Henry Evans Avent

Henry Evans Avent

Male 1829 - 1901  (72 years)

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  • Name Henry Evans Avent 
    Born 27 Feb 1829  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jul 1901  Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Buchanan Family Cemetery, Chatham Co., NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0219  avefamily
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2008 

    Father William Avent,   b. 8 Aug 1775, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1841, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F059  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Elizabeth Buchanan,   b. 27 Feb 1832, Chatham County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1909, Harnett County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1853  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William Alfred Avent,   b. 30 Aug 1854, Chatham County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1945, Durham, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. James Wesley Avent,   b. 22 Apr 1856,   d. 12 Dec 1935  (Age 79 years)
    +3. Leonidas Hillary Avent,   b. 28 Jul 1857, Harnett Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1939, Harnett Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +4. Nathaniel Gaston Avent,   b. 16 Jan 1866, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1930, Sanford, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +5. Sarah Adelaide Avent,   b. 22 Feb 1868, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1950  (Age 82 years)
    +6. Annie Cora Avent,   b. 7 Nov 1869, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1939  (Age 69 years)
    +7. Susan Ella Avent,   b. 12 Oct 1871, Avent's Ferry, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957  (Age 85 years)
    +8. Mary Luola Avent,   b. 21 May 1873,   d. 1944  (Age 70 years)
    Family ID F052  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Feb 1829 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jul 1901 - Chatham Co., NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901) of Chatham Co., NC.
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901) of Chatham Co., NC.
    Farmer and veteran of the War Between the States (Sgt., 5th NC Cavalry)
    Avent, Henry Evans: Receipt from the Confederate Quartermaster for $400 (add'l documentation)
    Avent, Henry Evans: Receipt from the Confederate Quartermaster for $400 (add'l documentation)
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901, Chatham Co., NC): A receipt from the Confederate Quartermaster for $400.
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901, Chatham Co., NC): A receipt from the Confederate Quartermaster for $400.
    Reimbursement for his horse which was killed in battle at Brandy Station, VA, on 10/11/1863. Henry's signature is at bottom (he was a Sgt., Co. G, 5th NC Cavalry). It says: "October 30, 1863. For one horse killed at Brandy Station, Oct 11, 1863 appraised at $400".
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901): obituary
    Avent, Henry Evans (1829-1901): obituary

    Headstones
    Avent, Henry Evans
    Avent, Henry Evans
    (1829-1901) Located in the Buchanan Family Cemetery, in the woods near the Cape Fear river in Chatham Co., NC. Location is: N 35 deg 32 879', W 079 deg 00 352'

    Histories
    Regimental History of the 5th NC Cavalry
    Regimental History of the 5th NC Cavalry
    Henry Evans Avent, of Chatham Co., NC, was a Sgt. in this regiment.

  • Notes 
    • More information on Henry on the 'Avent-related Photographs, Scans, Documents, etc.' page, which can be found on the main page of the website. There is also a page devoted only to his civil war career.

      Since his father died when he was 12 years old, he was basically raised by his grandmother, Bridget Polk Clegg, with whom he was living on the 1850 census.

      Grave is in old Buchanan family cemetery off Buckhorn Rd. in Corinth. Location is: N 35 deg 32 879', W 079 deg 00 352'. Another source puts it at 35 32 49.00/-79 0 26.00

      Served as a Sgt., Co. G, in the 5th (63rd) NC Cavalry during the War Between the States. Served throughout the entire war, fighting in the following battles: Brandy Station, (where he had his horse shot out from under him), 3rd day at Gettysburg,Mine Run Campaign, Wilderness Campaign, Spotsylvania Campaign, Yellow Tavern (while Stuart was fighting the battle of Yellow Tavern near Richmond, the 5th NC Cav was harassing Sheridan's rear guard at the skirmish at Ground Squirrel Bridge), Haw's Shop, Ream's Station, Petersburg siege, Wade Hampton's Beefsteak Raid, Five Forks. Lee used the 5th as the rear guard of the rear guard to cover the retreat of the Army of Northern VA following Five Forks, and they were destroyed as a unit by a Division of Cavalry under Custer at the "Battle" of Namozine Church, fought the day after Five Forks. Henry returned to Avent's Ferry in April of 1865, where he was "captured" by elements of Sherman's Army, which was occupying the area at the time.

