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Birthplace: Groton, New London, CT
Death: Died in Fort Griswold, Groton, New London, CT
Cause of death: Killed in Action In Defence Of His Country
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About Sgt. Jasper Avery

Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781

Jasper was slain during the fight with the British at Fort Griswold. He resided with his family at the house near High Rock, two or three hundred rods southwest of the old Avery mansion on Birch Plains, which his father , Captain Parke Avery, had given him, and which was later occupied by Mr. Crane. He rushed off through Dark Hollow to the forts on hearing the alarm guns on the day of the battle, and as a corpse was carried back upon the shoulders of his neighbors the next morning.

"Jasper Avery, another brother (of Parke & Elisha who were in the Ft.Griswold massacre), born 1743, lived on the Poquonoc Plains near the old Avery homestead. On hearing the alarm guns, he responded, participated in the defense, and was carried back a corpse upon the shoulders of his neighbors the next morning."

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris, p. 252-3

_____ Grave Inscription:

Sgt. Jasper Avery - Killed, Age 38

Gravestone Inscription:

"In Memory of Mr Jasper Avery who was slain in fort Griswould in defence of the his Country's freedom sept 6th 1781 in ye 38th year of his Age. This life uncertain but Death is Certain to all"

It is difficult to determine the names of the children of Jasper Avery. May 21, 1787, Stephen Avery receipted to Mr. Park Avery, as the guardians of Betsey (Elizabeth) Avery, daughter of Jasper Avery. Ebenezer Avery receipted, as the guardian of Sally, Jasper, Frederick, Polly, and Cyrus, children of Jasper Avery. Cyrus is called the oldest child. (Stonington Wills, 5:224)

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Jasper was slain during the fight with the British at Fort Griswol d. He resided with his family at the house near High Rock, two or three hu ndred rods southwest of the old Avery mansion on Birch Plains, which his f ather , Captain Parke Avery, had given him, and which was later occupi ed by Mr. Crane. He rushed off through Dark Hollow to the forts on heari ng the alarm guns on the day of the battle, and as a corpse was carried ba ck upon the shoulders of his neighbors the next morning.

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Sgt. Jasper Avery's Timeline

1743
1743
Groton, New London, CT
1768
December, 1768
Age 25
Groton, New London Co., CT, USA
1770
November 15, 1770
Age 27
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1772
October 16, 1772
Age 29
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1772
Age 29
1772
Age 29
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1776
1776
Age 33
1778
1778
Age 35
1781
September 6, 1781
Age 38
Fort Griswold, Groton, New London, CT
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