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Re: Avent/Avant Cleggs of Old Chatham
Posted by: Mary H. Williams Date: April 30, 2001 at 16:01:42
In Reply to: Avent/Avant Cleggs of Old Chatham by Charity Ledbetter of 405

Descendants of Colonel Thomas Avent


Generation No. 1

1. COLONEL THOMAS2 AVENT (LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1671, and died Abt. October 31, 1757 in Sussex Co., Virginia. He married ELIZABETH. She died Bet. August 18, 1755 - September 21, 1756.

Notes for COLONEL THOMAS AVENT:
Immigrant to Virginia
Sheriff, Justice of the Peace
Colonel of the Militia in Sussex Co. Virginia records (Court Orders 1:212, 14 July 1755).
had patents for over 5000 acres of land in VA
Owned land in NC
Will of Thomas Avent, September 1756, Sussex County, VA, probated, 1757, Will Book A., p. 80. Devises land to his son, William Avent in Sussex Co., VA and in Northampton County, NC and also appoints him an executor. It appears that William Avent did not long outlive his father.
REGISTER OF ALBEMARLE PARISH, SURRY AND SUSSEX COUNTIES, 1739-1779, Gertrude R.B. Richards, 1958, p. 214.
SOME COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA, VOL. 1, Marilu Burch Smallwood, Washington, NC, 1964, pp. 7-9, 15, 21.
Thomas Avent was Justice, Surry County, Virginia 1741, and a Captain of the Militia: REGISTER OF ANCESTORS, THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, Richmond, 1979, p. 3.
VA. Records, 3 May, 1739...Thomas Avent refers to his importation "from Great Britain 38 years ago" (ie in 1701) and in which he states further that he has never before received the benefit of the Act of Assembly which allows 50 acres of land for every person imported from Great Britain. This record causes us to reflect that Thomas Avent must have imported himself from Great Britain and paid his own passage, as otherwise he would not have been entitled to 50 acres of land. Since John Nicholls listed him as one of his headrights in the 1714 patent, Thomas Avent must have made another trip back to England after 1701 and before 1714, and it seems very possible that he may have been an agent of factor for John Nichols since he was living on his plantation.
Death recorded in the Albemarle Parish register 1739-78, p. 164, that he died in Sussex Co., 31 October 1757, age 86. His son, William Avent being the informant.




More About COLONEL THOMAS AVENT:
Fact 1: 1741, Justice, Surry Co., VA
Fact 2: Captain of the Militia

Notes for ELIZABETH:
Elizabeth, wife of Thomas and probably not a Gooch by birth, was alive in 1755 when she witnessed the will of her son John Avent. (Sussex Co., Wills A:36), but she was dead the following year when not mentioned in the will of her husband.
       
Children of COLONEL AVENT and ELIZABETH are:
       i.       MARY3 AVENT, m. THOMAS VINCENT.
       ii.       SARAH AVENT, m. WILLIAM FOX.
2.       iii.       JOHN AVENT, b. Abt. 1706; d. 1755, Sussex Co., Virginia.
3.       iv.       THOMAS AVENT, b. Abt. 1712; d. Bef. 1756, Northampton Co., NC.
4.       v.       PETER AVENT, b. Abt. 1720, Surry Co., VA; d. 1779, Northampton Co., NC.
5.       vi.       WILLIAM AVENT, b. Abt. 1725; d. August 1761, Northampton Co., NC.


Generation No. 2

2. JOHN3 AVENT (COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1706, and died 1755 in Sussex Co., Virginia. He married MARGARET.

Notes for JOHN AVENT:
Justice in 1754
Died testate.
Predeceased his father.
       
Children of JOHN AVENT and MARGARET are:
       i.       BENJAMIN4 AVENT, m. LUCY GRIZZARD, 1786.

Notes for BENJAMIN AVENT:
Executor of the will of Lewis Soloman, his stepfather, in 1795.

       ii.       MARY AVENT.
       iii.       ELIZABETH AVENT, b. March 13, 1738/39; m. MASSIE.
       iv.       THOMAS AVENT, b. January 12, 1742/43; d. 1795, Sussex Co., Virginia, testate.
       v.       JOHN AVENT, b. March 16, 1744/45.
       vi.       WILLIAM AVENT, b. April 15, 1748.
       vii.       PETER AVENT, b. February 04, 1748/49; d. 1780, Sussex Co., Virginia, testate.

Notes for PETER AVENT:
Unmarried.       
DSP, testate 1780.       

       viii.       JAMES AVENT, b. November 19, 1752.

