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Thankful Avery

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Groton, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Avery-Morgan Burying Ground, Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Avery, Jr. and Sarah Avery
Wife of Benjamin Avery
Mother of Benjamin Avery Jr.; Abigail Smith; Deborah Avery; Daniel Avery, Ens.; Sarah Hicks and 9 others
Sister of John Avery, III; Anna Avery; Sarah Denison; Abigail Denison; George Avery and 10 others

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About Thankful Avery

She lived to be 101 years of age.

Other geneology sources list her birthplace as New London, CT and date of death as January 11, 1814

She is recorded

as No. 28 on page 406 of Sweet's The Averys of Gt^oton.

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\ the son of John".

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 September 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 that time, the dress was altered to

conform to the fashion of that day. From that time to this, the

dress has been unchanged; it is now in the possession of Cynthia's

g-randdaughter, who guards it with great care.

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Thankful Avery's Timeline

1715
April 15, 1715
Groton, New London County, Connecticut Colony
1734
January 10, 1734
Age 18
Groton, New London, CT, United States
1735
September 9, 1735
Age 20
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1737
December 12, 1737
Age 22
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1738
October 6, 1738
Age 23
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1740
November 14, 1740
Age 25
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1742
July 29, 1742
Age 27
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1744
January 15, 1744
Age 28
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1746
June 1746
Age 31
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
1748
January 1748
Age 32
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony