James Monroe Avent

James Monroe Avent

Male Abt 1816 - 1895  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name James Monroe Avent 
    Born ABT. 1816  Greensville Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1895 
    Person ID I1618  avefamily
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2008 

    Father James Avent,   b. 9 Jan 1788, Sussex Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1866  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother 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) 
    Family ID F461  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary W. Childress,   b. 1 Jan 1834, Murfreesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1894, Murfreesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1857  Murfreesboro,TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Frank Avent,   b. 7 Mar 1858, Murfreesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1941, Nashville, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Henry Avent,   b. 6 Jun 1860, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1869, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
    +3. James M. Avent,   b. 11 Mar 1868, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1930, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +4. Bettie Brown Avent,   b. 9 Jan 1873, Murfreesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1955  (Age 82 years)
     5. Sarah Williams Avent,   b. 1 Jun 1874, Murfreesboro, TN Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F482  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Avent, James Monroe: portrait by Mayna Trainor Avent
    Avent, James Monroe: portrait by Mayna Trainor Avent

  • Notes 
    • Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1860.

      "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.

      James M. Avent's boyhood's days were spent on the farm and in the schools, differing from the experience of many lads of his day, insomuch that his education was superior to that of the ordinary youth. He secured a good literary education at the Clinton College, in Smith County, Tenn. At the age of twenty-one he had decided to make the law his profession for life, and entered the office of Charles Ready, of this city, with whom he read law until he was admitted to the Rutherford County bar in 1840. He then engaged in the practice here, rapidly growing in reputation and character as a lawyer, and was for many years a partner of the late ex-Chancellor B. L. Ridley.

      Mr. Avent is now the senior member of a well-known law firm of Avent, Smith, & Avent, and it may be justly said that he has contributed largely to the success and high standing of this firm at the Rutherford County bar. February 27, 1837, Mr. Avent married Mary W., the daughter of the late Maj. John W. Childress, of this county. The result of this union has been five children, the following four now living: Frank, James M., Bettie B., and Sarah W. Mr. Avent is a Democrat of the old "Jacksonian school," and has always been an active and zealous worker for his party, but never aspired to office. He has frequently been appointed judge pro tem of our courts, and discharged the duties of this highly responsible position in a manner that indicated his superior qualities as a jurist. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been identified with all public and private enterprises that were calculated to promote the prosperity of the city and county. He was one of the organizers of the Stone's River Creamery Company, of which he is now president. Himself and wife have been life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is justly and universally reocgnized as one among the leading and successful citizens of our county, a lawyer of fine judgement and ability and a consistent Christian gentlemen.

      Source: The Goodspeed History of Rutherford County, Originally published in 1886.
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      Petition from "Rutherford County Citizens" arrested on May 12, to Military Governor Andrew Johnson, relative to their release from the state penitentiary and promise of good behavior
      Nashville Tenn May 22d 1862.
      To His Excellency Andrew Johnson
      Military Governor of Tennessee
      The undersigned citizens of Rutherford County Tennessee, having been arrested by the Military authorities of the United States, and being now held as hostages [sic], to secure to safety of Murfreesboro, and as a measure to guard against the repetition of unlawful acts, said to have been committed, by residents of our town, against officers and soldiers of the Federal army stationed at Murfreesboro, and desiring to return home to our families, do hereby pledge our honor, to demean ourselves as peaceable and orderly citizens by yielding obedience to the Constitution and laws of the United States. We will give no aid to, no sympathize with men who would attempt to waylay and shoot others, but will use our best efforts to discover such offenders, be they friends or foes, and ring them to just punishment -- We also express our disapproval of all irregular warfare, carried on in the country by lawless bands, detrimental to the interests of the country, peculiarly annoying to the people, and very destructive to the life and property -- We further pledge ourselves to use our exertions in favor of these our sentiments, among our fellow citizens, and by the best means in our power, to obtain the co-operation of our countrymen in the suppression of wrongs by individuals, or by bands of disorderly men against the Federal Army, its officers or any portion of our citizens --
      [signed: G. T. Henderson, John W. Childress, Jno. N. King, Wm T. Baskette, J. E. Dromgoole, H. S. Robertson, F. C. Mosby, Robt. S. Wendel, Lewis M. Maney, Wm. A. Ransom, Jn. A. Crocett, and Jas. M. Avent. ]
      Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 5, pp. 410-411.