3. THOMAS3 AVENT (COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1712, and died Bef. 1756 in Northampton Co., NC. He married URSELA.

Notes for THOMAS AVENT:
Removed to Northampton Co., NC and married
Predeceased his father.
Left five daughters mentioned in his father's will.
       
Children of THOMAS AVENT and URSELA are:
       i.       AMY4 AVENT, m. RICHARD SMITH.

Notes for RICHARD SMITH:
Of Brunswick Co., VA

       ii.       ELIZABETH AVENT, m. NEWT TAPLEY.

Notes for NEWT TAPLEY:
Removed to Johnston Co., NC.       

       iii.       URSELA AVENT, m. EPHRAIM PETTIPOLL, 1768.

Notes for EPHRAIM PETTIPOLL:
Of Dobbs Co., NC

       iv.       WINNY AVENT, m. FREDERICK JORDAN.

Notes for FREDERICK JORDAN:
Of Northampton Co., NC       

       v.       MARY AVENT, m. JOEL TAPLEY.

Notes for JOEL TAPLEY:
Removed to Johnston Co., NC       

4. PETER3 AVENT (COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1720 in Surry Co., VA, and died 1779 in Northampton Co., NC. He married (1) AMY (MASSIE) MASSEY Bef. June 03, 1732, daughter of JOSEPH MASSEY and ELIZABETH LEE. He married (2) MRS. MARY TOMLINSON 1777.

Notes for PETER AVENT:
Constable
Removed to North Carolina and married.
ABSTRACT: WILL, NORTHAMPTON CO., NC, 13 MAY 1779, filed: September court, 1779: son, William Avent,...son, Isham Avent...son, Joseph Avent...son, John Avent...son, Thomas Avent...daughter, Sarah Avent... daughter, Eliza Barker...daughter, Lucy Truelove...daughter, Mourning Avent...daughter, Rebecca Avent...wife's daughter, Lucretia Tomlinson...wife, Molly Avent...EX: William Avent and Lucas Tomlinson.

More About PETER AVENT:
Date born 2: Abt. 1720
Died 2: 1779, Testate in Northampton Co., NC
Military service: Lt. in VA Colonial Militia

More About AMY (MASSIE) MASSEY:
Name 2: Amy Massie

Marriage Notes for PETER AVENT and MRS. TOMLINSON:
No issue by second wife
       
Children of PETER AVENT and AMY MASSEY are:
       i.       ISHAM4 AVENT.

Notes for ISHAM AVENT:
"Of age" in Rowan County,NC in 1768

       ii.       JOHN AVENT.
       iii.       LUCRETIA AVENT.
6.       iv.       LUCY AVENT.
       v.       MOURNING AVENT.
       vi.       SARAH AVENT.
       vii.       THOMAS AVENT.
       viii.       THOMAS AVENT.
       ix.       WILLIAM AVENT.

Notes for WILLIAM AVENT:
Executor of his father's will.

7.       x.       JOSEPH AVENT, b. Abt. 1740, Northampton Co., NC; d. 1801, Washington Co., GA.
       xi.       ELIZABETH "BETH" AVENT, b. September 12, 1752, Albemarle Parish, Surry/Sussex Co., VA; m. (1) ANDREW BARKER; m. (2) BARKER.

More About ELIZABETH "BETH" AVENT:
Name 2: Eliza "Beth" Avent
Date born 2: September 12, 1752

       xii.       REBECCA AVENT, b. 1764; m. HENRY SENTER.

Notes for HENRY SENTER:
Of Granville Co., NC
       
Child of PETER AVENT and MRS. TOMLINSON is:
       xiii.       LUCRETIA4 TOMLINSON.

5. WILLIAM3 AVENT (COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1725, and died August 1761 in Northampton Co., NC. He married (1) SARAH (MASSIE) MASSEY, daughter of JOSEPH MASSEY and ELIZABETH LEE. She was born 1728. He married (2) SILVA DRAKE. She died 1805. He married (3) MARTHA HILL HICKS. She died 1809. He married (4) ESTHER WATTS CLEGG. She died 1858.

Notes for WILLIAM AVENT:
Removed to Northampton, NC and married.
Will of Joseph Massie, Brunswick Co., VA, 19 August, 1760. Probated 26 May 1761. Will Book 3, pp. 368-370, Inventoried 3 June 1761, pp. 374-375.
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.

