Peter Avent

Peter Avent

Male Abt 1720 - 1779  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Peter Avent 
    Born ABT. 1720  Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 May 1779  Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0859  avefamily
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2006 

    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 1 Amy Massey,   b. Bef 1722,   d. Bef 1777, Cumberland Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married BEF. 3 Jun 1742  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Avent
    +2. Joseph Avent,   b. ABT. 1740, Northampton Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ABT. 1798, Washington Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +3. Elizabeth Avent,   b. 12 Sep 1752, Greensville Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1844, Jonesville, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Rebecca Avent,   b. 1764,   d. After 26 Jul 1853, Carroll Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Isham Avent,   b. ca 1744, Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1811  (Age ~ 67 years)
     6. Mourning Avent,   b. BET. 1737 - 1766,   d. BET. 1754 - 1848  (Age ~ 82 years)
     7. John Avent,   b. BET. 1737 - 1766,   d. BET. 1744 - 1845  (Age ~ 79 years)
     8. William Avent,   b. BET. 1737 - 1766,   d. BET. 1744 - 1845  (Age ~ 79 years)
     9. Thomas Avent,   b. BET. 1737 - 1766,   d. BET. 1744 - 1845  (Age ~ 79 years)
    +10. Lucy Avent,   b. BET. 1737 - 1766,   d. BET. 1754 - 1848  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F020  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary (Fish?) Tomlinson 
    Married ABT. 1777 
    Family ID F464  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Avent, Peter (1720-1779), of Sussex Co., VA
    Avent, Peter (1720-1779), of Sussex Co., VA
    Land advertisement in VA Gazette newspaper, Williamsburg, VA, dated 1777.

  • Notes 
    • Constable in Sussex Co., VA in 1772 as well as a Lt. in the VA colonial militia. He appears to have moved to NC between 1761 and 1765 (deeds show that Peter was in Brunswick Co., VA in 1761, and then he shows up on a deed in what was then Orange Co., NC in 1765. Chatham Co. was created out of Orange Co. in 1771.)

      May have been a participant in the American Revolution. The records of the Chatham Co., NC, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1774 - 1788) show a Peter Avent as a member of the militia company commanded by Captain Elisha Cain in Chatham Co., NC, in 1772. This may be another Peter Avent, however, as a Peter Avent, Pvt, NC militia, shows up on a roster of Capt. Bynum's (Chatham Co.) company taken 7 April 1781, two years after this Peter's death.

      Married (first) Amy Massie (sister of William's wife Sarah Massie) before 3 June 1742 in VA and had the following children: William, Isham, Joseph, John, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Lucy, Mourning and Rebecca. Many of these children moved south or west: Isham was in Rowan Co., NC (the area around Salisbury, NC) by 1768, and Joseph moved to GA, where he became a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

      Was in Cumberland Co., NC, by 1776 and in 1777 he took as his second wife a Mary Tomlinson. His will was probated in Northampton Co., NC, in 1779.

      from Avant, SCF:

      Sussex Co., VA, Deed Book "B", p. 202:

      21 May 1761: Indenture in which Peter Avent and Amy, his wife...

      from Sussex Co., VA Order Book 8 (1754-1756) Index:

      Peter Avent sworn a constable...Peter Avent, Lieutenant in Militia, took the oath...

      made a marriage contract 10 Feb 1777 with 2nd wife Mary Tomlinson, of Brunswick Co., VA

      Will of Peter May 19 1779 Northampton NC Will Bk 1 pp 215-6 13 May 1779
      Proved Sep Court 1779 Northampton NC.
      son William 5 shillings sterling, son Isham 5 shillings, son Joseph 5
      chillings, son John 5 shillings, son Thomas 5 shillings, dtr Sarah 5 shillings,
      dtr Elizabeth Baker 5 shillings, dtr Lucy Truelove one negro man hamed Joe,
      dtr Rebecca one Negro boy named Jim..my wife's dtr Lucretia Tomlinson
      feather bed & furn.
      wife Molly 300 Pounds Va money the jointer I made her at marriage..lend her remainder of estate during her life
      and then to two youngest daughters. I apoint Wm. and Lucas Tomlinson to be Ex of will. Wit Henry Mason,Simon Harris, WIlliam Love. The will was by oath of Wm Love and Lucas Tomlinson who qualified as Ex.
      Constable and a Lt. in the Va. Colonial Militia.
      David Avent gives marriage date as before 3 Jun 1742...
      Sharon sgrant@sprynet.com says Peter entered into a marriage agreement with Mrs. Mary Tomlinson of Greensville Co. Va. in 1777.

