Nov. 30, 1655; he was buried July 31, 1673. His widow married 2d, Joshua Holmes (No. 2), Holmes family; 3d husband, Capt. James Avery; for his 2d wife (No. 2), Avery family.

THE HISTORY OF STONINGTON, CONN., by Richard A. Wheeler, page 435.
     2. Joshua Holmes married with the widow Abigail (Ingraham) Chesebrough, widow of Samuel Chesebrough (No. 6), that family, June 5, 1675.
    After his death his widow married Captain James Avery, for his second wife, and her third husband (No. 2), Avery family.

SWAMP YANKEE, by James Allyn, page 32.
    Samuel married Abigail Ingraham of Bristol, RI.

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