More About WILLIAM AVENT:
Died 2: 1761, Northampton Co., NC

Notes for SARAH (MASSIE) MASSEY:
Joseph Massie, father of Sarah and Amy, dated his will 19 Aug 1760 in Brunswick Co., VA, and named therein two of his daughters as Amy Avent and Sarah Avent.
Sarah was a daughter of Joseph Massie of nearby Brunswick County. Sarah Avent and Amy Avent were sisters, but while Peter and not Amy Avent is named in the estate accounting returned 24 June, 1765, Sarah and not William Avent is named because Peter was alive while William was already dead.

More About SARAH (MASSIE) MASSEY:
Name 2: Sarah Massie
       
Children of WILLIAM AVENT and SARAH MASSEY are:
       i.       GILLY4 AVENT, d. Aft. 1761.
       ii.       MILDRED AVENT.
8.       iii.       THOMAS AVENT, d. 1781, Nash Co., NC.
9.       iv.       JOSEPH AVENT.
       v.       SARAH AVENT, m. WILLIAM RAGLAND.
10.       vi.       JOHN AVENT, b. 1748; d. 1821.
11.       vii.       REBECCA AVENT, b. 1753, Northampton Co., NC; d. 1814, Chatham Co., NC.
12.       viii.       WILLIAM AVENT II, b. Bet. 1755 - 1772, Nash co., NC; d. November 11, 1811, Nash Co., NC.


Generation No. 3

6. LUCY4 AVENT (PETER3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) She married TIMOTHY TRULOVE.
       
Child of LUCY AVENT and TIMOTHY TRULOVE is:
       i.       BARSHEBA5 TRULOVE, b. Abt. 1780; m. ALLEN AVENT.

Notes for ALLEN AVENT:
Left as orphan

7. JOSEPH4 AVENT (PETER3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Abt. 1740 in Northampton Co., NC, and died 1801 in Washington Co., GA. He married UNPROVED Bet. 1760 - 1765.

More About JOSEPH AVENT:
Military service: Revolutionary Soldier
       
Child of JOSEPH AVENT and UNPROVED is:
13.       i.       RANSOME DAVIS5 AVENT, b. Bet. 1765 - 1769, NC or VA; d. December 1849, Washington Co., GA.

8. THOMAS4 AVENT (WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) died 1781 in Nash Co., NC. He married REBECCA STEVENS.

Notes for THOMAS AVENT:
In Edgecombe Co., NC by 1771
Died in 1781 after Nash Co., NC was cut out of Edgecombe Co., NC.
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In Edgecombe Co., NC by 1771
died in 1781 after Nash Co., NC was cut out of Edgecombe Co., NC
m. Rebecca Stevens
       
Children of THOMAS AVENT and REBECCA STEVENS are:
       i.       ALLEN5 AVENT, m. BARSHEBA TRULOVE; b. Abt. 1780.

Notes for ALLEN AVENT:
Left as orphan

       ii.       AMOS AVENT.

Notes for AMOS AVENT:
Left as an orphan

       iii.       ABNER AVENT.

Notes for ABNER AVENT:
Reared by William Avent after being left an orphan

9. JOSEPH4 AVENT (WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) He married JULIE ANN.

Notes for JOSEPH AVENT:
Executor of his father's will.
Operated the well known Avent's Ferry on Cape Fear River with his brother John.[Alstonwkg.FTW]

Executor of his father's will
Operated the well known Avent's Ferry on Cape Fear River with his brother John.
       
Children of JOSEPH AVENT and JULIE ANN are:
       i.       JOSEPH5 AVENT.
       ii.       JAMES AVENT.
       iii.       SALLY AVENT.
       iv.       WILLIAM AVENT, d. 1801.
       v.       JOSEPH AVENT.
       vi.       JAMES AVENT.
       vii.       JOHN AVENT.

10. JOHN4 AVENT (WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1748, and died 1821. He married (1) MARY. He married (2) MARY CARY. He married (3) MARY.

Notes for JOHN AVENT:
Operated the well known Avent's Ferry on Cape Fear River with his brother, Joseph.
       
Child of JOHN AVENT and MARY CARY is:
14.       i.       REVEREND WILLIAM5 AVENT, b. 1775; d. 1841.
       
Child of JOHN AVENT and MARY is:
15.       ii.       WILLIAM5 AVENT.

11. REBECCA4 AVENT (WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1753 in Northampton Co., NC, and died 1814 in Chatham Co., NC. She married SETH COTTON Abt. 1769, son of RICHARD COTTON and ELIZABETH WEAVER. He was born November 01, 1750, and died May 1815 in Chatham Co., NC.

