William Francis Avent1827 - 1881 (53 years)
Avent, William Francis, Major, CSA (28 Dec 1827 - 6 Sep 1881)
b. in Greensville Co., VA, moved to MS 1845-50, moved back to VA by 1870.
Maj. William Francis Avent, Quartermaster with the Department of AL, MS, and East LA, Army of Tennessee. Appointed Captain on 27 May 1862, listed as a Major serving with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest on 15 March 1864. Surrendered with Lt. Gen. R. Taylor at Citronville 4 May 1865 and paroled 18 May 1865.
from "William Faulkner and Southern History", Joel Williamson, p. 127:
"William F. Avent was a planter and at age 34 in 1860 valued his holdings at $486,000. Avent (sometimes spelled Avant) was born to a very ambitious family of Virginians who had come into the area (Lafayette Co., MS) at the beginning and bought large amounts of land, some of it directly from the Indians..."
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