      Henry resumed his life as a farmer and was active in the Buckhorn Methodist Church, at Corinth, NC, founded by his father, Rev. William Avent, in 1795. Tombstone epitaph:

      "Asleep in Jesus, Oh how sweet. Where none ever wake to weep."

      Likely named after prominent black Methodist preacher, Henry Evans, active around Fayetteville, NC, in 1820's.

      [1880 Census] Census Place: Cape Fear, Chatham, North Carolina Source: FHL Film 1254958 National Archives Film T9-095 8 Page 237C Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
      H. E. AVENT Self M M W 50 NC Occ: Farmer Fa: NC Mo: NC
      Mary Ann AVENT Wife F M W 48 NC Occ: Keeps House Fa: NC Mo: NC
      Leonidas AVENT Son M S W 22 NC Occ: Laborer Fa: NC Mo: NC
      Nathaniel G. AVENT Son M S W 13 NC Occ: Laborer Fa: NC Mo : NC
      Sarah A. AVENT Dau F S W 12 NC Occ: Keeps House Fa: NC Mo: NC
      Annie C. AVENT Dau F S W 10 NC Occ: Keeps House Fa: NC Mo: NC
      Susan E. AVENT Dau F S W 9 NC Fa: NC Mo: NC Loula AVENT Dau F S W 7 NC Fa: NC Mo: NC

      All graves in the Buchanan cemetery:

      1. Avent, Henry Evans (b.27 Feb 1829 - d.18 Jul 1901)
      Husband of Mary Ann Elizabeth (Buchanan) Avent. Son of Rev. William and Esther Watts (Clegg) Avent.
      "Asleep in Jesus, oh how sweet, where none ever wake to weep".
      2. Buchanan, Alford (b.5 Dec 1796 - d.5 Nov 1848) Husband of Mary Polly (Smith) Buchanan.
      3. Buchanan, Ethelbert (b.31 Aug 1820 - d.21 Nov 1878) Husband of Nellie (Rollins) Buchanan.
      4. Buchanan, Hilliard Smith (b.25 Jun 1830 - d.30 Sep 1905) Husband of Emma Adeline (Lawrence) Buchanan.
      5. Buchanan, Mary Polly (Smith) (b.14 Feb 1798 - d.25 Jan 1882) Wife of Alford Buchanan. Daughter of Rev. William Sihon Smith.
      6. Buchanan, Miley J. (b.17 Jan 1835 - d.3 Sep 1871)
      7. Buchanan, Nellie (Rollins) (b.23 Dec 1820 - d.22 Apr 1879) Wife of Ethelbert Buchanan.
      8. Buchanan, Sion Henry (b.12 May 1903 - d.5 Jun 1905)
      9. Buchanan, Wesley, Dr. (b.7 Feb 1819 - d.9 Oct 1882)
      10. Mansfield, L. M., Mrs. (b.1838 - d.1898) Broughton, p. 4.
      11. Mansfield, L. W. (b.19 Apr 1834 - d.23 Apr 1898)
      12. Mansfield, W. Abner (b.5 Jan 1830 - d.6 Mar 1893)
      13. Marks, James Rufus (b.9 Jan 1857 - d.19 May 1920) Husband of Mary Elizabeth (Buchanan) Marks.
      14. Marks, Mary Elizabeth (Buchanan) (b.10 Dec 1861 - d.25 Nov 1905) Wife of James Rufus Marks.
      Daughter of Hilliard & Emma Adeline (Lawrence) Buchanan.
      15. Marks, Minnie Bula (b.25 Feb 1889 - d.23 Oct 1909)
      16. Marks, Odell (b. - d.Oct 1922)
      17. Marks, W. A. (b. - d.) Broughton, p. 4.
      18. McIver, John M. (b.1 Jul 1889 - d.24 Aug 1899)