Notes for REBECCA AVENT:
m. Seth Cotton

Notes for SETH COTTON:
Seth Cotton was still in Northampton Co. as of 15 August 1775 when he, with William Avent, witnessed a deed from Thomas Avent of Edgecombe Co. to Henry Mason of Northampton Co. of 200 acres which had fallen to him under the will of William Avent, his father [also father of Rebecca [Avent]Cotten].
Seth Cotton born 1 November 1750, son of Richard and Betty Cotton, and baptized 20 January 1750/1, Albemarle Parish register [p. 119]. Nathaniel Cotton [his paternal uncle] and Mary Weaver were among the godparents.
Moved to Chatham Co., NC by 6 Feb. 1778 when Seth Cotten bought for 100 lbs, 20 acres on the south side of Cape Fear River from Richard Worthen [Chatham Co., Deeds B: 118, recorded Feb. 1778] and they remained there until their deaths. On 4 January 1812, Seth Cotten gave to his son, William Cotten 50 acres on the west side of Buckhorn Creek [Chatham Co., Deeds S:185, ackn. and rec. Feb 1812]; he made similar gifts to his sons, Gabriel and Event Cotten before he died. William cotten had already bought 60 acres on Buckhorn Creek on 24 January 1805 from Adam Flick for $75. ackn by Gabriel Cotten as a witness and recorded Feb. 1821. It is possible that only the first two children of Seth Cotton were baptized at Albemarle Parish because he had become a Methodist; a history of the county says that the Buckhorn church was built on his land [Wade H. Hadley et al, Chatham County 1771-1971 (2nd edition, Charlotte, NC, 1976,) p. 245].
His will named as executors Parish Cross, and his son, William Cotten; after the death of his wife Rebekah the property was to be divided among his eight children, including his son, William.

More About SETH COTTON:
Date born 2: November 01, 1750, Sussex Co., VA
Died 2: May 1815
Wd: January 13, 1815, Chatham Co., NC
Wp: May 1815, Chatham Co., NC
       
Children of REBECCA AVENT and SETH COTTON are:
16.       i.       ELIZABETH5 COTTON.
17.       ii.       GABRIEL COTTON, d. Abt. 1828.
       iii.       MARY "POLLY" COTTON.
18.       iv.       RICHARD C. COTTON.
       v.       SALLY COTTON, m. CALVIN GOODWIN, November 13, 1839.
19.       vi.       WILLIAM COTTON, b. November 06, 1769; d. Abt. March 1839, Randolph Co., GA.
       vii.       JOHN COTTON, b. October 22, 1772.

Notes for JOHN COTTON:
Birth and Baptismal record, Albemarle Parish Register, pp. 152, 83.

20.       viii.       AVENT COTTON, b. 1793; d. 1866.
21.       ix.       REBEKAH COTTON, b. 1796.

12. WILLIAM4 AVENT II (WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Bet. 1755 - 1772 in Nash co., NC, and died November 11, 1811 in Nash Co., NC. He married SARAH (SALLY) WARD, daughter of FRANCES WARD and SALLY DAVIS. She was born 1766 in Edgecombe Co., NC, and died 1844 in Halifax , VA.

Notes for WILLIAM AVENT II:
In Edgecombe Co. NC by 1775 or before.
Acquired large land holdings in what was to become Nash Co., NC and the settlement came to be known as Aventon. He died in 1811 leaving orphans Elizabeth, Francis, Nancy and William. His other children were James, Thomas, Polly, Benjamin Ward, Rebecca Powell, and Priscilla Kimball. All of William Avent's children married and have descendants except William who drowned in Fishing Creek.
Estate Records of William Avent, II, Nash Co., NC, 1811.
William Avent Bible now in possession of Mrs. Travis H. Clark, Moorehead, MS, 38761.
NASH CO., NC RECORD OF DEEDS, 1818-1829, VOL. 10, pp. 10-11.
Will of William Avent, 22 April, 1760, Northampton Co., NC, NC WB1, pp. 56-58. Probated August 1761.
Will of Sally Avent, halifax Co., NC, NC Record of Wills, Vol. 4, pp. 237-238, 1844.
Nash Co., NC Record of Deeds, 1782-1813, Vol. 4, ppp. 199-200.
SOME COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY FAMILIES OF NC, VOL. 1, Marilu Burch Smallwood, Washington, NC, 1964, p. 17.


Notes for SARAH (SALLY) WARD:
Christened 1766 Isle of Wight, VA.

More About SARAH (SALLY) WARD:
Date born 2: 1766
       
Children of WILLIAM AVENT and SARAH WARD are:
       i.       REBECCA5 AVENT, b. December 22, 1782.
22.       ii.       JAMES AVENT, b. November 07, 1785, Nash co., NC; d. October 06, 1832, Nash Co., NC.
       iii.       MARY "POLLY" AVENT, b. July 23, 1787, Aventon, Nash Co., NC; d. September 1830, Aventon, Nash Co., NC.
       iv.       THOMAS GRIFFIN AVENT, b. April 25, 1790, Aventon, Nash Co., NC; d. Aventon, Nash Co., NC.

