George Washington Avent

George Washington Avent

Male 1839 - 1926  (87 years)

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  • Name George Washington Avent 
    Born 12 Jan 1839  Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 May 1926 
    Buried Jonesboro Cemetery, Lee Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0253  avefamily
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2007 

    Father Joseph Avent,   b. 10 Mar 1796, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1862, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Judith Rush,   b. 1798,   d. 1869  (Age 71 years) 
    Married UNKNOWN  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Hannah Partridge,   b. 26 Jul 1848,   d. Sep 1936  (Age 88 years) 
    Married ABT. 1866 
    Children 
     1. Frences Harper Avent,   b. Oct 1867, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Henry Avent,   b. 1869, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. John Joseph Avent,   b. 21 Feb 1872, Harnett Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1962  (Age 90 years)
     4. Bernice Avent,   b. Abt 1874, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Culbreth Avent,   b. Abt 1876, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Isabel Avent,   b. Abt 1878, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elton Early Avent,   b. 24 Jul 1879, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. George Hanna Avent,   b. Oct 1884, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Armaur Rondthaler Avent,   b. 5 Jul 1890, Lick Creek, Moore Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1958  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2006 
    Family ID F520  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Avent, George W. (1839-1926) of Moore Co., NC.
    Avent, George W. (1839-1926) of Moore Co., NC.
    A veteran of the War Between the States (Capt., Co. D, 35th NC) and a member of the "Immortal 600". This was a group of CSA officers who became famous throughout the South after the War. They were POWs who were used as human shields by US forces and brutally treated throughout their confinement, yet they refused to take the Oath of Allegiance…

  • Notes 
    • Capt., Co., D, 35th NC Infantry in WBTS. Captured June 17, 1864, sent to Ft. Delaware POW camp. Became one of the "Immortal 600", in which Confederate POW's were used as human shields by the Union army:

      "On August 20, 1864, a chosen group of 600 Confederate officers left Fort Delaware as prisoners of war, bound for the Union Army base at Hilton Head, S.C. Their purpose--to be placed in a stockade in front of the Union batteries at the siege of Charleston.

      The 600 were landed on Morris Island, at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Here they remained in an open 1 1/2 acre pen, under the shelling of friendly artillery fire. Three died on the starvation rations issued as a retaliation for the conditions of Union prisoners at Andersonville, Ga. and Salisbury, N.C.

      On October 21, after 45 days under fire, the weakened survivors were removed to Fort Pulaski, Ga. Here they were crowded into the cold damp casements of the fort. On November 19 197 of the men were sent back to Hilton Head to relieve the overcrowding. A "retaliation ration" of 10 ounces of moldy cornmeal and soured onion pickles was the only food given for 42 days. Thirteen men died at Fort Pulaski and five at Hilton Head.

      The remaining members of the Immortal Six-Hundred were returned to Fort Delaware on March 12, 1865, where an additional twenty-five died. They became famous throughout the South for their adherence to principle, refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance under such adverse circumstances, choosing "death before dishonor"."

      Photo of him from 'To Bear Arms' by Martha Harrington. (An excellent resource on Chatham Co., NC, genealogy.)

      1900 Moore Co. Census shows:

      George W. Avent, b. 1839 (61)
      wife Martha H., b. 1846 (53)

      children:
      Fannie, b. 1867 (32)
      Lizzie B., b. 1877 (22)
      Geo. , b. 1883 (16)
      Arma, b. 1890 (9)

      children of GW and Martha P:

      Bernice AVENT b: Abt 1874
      Frances Harper AVENT b: Oct 1867 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      Henry AVENT b: 1869 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      John Joseph AVENT b: 21 Feb 1872 in , Harnett, North Carolina
      Culbreth AVENT b: Abt 1876 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      Elizabeth Isabel AVENT b: Abt 1878 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      Elton Earley AVENT b: 24 Jul 1879 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      George Hanna AVENT b: Oct 1884 in Lick Creek, Moore, North Carolina
      Armaur Rondthaler AVENT 1890-1958

      Martha Partridge died 1936 in Moore Co. , NC. ========
      George Washington Avent was born 12 Jan 1839 in Moore Co., NC and died 10 May 1926.
      He and wife Martha are buried in Jonesboro Cem., Lee Co., NC, and they have headstones,
      which read as follows:

      AVENT

      MARTHA PARTRIDGE
      1846
      1936
      w/o George W. Avent
      AVENT DOUBLE STONE

      AVENT
      GEORGE W.
      1839
      1926
      h/o Martha Partridge Avent
      AVENT DOUBLE STONE