John Avent1733 - 1821 (88 years)
Name John Avent Born 12 Jan 1733 Northampton Co., NC Gender Male Died 10 Dec 1821 Chatham Co., NC Person ID I0076 avefamily Last Modified 12 Nov 2007
Father William Avent, b. ABT. 1706, Sussex Co., VA , d. 1760-1761, Northampton Co., NC (Age ~ 55 years) Mother Sarah Massey, b. Bef 1730, Sussex Co., VA , d. Aft 1760 (Age ~ 31 years) Married 1735 Unknown Family ID F018 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Mary Unknown, b. 1740, Northampton Co., NC , d. 4 Mar 1801, Chatham Co., NC (Age 61 years) Married by 1765 Unknown Children 1. Elizabeth Avent, b. ABT. 1760, d. After 1821 (Age ~ 62 years) + 2. Martha Avent, b. 24 Aug 1768, Chatham Co., NC , d. 2 Mar 1851, Washington Co., GA (Age 82 years) + 3. William Avent, b. 8 Aug 1775, Chatham Co., NC , d. 15 Dec 1841, Chatham Co., NC (Age 66 years) 4. Mary Avent, b. BET. 1757 - 1786, d. ABT. 1761 5. Sally Avent, b. BET. 1757 - 1786, d. ABT. 1763 6. Rebekah Avent, b. BET. 1757 - 1786, d. ABT. 1765 Last Modified 22 Jun 2006 Family ID F029 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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- The tradition has been that his birthdate was 12 Jan 1733, but this is unproven.
Some say his wife's surname was Carey, but I know of no documentation for this.
We know he was married to wife Mary by 1765 from the following deed:
Northampton Co., NC, Deed Book 3, p. 394:
13 Aug 1765: John Avent sells to Wm Short for 100 pounds VA currency, 175 a. in Northampton Co...
Wife Mary Avent cosigns the deed.
This (1765) is probably when John, brother Joseph, sister Sarah and their families moved to Chatham Co., NC.
Received the land in back of his father's plantation and the plantation that his grandfather formerly lived on from his father's will. Avent's Ferry, Chatham Co., North Carolina named after John.
Will made 20 Jul 1821 Book B 1798-1833 P 48, Chatham Co., NC.
John, Joseph, and sister, Sarah (William) Ragland settled near Buckhorn Falls in 1765. Operated Avent's Ferry.
This is the earliest deed mentioning John Avent in Chatham Co. The original handwritten deed can be viewed on this site from the Avent Ferry page, which can be accessed from the 'Avent Photographs. Documents, etc." page.
Book A, p. 170
Date: 28 Sep 1772
Grantor: Drury and Lydia Mims of Johnston Co., NC
Grantee: John Avent of Chatham Co.
Amount: 60 pounds
Description: 95 acres in the .County of Orange on the North side of Cape Fair river beginning at a forked [...] oak on the River Bank running thence East 24 Chains along said Avents Sones Line to a pine then along his line North 136 chains to the [...] of a white oak and two pines then East 42 2/5 Chains to a pine then South along Cheeks Line 85 3/4 Chains to a spannish oak on the river then up on the various courves of the River to the first station
Witnesses: Joseph Avent, Robert Mims
Recorded: Feb 1779
1815 Chatham Tax List: no males 16-50. 1 black person.
1790 Chatham census lists a John Avin 1 m >16, 1 m <1 6, 8 females.
Aug 27, 1765--John and Mary Avent to William Short of Northampton Co., Va, adjoining land of Thomas Avent and William Avent and part of the grant to Thomas Avent of 460 ac on Jul 1712, all land given to John by the will of Thomas Avent, deceased.
WILL OF JOHN AVENT
In the name of God, Amen, this twentieth day of July, one thousand, eithteen hundred and twenty-one, I, John Avent of Chatham County and State of North Carolina, being in low state of health but perfect in mind and memory, therefore, I make this my last will and testament, the matter and form as follows:
First I recommend my soul to God that it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner, and touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner:
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sally Cox one negro girl named Viney and one negro boy named Hardy.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Patsy Cox what money she has received for a negro man named Nead.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Albritain a negro girl named Fillie and one mare and all my stock of cattle except the choice cow and calf.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Avent one negro man named Pompey and a negro woman named Sal and one colt and all my stock of hogs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Raines one negro man named Dave.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebekah Thomas one negro girl named Milly and one negro boy named Jerry and one cow and calf to the choice of all I have.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Patridge one negro girl named Rachel and one negro boy named Umphrey __ I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Cox and Rebekah Thomas two negro children named Leah and Ranah to be valued and equally divided between the two for the same Sally Cox must pay Patsy Cox one hundred dollars and Rebekah must pay Nancy Raines one hundred dollars.
I also give to my negro Sol my bed and furniture. The ballance of my property to be sold and equally divided among all my children.
I do appoint William Avent and Doctor Thomas Cottrell Executors to my last will and testament. I do hereby revoke all other wills by me made and acknowledge this to be my last will and testament in Pri______ after.
The 20 day of July in the year of our Lord 1821.
John Avent (seal)
Did he serve in Revolution? Probably, as his brothers William (Nash Co., NC) and Peter were active participants. His Patriotic Service is documented by the DAR:
per Jacob Carpenter:
Listed in DAR Patriot Ind., Vol. I (A-F) (2003); listed for Patriotic service.
He also seems to have participated in the Battle of Lindley's Mill (Cane Creek), Alamance Co., NC (14 Sep 1781):
From: “Centennial History of Alamance County”, by Walter Whitaker, Chapter 6 "Good Seed Sown In Good Ground":
“The Battle of Lindley's Mill closed the war in North Carolina, and a month later at Yorktown Lord Cornwallis surrendered the tattered remains of a once-proud British Army. The words of James Pugh had come true. The blood shed at Alamance had been the seed of the American Revolution, a seed from which the people of the entire nation reaped the blessing of independence.
Men known to have fought in The Battle at Lindley’s Mill:
Taken mostly from pension applications * beside the name indicates that soldier died in or as a result of the battle.
Colonel Alexander Mebane
General John Butler
Major Robert Mebane
*Major John Nalls
Colonel David Fanning
*Colonel Hector McNeill
Colonel Hector McLean
(Siler's History of Chatham County states there was a Colonel McNeill who died and a Hector McLean. I am not sure which is correct so have added both. I do know some of the McLean's including "Sober" John McLean were Loyalist.)
From "Non-Selected Records From the Rev. War" Pension File of Philip & Mourning Geane
File No. 4188 – Rejected
Chatham Co., NC – 25 May 1847 – Martha Snipes, aged 77 years age, of said county, gives the following oath
· She is the daughter of Burrwell Williams
· She was acquainted with Philip Geane & Mourning Geane his wife from her earliest recollection to the time of Philip Geanes death
· She has always understood and believes that Philip Geane and his wife married at her (?) fathers house, but it was before her recollection
· She recollects them having lived at her fathers
· She also very distinctly recollects that during the Revolutionary war there was a call for men to go into the service – that this deponents father, her uncle David Chapman,*** John Avent *** and Philipe Geane with several others from the neighborhood were drafted and went.
· She recollects very distinctly that her father returned after the Battle at Cain Creek – she thinks the night after the battle and stated that they had been defeated and had to make their escape the best way the could – he further stated that he was posted in the rear and was not in the front of the engagement – that Philop Geane who belonged to his company, he could not tell what had been his fate – she further states that it was soon ascertained that Philip Geane was amongst the slain – she thinks she was about 9 or 10 at the time.
· She further sayeth that Philip Geane left a widow and three children, William, John & Polly
· She further sayeth that she was acquainted with Mourning Geane, the widow, and her children until she was grown when she married Thomas Snipes and removed some 25 miles or upward from the neighborhood, when her acquaintance with them ceased
· She further sayeth that she has always understood and believes that Mourning Geane remained the widow of Philip Geane to the day of her death – that she has understood and believes she died at the house of Bird Geane
· She further sayeth that she has always understood and has never heard it contradicted or disputed that Philip Geane, the husband of Mourning Geane, was slain in the Battle of Cain Creek or Lindleys Mills in the service of his country
· She further sayeth that she believes William Geane the present applicant to be the identical person he represents himself to be and is the son of Philip Geane, who was a soldier in the Revolution who was slain in Battle.
Deed Book W
Date: July 1821
Grantor: John Avent of Chatham
Grantee: my granddaughter Polly Avent
Amount: natural love
Description: one Negro girl after my death named Bho[..]y
Witness: Thos Cottrell, Benj Springfield
Recorded: Feb 1822
bequeathed all his land to son William in 1799:
Grantor: John Avent
Grantee: William Avent
Witnesses: Thos. Stokes, William Fields
Vol. L, page 91
Cape Fear - 594 3/4 Acres - for the natural love I bear my son William, all of my lands I now own in Chatham, lying on both sides of the Cape Fear River, including the Ferry on said River, to his son William Avent after "my & my wifes death" - Proven by Wm. Fields Feb Session 1800
- The tradition has been that his birthdate was 12 Jan 1733, but this is unproven.