James Monroe Avent

James Monroe Avent

Male 1859 - 1936  (77 years)

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  • Name James Monroe Avent 
    Born 1859  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1936 
    Person ID I1927  avefamily
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2007 

    Father Washington D. Avent,   b. 15 Mar 1820, Greensville Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 June 1882, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Nancy S. Pope McKinnie,   b. 6 Apr 1829, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1886  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1855 
    Family ID F591  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Graves,   b. 1868,   d. 20 Jun 1950, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1887 
    Children 
     1. Nancy Elizabeth Avent,   b. 14 Feb 1888, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Alice Edwards Avent,   b. Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James Graves Avent,   b. 1892, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1946  (Age 54 years)
     4. Esther Avent,   b. 20 Jun 1898, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1984, San Diego, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Nell Avent,   b. May 1904, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Emma Louise Avent,   b. 23 Jul 1908, Hickory Valley, Hardeman Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1984, Memphis, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2007 
    Family ID F592  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Avent, James Monroe of TN (1859-1936) with world champion dog 'Momoney'.
    Avent, James Monroe of TN (1859-1936) with world champion dog 'Momoney'.
    James M. Avent was a well-known trainer of champion bird dogs, and was nicknamed "the Fox of Hickory Valley”. He was described as follows in the March 3, 1930 issue of Time Magazine:

    "Most celebrated of contemporary handlers is James Monroe Avent, 70, a shrewd and tight-lipped Tennessee squire who has never been known to play poker with his…

  • Notes 
    • Legendary bird dog handler - "the Fox of Hickory Valley, James Monroe Avent (1860-1936)" Time Magazine, March 3, 1930: "Most celebrated of contemporary handlers is James Monroe Avent, 70,. a shrewd and tight-lipped Tennessee squire who has never been known to play poker with his competitors after a day in the field, who never divulges information as to good quail country which he knows more thoroughly than anyone else."

      "James Monroe Avent (1860-1936), along with Hobart Ames, was responsible for establishing the National Bird Dog Championship in Hardeman County. The bird dog trials continue to be held annually at the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction. Avent’s house in Hickory Valley was listed in the National Register on April 25, 2001, because of his role in starting and promoting the bird dog trials. Both Avent and some of the dogs he trained were notable enough to be placed in the Field Trial Hall of Fame. The house is also significant because it is a fine example of the popular Queen Anne style. A variety of sawn and turned woodwork embellishes the house." -- Tennessee Historical Commission Website, 2002, National Register of Historic Places

      The story goes that the manner of his death was as follows: J. M. Avent at age 76 wanted to go fox hunting but had pneumonia. The doctor
      said he would die if he went. Avent said, "I would rather go fox hunting and die than stay at home." So he went ... and died.

      Grand Junction Cemetery, Hardeman Co., TN:
      Avent, Emma Graves 1868-1950 w/o James Monroe Avent
      Avent, James Monroe 1859-1936 h/o Emma Graves Avent