Elizabeth Avent1752 - 1844 (91 years)
Name Elizabeth Avent Born 12 Sep 1752 Greensville Co., VA Gender Female Died 1844 Jonesville, Lee Co., VA Person ID I0067 avefamily Last Modified 22 Jan 2008
Father Peter Avent, b. ABT. 1720, Sussex Co., VA , d. 8 May 1779, Northampton Co., NC (Age ~ 59 years) Mother Amy Massey, b. Bef 1722, d. Bef 1777, Cumberland Co., NC (Age ~ 55 years) Married BEF. 3 Jun 1742 Unknown Family ID F020 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Andrew Baker, Jr., b. 1749, Grayson Co., VA , d. 23 Apr 1815, Jonesville, Lee Co., VA (Age 66 years) Children + 1. Solomon Baker Last Modified 2 May 2008 Family ID F467 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Descendants of these families (Baker and Avent)are still in Harnett Co as you know. Peter was there after leaving Brunswick Co Va and not all his family came with him. I think the older ones stayed in Va such as Isham. Andrew Baker was from Va and probably met Elizabeth in Brunswick Co Va. I have not connected him with the harnett Co Bakers but have always believed it is the same family expecially since so many of Peters children were there.
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Biography of Elizabeth Avent Baker
This truly amiable pattern of piety of the undefiled religion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for many years actual experience, was born in Brunswick county, Virginia, on the 2nd of September, AD 1753. Her father, John Avent (note from webmaster: incorrect - father was Peter Avent, not John) emigrated in an early part of her life into Chatham county, North Carolina. At some period of time after this She was married to a man by the name of Andrew Baker, and some time after their marriage they settled in Wilkes county, North Carolina, in the part thereof which is called Ashe county. In the fall of 1775, she joined the Baptist church in the Osborne's Settlement on New River. In a short time after her joining the church, her husband also joined the same church, and they were both baptized (as She thought) by William Hammond.
As respects her husband, his life is too remarkable to be forgotten, for sometime after his admission into the church, he became on of the brightest ministers of the Gospel, in which he labored many years in the cordial acceptance of many precious souls into the holy church. In Wilkes county, North Carolina at St. Clair's Bottom Chruch, Washington county Virginia's Fox's Creek Church, Grayson county Virginia where they lived sixteen or twenty years; in the last of which he died in the fall of A.D. 1815.
As an impartial testimony of the brilliant talents of this Apostle, I will relate that I heard tow lay-elders of the Presbyterian Chruch say that they thought that they heard as great a sermons delivered by old Father Baker as any other minister, and had it not been that they could not have had admittance to his church upon Baptist principles, they would have been members of his church.
The last year of his life he baptized two persons, one male and one female. The man whom he baptized was James Gilbert, who is now on of the most talented preachers laboring in Mulberry Gap Association of the United Baptists. Thus our old father in the Gospel closed his labors, and few months after which he yielded up the ghost, and his remains now lie buried in the graveyard of Brother Robert Clarks, Sr. on Wallings Creek, Lee county, Virginia, nearly eight miles southwest of Jonesville.
After his death, his consort, who is the principal subject of this narrative, lived in several churches, making her home most of the time with her children, who were very kind to her in every respect in administering the comforts which were necessary for her support, though the many years of her affliction of bereavement, and among the calamities that befall the human family. She had a inflammation of one of her eyes which carried away the sight of it, and very much injured the other. Indeed, so much so that in a few years after the death of her husband, she was destitute of any eyesight at all. She patiently endured all her afflictions, with a devout and holy fortitude, without a murmuring word to last of her existence.
She survived her husband over twenty-nine years; and I think that more than twenty years of this time, she was deprived of all her eyesight. Notwithstanding all this, she retained her reason and recollection in an astonishing manner, for she never became the least childish or fretful in her deportment. Cleanliness and decency she retained in her mind to the last moments of her life.
About a week before her death, she and one of her sons, with whom she made her home, were sitting by their fireside. In their conversation she said that, if she could know that that was the last night she had to live, She would feel like praising the Lord with every breath; but professed a willingness to wait the appointed time of the Lord, and also gave at different times the most satisfactory evidence of her acceptance with the Lord. Religious Herald, Jan. 21, 1847
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