John Avent1642 -
Name John Avent Born 1642 Malborough, Devon, England Gender Male Person ID I4512 avefamily Last Modified 29 Jul 2020
Father John Avant, b. 1617, Devon, England Mother Hannah Jarvayes, b. 1621, Devon, England Married 6 Jul 1641 Devon, England Family ID F1404 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Julyan Ewens, b. 1640, d. Apr 7 1686, Wembury, Devon, England (Age 46 years) Married 29 Sep 1662 St. Werburgh's Church, Wembury, Devon, England Notes
- This is purely speculative and is based on the 1670 birth record for Thomas Avent. Note that there are two Thomas Avents listed on that record: one the son of Thomas and Anne and the other the son of John and Julian (Julie Ann). We know our Thomas was not the son of Thomas and Anne because that Thomas later married a Mary Browning in Devon around 1702 and died there around 1728 (per British genealogist Peter Wilson Coldham). So the best guess is our Thomas was the son of John Avent and Julian, whose last name was ‘Ewens’.
Children + 1. Thomas Avent, b. ca. 1671, Devonshire, England (?) , d. 31 Oct 1757, Sussex Co., VA (Age ~ 86 years) Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 Family ID F1403 Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Photos Avent, Thomas (1671-1786)
Possible baptism record. 1670, St. Werburgh's Church, Wembury, Devon, England. Note that there are two Thomas Avents listed here: one the son of Thomas and Anne and the other the son of John and Julian (Julie Ann). We know our Thomas was not the son of Thomas and Anne because that Thomas later married a Mary Browning in Devon around 1702 and died…
Relationship to Col. Thomas Avent is speculative, but seems very likely to the webmaster. Working with a Devon-based genealogist, who was familiar with the Devon Avent family, a thorough search only found two Thomas Avents born in Devon around the known year of Col. Thomas Avent's birth (ca. 1671).
The attached baptism record for St. Werburgh's Church, Wembury, Devon shows both of these. Other research has confirmed that Thomas, son of Thomas and Anne Avent, stayed in Devon, marrying Mary Browning in 1702 and dying in Devon in 1728. No further trace (after 1701) of the other Thomas Avent, son of John and Julyan Avent, has been found. There is a 10 Apr 1700 marriage record from a Plymouth church (Charles the Martyr Church, 7 miles from Wembury) of a Thomas Avent to a Mary Towson, and then a burial record from Oct 1701 of a "Mary, wife of Thomas Avent" in St. Werburgh's Church in Wembury, Devon, the same church both Thomas Avents were baptized in, in 1670-71. A possible scenario, in the opinion of the webmaster, is that Thomas Avent married Mary Towson and then she died (possibly in childbirth) a year later, prompting his emigration to Virginia in 1701.
A further hint is that Col. Thomas Avent named his first born son John, and it was a common practive to name the first born son after the father's father.
Info on John Avent, his wife and parents, comes from the Ancestry.com tree of the Devon-based genealogist, who the webmaster believes is a reliable reference.