Christopher AVERY

Male 1697 - 1768  (70 years)


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  • Name Christopher AVERY  [1
    • Christopher Avery was an important man in the colony. He became town clerk after the death of his father and held the office over forty years, until his own death in 1768. April 27, 1736, he was one of a committee to prepare a memorial to the general assembly asking for a more commodious ferry. In October, 1736, he and his brother, Humphrey, with others, petitioned against the officers chosen for the northeast company of Groton. Among the reasons given for their objection were that some of the officers were young men; that some belonged to the church of England; that the church at Groton was having trouble about the church of England. The general assembly, however, confirmed the officer (Military Docs., 2:269). The general assembly commissioned him captain of the second company of the Groton train-band, 1735; lieutenant-colonel of the eight militia, 1739, and colonel of the sam regiment, 1746, (Conn. Col. Rec., 8:3, 280 & 9:256), succeeding Ebenezer Avery. In 1739, he was appointed on a committee to get ten good cannons, guns for a sloop, and gunpowder for new London, for coast defense; they were authorized to spend 1100 pounds for that purpose. In October, 1755, he was on a committee to get new carriages for the New London cannons; in march, 1756, he was one of the committee to receive and transport all warlike supplies to Lake George in the war against the French.....

      He was equally prominent in other lines. He was deputy from Groton, 1736 to 1764 inclusive, and was speaker in 1751. He was justice of the peace from 1732 to 1768 and, during many of the terms, made one of the quorum. He was a member of the committee to audit the books of the colony in 1744 and 1746. he had some modern ideas concerning taxation for, in conjunction with his brother, Humphrey, and Christopher Avery of the North Parish, he petitioned the general assembly that the unimproved lands should be taxed. he was one of the first proprietors of the Susquehanna company, having become one in 1754.

      The tombstones of Christopher Avery and his first wife are standing in the Starr cemetery, Groton.

      Mary, wife of Christopher Avery died August 14, 1754, in the 56 year of her age.

      Christopher Avery, Esq., Colonel of the 8th regiment of militia, departed this life, Jan'y 17, 1768, aged 71 years. [1]
    Born 10 Feb 1697  Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 2 May 1697  First Church of New London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jan 1768  Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Starr Cemetery, Groton, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I73713  Main Tree
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 

    Father Samuel AVERY,   b. 14 Aug 1664, Groton, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1723, Ledyard, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Susannah PALMES,   b. 1665, Swamsea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1747, Groton, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1686  Swansea, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F08035  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary LATHAM,   b. 18 Feb 1698/9, Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1754, Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1719  Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Capt William AVERY,   b. 25 Nov 1724, Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1787, Groton, New London County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F29892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1697 - Groton, New London County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jun 1719 - Groton, New London, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Jan 1768 - Groton, New London County, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S5684] "The Groton Avery Clan", Elroy McKendree Avery and Catharine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery.

    2. [S03166] RootsWeb: World Connect - Leporacci, by: Eva-Marie Leporacci.