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The Avery Family

The Avery family in Staplehurst was headed by James Avery who migrated to Staplehurst sometime before 1799.

This document has been prepared with assistance of Bruce Avery of New Zealand.
One branch of the family, Thomas Avery, 3rd son of James, immigrated to New Zealand with his wife Elizabeth nee Dabson. Bruce has all the details of this branch. George, the 7th son of James, immigrated to Australia and we have contact with that branch of the family.

Bruce would be keen to hear from any other descendents of the family. If you can provide any information to assist please use the contact button to email me and I will pass to Bruce.

James Avery 1769/70 - 1815

James is said to be the son of John Avery and Mary Morris. John Avery was married to Mary Morris in Rolvenden on 18 November 1770. James was buried in Staplehurst on 03 September 1815 and was said to be 46 years old giving us a birth year of about 1769/70. 

James Avery married Ann Kite in Staplehurst on 23 June 1799. Ann was baptized in Staplehurst as Nanny Kite on 01 September 1776, the daughter of Robert and Sarah Kite. 

There is a marriage recorded in Staplehurst on 11 October 1795 of James Avery and Elizabeth Butcher of Loose. They married by license and the license (dated 07 October 1795) states that James was a bachelor of Staplehurst and his occupation is given as labourer. It seems probable that this was a first marriage for James but I have not found a burial for Elizabeth so there is uncertainty.
                       

 

James and Ann had the following children:

There were a further 04 children who were all baptized at one time on 06 July 1823 which took place after the death of their father James.

James Avery was buried in Staplehurst on 03 September 1815 aged 46 years.

There is a burial in Staplehurst of Elizabeth Avery aged 56 on 17 April 1830. I have not been able to match this with the family line and suspect that it is an incorrect entry and is really Ann Avery, widow of James.

James Avery Kite 1799 - 1891
James Avery Kite was born 28 April 1799; the son of Ann Kite and James Avery. He was baptized in Staplehurst on 23 June 1799, the same day that his parents were married. His baptism record records the fact he was base born.
James married Sarah but no marriage record has been found to date. They probably married in 1819.

            

James and Sarah had the following children baptized in Staplehurst. In each case, James was said to be a labourer.

In the 1851 census, James and his family are living at Cross at Hand in Staplehurst.

 In the 1861 census James is recorded as Avery Kite and is living at the Kings Head Inn, Boughton Malherbe.

 In the 1871 census, James is recorded as Avery Kite and is living at the Kings Head Inn, Boughton Malherbe.

In the 1881 census, James is recorded as Avery Kite and is living at 4 Westbrook Place, Margate.

 In the 1891 census, James is living with his son Abraham at the Wagon at Hale Public House in Waggon Lane Chatham.

 Sarah Kite, the wife of James Avery Kite was buried in Staplehurst on 06 October 1862. She was 65 years old and said to be of Boughton Malherbe.

James married a second time in 1866 to Sarah Joy. The marriage is registered in Maidstone in the 4th quarter 1866. By 1891, James is a widower again.
James burial is recorded in the Medway register in the 4th quarter 1891. He was 92 years old.

John Avery 1800 - 1871
John Avery was born 24 June 1800 and baptized in Staplehurst on 20 July 1800, the son of James and Ann Avery. John was married to Elizabeth. The marriage has not yet been found but probably took place about 1826. From census information we know that Elizabeth was born in Biddenden about 1803.

         
 

John and Elizabeth had the following children baptized in Staplehurst. John was noted as a labourer.

Robert and Mary Ann had the following children baptized in Staplehurst. Robert is noted as a labourer.

In the 1851 Census Robert and family are living in Staplehurst.

 In the 1861 census, Robert and his family are found living at Station Cottages in Staplehurst.

Note: we do know that Robert was born in Staplehurst and Mary Ann was born in Maidstone so we can be fairly certain that the enumerator made a mistake when entering the details.

 Son Richard Avery is found living in Willesborough, Kent in 1861. He is a 20 year old lodger living with the Tucker family. His occupation is given as agricultural labourer and he gives his birth place as Staplehurst. Also in the household is another lodger from Staplehurst; George Day who is 22. Presumably these young men were friends.
A few months later, on 20 October 1861, Richard aged 21, was buried in Staplehurst.

Robert Avery was buried on 21 March 1871 at the age of 66.

The 1871 census was taken on the 02 April 1871 shortly after the date of Robert’s burial. We find his widow, Mary Ann, as a visitor in Frittenden. She is staying with Edward and Frances Potter and we note that Frances Potter was previously married to Amos Avery. Also in the household are Amos children, Anne and Robert Avery.

Roberts daughter, Isabel, is now married to Albert Millen and living in Lewisham, Kent.

 In the 1881 census, Mary Ann, Robert’s widow, is living in Ryde, Isle of Wight. She is said to be 78 years old and a refreshment room keeper.

 
Henry Avery 1807
Henry Avery was born 05 February 1807 and baptized in Staplehurst on 27 May 1810, the son of James Avery and Nanny Kite. We have no further information on Henry.

George Avery 1808
George is the son of James Avery and Ann Kite. He was born on 04 November 1808 and baptized in Staplehurst on 27 May 1810.
George Avery married Elizabeth Kingsnorth in 1838. The marriage is registered in Hollingbourne, Kent registration district in the 3rd quarter 1838. Elizabeth is the daughter of Daniel and Martha Kingsnorth and was baptized in Staplehurst on 16 February 1823.
In 1841, George Avery and his wife Elizabeth immigrated to New South Wales Australia. The record of entry states they arrived on the ship ‘China’. George was said to be 30 years old and his parents are named as James and Ann Avery and he was said to have been born in Staplehurst. His wife Elizabeth Avery was 21 years old and born in Staplehurst. Her parents are given as Daniel & Martha Kingsnorth. They arrived in Port Jackson, Sydney on 09 September 1841.