More About THOMAS GRIFFIN AVENT:
Date born 2: April 27, 1790, Aventon, Nash Co., NC

       v.       PRISCILLA AVENT, b. July 08, 1793.
23.       vi.       BENJAMIN WARD AVENT, b. January 22, 1796.
       vii.       ELIZABETH AVENT, b. April 13, 1798.
       viii.       NANCY AVENT, b. July 29, 1800.
       ix.       FRANCIS "FANNY" AVENT, b. December 26, 1804.
       x.       FRANCIS "FRANK" AVENT, b. December 04, 1806.
       xi.       WILLIAM AVENT, b. October 04, 1802, Aventon, Nash Co., NC; d. April 24, 1820, Aventon, Nash Co., NC.

Notes for WILLIAM AVENT:
Drowned in Fishing Creek at age 17 yrs. DSP.       



Generation No. 4

13. RANSOME DAVIS5 AVENT (JOSEPH4, PETER3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born Bet. 1765 - 1769 in NC or VA, and died December 1849 in Washington Co., GA. He married MARTHA SMITH Abt. 1793. She was born Abt. 1773 in NC, and died Bet. 1840 - 1850 in Washington Co., GA.

Notes for RANSOME DAVIS AVENT:
During the lifetime of Ransome Davis Avent and his son, Ransome Taylor Avant, the Georgia and Alabama Avent family changed the spelling of their surname Avent to Avant. To this day, namy of the North Carolina descendants of col. Thomas Avent still use the older spelling. Many variations of the name will be noted beginning with records of the War of 1812.

More About RANSOME DAVIS AVENT:
Military service: War of 1812
       
Child of RANSOME AVENT and MARTHA SMITH is:
24.       i.       RANSOME TAYLOR6 AVENT, b. February 18, 1810, Washington Co., GA; d. September 12, 1882, Bibb County, GA.

14. REVEREND WILLIAM5 AVENT (JOHN4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1775, and died 1841. He married ESTER WATTS CLEGG. She died 1858.

Notes for REVEREND WILLIAM AVENT:
Early Methodist minister circuit rider. Information on his ministry in METHODISM IN THE UPPER CAPE FEAR, by Franklin Grill

More About ESTER WATTS CLEGG:
Name 2: Esther Watts Clegg
Burial: Mt. Hope, Cemetery, Waverly, MO
       
Children of REVEREND AVENT and ESTER CLEGG are:
       i.       JOSEPH6 AVENT.
25.       ii.       ANN ELIZABETH AVENT.
26.       iii.       HARRIET PRIMROSE AVENT, b. December 05, 1821; d. August 18, 1888.

15. WILLIAM5 AVENT (JOHN4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) He married (1) (1)UNKNOWN. He married (2) (2)UNKNOWN. He married (3) ESTER WATTS CLEGG. She died 1858.

Notes for WILLIAM AVENT:
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Early Methodist minister circuit rider. Information on his ministry in METHODISM IN THE UPPER CAPE FEAR, by Franklin Grill.

More About ESTER WATTS CLEGG:
Name 2: Esther Watts Clegg
Burial: Mt. Hope, Cemetery, Waverly, MO
       
Child of WILLIAM AVENT and (1)UNKNOWN is:
       i.       JOSEPH6 AVENT.

16. ELIZABETH5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) She married WILLIAM HENRY HOLLEMAN.

Notes for WILLIAM HENRY HOLLEMAN:
Settled in Rosebud, White Co., AR.       
       
Child of ELIZABETH COTTON and WILLIAM HOLLEMAN is:
       i.       REBECCA6 HOLLEMAN, m. NORMAN.

17. GABRIEL5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) died Abt. 1828. He married MILLY.
       
Children of GABRIEL COTTON and MILLY are:
27.       i.       MARY6 COTTON, b. 1805.
28.       ii.       JAMES COTTON, b. 1810.
29.       iii.       ELIZABETH COTTON, b. February 05, 1813, NC; d. White Co., Arkansas.
30.       iv.       MOLLY COTTON, d. Aft. 1834.
       v.       BOBBY COTTON, b. 1815.
       vi.       SARAH COTTON.

18. RICHARD C.5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) He married MARGARET ANN ALSTON May 26, 1815, daughter of JOSEPH JOHN ALSTON.
       
