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Drury Vinson Avery

1811 Johnston Co. NC to 1863 Gibson Co TN




1800-Eliza Warren

1803-BGHB Avery

1807-Winifred McEwen

1809-Rev. William "Alexander" Avery

1813-Troy (prob same persons as Reuben T)

1815-John Avery

1817-Reuben T. "Sidney" Avery

1820-HDC Avery

1822-James A. Avery

c.1825-Sarah Elizabeth Avery (McDouglad) (Hall)

married 1843


Elizabeth Lanier*

born c.1824 NC



(girls spouses nor verified)

 c.1845-Samantha "Mattie" (Jarrett)

 c.1846-Malissa (Riddick)

 c.1848-Cornelia (Smith)


 c.1853-Isabel (Boon)

 c.1859-Demetra "Metsy"(Cormack)

 c.1861-Elizabeth (Stallings)

Sidney married Etta and had daughter Sarah c.1879

NOTE: there are at least 3 Drury Vinson Averys. The other two are nephews of this one by his brothers James & Wm "Alexander"


Alexander Averet Jr.


Elizabeth Vinson

spouse's parents:


Hosea Lanier



maternal grandparents:

Drury Vinson & ?

paternal grandparents:

Alexander Averet Sr. & Sarah

maternal aunts & uncles:


paternal aunts & uncles:

c.1764-Margaret "Peggy"; c.1766-female Avery (m. Seals); c.1768-female Avery (m. James); c.1772-Christian Keziah Duncan; c.1776-Sally Norris

*Regarding spouse Elizabeth Lanier--there is a Lanier family tree posted on Rootsweb with no source listed (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~digginforroots/lanier/lanierwilliam.htm)

This family tree shows Elizabeth Lanier as the wife of Drury Vinson Avery, and her sister is the Sally Lanier who is the wife of Drury's brother, James A. Avery. Another Lanier sister, Amelia (born 1814) married James T. Aspray.


1830 Sheriff's list of free inhabitants of Gibson Co. TN included Drury Avery, his father Alexander, and brother BGHB & John.


1850 census, Gibson County TN, district 4

(in a row with his mother Elizabeth in same household with sister Winifred McEwen, then brother James, then brother John)

Drury V. Avery, age 39, farmer, estate value 1500, born NC

Elizabeth, 26 born NC

Samatha, age 5, born TN (as are all the children)

Malassa, age 4

Emelia (must be Cornelia), age 2

Sidney, 4 months (census taken in October)

William Curtis, 17, farmer born in TN in same household

(Note, in April 1850 in Dyer County Clem Curtis is one of the people appointed to work on the Jackson-Dyersburg Road with John G. Warren, husband of Drury's sister Eliza)


1860 census, Gibson County TN district 20, post office Quincy, household 2727:

D.V. Avery age 48?, born in NC, real estate value 7000, personal estate 4000

Elizabeth, age ? born NC

Samantha, 15, born TN (as are all from here down)

Malissa, 13

Cornelia/Camelia, 11

Sidney, 9

Isabel, 7

Demetra, 1

(household 2716 is his brother John Avery; household 2725 is his brother James Avery; household 2726 is his brother Henry DeWitt Clinton Avery; household 2729 is Thomas Boswell whose daughters and sons eventually marry many of James Avery's children)


1870 Gibson County District 20, Robinsonville Post Office

(few pages are chockablock with Avery families, black and white)

JF or IF McIswin? age 38, farmer, $2400/$900, born NC

Winnie McIswin, age 62, at home, born NC, "INSANE"

Avery, Mattie (must be Samantha), age 23?, real estate value 4500, personal estate 1000, born in TN

Malissa, age 21

Cornelia, age 20

Sidney, age 19

Isabelle, age 16

Metsy, age 11

Lizzie, age 9


9-16-1874 Will of Cornelia Smith (probated October 1874 Crockett County Minute Book A page 498)

Gives "my undivided interest in the real Estate of my Father D.V. Averry decd to my husband John T. Smith" also interest in the "divided and undivided moneys" due her from her father's estate and her interest in the remaining undivided property "not herein specified." Names as executor her "esteemed neighbor and friend S.G. Booth.: Witnesses J.A. Griffin and Wm. T. Maclin. (Extraction by Natalie Huntley for Crockett County page of TNGenWeb).