      Living in Cumberland Co., NC in 1777--date of his 2nd marriage
      Some sources list his birth as about 1720.
      10 dec 1776 Cumberland Co., NC sells to Joseph Avent (son) negro boy and girl and household estate. (Possibly giving clear title to property before he married Mary Tomlinson.)

      1752, Surry
      Lt. Virginia colonial Militia

      MILITIA OFFICERS OF CHATHAM COUNTY IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
      AND OTHER COUNTY OFFICALS

      © Extracted & Transcribed by Sue Ashby
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      The following are names of the men who were Officers of Companies raised in Chatham County for the Revolutionary War. Some of the names are taken by me from the records of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of the county (1774 - 1788)

      A list of the company Commanded by Captain Elisha Cain in 1772 - List No. 5

      ...many names
      Peter Avent

      In the name of God Amen I PETER AVENT of Northampton County in the
      state of North Carolina being of sound memory thanks be to the Almighty God
      for the same; Do make & ordain this my last will & testament in, manner &
      form following, first I recommend my soul to almighty God hoping through
      the (?) of my blessed Savior he will vouch safe to receive it, and my body
      to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor, & he
      is after mentioned & as for what (?) Estates it hath pleased God to bestow
      on me I dispose of in manner & form following (Vizt.)
      Item I give & bequeath unto my son Wm Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my son Isham Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my son Joseph Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my son John Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my son Thomas Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Avent five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Eliza Baker, five shillings sterling
      Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Lucy (Truelove ?) one Negro man
      named (Jas?) to her & her heirs forever
      Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Mourning Avent one Negro girl named
      (?) to her & her heirs forever
      Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Avent one Negro boy named
      (?) to her & her heirs forever
      Item I give and bequeath to my wife's daughter Lucretia Tomlinson one
      feather bed & furniture
      Item I give and bequeath to my wife Molly Avent three hundred pounds
      Virginia money her (account?) I made her at marriage I also leave my wife
      all the remainder of my Estate during her life &at her (death?) to be
      equally divided between my two youngest daughters to them & their heirs
      forever.
      I do hereby name & appoint Wm Avent & Lucas Tomlinson to be my Execs. of
      this my last will & testament In (?) Whereof I have here onto set my hand &
      affixed my seal this thirteen day of May one thousand seven hundred &
      seventy nine.
      Peter Avent & a seal

      Sealed & delivered in presence of Henry Mason, Simon Harris,Wm.
      (Louis?), Northampton County, Sept Court 1779.
      This will of Peter Avent was proven by the oath of Wm (Louis?) One of
      the subscribing (?) thereto & Lucas Tomlinson, Qualified as Executor
      ordered to be certified and recorded . Test (Joseph Athenton?) CCO

      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Peter Avent
      Gender: male
      Birth Place: VA
      Birth Year: 1720
      Spouse Name: Mary Tomlinson
      Marriage Year: 1777
      Number Pages: 1

      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Peter Avent
      Gender: male
      Birth Place: VA
      Birth Year: 1720
      Spouse Name: Amy Massie
      Marriage Year: 1742
      Marriage State: VA
      Number Pages: 1

      Mary Tomlinson made a marriage agreement 5 Feb 1777 with Peter Avent of Cumberland Co., NC. Peter Avent's 1779 will mentioned wife's daughter Lucretia Tomlinson; Lucas Tomlinson was an executor. [Lucas Tomlinson, b. 11 Apr 1746, Albemarle Parish, was a son of John Tomlinson, Jr. and Susanna [Tatum?]. Richards, 33]