Children of RICHARD COTTON and MARGARET ALSTON are:
       i.       JOSEPH6 COTTON.
       ii.       JOHN ALSTON COTTON, b. 1859.
31.       iii.       RICHARD C. COTTON, JR., b. 1830.
32.       iv.       DAUGHTER COTTON.

19. WILLIAM5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born November 06, 1769, and died Abt. March 1839 in Randolph Co., GA. He married (1) NANCY in Randolph Co., GA. He married (2) UNKNOWN Bef. 1790. She died Bet. 1820 - 1830.

Notes for WILLIAM COTTON:
Birth and Baptismal record, Albemarle Parish Register, pp. 152, 83.
Will of William Cotton, Randolph county records [Wills and Misc. Documents 1837-45, p. 48] dated 28 September 1836 and wp 7n January 1840.

Notes for NANCY:
On 11 March 1839, nancy (x) Cotton, widow of William Cotton, conveyed to Seth Cotton, both of Randolph Co., for $300 her dower right in 202 acres in Lot 81, District 8, as widow of William Cotton [Randolph co. LR D:355, rec. 21 April 1839].
       
Children of WILLIAM COTTON and UNKNOWN are:
33.       i.       SETH6 COTTON, b. 1790, NC.
       ii.       SARAH COTTON.
34.       iii.       UNKNOWN MALE COTTON.

20. AVENT5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1793, and died 1866. He married WINIFRED GOODWIN December 12, 1815 in Wake, NC, daughter of WILLIAM GOODWIN and WINIDRED THREADFILL`.
       
Children of AVENT COTTON and WINIFRED GOODWIN are:
35.       i.       JAMES6 COTTON, b. 1828; d. February 1870.
36.       ii.       WILLIAM COTTON, b. October 1815; d. September 1859, VA.
       iii.       MARY COTTON.
       iv.       JOSEPH COTTON.
37.       v.       RICHARD COTTON, b. 1825; d. 1899.
38.       vi.       REVEREND JOHN WESLEY COTTON, b. 1829; d. 1881.
       vii.       EMILINE COTTON, b. 1835; m. JOHN A. STEPHENS.
       viii.       THOMAS B. COTTON, b. 1838.

21. REBEKAH5 COTTON (REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1796. She married EDMOND COX.
       
Children of REBEKAH COTTON and EDMOND COX are:
       i.       POLLY6 COX, b. 1818.
39.       ii.       WILLIAM COX, b. 1827.
       iii.       ADALINE COX, b. 1830.

22. JAMES5 AVENT (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born November 07, 1785 in Nash co., NC, and died October 06, 1832 in Nash Co., NC. He married MARTHA M. GARDNER Abt. 1814, daughter of GEORGE GARDNER and SARAH. She was born 1789.

Notes for JAMES AVENT:
Died intestate in 1832 leaving his widow and one son,Thomas Avent, as heirs and Benjamin Avent as Adm. Negros were divided by court order leaving 16 to Thomas Avent and 8 to Martha Avent (his mother).
SOME COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA, VOL. 1,Marilu Burch Smallwood, Washington, NC, pp. 30-33.
Petition of Court, Nash Co., NC, 1832, Nash Co., NC Original Estates papers, 1770-1909, (CR. 069.508.5) NC State Archives.
William Avent Bible now in possession of Mrs. Travis H. Clark, Moorehead, MS, 38761.
Estate Records of William Avent, II, Nash Co., NC, 1811.Died intestate in 1832 leaving his widow and one son,Thomas Avent, as heirs and Benjamin Avent as Adm. Negros were divided by court order leaving 16 to Thomas Avent and 8 to Martha Avent (his mother).

More About JAMES AVENT:
Died 2: October 1832, Nash Co., NC
       
Child of JAMES AVENT and MARTHA GARDNER is:
40.       i.       THOMAS WARD6 AVENT, b. July 20, 1815, Aventon, NC; d. September 11, 1900, Nash Co., NC.

23. BENJAMIN WARD5 AVENT (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born January 22, 1796. He married MARY ELEY December 19, 1816 in North Carolina. She was born April 05, 1800.

Notes for BENJAMIN WARD AVENT:
Married in North Carolina and came to Mississippi with all their children in 1848. They had a son named Benjamin Ward Avent who died when he was about 2 years of age.

       
Children of BENJAMIN AVENT and MARY ELEY are:
       i.       BENJAMIN WARD6 AVENT.

