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This information comes from Nell Murchison, Jean Murchison, Connie Lane, Martha Avery Molly (Mullins) Hoffman and Mrs. CC James, Crockett Co. TN Historian. Many thanks also to Sherri Sontag for permission to use information on the Boswell and Avery families from her website www.ourtennesseefamilytree.com. Many thanks also to Andy Clay Harris for permission to use Avery information he posted to Rootsweb as part of his family tree.
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William Alexander Green Avery
c. 1842 to c. 1888
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.1846 Louisa/Margaret (Aspray)
c.1849 to c. 1888
c. 1868-Sam Avery
c.1870-Laura Avery Warmath
1876-Ida Tennessee Avery (Hardison)
Jacob Brooks & Sarah Warrington
maternal aunts & uncles:
c.1794-Nicy (& Micajah Midyett); c.1796-John William Brooks; 1798-Benjamin Samuel Brooks; 1804-Joseph Brooks; 1806-Simeon Brooks; 1808-James Stevens Blackman Brooks; c.1810-Frederick Nash Brooks
paternal aunts & uncles:
(John not proven to be a brother of BGHB. Troy may be same person as Reuben T.)
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Undated letter from Mary Lou: "The Avery family: this is just a few things to maybe help piece this Avery family together. The Grandfather, William Alexander Green Avery was a Doctor, don't know just what year he passed on but when he died his patients wanted his wife Sarah to take up his practice so she did, and it seems she had to ride a horse to go and see his patients. She was exposed to the bad weather and it affected her health and she took bad sick and died and Laura was just 12 years old and the relatives thought they could not live on there together so they scattered them out to live with relatives. My mother Ida went to live with Doc Boswell's family, a cousin. Aunt Laura lived with Chess Warmath and wife. I don't have the information on where the others lived. Troy Avery, a cousin, took over the far and it seems that Uncle Tom Avery was the only one that ever got his part of the Farm. It seems the others never applied for their share (NOTE: in a phone conversation July 2007 Wendell Avery said he thought the farm was sold for back taxes, and in fact was never taken over by Troy and Drew Avery). I don't know if Sam was still living don't know when he died never heard of his passing or any family of his. Charles married and had one son, Jim Avery. And Aunt Laura married Sid Warmath, had a big family. Mother married George Hardison, had a big family. Uncle Tom married had a big family and Joe married, had one boy and one girl." She added to the children listed in the 1880 census, "Son Joe not borned yet. Lydia, daughter, died in infancy and Jessie, son, died in infancy." On another occasion she said the two who died in infancy came between Laura and Ida.
Another letter from Mary Lou (Sarah's granddaughter via Ida T) to Nell Murchison (Sarah's granddaughter via Tom Avery) from 1981: "... we checked the 1900 Crockett Co census and of course that was 20 years later and our grandparents were dead and all the children living some other place so I can't find out what year Uncle Joe was borned after your father, but Uncle Joe must have been a baby when Grandfather Avery died, for my mother said after he died Grandmother Avery took over his practice as a Doctor and that she exposed herself and her health and did not live long. If you notice the ages of Grandmother and her oldest son, she was only 15 years old when he was born. It is all so sad when I think about it. Mother always thought the oldest son Charlie and the other son Sam and Aunt Laura maybe could have kept the family together if it had not been for Troy and Drew Avery who took over the farm. They must have been Grandfather's brothers (NOTE: in a phone conversation July 2007 Wendell Avery said he thought the farm was sold for back taxes, and in fact was never taken over by Troy and Drew Avery)...concerning my mother's side of the house I just do not know too much about the older ones that passed on. As far as I know Uncle Sam never did marry. I know Uncle Charlie did and that's where my mother and father married was at his house for my father had it recorded in his Bible. And I'm sure he had a son named James--we always called him Jim Avery, and of course Pearl and Milburn were Uncle Joe's children. And I think their mother's name was Minnie same as your mother but I can't remember if ever knew who their mother was before Uncle Joe married her... Do come back to see us and be sure to keep us informed about Miss Velma..."
Regarding the Drew and Troy Avery and Doc Boswell spoken of by Mary Lou--Email July 2007 from Sherri Sontag said in part, regarding the children of James Avery, "Most of their kids married into my Boswell family...My great-great-grandfather, Napoleon Boswell, was the only one who did not marry an Avery.
John Thomas Boswell was the father of the Boswell family.
James Thomas Boswell married Emeline Jane Avery
Lucy Boswell married Drew Avery
Charles Boswell married Rose Ann Avery
John "Doc" Boswell married Nancy Avery.
Drew and Troy were brothers"
1850 census, Gibson County, TN., District 16:
BGHB Avery, age 47, Meth. E. Clergy, worth $5000, born NC.
Charity, 45, born NC. All others born TN.
Louisa 4 (she becomes Margaret in the next census).
1860 census, Gibson County, TN, District 4, post office Quincy:
BGHB Avery, age 56, MM and farmer (Methodist Minister?), real estate value 14000, personal estate 14000. Born NC.
Charity, 55, born NC (in this census all the children are listed as born in NC).
Margaret, 13 (She was Louisa in the last census).
There is another Avery family nearby.
(NOTE after BGHB's name 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.)
1870 census, Gibson TN, District 16:
W.A. Avery, age 29, saw miller, no value of real estate listed but personal estate worth $200, born TN
Sarah, 20, keeps house, born TN (as are the children)
Charles, 3, at home.
Saml, 2, at home
Laura, one month.
Also in the house is a name I can't read, age 19, Mill labor.
(BGHB Avery in1870 is in Gibson County, District 4)
2-10-1871 date of signature on will of BGHB Avery, Gibson, TN Will Book G, page 202. To wife Charity: half of stock, so Jonas and Katy may make a living, house and land on which she lives, beginning line of James F. Avery's 40 acre tract, so as to include the graveyard, and over to the corner of the gin field, including the field to the lane. To son W.A.G. Avery: the rest of the tract to live on. To son James F. Avery: 50 acres. Daughter Martha has had $400 worth of land in Arkansas; must make account to estate before she shares. Grandson B.G. Pate owes me some notes and accounts and he has acted very strange. It is my will that two-thirds of what he owes me be collected and paid his sisters Amanda and Emily. Grandson B.G. Tatum: $150 put to interest, and when he is twenty years old, principle and interest to be paid to him. All others equally. Executors: sons H.B. and James F. Avery
1880 census, Crockett County, TN, Quincy household 131: VERY FADED INK
William A.G. Avery, age 38, farmer and MD.
Wife Sarah Avery, 30, housekeeper.
Son Charles B., 15, laborer.
Son Samuel D., 12, laborer.
Daughter Laura L., 10.
Daughter Ida T., 4.
Son Thomas G., 1.
Avery, Jas. F., age 51, farmer, born TN.
Wife Nancy? Rany?, age 45?, born TN
Son Will A., 16, laborer.
Boarder Jas. Hopper, age 25, laborer, born in TN or parents born in TN
Mother Charity Avery, age 75, born in NC of parents born in NC (note her son's mother is listed as born TN, sloppy)
Boarder surname Carman? 1st name Grand? Black, male, laborer, born NC.
A. Green Avery, age 33/35? farmer, born TN
Wife Lurancy? age 17 or 37? housekeeping
daughter Mary, age 4
(then a Lassiter family, followed by)
Jas Avery, age 23?, farmer
wife Millie? Mallie? age 20
(and household 116 is Henry Babb, widower I think of Margaret Avery Babb, Wm's sister)