Republic of Texas Veteran and Texas Ranger.
Willis Thomas Avery joined Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company of Mina (Bastrop) Volunteers on February 28,1836. The Mina Volunteers eventually became Company C of General Edward Burleson's regiment, fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. Company C was made up of settlers who lived in and around Bastrop County.
Because of his service for Texas, Avery was issued, on May 22,1838, 640 acres of land. On March 20,1840, he also received another 320 acres for serving in the army from February 28 to June 1,1836.
He was originally buried here, 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. The memorial here, in this cemetery, is a cenotaph.
He married Elzina Weeks on Jul 24,1828 in Lincoln Co,MO.
Children: Nancy Avery Bryant, Malinda Avery, Vincent R C Avery, William Thomas Avery, Lucinda Avery Kimbro, Willis A Avery, Henry Avery, John Calvin Avery, and Harriet Catherine Avery Christian.
Also remembered in the Avery Cemetery #1.
Elzina Weeks Avery