Ebenezer Avery (1678 - 1752) MP

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Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut
Death: Died in Groton, New London, Connecticut
Occupation: Col. in Groton Militia, Farmer
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About Ebenezer Avery

Colonel Ebenezer Avery was born 1 May 1677 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut, was christened 16 June 1678 in the 1st Church of New London, New London, New London Co., Connecticut; and died 19 July 1752 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut. His will was made on 24 March 1746/7 and was proved on 19 August 1752. (see text, below, and attached as a document). The place of his burial is not known.

Parents: son and 5th child of James Avery (1646-1728) and Deborah Stallyon (1649/1650-1729).

Married:

  1. on 16 June 1708 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut to Dorothy Park[e]. She was christened 27 June 1692 in 1st Church of Stonington, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut and died 6 November 1732 in Groton, New London Co., Connecticut. She was the daughter of John Park (b.1656-) and Mary Witter (b. 1665-). She was his only wife. See Footnote1 below.

8 children of Dorothy Park and Ebenezer Avery:

  1. Parke Avery b: 9 December 1710 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  2. Mary Avery b: 17 February 1713 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  3. Dorothy Avery b: 10 January 1716 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  4. Lucy Avery b: 14 October 1718 in Groton, New London, Connecticut. note that Lucy died at age about 3 months old.
  5. Ebenezer Avery b: 3 April 1721 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  6. Amie Avery b: 14 September 1724 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  7. Eunice Avery b: 2 March 1725/1726 in Groton, New London, Connecticut
  8. Simeon Avery b: 25 April 1730 in Groton, New London, Connecticut; c: 26 JUL 1730 in the First Church of Groton, Groton, Connecticut.

Footnotes

  1. In his Averys of Groton, page 31, Mr. Sweet states that Ebenezer Avery had a second wife, Lucy Morgan. This is a mistake. William Morgan, in his will, stated that his granddaughter, Lucy, married Ebenezer Avery, but this granddaughter was Lucy Davis, the daughter of his daughter, Margaret. This Lucy Davis married a different Ebenezer Avery, No. 70, below mentioned. (The Groton Avery Clan)

Will

Dorothy (Parke) Avery died Nov. 6, 1732, at Groton. Ebenezer Avery made his will March 24, 1746-7; it was proved Aug. 19, 1752. In it he mentioned his son, Parke, to whom he gave a grist-mill with dwelling house and lands adjoining, north of the county road, land near the New London ferry, and several other parcels. To his son, Ebenezer, he gave land adjoining the farm that he had already given him; also

"my cloak & my Laced hat, with my smallest Silver hilted sword, & my new great Bible and my watch and my old carbine."


To his son, Simeon, he gave certain lands and

"my Brass gun & speckled Stork gun & brass hilted sword, my silver head «ain & oldest great Bible, my Druoy Coat & Silk Jacket & briches, my Scarlet Jacket with plate buttons."


He also gave money and household goods to his daughters, Mary Latham, Dorothy Morgan, Amy, and Unis. No mention is made of a wife; he probably did not marry a second time {New London Wills, F:321).

Brief Biography

Ebenezer Avery was on the list of freemen of Groton, 1708; collector of rates, 1716; selectman, several terms; and, in 1734, was appointed to take charge of the town's ammunition. He received a hundred acres of public land in 1720. He was deputy to the general court, 1720, 1726, 1738; was commissioned lieutenant of the first company of Groton, 1728; captain, 1733; colonel of the eighth militia regiment, 1739. {Conn. Col. Rec, 6: 173 & 7: 54, 152, 465 & 8: 155, 280),

On March 16, 1717, James and Deborah Avery deeded certain land to their loving son, Ebenezer, as follows :

To all Christian people to whom this present deed of gift shall come James Avery, sen., of Groton, &c., ... in consideration of the natural love and affection I do bear my beloved son Ebenezer, and for his more comfortable subsistance & livlihood . . . Three certain tracts or parcels of land situate and being in the township of Groton aforesaid. One tract being the farm on which I now dwell with all the Housings Buildings Out housings erected and standing on said Farm, with the orchard and all other fruit trees on said farm. . . containing by estimation two hundred fifty aci-es more or less, . . . bounded on the east partly with the Great swamp that parts this farm from Poquannock Plain to the south end of said swamp and from thence with the Creek that parts Birch Plain which is a part of this farm from Poquannock Plain, and with the Creek to the mouth thereof and from thence to the cove or creek that parts this farm from Shinacosset Neck on the west side by the head fence by Stoney brook. North with the comon. Another tract of land . . . lyeth in Poquannock Plain, containing by estimation twenty acres, bounded on the west by great swamp, on the north with the land of John Avery, jun., on the east with Poquannock Cove or River and on the south with land belonging to the estate of Richard Lord . . . Third tract . . . meadow and swampy ground . . . bounded with land that belonged to Lawrence Codner, partly with land belonging to Samuel & Joshua Bill . . . To be by him and them enjoyed and improved /o?-eve?-, and not to be sold by my said son nor any of his heirs or passed away to any other person forever to continue and Remain to hint and them and in the name of the Averys forever . . . James Avery March 16, 1717. Deborah Avery (Groton Deeds, 2:508.) (also see document, attached)

Links

Sources

  1. Connecticut Colonial Records
  2. Diary of Joshua Hempstead
  3. Virkus
  4. Harold John Witter
  5. Avery, Elroy M. K, and Catharine H. Avery. The Groton Avery Clan. Cleveland: s.n., 1912. Internet resource.
  6. Vital Records of New London, New London Co., Conn.
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Col. Ebenezer Avery's Timeline

1678
May 1, 1678
Groton, New London, Connecticut
June 16, 1678
First Church of New London, New London, Connecticut
1708
June 16, 1708
Age 30
Preston, New London, CT
1710
December 9, 1710
Age 32
Groton, New London, Connecticut
1712
February 17, 1712
Age 33
Groton, New London, Connecticut
1716
January 10, 1716
Age 37
Groton, New London, CT
1718
October 14, 1718
Age 40
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA
1721
April 3, 1721
Age 42
Groton, New London, CT
1724
March 2, 1724
Age 45
Groton, New London, CT
September 14, 1724
Age 46
Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA