William Avent

William Avent

Male 1775 - 1841  (66 years)

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  • Name William Avent 
    Born 8 Aug 1775  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Dec 1841  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0215  avefamily
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2007 

    Father John Avent,   b. 12 Jan 1733, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1821, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Mary Unknown,   b. 1740, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1801, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married by 1765  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F029  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Silva Drake,   b. 27 Oct 1782,   d. 3 Feb 1805  (Age 22 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1799  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sallie M. Avent,   b. 18 Mar 1801,   d. 2 Aug 1833  (Age 32 years)
    Family ID F045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Hill Hicks,   b. 23 Aug 1785,   d. 2 May 1809  (Age 23 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1807  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Avent,   b. 23 Feb 1809,   d. 2 Sep 1814  (Age 5 years)
    Family ID F044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Esther Watts Clegg,   b. 23 Feb 1791, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1858, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1812  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Martha Avent,   b. 27 Nov 1812, Chatham CO., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. BET. 1851 - 1907  (Age 94 years)
    +2. John F. Avent,   b. 22 Mar 1814, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Wake Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Mary Glover Avent,   b. 2 Sep 1815, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1893, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +4. William Avent,   b. 28 Nov 1817, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. AFT. 1880, Ashley Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 64 years)
    +5. Louiza Jane Avent,   b. 25 Sep 1819, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1901, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Harriet Primrose Avent,   b. 5 Dec 1821, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1888, Waverly, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +7. Isaac Watts Avent,   b. 8 Sep 1823, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1900  (Age 76 years)
     8. Parmelia Avent,   b. 25 Mar 1825,   d. 26 Nov 1826  (Age 1 years)
     9. Bridget Ann Avent,   b. 20 Feb 1827,   d. 31 Dec 1827  (Age 0 years)
    +10. Henry Evans Avent,   b. 27 Feb 1829, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1901, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +11. Joseph Carson Avent,   b. 22 Nov 1830, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1904, Escambia Co., Ala Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +12. Ann Elizabeth Avent,   b. 4 Apr 1832, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F059  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1775 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Jan 1812 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Dec 1841 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Avent, Rev. William (1775-1841).
    Avent, Rev. William (1775-1841).
    Signature from 1832 document. William Avent was accepted as a trainee Methodist minister in 1789 at age of 14 and ordained in 1800. Founded Buckhorn Church in Chatham Co., NC.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 1 from family Bible.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 1 from family Bible.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 2 from family Bible.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 2 from family Bible.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 3 from family Bible.
    Avent, William (1775-1841) of Chatham Co., NC. Page 3 from family Bible.

    Headstones
    Avent, Rev. William (1775-1841), of Chatham Co., NC
    Avent, Rev. William (1775-1841), of Chatham Co., NC
    On display under glass in the vestibule of Buckhorn UMC, Corinth, Chatham Co., NC., founded by him ca. 1800. The graffiti was carved on the stone by Union soldiers occupying Avent's Ferry in 1865.

  • Notes 
    • Made a trainee Methodist minister at age of 14 in 1789, ordained 1801.

      Death date also seen as 15 dec 1841.

      Much info on Rev. William Avent in book "Methodism in the Upper Cape Fear Valley", by Franklin Grill. Excerpts from this book are available on this website: from main page look for "Photographs, Scans, etc..." and from that page look for the page on William's son Isaac Watts Avent, also a Methodist minister.

      One excerpt:
      "The Rev. William Avent had two very tragic marriages. Silva Drake, his first wife, died in 1805 at twenty-three years of age after a marriage which lasted only five years. This early death may have had something to do with his giving up the itinerant ministry early in his career. Being away from the woman he loved and had chosen for a mate, he had given most of his time to extended preaching tours. And then to suddenly lose Silva in the forenoon of life was perhaps more than this thirty year old energetic and youthful minister could bear. He would try to be a better husband the next time and gave his time to courting once again.

      This time Martha Hill Hicks became his second wife in 1807, and she died two years later at twenty-four years of age. Fever from malaria-carrying mosquitoes common to the river bottom may have been the cause, for his home was on the Cape Fear River near Buckhorn Creek.

      In the third marriage of the Rev. William Avent, he was united with Esther Watts Clegg (1791-1858) whose family lived in Virginia. She had a Welsh grandfather and was considered to come from pure English aristocracy. This marriage was performed in 1812 after the Clegg family had lived in North Carolina twenty-one years. One of thirteen children herself, Esther Watts Avent bore her good husband a dozen children. The seventh child was born on September 9, 1825, and was given the family name, Isaac Watts Avent.

      After living a full life and rearing a large family, Esther W. Avent passed away to her heavenly reward on January 2, 1858. Her funeral at old Buckhorn Church was the first one held on the newly formed Buckhorn Circuit by Washington S. Chaffin, the first pastor of the circuit, on Sunday, January 3, 1858."

      1815 Chatham Tax List: 1 male 16-50, 2 black people, 2 lots.

      Family Bible of Rev. William Avent lists parents, wives, and children. Copy exists in the NC archives. Tombstone in Buckhorn UMC, Chatham Co, NC near Avent's Ferry

      Will in 1842. Joseph C. Avent is still under age in 1850. Nathaniel Clegg is listed as guardian. Admin Isaac Clegg
      Heirs: Henry, Joseph C., Ann Elizabeth (husband in 1850 is James Cotten ), wife (Esther Clegg) , John W., Mary, Sylvia, Andrew, William, Martha (and husband Thomas Cox), Mary (and husband Theophilus Lawrence), Harriet (and husband Calvin Bray), Louisa, Henry, Joseph, Isaac (and wife Elizabeth).

      1800 Chatham census: 2 m <10, 1 m 10-16, 1 m 16-26, 1 f <10, 1 f 1 6-26