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David Avery, Esq.

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: September 6, 1781 (53)
Fort Griswold, Groton Heights, New London County, Connecticut, United States (Killed in defense of Fort Griswold)
Place of Burial: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. James Avery, Esq. and Elizabeth Avery
Husband of Lydia Perkins
Brother of James Avery, V; Elizabeth Starr; Peter Avery, Deacon; Prudence Avery (Avery); Hannah Avery and 3 others

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About David Avery, Esq.

Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781

"David Avery, the son of the fourth James Avery, was the oldest of the name who participated in the battle and was born in 1727. He is buried in the Old Ground at Poquonoc where his tombstone, elaborate for those times, gives evidence of his wealth and the estimation in which he was held. His brother John had a son Peter, taken prisoner and James had two sons carried away but all returned"

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris, p 253-4

He was a member of the first Groton committee of inspection, Dec. 12, 1774; also on the committee, 1776 and 1777. He was on the committee to care for the families of soldiers and to obtain clothing for those in the field, 1777, 1778 and 1780. He was killed at Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781, and was buried in Poquonock burying-ground.


In memory of

DAVID AVERY, Esq. who having performed the endearing Offices of Friendship and Religion in Social Connection And usefully and honorably served the Public in various Characters Nobly risk’d his life in defence of Fort Griswold & American Freedom And fell a Victim to British Inhumanity Sept. 6, 1781, in the 54th Year of his Age.

He left no children. In his will, made Sept. 2, 1778, at Groton, he mentioned wife, Lydia; brothers, James and Peter; sisters, Prudence and Hannah; nephew, Rufus. October 6, 1781, Lydia Avery receipted to James Avery for four hundred pounds left her by her worthy husband, David Avery. She m. 2d, April 25, 1786, Jabez Perkins, and d. without children, at Norwich, May 17, 1819 (Perkins’ Genealogy, p. 42).

David6 Avery (James5, James4, James3, James2, Christopher’) was b. Feb. 11,, 1728, at Groton; bap. March 24, 1728, First Church of Groton; m. June 29, 1763, at Bozrah, Lydia Lord, dau. of Eleazar and Zerviah Lord. She was bap. Dee. 2, 1733, First Church of Norwich.

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 242

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David Avery, Esq.'s Timeline

February 11, 1728
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
March 24, 1728
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
September 6, 1781
Age 53
Groton Heights, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States