          


Amos Avery 1813 - 1859
Amos Avery was born in Staplehurst on 05 August 1813 the son of James and Ann Avery. He was not baptized until 06 July 1823 when 3 children from the family were baptized together.
Amos was married twice and neither marriage has been found to date. His first wife was Mary Ann who was born about 1822 in Staplehurst. Mary Ann was buried in Staplehurst on 09 May 1852. Amos and Mary Ann do not appear to have had any children.
Amos then married Frances, probably around 1855.

            

In the 1841 census, Amos Avery aged 25 is living at the Bell Inn in Staplehurst. He was noted as an agricultural labourer.
There is a marriage for Amos Avery registered in the fourth quarter 1843 in the Maidstone Registration district. We know he was married to Mary Ann but we are not certain of her surname as there are two options on the index (Watts or Riddle) and the certificate would need to be ordered to clarify. The couple did not marry in Staplehurst. 

In the 1851 census, Amos and Mary Ann are living at Chapple House in Staplehurst. Amos is a 27 year old agricultural labourer born in Staplehurst and Mary Ann is 29 years old born Staplehurst.

There is a burial in Staplehurst of Ann Avery aged 30 on 09 May 1852. I believe this to be the wife of Amos.

By 1856 Amos is married to Frances when their first child is baptised in Staplehurst. No record of the marriage has been found to date.

Amos and Frances Avery had the following children baptized in Staplehurst. In all 3 cases the father was said to be a labourer.

Amos Avery died in 1859. His death is registered in the Maidstone registration district in the first quarter 1859. He does not appear to be buried in Staplehurst.

Frances, the widow of Amos, married again in the second quarter 1860 to Edward Potter.

In the 1871 census we find Frances living in Frittenden with Edward Potter.

Morris Avery 1814
Morris Avery is the son of James and Ann Avery. He was born on 11 October 1814 and baptized in Staplehurst on 06 July 1823.

In the 1851 census Morris is living with his wife at Chapel Court Maidstone. Morris was said to be a waterman, 36 years old, born in Staplehurst. He is married to Sarah who is 36 years old who was born in Sailhurst Sussex. There are no children living in the household.


Frederick John Avery 1845
Frederic John Avery was baptized on 07 December 1845, the son of John & Elizabeth Avery. In most census he gives his birth place as Boughton Monchelsea and this may be correct as his sister Sarah was born in Boughton Monchelsea. However, he was baptized in Staplehurst.

Frederick married Eliza Dawes in the 2nd quarter 1870. The marriage was registered in the Maidstone district.


       

In the 1871 census, we find Frederick J. Avery living with his wife at Back Street, Leeds Kent.

 In the 1881 census, Frederick John Avery is recorded as John F. Avery. The family is living in Upper Street, Leeds.

 In the 1891 census, Frederick and family are living at Otham Hole Lane, Otham.

 In the 1901 census, William Thomas Avery, son of Frederick, is found as a patient in the hospital in Maidstone. He was 23 years old, a farm labourer, born Leeds. The rest of the family are not found in the 1901 census.


Amos Avery b.1856
Amos Avery was baptized in Staplehurst on 04 May 1856; the son of Amos and Frances Avery. Amos father (also Amos) died when Amos was just 3 years of age.

Amos married Sarah Ann Breach in 1880. The marriage was registered in Fulham, London in the 3rd quarter 1880.


                   

In the 1861 Census Amos Avery, aged 5 is living at Martins Hill Cottages with his mother Frances and step father Edward Potter. His brother Robert is also with the family.

In the 1871 Census Amos Avery, aged 15 years, is living with the Borer family at Mathurst Green Farm in Staplehurst. He is noted as a farm servant and born in Staplehurst.

By the time of the 1881 Census, Amos is married to Sarah and living in Willesden, Middlesex.

 Amos is living at 2 Stanley Garden Mews, Kensington in the 1891 census.

 In the 1901 census, the family is still living at 2 Stanley Garden Mews, Kensington.

Robert Avery 1859
Robert Avery was baptized in Staplehurst on 06 February 1859, the son of Amos and Frances Avery.

Robert Avery married Mary Ann Boorman in 1880. The marriage is registered in the 4th quarter at the Maidstone registration district.

         

Robert’s father, Amos Avery, died in 1859. His mother, Frances, married again in the second quarter 1860 to Edward Potter.

 In the 1871 Census, Robert is living with his mother and step father in Frittenden.

 In the 1881 Census, Robert and his family are found at Liver St. Cottage, Teston.

 In the 1891 Census, Robert and his family are living at Wateringbury, Kent.

 In the 1901 census, Robert and his family are living at Birling Road, Snodland, Kent.

 

Harry Avery 1885 - 1917
Harry Avery was born in Benenden in 1885, the son of William & Louisa Avery, of Rovenden Road, Benenden, and was baptized in Benenden on 26th September 1885. His father was an agricultural labourer. A resident of Staplehurst, he enlisted in Cranbrook.
Private G/41666, 22nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action on Saturday 17th February 1917. Buried in Regina Trench Cememtery, Grancourt, Somme, France.