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William Avant, Ensign

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Suffix  Ensign 
Birth  Abt 1705/1707  , Surry, Va 
Sex  Male 
Died  Bef 22 Apr 1760  , Northampton, NC 
Person ID  I5135  Default Tree 
Last Modified  07 Aug 2001 
Father  Thomas Avent (Col) (Immigrant), b. 6 Jan 1671, , England 
Mother  Margaret Elizabeth (of Surry 1716) Gooch 
Group Sheet  F2183  Default Tree 
Family 1  Sarah Massie, b. 1710 
Married  1730/1735  , Surry, Va 
 1. Rebecca Avant, b. 1750, , Northampton, NC
 2. Thomas Avant, Rev Sol, b. Abt 1731
 3. Sarah Avent, b. Abt 1732
 4. John Avent, b. 12 Jan 1734, , Northampton, NC
 5. Joseph Avent, b. 24 Aug 1736, , Northampton, NC
 6. William Avent, b. 8 Aug 1753, , Nash, NC
 7. Mildred "Milly" Avent
 8. Ogilvia "Gilly" Avent
Group Sheet  F36065  Default Tree 
Notes  Will of William Avent, 22 April, 1760, Northampton County, NC, NC WB1, pp. 56-58. Probated August 1761. Named as executors his wife, identified as Sarah Avent in the probate act, , William Ragland (his son-in-law) and Joseph Avent. His daughter Rebecca was bequeathed two negro slaves--she was well under age. SOME COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA, VOL. I, Marilu Burch Smallwood, Washington, NC, 1964, pp. 7-9, 14-15, 22. Will of Thomas Avent, September 1756, Sussex County, VA, probated 1757, WB A p. 80. REGISTER OF ALBEMARLE PARISH SURRY AND SUSSEX COUNTIES, 1739-1778, Gertrude R.B. Richards, 1958, p. 214.

THE SPANISH ALARM 1747-48 list on page 273 State Records A List of Northampton Ridgment William Avent, Insoign, & two Corpralls & four Seargents
Will Northampton Will Book 1 Pg 56.
Garland Avant says Thomas Rec land for Rev Service.. Book called Glasgow
Land Fraud Papers Part 4..4371..Soldier: Heirs Thos. Avent 640 acres
Assignments by Robert Avent to Sterline Brewer: Witness: Joseph Moore Mesne
assignments Brewer to Thoios Malloy drawn by Jesse Speight Survey for Thos.
Molloy..Remarks see warrent #4643. File 54
Soldier: Heirs David Cumber 640 acres assignments by Henry Cumber to
Sterline Brewer..witness Jesse Sharp mesne assignments Brewer to Robert
Searcy to James Samders drawn by S Donelson survey for Jas Saunders sic
remarks all these assignments forged by William Tyrrell none have mustered
except David James and John Good both of whom mustered for 9 months only.
He came to Edgecombe Co NC in 1771..Died in 1781 after Nash Co NC was cut from Edgecombe. He left Orphans Allen,Amos and Abner according to court records.
Abner was reared by William Avent...his brother who joined him in 1777. Joseph and John were operating the well known Avent's Ferry on Cape Rear River which was then the major North South Road from the Mid 1700's until the early 1900's.
William and his wife Sally Ward became prominant land owners in Edgecombe.
These large holdings came to be known as Aventon. WIlliam died in 1811 leaving orphans Elizabeth Frances (Fanny), Francis, Nancy and William. Other Children Janes,Thomas Griffin, Polly,Benjamin Ward, Rebecca Powell,Priscilla Kimball.
All of William's children married and have descendants except William who
drowned in a Fishing Creek.
Proof of Sarah and marriage..sister of Amy...Father left her one negro boy in wil..Joseph Massies. Will dated Aug 19, 1760 Brunswick Co Va.Will Book 3 C 1751069..p 368.
Some Fl Pioneers by David Avent P 30-32...Avent & Kin by Parker & Moore..State Library Raleigh NC..
There may have been a son Thomas born 19 Mar 1768 Va Albermarle
Sussex...according to notes on FGS of one researcher.

!Book A p 222 Sussex Co Va Probated 22 Apr 1760.
Avent & Kin by Parker and Moore PP 10,11 State Lib Raleigh NC.
Woe and Giddiup by Bebecca Dobson 1980 and Possums Run over their Trail p 12.

!Some Fl Pioneers by David Avant 1974 Retitled Some Southern--later.
1745, he sold land to Parrish Cross when he settled Father's estate.
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