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following is the 1922 Supplement by Clara Avery that corrects the original
assertion that William Averill of Ipswich came from Ket, England. Individuals
not in the possession of the supplement still quote the Kent ancestry as factual.
Subsequent investigations by Clara and others have proven this to be incorrect.
With the advent of DNA research the relationship of the Kent and Oxford Averills
may be determined in the future. The Averill descendants in New Zealand
and Chile may shed some light on our English ancestors.
We are providing the following source documents to prevent future confusion.
As long time researchers we know you often find information, but the actual
source is never provided. This is a joint project in an attempt to discover
our roots without duplicating efforts. We encourage you to provide any
additional discoveries of source information you may have found.
What you will find below hyperlinked are original handwritten, and or transcribed
wills, inventories, or burial information. We are entering them
over Clara's original Supplement to show her research, as well as new items
more recently located. Items in pink we have added for clarification.
The items are from originals by the Chipping Norton Historical Society and
Misses Meads with permission by Vicar Rev. T. A. Wharton in September
1982. They are parish register records for birth, death, and marriages.
All items are public records. They can be found at the Family History
Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on microfiche - 2008, or in the public records
To further prove and credit Clara Avery for all her years of dedication to
the family her obituary is provided from "Memoirs of Deceased Members
of the New England Historic Genealogical Society" pg 367 1937.
IS THE 1922 SUPPLEMENT PUBLISHED BY CLARA A. AVERY IN DEC 1922
WHICH IS WRITTEN IN BLACK
The links below also provide additional supporting materials not included in
her 1922 supplement: copies of the original documents, paraphrased abstracts,
or complete transcriptions.
for insertion in the
“Averell – Averill – Avery Family”
The compiler of this genealogy
(Clara) is glad to announce the discovery of the marriage record of William
Averell, or “Avery” (of Ipswich, Mass., in Marc, 1637) and Abigail “Hynton”
(Hinton), at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, Nov. 26, 1618; also of the
baptismal records in the same place of their six children. In 1634 William Averell
was Bailiff of Chipping Norton, a position of some importance at that time,
which was shortly before his migration to America. This gratifying information
was sent from London, Eng., Dec. 30, 1921, and received in this country Jan.,
1922. The results of the search which brought this to light are given herewith
to the family.
As the previous search – made by a well known antiquarian of America – had failed
to give the marriage records of William Averell and his wife Abigail (though
it had yielded extensive Averell-Averill-Avery data), the compiler being in
London the fall of 1913, when our genealogy was in press, decided to have some
experienced English antiquarians and record agents look further for the marriage
record of the said William and Abigail. This quest was then put in the hands
of Phillimore & Co., Ltd., of London, Eng.; and their representative Mr.
Thomas M. Blagg, made the search with gratifying success – though interrupted
for a long time by the Great War.
It will be noticed that the conclusion of our previous – though long experienced
– American genealogist was at fault in thinking our William was the son of Nicholas
and Dorcas Averill of Ashe, Kent (see pp. 51-52). Also the one clue which would
have led him to the discovery of William’s lineage was by some chance not used
– the nuncupative will of Phillipp Averell of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire (see
p. 28), in which mention is made of our William, and which he gave with other
data. There were not only many Averells, or “Averys,” in Oxfordshire at this
time, but the adjoining county of Worcestershire had at Broadway may Averells
or Averills who were also called Avery (see p. 32). That line has traditions
(?) of a William Averill 1505, and other Averills in 1545 and 1566, preceding
the earliest date of record in our now established line, which is 1577. Those
may prove a clue for further research.
Cedar St., Chicago, Ill.
(Averie) Wills and Administration in the Consistory and Archdeaconry
Courts of Oxford.
John, Chipping Norton, A. 10 Mar. 1577
Ser. I; Vol 8, p.
(Averie) Richard, Chipping Norton, A. 16 May 1584
Ser. I; Vol. 10, p.
of Richard Averell's Will provided below.
(Averie) James, Chipping Norton, C. 12 April 1602
Ser. I; Vol 14, p.
of James Averell is in two pages.
James Averill pg 1 James
Averell pg 2
Edward, Chipping Norton, C. 23 Sept. 1617
Ser. II; Vol. 2, p.
