Memphis Church, Lee Co., NC


Memphis Methodist Church was founded in the late 18th century, and one of the people involved in its creation was Joseph Avent (abt. 1740 - abt. 1781), who was the son of William Avent and Sarah Massie, and the grandson of Col. Thomas Avent. Joseph moved to what was then Chatham Co. around 1765 from Northampton Co., NC, with several other family members including his brother John Avent, who founded the well known Avent Ferry across the Cape Fear river. The present building was built in the mid-19th century, and there are several Avent graves in its churchyard.

Here are some excerpts from the book "Methodism in the Upper Cape Fear Valley", by Franklin Grill, about the founding of Memphis Church and the involvement of the Avent family.

This is the gravestone of Joseph Avent (1796-1862). It is unclear how he was related to the Joseph Avent referenced above, who moved here in the 1760's, but he is clearly from that line of the family.

This is the gravestone of Judith Avent (1798-1869), wife of the Joseph Avent referenced above. The graves of their children, Alvis Avent and Henry G. Avent are also here.