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John Avery, Sr.

Birthplace: Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Preston, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Avery Cemetery, Preston, New London Co., CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Avery, V and Anne Avery
Husband of Mary Avery and Experience Avery
Father of Elizabeth Avery; Zipporah Cook; John Avery; Anna Avery; Samuel Avery and 9 others
Brother of Abigail Avery; Amos Avery, Deacon; Anna Niles; Margaret Downer; Col. Isaac Avery and 2 others
Half brother of Phebe Parke

Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier (Sargent)
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About John Avery, Sr.

Note: John Avery m. Jan. 22, 1752, at Preston, Mary Parke, dau. of Robert and Elizabeth (Benjamin) Parke. Married 2nd, April 14, 1770, Experience Stanton, dau. of Nathaniel and Mary (Coit) Stanton. He lived on the east side of Avery Pond, in Ledyard. He was a farmer and goldsmith. He also made brass-wheeled clocks, some of which are said to be still in running order. He taught his trade to four of his sons, John, Samuel, William and Robert. He was justice of the peace many years; selectman of Preston, 1774, 1775. In May, 1774, he was commissioned ensign of the train band of Preston, in Oct., 1774, lieutenant (Conn. Col. Rec. 14:266, 334). From the Preston town records we copy the following: Nov. 21, 1774, 'And whereas a strict observance to the plan adopted and agreed to by said congress (at Philadelphia) appears the best method of maintaining our just rights and privileges, this meeting made choice of John Avery, Jr. [and fourteen others] to be a committee to inspect the conduct of the inhabitants of said Preston and all other persons within the same that they strictly comply with the several articles agreed to by the said Congress.' This refers to 'The Association of the United Colonies' (the non-importation agreement) adopted by the first continental congress, and signed by its members, Oct. 20, 1774. For further particulars, see Avery's 'History of the United States and its People,' Vol. 5, page 222. December 10, 1776, John Avery, Jr. was chosen one of the committee of inspection for Preston for the coming year. Jan. 5, 1778, he was one of a committee 'chosen to make a draft to instruct our deputies to the General Assembly to be convened at Hartford on the second Thursday of Jan. to adopt articles of Confederation.' He was deputy from Preston, Oct. 1771 (Conn. Col. Rec., 13:511). In the Connecticut State Records (1:129), under date Dec. 1776, we read: 'Resolved by this Assembly that John Avery, Jr. of Preston, be and he is hereby appointed in addition to the committee appointed to procure and purchase fire arms in this state agreeable to the acts and resolutions.' Being too frail to go into active service himself he procured and paid a substitute who served during the war and came home safe. In his will, made March 28, 1793, he mentioned all his sons, and his daus, Aipporah Cook, Hannah Avery, and Mary Avery (Norwich Wills, 9:51) He died July 23, 1794, at Preston. In the settlement of his estate, his son, John, is called 'eldest son of said deceased by a former venture.'

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 274-5


Married 2nd cousin once removed on THOMPSON line (Mary Parke)

Experience STANTON-23482 and John AVERY-23412 are 3rd cousins 1 time removed. Their common ancestors are Thomas WHEELER-30801 and Mary Munroe/ BECKLEY -30802.

Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough Author: Anna Chesebrough Wildey Publication: New York: Press of T. A. Wright 1903

Media: Book Page: pages 312 and 331. History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 - 1900 Author: Richard Anson Wheeler Publication: New London, CT, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900 Media: Book Page: pages 206 and 207. Thomas Stanton, of Connecticut, and His Descendants, 1635-1891, A Record, Genealogical, Biographical, Statistical, of Author: William A Stanton, Ph. D., D. D. Publication: Albany, NY, Joel Munsell's Sons, 1891 Media: Book Page: pages 148 and 170. Avery's of Groton, Genealogical and Biographical, The Author: Homer DeLois Sweet Publication: 1894, Press of the Rice-Taylor Printing Co., Syracuse, N. Y. Media: Book Page: page 39

From Larry Bentley: JOHN6 AVERY (JOHN5, ABIGAIL4 PARKE, MARY3 WITTER, JOSIAH2, WILLIAM1) (Source: AVERY CLAN, GROTON Vol. 1 Elroy McKendree Avery & Catharine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery 1912, Pg. 174 & 274, #320 John, b. Dec. 6, 1732, at Preston, d. Jul. 23, 1794 at Preston; married Mary Park, Jan 22, 1752.) was born December 06, 1732 in Preston, New London, Connecticut, and died July 23, 1794 in Preston, New London, Connecticut. He married (1) MARY PARKE (Source: PARKE FAMILIES OF CONNECTICUT Frank Sylvester Parks, 1906, Pg. 46 & 67, #109 Mary Parke, bapt. Feb 18, 1733, married John Avery, Jr. (b. Jan. 22, 1752) on Jan 22, 1752.) January 22, 1752 in Preston, New London, CT, daughter of ROBERT PARKE and ELIZABETH BENJAMIN. She was born Bef. February 18, 1732/33 in Preston, New London, Connecticut, and died January 14, 1782 in Preston, New London, Connecticut. He married (2) EXPERIENCE STANTON April 14, 1770, daughter of NATHANIEL STANTON and MARY COIT. She was born 1744 in Preston, New London, Connecticut. More About JOHN AVERY: Burial: Avery Cemetery, Preston, New London, CT Note 1: Groton Avery Clan #320 Pg 174 & 274 Note 2: Avery Family #134 (Hist of Ston) Note 3: Thomas Stanton Family #187 Pg. 146 Note 4: Denison Genealogy 24-48 Pg 307 "John Avery Jr., b Dec 6, 1732; d Jul 23, 1794; m Jan. 22, 1752 Mary Park -------------------- John Avery is included in the Genealogical and Memorial record of New England Families by William Richard Cutter, 1915, as the son of John and Bridget Huggins Avery of Stratham. Cutter noted that he remained in Stratham through the births of his children who are listed here as they were mentioned in that work, although there is discrepancy with the New Hampshire Genealogical Record. John Avery was mentioned in NEHGR Vol. XXIV 1870, as among the signers of the Action of Deerfield, NH, in 1776 on the question of armed resistance to the crown, signed April 2, 1776.


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John Avery, Sr.'s Timeline

December 6, 1732
Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
January 22, 1752
Age 19
Preston, New London Co., CT
August 22, 1752
Age 19
Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
September 22, 1753
Age 20
Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
December 14, 1755
Age 23
Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
December 3, 1757
Age 24
Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States
June 3, 1758
Age 25
Preston, New London Co., CT
September 28, 1762
Age 29
Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States
March 22, 1765
Age 32
Preston, New London, CT
December 17, 1767
Age 35
Preston, New London Co., CT, USA