Thankful married Benjamin AVERY, son of James AVERY Jr. and Deborah STALLYON, about 1834 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut. Benjamin was born 1696 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut. He died 5 Dec 1772 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut and was buried in Avery/Morgan Cemetery, Groton, New London Co., Connecticut.
DENISON GENEALOGY, by E. Glenn Denison, Josephine Middleton Peck, Donald L. Jacobus, The Pequot Press, Inc. Stonington, CT, 1963. Page 9.
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 132 & 3.
Born 1696, at Groton. Benjamin married Thankful Avery, daughter of John and Sarah (Denison) Avery. She was born April 15, 1718, at Groton, Conn., and died Jan. 1813, at the same place. She is recorded as No. 28 on page 406 of Sweet's THE AVERYS OF GROTON. Mr. Sweet said that this Thankful Avery was born in 1712, the daughter of Benjamin Avery, whose record appears as No. 14 on page 406 of his book. But careful search has failed to show that there was any such Benjamin, son of John Avery. The whole record that appears as No. 14, on the page in question should be cancelled. The family historian has taken care of the children; the alleged father is a myth. According to the Rev. David Avery (whose aunt she was and whom he often visited), this Thankful Avery was a daughter of John-4, the son of John-3.
When fifteen years of age, Thankful Avery was married in a lemon-colored, brocaded, silk dress, one of three patterns brought from Paris by the captain of a merchant vessel. Two of the patterns were lemon and one was lavender in color. The captain's wife chose one of the lemon-colored ones, to the disappointment of Thankful's father who wished his two daughters to be married in gowns of the same color. The older daughter chose lavender, so Thankful had the lemon-colored one. It is supposed that the two sisters were married at the same time and that the older sister was the Sarah who married Bebee Denison, January 10, 1734. As Thankful is said to have been about fifteen years old when married and as her first child was born Sept. 9, 1735, she also probably was married January 10, 1734. Her daughter, Thankful, wore the dress when she married Elihu Avery, and in turn, her daughter, Cynthia, wore it when she married Ebenezer Lester. At the time, the dress was altered to conform to the fashion of the day. From the time to this, the dress has been unchanged. It is now in the possession of Cynthia's granddaughter, who guards it with great care.
Benjamin-4 Avery was given the right to build a pew in the gallery, July 4, 1720. He was lister, 1731, 1732, fence viewer, 1733, 1735, 1737, 1749; surveyor, 1737; selectman, 1755-1758.
March 16, 1617, James Avery deeded land at the head of Poquonoc's Cove to his loving son, Benjamin. This land had belonged to his honored father, Capt. James Avery, and "butted" on his brother Samuel's land (Groton Deeds, 2:391). Benjamin Avery owned (Dec. 6, 1754) two shares in the Wyoming Company that claimed land in Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna.
Benjamin Avery's will, made Jan. 9, 1769, and probated Jan. 4, 1773, mentioned his wife Thankful: sons, Benjamin, Daniel, Solomon, Denison, daughters, Abigail Smith, Anna Avery; two oldest unmarried daughters, Sarah and Mary; two other daughters Lucy and Thankful; two youngest daughters, Deborah and Hannah; daughter, Mercy, to be cared for during her natural life (Stonington Wills, 2:38).
His tombstone is standing in the Avery-Morgan burying-ground: "In memory of Benjamin Avery, who died Dec. 5, 1772 in ye 76 year of his age." This determines the year of his birth and makes him the youngest child. His wife, Thankful, was buried by his side.
Source: Averys of Groton. Married Jan. 10, 1734, to Thankful Avery, daughter
of Benjamin and Sarah Avery.
Thankful was born in 1712 and died in 1813, aged 101. Had 14 children. Must
have been very thankful when child bearing days were over.
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