Ebenezer Avery I
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Ebenezer Avery I (1704 - 1780)

Col. Ebenezer Avery I
Born in Groton, New London, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 16 Jun 1726 in Groton, New London, Connecticutmap
Husband of — married 21 Nov 1759 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Groton, New London, Connecticut, United Statesmap
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Col. Ebenezer Avery I was born on 29 Mar 1704 in Groton, Connecticut to parents James Avery III and Mary Griswold.

"Ebenezer Avery was juryman, 1736; constable, 1737; selectman, 1744, 1748 to 1753 inclusive; moderator, 1744, 1753. He was commissioned ensign of the first Groton company, May, 1741 ; lieutenant, Oct., 1748; captain, May, 1749; major of the eighth regiment. May, 1768; lieutenant-colonel, Oct. 1770, succeeding Christopher Avery (No. 47); resigned command of the regiment, Oct. 1776, being too old to leave the state on active service (Conn. Col. Rec., 8: 369 & 9: 389, 424 & 13: 9, 372). He was deputy to the general court many times, 1746, 1748, 1750, 1752, 1754, 1763, 1764, 1768 {Conn. Col. Rec., 9: 238, 261, 384, 546 & 10: 120, 241 & 12: 189, 231, 295 & 13:3). He was justice of the peace from May, 1754, to May, 1759, inclusive, and from May, 1762, to May, 1772, inclusive. He owned a large tract of land in South Groton adjoining that of his father. He was one of the grantees of Stowe, New Hampshire, 1763. He served on many important committees connected with the First Church of Groton, being often chosen moderator of the church meetings. Year after year, he was one of the "Society's Committee." He was chosen deacon, Aug. 2, 1759, succeeding his deceased brother, James. When the new meeting-house was built 1771, "Col. Ebenezer Avery" was given pew No. 1, on the east side of the broad alley, for which he paid seven pounds."

He married, first, on Jan 16,1726 at Groton, Connecticut, Lucy Latham (1709 - 1758). Children:

  1. Hannah Avery Packer (1727 - 1771)
  2. Lucy Avery Colfax (1729 - 1804)
  3. Mary Avery Billings (1730 - 1787)
  4. Ebenezer Avery (1733 - 1781)
  5. Latham Avery (1735 - 1815)
  6. Catharine Avery Denison (1737 - 1825)
  7. Griswold Avery (1739 - 1812)
  8. Deborah Latham Avery Avery (1742 - 1825)
  9. Rachel Avery Eldredge (1745 - 1777)
  10. Elizabeth Avery (1747 - 1765)
  11. Abigail Avery (1752 - 1753)
  12. Elihu Avery (1755 - 1779)

After Lucy died he married second, on 21 Nov 1759 at New London, Connecticut, Rachel (Starr) Denison. Rachel Starr Avery (1705 - 1791).

Ebenezer died on 11 Jul 1780 in Groton, New London, Connecticut, "in ye 77th year of his age." He was buried in the Avery-Morgan Burial Ground, Groton, New London, Connecticut.


  • Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870
  • Connecticut Church Record Abstracts
  • Connecticut Deaths and Burials Index
  • Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870
  • Connecticut Hale Cemetery Inscriptions
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index
  • US Revolutionary War Rolls

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