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"The Hon. Richard Anson Wheeler of Stonington was authority for the statement that the Stephen Avery who m. Mary Denison and the Stephen Avery who m. Fanny Barnes was one and the same person. In spite of the high authority, we doubt the above record and think that two Stephens have been united as one. Was not the Stephen who m. Fanny Barnes, s. of the one who m. Mary Denison ?'
Source: The Groton Avery Clan, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden), Vol. I, p. 169, 206, 264