Peter Augustus Avent1781 - 1857 (76 years)
Name Peter Augustus Avent Born 1781 Greensville Co., VA Gender Male Died Apr 1857 Hardeman Co., TN Person ID I1628 avefamily Last Modified 3 Sep 2007
Father John Avent, b. 16 Mar 1744/45, d. 1821 Mother Elizabeth Grizzard Family ID F476 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Sarah Unknown, b. Abt 1787, d. BEF. 1870, Hardeman Co., TN (Age ~ 82 years) Children + 1. Lucinda Avent, b. 1805, Greensville Co-., Va , d. Bef 1858, Hardeman Co., TN (Age 53 years) 2. John W. Avent, b. 1806, Greensville Co., VA + 3. Jane Avent, d. Bef 1858, Hardeman Co., TN 4. Martha Avent, b. 1813, NC + 5. James C. Avent, b. 1816, North Carolina , bur. Avent-Marshall Cemetery, Hardeman Co., TN + 6. Drewry Avent, b. 1816, NC 7. Eliza Avent 8. Mary Avent 9. Rebecca Avent + 10. Peter Augustus Avent, Jr., b. 1826, NC Last Modified 23 Mar 2007 Family ID F515 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- from " Hardeman Co., TN Historical Sketches"
Peter Avent was born in VA about 1781. Peter and Sarah Avent joined the adventurous group who left VA, lived for a while in NC and moved later to TN. They arrived in Hardeman Co. during the 1830's. Ten children were born to Peter and Sarah; Jane married James Vickers, Rebecca married Alexander McDaniel, Mary married N.B. Lallier, Lucinda married a Marshall, Martha married a Moody, Eliza married John H. Gates, John called Jack, Drewry married Susan Gates, James married Frances A. "Fannie" Wells, and Peter Augustus married Margaret Traylor. Peter died in April, 1857, and Sarah died before 1870. It is assumed that they are buried in the Avent-Marshall cemetery.
James Avent, son of Peter and Sarah, was born in NC in 1816. He was living in Hardeman Co with his parents in 1850. He married Frances A. Wells of Tippah Co., MS and lived in MS until after the Civil War, when he returned to Hardeman Co. His home was near Hickory Valley and remains in the Avent family to the present day. He and his wife are believed to be buried in the Avent-Marshall cemetery. They were the parents of 5 children:
Lucy, Robert J., Cleophus A., Bennie Fenton, Walter H.
"Peter Augustus Avant, Sr. was born in VA about 1781, and married Sarah, born about 1787. Their first child was born in 1805. In 1810 seven Avent families (Durham, Henry, John Jr., Peter, Samuel and Thomas) were listed in Greensville Co., VA. Henry and John, Jr., had five slaves, all the others had nine.
In Peter's house were two males 26-45 years old (Peter was 29), one female 15-26 (Sarah was 23), one male under 10 (John was 4) and two females under 10 (Lucinda was 5).
Peter Avant went to NC with a group of adventurers, and all of his children were born there before 1827. He probably was the Peter Avent listed in Halifax Co., NC, 2 counties south of Greensville Co. in 1820. He was involved in land transfers recorded in Halifax Co., NC, in Deed Book 26, pages 190, 220, 189. The deed dated 4/5/1825 lists his children: Lucinda, John William, Martha, Rebecca, James C., Drury F., Mary E., Sarah Jane amd Peter Augustus, Jr. (Garland Avent: census indicates Peter, Jr., b. 1826). Sometime after 1826 he moved to Hardeman Co., TN.
Peter Avant, 69, was listed in Hardeman Co., TN, in 1850 with Sarah, 63, Lucinda, 45, John, 44, James, 34, and Martha, 37. Nearby, Drury Avent, 34, is listed with Susan, 33, Lucy, 4, and Peter, 1/2. Next to him Peter Augustus lived alone.
Peter Avant died in 1856 or 1857. In 1858 James Avent relinquished 83.5 acres of land in Hardeman Co., to be sold to pay the debts. (Record docket #308). His wife, Sarah, died before 1870, and they probably are buried in the Avent-Marshall cemetery.
Children of Peter Augustus and Sarah Avant:
1. Lucinda, b. 1805, in VA md Mr. Marshall after (?) age 45 and died before father's heirs were listed in 1858. Ch.: Molly and Samuel T.
2. John W., (Jack) b. 1806.
3. Jane, md James Vickers of Arkansas. d. before 1858. Ch. John and Candis.
4. Martha, b. 1813, md Moody and moved to Fayette Co., TN.
5. James C., b. 1816 in NC, md Frances A. Wells
6. Drury, b. 1816, NC, md Susan. Ch. Lucey and Peter.
7. Eliza, md John H. Gates.
8. Mary, md N.B. Lallier.
9. Rebecca, md Alexander McDaniel od MS.
10. Peter Augustus, Jr., b. 1826 in NC, md Margaret Traylor Feb. 21, 1855 -- Record docket #308 filed 3 Aug 1858, Hardeman Co., TN.
Peter Avant heirs at law, Aug. 3, 1858. (paraphrased)
-James C. Avent (b. 1816, md Frances A. Wells)
-Eliza, wife of John H. Gates
-Peter Augustus Avent (b. 1826, md Margaret Traylor)
-Mary Lallier, wife of N. B. Lallier
-John W. Avent (Jack)
-Ch. of Lucinda Avent Marshall: Molly, Samuel T., of Hardeman Co.
-Drury T. Avent (md Susan Gates) (Lucey and Peter)
-Martha Moody, Fayette Co., TN
Rebecca Avent, wife of Alexander McDaniel of MS
-Ch. of Jane Avent and James Vickers of AR, John and Candis
Peter Augustus Avant, Jr.
Peter Augustus Avant, Jr. married Margaret Traylor Feb. 21, 1855. Their daughter, Sarah Catherine (Kate) ws born June 15, 1857. Peter apparently had mental problems and left and Margaret took Sarah to Henderson Co., TX, after the Civil War. There Sarah Avant married Milas Elmo Lambeth after Dec. 9, 1876. Milas Lambeth died Feb. 13, 1897 and Kate reared the Lambeth clan: Will, Mortie, Coot, Alton, Otha and Donie. Donie married Jim Durell, Sr., Oct. 23, 1920 at Dallas. Jim died in April 1928 and Donie married Buck Young Dec. 7, 1928 in OK.
Garland Avent, Raleigh
Faye Tennison Davidson, Bolivar, TN
Faye Webster, Dallas, TX
Rebecca Dobson, Ozark, AL"
- from " Hardeman Co., TN Historical Sketches"