William Avent

William Avent

Male Abt 1706 - 1761  (~ 55 years)

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  • Name William Avent 
    Born ABT. 1706  Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1760-1761  Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0858  avefamily
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2013 

    Father Thomas Avent,   b. ca. 1671, Devonshire, England (?) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1757, Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Unknown,   d. BET. 1755 - 1756 
    Married bef. 1706  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F056  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Massey,   b. Bef 1730, Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1760  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married 1735  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ogilvie Avent,   b. 1727, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +2. 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)
    +3. Thomas Avent,   b. 1736, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ABT. 1781, Nash Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +4. Joseph Avent,   b. abt. 1740, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ABT. 1781, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    +5. William Avent,   b. Abt 1745, Northampton CO., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 11 Nov 1811, Nash Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     6. Mildred Avent,   b. ABT. 1746, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Halifax Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +7. Rebekah Avent,   b. ABT. 1753, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814, Chatham Co. N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     8. Sarah Avent,   b. 1744, Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793, Chatham Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • BIRTH: ABT. 1705, Surry, now Sussex Co., VA DEATH: by Apr 1760, Northampton Co., (formed from Bertie Co. -1741), WILL proven : 22 Apr 1760 [Northampton Co. Wills 1:56]. Named wife Sarah, William Ragland and Joseph Avent executors. lived near present day Roanoke Rapids, NC.

      On 2 Nov. 1733 (William's brother) Thomas Jr. received a deed of Gift of land in old Bertie Co., NC. ("Thomas Avent, Sr. of Surry Co., VA, Planter, deeds to Thomas Avent, Jr., of Bertie Precinct...land separated from land of William Avent..." Bertie Co., NC Deed Book D:125.)

      Wife Sarah's Massie family has been traced back (using solid sources) to the Conquest in England, and was related to numerous families in the English aristocracy. See "Massey Genealogy 2000", by William M. Massey, Jr. Her great-great grandfather, William Massie, known as "Sir William Massey", was knighted by King James at Chester in 1617.

      from the web:
      1727-received land grant in Brunswick Co., VA on South side of Meherrin River
      1745-Northampton Co., NC-sold land to Richard Cross.

      Will written 22 Apr 1760. Had received land from in his father in old Bertie Co, NC by 1733. In 1727 received land grant in Surry Co., Va. Had land on an island in the Roanoke River.

      Colonial records in NC say he was an ensign in the seventh North Carolina Regiment in 1740.

      1758-Newton Tapley to William Avent and his heirs, rights of the plantation of Thomas Avent , Jr, deceased, on the north side of Roanoke River, not including Beaver Pond
      his will:
      (Northampton Co., NC Will Book 1 Pg 56)

      In the name of God amen, I, William Avent, of the county of Northampton, Province of North Carolina, being very sick and weak and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (viz):

      First I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gives and my body to be decently buried at the direction of my Executors hereafter.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my loving son, John Avent, one hundred twenty acres of land lying in the back of my plantation and back of the plantation Thomas Avent formerly lived on, to him and his heirs forever. Also the half of my part of that hundred acres my brother Thomas Avent formerly lived on, to him and his heirs forever.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my loving wife the plantation I now live on, during the time of her natural life, and at her death, I give the same and also that island of land willed to me by my brother Thomas Avent, to my son William Avent, to him and his heirs forever. I lend to my wife, my negro man Mingo, and my negro woman Bridget and Phillis and Charles during her life and at her death, I give to my son William Avent the said Mingo and Bridget. I advise that Phillis and Charles be sold and the money equally divided among (viz) my children, John and Thomas Avent, and no other of them.

      Item: I give to my son Joseph Avent, one negro man named Dick.

      Item : I give to my son John Avent my negroes Job, and Fan.

      Item: I give to my son Thomas Avent, my negroes Peter and Lucy.

      Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Ragland, my negro man Pompey.

      Item: I give to my daughter Gilley Avent, my negroes Moll and Davie.

      Item: I give to my daughter Rebecca, my negroes Ned and Jenny.

      I desire Thomas Vinson may have fifteen pounds of the money Captain David Mason is indebted to me to be discharged a legacy given to Ursula Avent by my father, and I give to my brother Peter Avent, thirty pounds of the said Mason money due me to discharge a note of hand given to him for the same, and I desire the remainder of the money due me by Thomas Mason to be equally divided amongst all my children.

      I give to my son Joseph Avent, two cows and three year-old steers and to Sarah Ragland the same quantity and I lend to my wife all the rest of the cattle, and as my children come of age, I desire my wife give them the same quantity as above mentioned, and to give to William Ragland two sows ____and ten bushels of wheat.

      I give to my son John Avent, one gray mare and saddle, and year old ___ to Thomas Avent.

      I lend to my wife all my hogs during her life and at her death I give them to my son William Avent, and as for my household I lend to my wife during her life and at her death to be equally divided amongst my children.

      I give Joseph my fine waistcoat and I give my country cloth and brushes to John Avent, and I give my ____ waistcoat to Thomas Avent, and my beaver hat also.

      I give to William Ragland beaver skins to make him a hat.

      I lend to my wife my horse during her life. I hereby appoint my loving wife and William Ragland and Joseph Avent my Executors to this my last will and testament. I hereby make all others made theretofore, whether by word or writting of no effect. Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 22 day of April in the year of our Lord 1760.

      his -William X Avent- mark
      Will proved August, 1761. This Will is recorded in Northampton County North Carolina

      War of THE SPANISH ALARM 1747-48 list on page 273 State Records "A List of Northampton Ridgment William Avent, Insign, & two Corpralls & four Seargents"

      War of Spanish Alarm: "During King George’s War, the Spanish attack Beaufort and Brunswick. In the so-called Spanish Alarm, they sack settlements before local militia can drive them away ."