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James Avis (abt. 1810 - abt. 1865)

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James Avis
Born about in Maryland, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 2 May 1835 in Perry, Indiana, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died about in Perry, Indiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 6 Oct 2019 | Created 1 Sep 2019 | Last significant change: 6 Oct 2019
14:42: Charles Avis edited the Biography for James Avis (abt.1810-abt.1865). (Updated research notes) [Thank Charles for this]
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James was born in Maryland in 1810[1][2] (or 1814[3]). He migrated with the rest of his family to Kentucky in the 1820's, then with his mother and two siblings to Perry Co., IN about 1832. That is where he married Sarah Miller in 1835[4] and where they spent the rest of their lives. James is last recorded in the 1860 census[1]


For future use, the sources below indicate that James had these children: Francis Ignatium, John, James H.. Mary Ellen, Jacob, Joseph, Matilda, George W. Sarah E.

Research Notes

(updated 10/6/2019)

James is associated with the following family unit based upon various sources and reasoning. No documentation has yet been found which explicitly associates all the members. Here is the current state of the reasoning:

>Father and mother: John and Mary Avis

Mary’s tombstone says she was wife of John. Mary is explicitly referred to as mother of Matilda in Matilda’s marriage record.

>Children: Nancy Ann (b. 1796), Basil (b. 1799), Sarah J. (b. 1807), James (b. 1810), Matilda (b. 1813), unnamed male (b. <1814)

All children except the unnamed male were born in Maryland between 1790 and 1813. There’s no birthplace data for him.

The parents were both born in Maryland according to the later census records of the children.

These persons are the only Avis’ born in Maryland who, in 1850/1860, were no longer in Maryland (except for Avis-261, see below). The family may have originated in St. Mary’s Co., MD because Nancy was married there and a John was in the militia there in 1794 (two years before Nancy was born).

All the children settled in Nelson Co., KY with Sarah, James and Matilda continuing on to Perry Co., IN where mother Mary is buried. The were all married either in Maryland (Nancy), Nelson Co. (Basil, Matilda) or Perry Co. (James, Sarah). The unnamed male’s widow (Mary) was remarried in Nelson County.

From the reported birthplaces and baptisms of children and a few deeds, they settled in Nelson Co. around 1826 and in Perry Co. in 1832. All the children lived out their lives in those two counties.

Mary’s children are also associated via their sponsorship of each other’s children at baptisms or providing bond for marriages.

>David Avis, another possible son:

David is the only other Avis who was born in Maryland and not there in 1850/1860. Associating him with this family as a child of John and Mary is logical, but currently tenuous. However, the following data applies:

1. His birthplace is Maryland
2. His birth year (1817) fits with the rest of the family
3. The first record of him is his marriage in Monroe Co., IN (84 miles north of Perry Co.) in 1837 (at 20 years old)
4. He is the only other Avis who was born in Maryland but who was not there in 1850/1860

David has not yet been associated with this family in WikiTree (as of 9/1/2019) pending further research.


  1. 1.0 1.1 U. S. Census 1860, Perry County, IN. Dwelling 618, Leopold Township, 7-18-1860, p. 84 Transcript
  2. U. S. Census 1850, Perry County, IN. Dwelling 934, Leopold Township, 9-23-1850 Transcript
  3. Mosby, James. The Living History of Perry County. Evanston, IN: Unigraphic, 1977. p. 674, 683. Seen at Perry Co. Public Library, Tell City, IN. Transcript
  4. Leistner, Doris. Marriages of Perry Co., IN 1814-1852. Tell City, IN?: Leistner, 1977. p. 50, 53 Transcript
  • Death Certificate of John Avis Transcript
  • General Index of Deeds, Perry Co., IN Transcript
  • Land Records at Perry Co., IN courthouse - Book for Township 5S and Range 1 West. Transcript
  • Maquire, Mary Jo. Jarboe Family, Book 3. Detroit, MI: M. Maquire, 1977. p. ? Transcript
  • Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Leopold, Indiana Baptisms 1850-1854. Found at Excerpt

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