James Avent

James Avent

Male 1788 - 1866  (78 years)

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  • Name James Avent 
    Born 9 Jan 1788  Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Oct 1866 
    Person ID I0275  avefamily
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2011 

    Father John Avent,   b. 16 Mar 1744/45,   d. 1821 
    Mother Elizabeth Grizzard 
    Family ID F476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary "Polly" Avent,   b. 23 July 1787, Aventon, Nash Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1830  (Age 43 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Benjamin Ward Avent,   b. 1812, Greensville Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1878, Memphis, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. James Monroe Avent,   b. ABT. 1816, Greensville Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895  (Age ~ 79 years)
    +3. Washington D. Avent,   b. 15 Mar 1820, Greensville Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 June 1882, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Mary E. Avent,   b. 1822
     5. Evaline M. Avent
    +6. Frances Avent,   b. 24 Aug 1825, Limestone Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1893, Memphis, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     7. Nannie Pitts Avent,   b. 6 Sep 1828, AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1910, Rutherford Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2007 
    Family ID F461  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    Avent, James (1788-1866): section from 'History of McDowells and Connections' by John Hugh McDowell.
    Avent, James (1788-1866): section from "History of McDowells and Connections" by John Hugh McDowell.

  • Notes 
    • 1850 Rutherford Co., TN census shows 3 Avents born in VA: James, b. 1788, Benjamin W. Avent, b. 1812, and Washington Avent, b. 1820.

      Walton Family Cemetery Limestone County, Alabama
      James Avent bn Jan 09, 1788 died Sept 15, 1866
      Mary Avent [wife of James] bn July 23, 1787 died Sept 04, 1830.

      "James Monroe Avent, a prominent and wealthy attorney of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was born December 10, 1816, in Greenville County, Va. His parents, James and Mary Avent, were natives, respectively, of Virginia and North Carolina, and removed from the father's native State to Alabama, from whence they came to this State and county in 1830. They resided here until 1856, when they removed to Hardeman County, Tenn., where the elder Avent died in 1868....." Source: The Goodspeed History of Rutherford County, Originally published in 1886.

      Wills Vol 3 Page 191
      Will of John Avent
      Daughter Polly Drewry- i slave and half interest in machine on James drewer's pond, etc
      Son Henry Avent- 1 negro girl Clary
      Son Thomas Avent-1 negro Ephriam
      Son Peter Avent-1 negro Mingo
      James Avent-1 negro boy slave named George which he carried with him to the state of Tennessee in March 1820
      To the orphaned children-James Edwin Avent, Nancy Elizabeth Avent, Robert Henry Avent children of John Avent{deceased] $450.00 etc.
      To my daughter Elizabeth Woodruff-1 negro boy slave named Nat and part of the land whereon I now live adjoining Martin Pucket, also 1 negro girl slave "Vilet"
      to James Woodruff son of William and Elizabeth Woodruff 1 negro boy Hall.
      Henry Avent, Thomas Avent and James Drewry named as executers. November 22, 120
      Witnesses- Thomas Johnson, Jones Sturdevant, Samuel Avent, Thomas Avent
      Proven at court of Greensville County, held 14 Febuary 1821 on the oaths of Jones Sturdevant and Samuel Avent.E Mason C.G.C.

      Rebecca Avent married George Sheehorn in 1820 and left Greensville.
      William Woodruff died and Elizabeth woodruff married ? Walton and removed to Limestone County, Ala. James Avent and wife Mary "Polly" Avent are buried in Limestone County, Ala. also.
      Peter married Sarah ? and left Greensville for Halifax Co., NC before moving on to Hardeman County, Tennessee.

      Wife of John Avent (Sr) was not mentioned but is thought to have been Elizabeth Grizzard dau of Ambrose Grizzard.

      "James, son of John, lived in Davidson, Rutherford and Hardeman counties in Tennessee. He died in Hardeman County, Tennessee. It is thought that he married his cousin Mary "Polly" Avent daughter of William Avent and Sarah "Sally" Ward of Nash County, N C. James was in Limestone County, Alabama in 1830. His sister Elizabeth Woodruff Walton lived in Limestone at "The Cedars" or "Belle Mina" plantation near Athens."