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Henry Dewitt Clinton Avery

born 1820 in Johnston Co. NC




1800-Eliza Warren

1803-BGHB Avery

1807-Winifred McEwen

1809-Rev. William "Alexander" Avery

1811-Drury Vinson Avery

1813-Troy (prob same person as Reuben T)

1815-John Avery

1817-Reuben T. "Sidney" Avery

1822-James A. Avery

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




born c.1828 NC














Alexander Averet Jr.


Elizabeth Vinson

spouse's parents:

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


1834 Gibson County Tax List includes H. Avery (70 acres) as well as his brother BGHB Avery (62.5 acres) both in District 13.


1860 census, Gibson Co. TN (in the same few pages with his brother John W, brother James, and brother Drury)

Avery, H.D.C. (actually looks like H.I.C.) age 40, born NC, real estate value 3200, personal estate 4500

Clarissa, age 32, born NC

Mazella, age (15?) born TN

Christian? age 10 (male) born TN (must be Clinton)

Jane, age 9, born TN

Elizabeth, age 7, born TN

"Jasper", age 3, born TN

Robinson, age 1, born TN


1870 census Gibson County TN, District 20, Post Office Robinsonville (in a row with many sibs & families)

Avery, H.C., age 50, farmer, real estate value 3500, personal estate 1000, born NC

Clara, age 43, born NC

Dewitt, age 21, born TN

Jane, age 18

Elisabeth, age 16

Joseph, age 13

William, age 8.


1880 census, Crockett Co, Crockett Mills District 6, household 39

HD Avery, age 60, farmer, NC-NC-NC

wife Claricy, age 53, NC-NC-NC

son William J, age 17, laborer, born TN

household 41, likely his son Dewitt (Crockett County marriages D.C. Avery, male, and S.B. Davidson 12-29-1877)

DC Avery, age 31, farmer, TN-NC-NC

wife Sarah B, age 21, TN-TN-TN

son Claud E, age 1

daughter Adella Z, age 2 months, born in April

household 40 is A.M. Smith (28) and wife ME (27) and children William (8) and Buena V. (two months). Crockett County marriage records show 12-16-1875 M.E. "Averry" (female) and A.M. Smith married. Could this be "Mozella"?

household 38 likely his son Joseph (Crockett County marriages "Josephus" Avery and "Corilla" McLaren 8-19-1877)

JF Avery, age 24, famer, TN-NC-NC

wife Carilla? age 22, TN-TN-TN

daughter Florence, age 8 months, born Oct 1879

household 37 Henry's nieces, d/o his brother Drury Vinson Avery

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 36 is Rosia Boswell and her children Walter (12), Charles? (11), James (8), Nicodemus (6) and Maggie (4) who has within the household, listed as farmer, JH Avery, age 24, TN-NC-NC. Not sure who this JH might be. (NOTE: Believe this is Rose Ann Avery Boswell (d/o James A. Avery), who married and divorced Charles Alonso Boswell, then later married Rufus K. Boone, and after him Frank Wellborn--info from Sherri Sontag)


Ronk Funeral Home Records, Crockett County TN (contributed to Crockett Co Page Rootsweb by Tom Childers)

Florence Bell Avery Taylor, born 10-25-1879 in Crockett County, daughter of Joseph Avery & Corilla, died 1-23-1966, buried Pond Creek Cemetery.

Lula Norvella Avery Buford, born 1-1-1883 in Crockett County, d/o Joe Avery & Corella, died 5-12-1981, buried Alamo Cemetery