Capt.(CSA), Willoughby Francis Avery

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Capt.(CSA), Willoughby Francis Avery

Birthplace: Swans Ponds, Burke County, North Carolina, United States
Death: November 24, 1876 (33)
at the home of Major Smith, Johnston County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Isaac Thomas "Ike" Avery and Harriet Eloise Avery
Husband of Mattie Avery and Lora Avery
Father of Carrie Patterson Avery and Willoughby Moulton Avery
Brother of Child (twin) Avery; William Waightstill Avery (CSA); Theodore Horatio Avery; Colonel Clark Moulton Avery (CSA); Thomas Lenoir Avery and 10 others

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About Capt.(CSA), Willoughby Francis Avery

Lieut. Willoughby F. Avery (43rd N.C.) was wounded on the first day at Gettysburg.

He left college in 1861, joined a cavalry company of North Carolina troops; was later commissioned lieutenant in the regiment commanded by his brother, Col. Clarke Moulton Avery; was made captain of Company C ; was wounded at Sharpsburg in 1862; at Gettysburg in 1863; at Spottsylvania in 1864, and barely escaped death. After the war, he became an editor at Asheville, N. C.; then he took charge of a daily paper at Charlotte, N. C.; finally established a paper in Burke County, N. C. He was an able and brilliant writer and a man of great influence. He d. Nov., 1876, as the result of his services to the Southern Confederacy. His widow m. Henry Pearce and resides at Selma, N. C.

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 622

Willoughby Francis Avery, journalist, was born at Swan Ponds, Burke County, the youngest of the sixteen children born of Isaac Thomas and Harriet Erwin Avery. He was the "Benjamin" of a large family. Fifteen years old at the time of his mother's death, he grew up a jolly, carefree boy and entered The University of North Carolina in the fall of 1860. At the university he stood first in a large class but left to volunteer in the Confederate Army.

Avery's first service was as a lieutenant in a company of cavalry raised in Burke County by Colonel T. G. Walton, which became Company F, Forty-third North Carolina or Third Cavalry. In 1862 he was transferred to the Thirty-third Regiment, which was commanded by his older brother, Colonel Clark Moulton Avery. He served as a second lieutenant in Company C, was later promoted to captain and transferred to Company I, and served in this capacity until the end of the war. He was wounded first at the Battle of Sharpsburg and again at Gettysburg; finally, in May 1864, in the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, he was so dangerously wounded that his life was saved only by a very skillful operation. When the war ended in 1865, he was twenty-two years old and had already endured more physical and emotional anguish than most men are called upon to tolerate in a lifetime. Plagued by crippling wounds of the flesh and of the spirit, he survived the war only eleven years.

On 7 Nov. 1866 he married Martha Caroline Jones; she died in less than two years, as did their infant daughter.

Avery chose journalism as a vocation and edited newspapers in Asheville and Charlotte before returning to his native county and establishing a newspaper at Morganton, which he called the Blue Ridge Blade. In February 1875 he married Laura Atkinson of Johnston County, a stepdaughter of W. S. Smith. They had one son, Willoughby Moulton Avery, who later married Emma Sharpe of Greensboro, a granddaughter of Judge Thomas Settle.

Willoughby Avery died when his son was only seven months old; he was buried in the churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church at Morganton, where he had been a member since 1 Aug. 1867. This grave has since been moved to the lawn at the new church site in Morganton.

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Capt.(CSA), Willoughby Francis Avery's Timeline

May 7, 1843
Burke County, North Carolina, United States
September 29, 1866
Burke County, North Carolina, United States
May 2, 1876
Johnston County, North Carolina, United States
November 24, 1876
Age 33
Johnston County, North Carolina, United States
Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina, United States