Notes for BENJAMIN WARD AVENT:
Died at about age 2 yrs.

       ii.       BENJAMIN F. AVENT.
       iii.       MARYANN PENELOPE AVENT, b. October 06, 1817.
       iv.       JAMES LAURENCE AUGUSTUS AVENT, b. July 01, 1819.
       v.       WILLIAM RUTHVEN AVENT, b. October 09, 1821.


Generation No. 5

24. RANSOME TAYLOR6 AVENT (RANSOME DAVIS5, JOSEPH4, PETER3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born February 18, 1810 in Washington Co., GA, and died September 12, 1882 in Bibb County, GA. He married (1) MATILDA JOHNSON, daughter of ALLEN JOHNSON and MARY ANN. She was born Abt. 1810 in GA, and died August 06, 1853 in Chambers Co., Alabama. He married (2) NANCY SAMMONS March 13, 1856.

More About RANSOME TAYLOR AVENT:
Military service: Captain in the Georgia Militia

Marriage Notes for RANSOME AVENT and NANCY SAMMONS:
No issue by this marriage.[Alstonwkg.FTW]

No issue by second wife.
       
Child of RANSOME AVENT and MATILDA JOHNSON is:
41.       i.       DAVID FREEMAN7 AVENT, b. November 12, 1831, Upson Co., GA; d. April 15, 1912, Elmore County, Alabama.

25. ANN ELIZABETH6 AVENT (REVEREND WILLIAM5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) She married JAMES COTTON, son of AVENT COTTON and WINIFRED GOODWIN. He was born 1828, and died February 1870.
       
Children of ANN AVENT and JAMES COTTON are:
42.       i.       BENNETT DIXON7 COTTON, b. October 10, 1854, Corinth, Chatham County, North Carolina; d. October 02, 1913, Holly Springs, Wake Co., NC.
       ii.       VALINA COTTON, b. 1853.

26. HARRIET PRIMROSE6 AVENT (REVEREND WILLIAM5, JOHN4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born December 05, 1821, and died August 18, 1888. She married CALVIN DUNCAN BRAY. He was born December 05, 1821, and died February 23, 1881.
       
Child of HARRIET AVENT and CALVIN BRAY is:
       i.       GLENN LONEST7 BRAY.

27. MARY6 COTTON (GABRIEL5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1805. She married SOLOMON CARPENTER.
       
Children of MARY COTTON and SOLOMON CARPENTER are:
       i.       AVENT7 CARPENTER.
       ii.       THOMAS CARPENTER, b. 1831; d. July 25, 1905.

28. JAMES6 COTTON (GABRIEL5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1810. He married REBECCA.
       
Children of JAMES COTTON and REBECCA are:
       i.       WILLIAM7 COTTON, b. 1837.
       ii.       SARAH COTTON, b. 1838.
       iii.       EMILINE COTTON, b. 1840.
       iv.       JAMES COTTON, b. 1849.

29. ELIZABETH6 COTTON (GABRIEL5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born February 05, 1813 in NC, and died in White Co., Arkansas. She married HENRY HOLLEMAN.
       
Children of ELIZABETH COTTON and HENRY HOLLEMAN are:
       i.       SARA JANE7 HOLLEMAN, b. November 13, 1835.
43.       ii.       MARY ANN HOLLEMAN, b. August 15, 1837.
       iii.       JOHN MONROE HOLLEMAN, b. June 09, 1839.
       iv.       REBECCA CATHERINE HOLLEMAN, b. May 08, 1841.
       v.       WILLIAM HENRY HOLLEMAN, b. November 25, 1842.
       vi.       MANLEY ELIZABETH HOLLEMAN, b. September 06, 1846.
       vii.       GEORGE WASHINGTON HOLLEMAN, b. November 19, 1848.
       viii.       NANCY HASSELTINE HOLLEMAN, b. March 15, 1851.
       ix.       ANDREW JACKSON HOLLEMAN, b. February 11, 1854.

30. MOLLY6 COTTON (GABRIEL5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) died Aft. 1834. She married RICHARD DENNESE, son of JOSEPH DENNESE.
       
Child of MOLLY COTTON and RICHARD DENNESE is:
       i.       DAVID7 DENNESE.

31. RICHARD C.6 COTTON, JR. (RICHARD C.5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1830. He married ADELAIDE POE.
       
Children of RICHARD COTTON and ADELAIDE POE are:
       i.       ELLEN7 COTTON, b. 1851.
       ii.       FRED COTTON, b. 1854.

32. DAUGHTER6 COTTON (RICHARD C.5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) She married CRUMP.
       
Child of DAUGHTER COTTON and CRUMP is:
       i.       J.J.7 CRUMP.

