Henry Clay Avent

Henry Clay Avent

Male 1820 - 1897  (77 years)

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  • Name Henry Clay Avent 
    Born 19 May 1820  Talbot Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Aug 1897  Webster Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Cumberland Cemetery, Cumberland, MS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1577  avefamily
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2007 

    Father John Avent,   b. ABT. 1795, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. BEF. 1860, Choctaw Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Burt,   b. 1795, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. AFT. 1860, Choctaw Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1815  Putnam Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Title: Putnam County, Georgia Marriage Records: 1808-1850
      Abbrev: Putnam County, GA Marriages
      Publication: Francis T. Ingmire, St. Louis, Missouri, 1985
    Family ID F465  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah C. Spencer,   b. 16 Jun 1825, Bibb Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1887, Webster Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Children 
     1. William J. Avent,   b. 1 Mar 1843,   d. 22 Oct 1929  (Age 86 years)
     2. Alexander Selkirk Avent,   b. 13 Apr 1845,   d. 29 Aug 1887  (Age 42 years)
     3. Margarette Virginia Avent,   b. 16 Jun 1847,   d. 27 Sep 1934  (Age 87 years)
     4. Heilon J. Avent,   b. 17 Apr 1850, Webster County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1906, Webster County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +5. Marion DeKalb Avent,   b. 1 Oct 1852, Webster Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1912, Webster Co., MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     6. Adelia F. Avent,   b. 19 Jul 1857,   d. 24 May 1884  (Age 26 years)
     7. Idah H. Avent,   b. 31 Aug 1859,   d. 17 Aug 1940  (Age 80 years)
     8. Thomas Emmette Avent,   b. 8 Sep 1863,   d. 17 Oct 1888  (Age 25 years)
     9. Byron Marcellus Avent,   b. 17 Apr 1866,   d. 26 Sep 1909  (Age 43 years)
     10. Lula Belle Avent,   b. 16 Sep 1868,   d. 23 Mar 1947  (Age 78 years)
    Family ID F466  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 May 1820 - Talbot Co., GA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Aug 1897 - Webster Co., MS Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Avent, Henry Clay (1820-1897)
    Avent, Henry Clay (1820-1897)
    Schoolteacher, Sheriff of Webster Co., MS, Capt. of 31st MS in WBTS. Photo courtesy of Robert W. Avent, at http://cognatus.info/family/avent/wc_toc.htm.
    Avent, Henry Clay
    Avent, Henry Clay

    Headstones
    Avent, Henry Clay of MS(1820-1897)
    Avent, Henry Clay of MS(1820-1897)

  • Notes 
    • Farmer, Sheriff and Teacher in Webster Co, MS. Line not certain, but this was Garland Avent's opinion.

      see: http://cognatus.info/family/avent/wc_toc.htm

      from http://www.rootsweb.com/~mswebst1/avantbio.html:

      Henry Clay and Sarah moved to Mississippi around the year 1841 settling near Old Cumberland in Webster County were they lived till they died.

      Their home was described as a two story building constructed of hewn logs, located on a tall, red hill overlooking fertile valleys and surrounded by large, oak trees. This home was later destroyed by fire (no date).

      Henry Clay was a farmer, owning slaves and was a pioneer school teacher, teaching (1845) in the first public school building in Webster County located near Bellefontaine.

      Before the War he had a store in Old Cumberland, then known as Choctaw Ridge. The 1860 Census of Choctaw County showed Henry Clay had land value of $3,000 and personal property valued at $6,870.

      Received E.A. & E.C. degrees in Greensboro Lodge #49 in 1843, demitted in 1850. Charter member & 1st senior warden of Adelphian Lodge #174 in Bellefontaine, Mississippi (chartered 7 Jan 1853). Demitted in 1856 and charter member & 1st secretary at New Hope #224 (chartered 29 Jan 1858. Lodge moved to Maben in 1890 or the next year. He became affiliated with Eldorado Lodge #184 at Old Cumberland and was a member until his death.

      Upon enlisting in Choctaw County with the 6th (Orr's) Battalion Mississippi Infantry, soon redesignated as the 31st Mississippi Infantry, Henry Clay was elected 1st Lieutenant in B Company on February 28, 1862. Four months later on June 25th, 1862, he was promoted to Captain of his company. On April 4, 1863, he resigned his captaincy. Ever afterwards he was known throughout the area as "Ole Captain Avent".

      After serving as Alderman Henry Clay became the first sheriff of Webster County from 1879 to 1883. His son, Alexander, served under his father as a deputy sheriff and then later was elected Sheriff.

      Soon after his death the Masonic Committee wrote the following :

      Tribute of Respect of Brother H. C. Avent
      He was born in 1820 in Tobbert (Talbot)County, Georgia and departed this life August 18th, 1897. He was over 50 years a Mason and as zealous the day he died as on the day he was initiated; when 78 years we deposited his mortal body in Cumberland Cemetery, Webster County, Mississippi.

      He has lived a long and useful life. All who knew him will bear testimony to his ever cheerful, bright temperament. Of him as ne'er of mortals can it be said; he never made a brow look dark, nor caused a tear but when he died. Companions and brethren, with us it is yet today. May we so use it that when our tomorrow cometh, whether here or beyond the vale where angel's hands stand always ready to throw open the Golden Gate, it may be more abundant and those left to mourn our passing through, may, taught by our example, say how blessed the righteous when he dies.

      For nearly a quarter of a century, all our Masonic life, the writer has been closely associated with him. In the Masonic bodies, we feel that one of the strongest links in the Masonic chain has been lost to us.

      To him we say, the day has come, not gone, the sun has risen, not set, thy life is now beyond the reach of death or change, not ended, but begun. Oh noble soul, oh gentle hear, HAIL AND FAREWELL,

      D. W. Williams,
      J. R. Thomas,
      J. Q. Durham,
      Committee
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      History of 31st MS Infantry:

      31st Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

      31st Infantry Regiment was organized in March, 1862, using the 6th (Orr's) Mississippi Infantry Battalion as its nucleus. The unit served in Rust's, L. Hebert's, and Featherston's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It was part of the garrison at Vicksburg, then fought at Baton Rouge and Jackson. Later it continued the fight under General Featherson in the Army of Tennessee. The 31st was active throughout the Atlanta Campaign, endured Hood's winter operations in Tennessee, and saw action in North Carolina. It lost 10 killed and 37 wounded at Baton Rouge, and of the 215 engaged at Peach Tree Creek, seventy-six percent were disabled. In December, 1864, there were 86 men present for duty, and only a handful surrendered in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels J.A. Orr and Marcus D.L. Stephens, Lieutenant Colonels John W. Balfour and James W. Drane, and Majors Francis M. Gillespie and H.E. Topp.