1880 census, Crockett Co, Crockett Mills District 9, enumeration district 6, household 26

R.K. Boon, age 27, farmer, born TN of parents born TN

wife Elizabeth, age 20, born TN of parents born TN

daughter Lula M, age 3

daughter Addie, born March 1880

household 32

Rosia Boswell, age 32, with childred Walter, Charles, James, Nicodemus, Maggie and JH Avery, age 24 in the household

household 37

W.F. Carmack age 25, TN-TN-TN, farmer

wife Demetra, age 21, TN-NC-NC

sister-in-law Elizabeth Avery, age 18, TN-NC-NC

(household 39 is the girls' uncle, Henry Avery and there is other kin nearby)

NOTE: By Sherri Sontag's information, Rose Ann Avery Boswell (household 32) was d/o James A. Avery and married 3-28-1865 in Gibson County to Charles Alonso Boswell. They divorced after having children Walter N, Charles Edgar, James Thomas, Nicademous D (Nick), and Margaret. Rose later remarried to Rufus K. Boone on 4-13-1888 in Crockett County. A family tree online belonging to Ann (Jobe) Brown, great-great-granddaughter of Kinchin Augustus Boon, shows Rufus Boon's first wife as Elizabeth Isabella Avery, of unknown parents. Crockett County marriage records show "Isabella (Bell) Avery" marrying R.K. Boon 8-20-1874. Ann (Jobe) Brown gives Isabella's birth and death dates based on a tombstone in the Providence Cemetery, Crockett County (4-30-1853 to 10-29-1883 Isabella Boon w/o R.K. Boon). 1853 being a match for Drury's daughter, and the proximity to Drury's other daughters in the 1880 census strongly suggests that the Isabella who was first wife of R.K. Boon is also the daughter of Drury Vinson Avery. Ann (Jobe) Brown has an impressive website and the page regarding Rufus K Boon is http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajobebrown/boon/wm/sion.html 


Gibson County marriage records show a Mattie Avery marrying Henry Jarrett in 1870. Not sure if she's this Mattie Avery.

Crockett County marriage records include the following (not sure if they're this family or not):

-Cornelia Avery to J.T. Smith 4-10-1873

-Isabella (Bell) Avery to R.K. Boon 8-20-1874

-Malissa "Averry" to James H. Riddick 1-4-1875

-Demetra Avery (Miss) to W.F. Cormack 12-24-1879

-Bettie Avery to G.L. Stallions 1-29-1882 (license) NOTE: coming at this from the Stallings directions, James Lawrence "Bud" Stallings was married to a Betty Avery. Presume the Gibson marriage and Drury's daughter and Bud Stallings's wife are all the same Betty Avery, especially because there is a photo posted to Rootsweb by Natalie Huntley of the Stallings family that includes, "Sidney Avery (brother of Bettie Avery, the first wife of James Lawrence 'Bud' Stallings)"

-RTS Avery (perhaps Sidney, if like his uncle his real name is Reuben T) to Mattie Layman 2-20-1887


Regarding Bettie Avery to G.L. Stallions--the descendents of "Bud" Stallings aka G. Stallions, have posted that his wife, Bettie Avery, was born in Oct. 1861, which matches Drury Vinson's Bettie.


Regarding Malissa Avery to James H. Riddick--in the 1880 census they are in Crockett Mills, on the same page of the census with Drury's brother James. If it is the right Malissa, she and her husband are both 33, and they have a son, Henry, born in Aug 1880.