|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1809|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1889|
Willis Avery (Full name "Willis" Thomas Avery, was born October 15, 1809, in Perquimans County, North Carolina, son of Vincent Avery and Catherine Cynthia (Overton) Avery. He died July 17, 1889, in Williamson County, Texas, and was buried on his property in Avery Cemetery No. 1. On July 3, 1938,his remains were moved to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. The remains of his wife were not moved and remain in the Avery Cemetery No. 1.
A Texas State Historical Marker (Marker Number 15306) was erected in 1936 at the burial site of WILLIS AVERY in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Willis married24 Jul 1828 Lincoln Co MO to Elzina Weeks she was born November 10, 1812, in Missouri. She died March 1, 1870, in Williamson County, Texas, and was buried in Avery Cemetery No, 1. Willis and Elzina were the parents nine children, of whom the first 2 were born in Missouri and the remainder in Texas. They were:
1. Nancy AVERY b. 1830. (married William BYRANT)
2. Malinda AVERY b. Birth: Feb. 10, 1831.
3. Vincent R. C. AVERY b:1834.
4. Thomas AVERY b.1836.
5. Lucinda AVERY b.1838/9? (married E.U. KIMBRO)
6. Willis A. AVERY b. 8 Apr 1840, Bastrop Co.
7. Henry AVERY b. 1841
8. Calvin AVERY b. 1843.
9. Harriet Catherine AVERY b. 30 Jun 1845*
Texas (Travis County), Austin — 15306 — Willis Avery
A member of Captain Jesse Billingsley's company at San Jacinto.(the Army of Texas, 1835,CO. C.First Regiment, Texas Volunteers at San Jacinto.)
Military Rolls of the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, 1835
show: WILLIS, AVERY
COMMANDER: JESSEE BILLINGSLY
1st Regt. Texan Volunteers
San Jacinto List
Col. Edward Burleson Command
* (Apr 21, 1836) [A3; T1 p212]
**Willis Avery is listed in the "Land Grants in Robertson County Area" November 13, 1832, Austin's Fourth Colony,presents Williamson County--Vol.II pages 338-339 4,428.4 acres.
NORMAN, TEXAS in southwestern Williamson County,TX was originally called AVERY SETTLEMENT after pioneer WILLIS AVERY who settled in the area in 1850.
Name appears on the official Records:
TEXAS REVOLUTION - BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO PARTICIPANTS APRIL 21, 1836
Elzina Weeks Avery (1818 - 1870)
Avery Cemetery #1
Maintained by: Faye Elder
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Jun 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54040477