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Many thanks to Andy Clay Harris for permission to reproduce some of the Avery family details from the family tree he has posted to Rootsweb.


Charity Brooks Avery

born 1802 NC died after 1880 TN



 c.1794-Nicy (Midyette)

 c.1796-John S

 John Williams

(not sure if 2 or error in

will transcription)

 1798-Benjamin Samuel

 1804-Joseph W


 1808-James Steven Blackman Brooks

 c.1810-Frederick Nash


Notation by Natalie Huntley on Avery Cemetery page of Crockett County section of TNGenWeb says Charity Brooks born 1802 in Johnston Co NC, d/o Jacob Brooks and Sarah/Sally Warrington. Sarah moved to Madison Co TN in 1829 with at least 5 of her children after Jacob's death in 1823

married after 1822 in NC


BGHB Avery

1803 to c.1871



(italics=not certain)


c.1823-Sarah Elizabeth Avery Babb

1828-M.J. (Spencer & Bodkin)

c.1829-James F Avery

c.1830-Margaret Avery Pate

c.1832-John H Avery

c.1834-Martha Avery Tatum

c.1836-Frances Avery Booth

c.1838-Emily Avery Tatum

c.1840-Henry Avery

c.1842-William A.G. Avery

c.1844-Thomas Avery

c.1846 Louisa/Margaret (Aspray)


5 year age gap between 1st and 2nd child is suspect.






Jacob Brooks


Sarah Warrington

spouse's parents:

Alexander Averet Jr.


Elizabeth Vinson


maternal grandparents:


paternal grandparents:


maternal aunts & uncles:


paternal aunts & uncles:

1756-William Brooks; 1758-Isaac Farrow Brooks; 1764-Stephen Brooks III; Easter/Esther; Charity (Watson); Sarah (Midgette)


1800 census, Johnston Co NC (p17 of 32 page on ancestry.com)

Jacob Brooks

2 males under 10

one male 26 - 44 (Jacob)

2 females under 10

one female 10-15 (probably Charity)

one female 26-44 (Sarah)

2 slaves


1810 census, Johnston Co NC 1st page & neighbor to Simon Averytt

2 males under 10

2 males 10-15

1 male 26-44 (Jacob)

2 girls under 10 (Nicy & Charity)

1 female 16-25 (Sarah)

3 slaves


1820 census, Johnston Co NC (p 38 of 55 on ancestry.com)

Jacob Brooks 5th from bottom of page

4 males under 10

1 male 16-26

1 male above 45 (Jacob)

1 female 16-25 (probably Charity, where is Nicy?)

1 female above 45 (Sarah)

slaves:11 slaves, can't quite mesh up the columns


1822 NC Will Abstracts Vol 1 1746-1825 p. 59 #450 Johnston County, NC

Jacob Brooks, 20-25-1822, probated Nov. 1822

Wife: Sarah, tract of land adjoining Reuben Sanders and Rocky Branch during life, then to youngest son, Frederick Nash Brooks; 2 negroes Ned and Sala.

Son: John S. owes estate and shall repay to share in it.

Son: Benjamin, 400 acres of land adjoining Elam Lockharts line

Daughter: Charity, bed and furniture, negro Salvy

Sons: John William Brooks, Stephen Blockman Brooks & Simon Brooks--remaining land to be divided between these three sons.

Sons: Joseph W. Brooks & James Brooks, $60 for schooling

Two youngest sons to be bound to Micajah Midyette* & Benjamin Brooks.

Executors: Allen S. Ballenger, Micajah Midyette (son-in-law)

Witnesses: Reden Sauls, A.D. Averet

Codicil Nov. 19, 1822: If daughter Charity Brooks marry Bolling Green Averet--1 tract of land joining B.G. Averet, to her. Witnesses: Reden Saul and B.G. Averet

(*Micajah Midyette wed daughter Nicy in 1821)

1822: North Carolina marriage records, Johnston Co, Boling G Avera wed Charity Brooks 12-21-1822 (note that Nicy Brooks wed Micajah Midyett 1821)

1850 census, Gibson County, TN., District 16, household 493:

(note that household 495 is his daughter Margaret Pate and household 496 is his brother RTS Avery)

BGHB Avery, age 47, Meth. E. Clergm., worth $5000, born NC.

Charity, 45, born NC. All others born TN.

James, 21.

John, 18.

Martha, 16.

Frances, 14.

Emily, 12.

Henry, 10.

William, 8.

Thomas 6.

Louisa 4 (she becomes Margaret in the next census).


1860 census, Gibson County, TN, District 4, post office Quincy, household 441:

BGHB Avery, age 56, MM and farmer (take that to be Methodist Minister), real estate value 14,000, pers. estate 14,000. Born NC.

Charity, 55, born NC (in this census all the children are listed as born in NC).

Henry, 20.

William, 19.

Thos. 17.

Margaret, 13 (She was Louisa in the last census).

NOTE: There are three columns after place of birth, the first is "married within the year." The second is "Attended school within the year." The third is "Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read or write." The census taker has marked 1 in the first column, and 4 in the second. Nothing is marked in the third.

(Household 443 is daughter Margaret Pate, household 444 is brother-in-law Reuben T.S. Avery and wife Mary "Polly" Babb and household 446 is daughter Sarah A.E. Babb, and household 523 is daughter Emily Tatum)

          The 1860 slave schedule lists BGHB Avery with 3 slave houses and what looks like a family of slaves (Female 50, male 49, male 23, female 17, female 16, male 14, female 10, female 3, and a mulatto age 1 and a half). The next person listed in the slave schedule is R.L.S. Avery, who also has three slave houses, and has two males, 41, a male 22, female 21, male 15, female 13, and female 1.

            The 1860 Gibson, TN mortality schedule has four listings under the name BGHB Avery (he did not bother to supply the names of his dead slaves, but simply put them all under his own name): all females, a 26-year-old in January, a 24-year-old in November, another 24-year-old in June and an infant in September. The 26-year-old died of fever after 9 days illness. The 24-year-olds died of unknown causes with no duration of illness listed. The infant died of unknown causes after 8 days.

            One year later the Civil War was underway.


1870 census, Gibson County, TN, District 4, post office Quincy:

B.G. Avery, age 69, farmer, real estate worth $5000, personal estate worth $1000, born NC.

Wife Charity "Keeps house," age 65, born NC.

Cassie Coorland (it looks like), domestic servant, black, age 24, born in TN

Joseph Coorland, age 10, black, domestic servant.


1880 census, Crockett County TN, District 3, household 128

Jas. F Avery, age 51, farmer, born TN of parents born TN

wife Nancy, age 45, born TN of parents born TN

son Will A., age 16

boarder Jas Hopper/Hoppen? age 25, white, laborer, TN-TN-TN

mother Charity Avery, age 75, NC-NC-NC

boarder Grand? Carman/Farmer? age 55, black, laborer, NC-NC-NC