33. SETH6 COTTON (WILLIAM5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1790 in NC. He married MARY ANNE KING, daughter of DRURY KING.
       
Child of SETH COTTON and MARY KING is:
       i.       GUILFORD7 COTTON.

34. UNKNOWN MALE6 COTTON (WILLIAM5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1)
       
Child of UNKNOWN MALE COTTON is:
       i.       ANDREW JACKSON7 COTTON.

35. JAMES6 COTTON (AVENT5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1828, and died February 1870. He married (1) ANN ELIZABETH AVENT, daughter of REVEREND AVENT and ESTER CLEGG. He married (2) ARRABELLA.
       
Children are listed above under (25) Ann Elizabeth Avent.
       
Children of JAMES COTTON and ARRABELLA are:
       i.       MARTHA JANE7 COTTON, b. Abt. 1856.
       ii.       SARONA COTTON, b. Abt. 1858.
       iii.       CAROLINA JAMES COTTON, b. Abt. 1863.
       iv.       TAYLOR COTTON, b. 1867.

36. WILLIAM6 COTTON (AVENT5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born October 1815, and died September 1859 in VA. He married (1) ELIZABETH ROLLINS. He married (2) MARTHA PARTRIDGE.
       
Child of WILLIAM COTTON and ELIZABETH ROLLINS is:
       i.       STEPHEN7 COTTON, b. 1859.
       
Children of WILLIAM COTTON and MARTHA PARTRIDGE are:
       ii.       ANGELINA7 COTTON, b. 1842; m. A.J. GRIFFIN.
       iii.       ADLAIDE ELIZABETH COTTON, b. January 22, 1844.
       iv.       MARTHA MARGRETT COTTON, b. September 16, 1846.
       v.       FRANCES COTTON, b. January 23, 1848.

37. RICHARD6 COTTON (AVENT5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1825, and died 1899. He married MARY ANN HOLLEMAN, daughter of HENRY HOLLEMAN and ELIZABETH COTTON. She was born August 15, 1837.
       
Children of RICHARD COTTON and MARY HOLLEMAN are:
       i.       EMILY7 COTTON, b. 1852.
       ii.       DURCILLA D. COTTON, b. 1855.
       iii.       ARCHIBALD ELDER J. COTTON, b. May 27, 1857; d. May 24, 1935, Chatham Co., NC.
       iv.       EMMA E. COTTON, b. 1852.
       v.       ANNA M. COTTON, b. 1861.
       vi.       ARTHUR CAMMILUS COTTON, b. 1863; d. 1952; m. ZORA J. STEPHENS.
       vii.       JOHN WESLEY COTTON, b. 1866; m. KATE O'CONNELL.
       viii.       WINNIE ANNE COTTON, b. 1868.

38. REVEREND JOHN WESLEY6 COTTON (AVENT5, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1829, and died 1881. He married JANE CHRISTINA AUSLEY.
       
Children of REVEREND COTTON and JANE AUSLEY are:
       i.       LAURA7 COTTON, b. 1855.
       ii.       MARY ANN ELIZABETH COTTON, b. 1856.
       iii.       SALLY COTTON, b. 1858.
       iv.       JOHN H. COTTON, b. 1861.
       v.       MARTHA COTTON, b. 1864.
       vi.       NOLAR COTTON, b. 1868.
       vii.       DORA COTTON, b. 1873.
       viii.       LOUZELA COTTON, b. 1875.

39. WILLIAM6 COX (REBEKAH5 COTTON, REBECCA4 AVENT, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born 1827. He married SUSAN.
       
Child of WILLIAM COX and SUSAN is:
       i.       JOHN W.7 COX, b. 1848.

40. THOMAS WARD6 AVENT (JAMES5, WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, COLONEL THOMAS2, LOUIS1) was born July 20, 1815 in Aventon, NC, and died September 11, 1900 in Nash Co., NC. He married MARY EATON WILLIAMS December 15, 1838 in Warren Co. , NC, daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS and CHARITY ALSTON. She was born April 16, 1817 in prob. Warren Co. N. C, and died December 10, 1867 in prob. Nash Co., N. C..

Notes for THOMAS WARD AVENT:
Met his future wife while attending boarding school at the old Warrenton Academy.
Was an early member of the student body at University of North Carolina.
He was 16 years old when his father died.
After the death of his father, Thomas Ward Avent acquired most of his father's estate, and during his lifetime Aventon flourished. He owned over 100 slaves.
JONES FAMILY BIBLE       
Warren Co., NC Marriage Bond Record, 1838, NC Archives.
SOME SOUTHERN COLONIAL FAMILIES, VOL. I, by


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