(Averie) Judith, wid. Chipping Norton, C. 20 Feb. 1618
Ser. II; Vol 2, p.
of Judith Averell is in four pages.
Judith Averell pg 1,
Judith Averell pg 2,
Judith Averell pg 3,
Judith Averell pg 4 or PDF
(Averie) Phillip, bach. Chipping Norton, C.W. 1627
Inv. 15 Dec. 1627
19 Jan. 1627 A. B. A 156
Inv. 7 Oct. 1628
Conwayner, 16 Ap. 1629, A.B.A. p. 166
of Philip Averell's noncupative Will provided below.
(Averie) Thomas, Chipping Norton, A. W. Inv. 5 Aug. 1639
Ser. II; Vol. 8, p.
entries after 1639]
Extracts of the name Avery or Averell from the Chipping Norton (Oxon) Registers;
Parish Church of St. Mary.
Oct. 17. Abigail Averell dau, of William Averell
Oct. 14. Mary Averell dau of William Averell
Sep. 28, Hanna Averell dau. Of William Averell
June 26, William Averill son of William Averil
Jan 7, Thomas Averill, son of William Averill
(?) 11, John the son of William & Abigail Avoroll
May 6, Kellam Averye & Ales Prettie
Nov. 26, William Averell & Abigail Hynton
Dec. 10, Edith Averill This is believed an error in
transcription and is Judith Averill wife of Edward and corresponds to the above
four page will of Judith Averell.
Visitations of Oxford 1634. Harl Soc’y Vol. 5.
Among the Bailiffs of Chipping Norton is given the name of William Averell,
Transcription of the Will of John Averie 1577
(PDF) handwritten Will seen above
Abstract of the Will of John Averie of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford, dated 25
To be buried
in the church of Chipping Norton. To the church Xs. To the poor of the town XXs.
Walter Averye (household utensils etc.) (See p. 31)
Trevis a feather bed etc.
Trevis Xiijs iiijd
Trevis, Mathewe Trevis’ son Xijd and all his children Xijd a piece.
To every one
of John Trevis’ children Xijd a piece
Trevis Xjs Xijd
Avery, Richard Averye and Edward Avery my borhter William’s sons XXs a piece
brother William Averie Vjs
To my sister
Annes Crosley 40s
Trevace my wife’s black fryes (?)
George Averye my son (executor)
Michael Chadwell, Edward Wallford, William Avery, & Thomas Newman & William
Michael Chadwell, Edward Walford & Thomas Newman.
March 1577-8 Archd. Oxford. Ser I; Vol. 8, p. 514.
Abstract of the Will of Richard Averell of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford, dated 28
February 26 Eliz. (1583)
To be buried
in the church yard of Chipping Norton
My goods to
my wife to bring up my children,
John Lancaster, clerk. John Lewes & ors.
May 1584 by executrix, and commission issued to John Shaw.
Archd. Oxford. Series I. Vol 10, f. 193.
Transcription of the Will of Edward Avery 1617
(PDF) hand written Will seen above
Transcription of the Inventory of Edward Avery 1617
Abstract of the Will of Edwad Averie of Chipping Norton, co. Oxford, dated 28
In the name
of God, Amen, the eight and twentieth day of Aprill 1617, I Edward Averie of
Chippingnorton in the Countie of Oxon weake in bodie but stronge in minde and of
good and p(er)fect memorie thankes be to god doe – make this my last will and
testament – I doe willinglie and with a free hart render and give againe into
the hands of my Lord god and creator my spirit w(hi)ch he of his fatherlie
goodnesse gave unto me making me a lyvinge and reasonable creature nothinge
doubting but that for his infinite mercies sett forth in the p(re)cious bloude
of his derely beloved sonne – our onlie savior and redeemer he will receave my
soule into his gorie and place it in the companie of the heavenlie Angells and
blessed Saints – I give to John Averie my sonne one platter, to Willia(m) Averie
my sonne one platter. To Thomas my sonne one platter. To Samuell my sonne one
platter, to Edward my sonne mone platter. And to Margarett my daughter one
platter. All the rest of my goods & chattels moveables and unmoveables my detts
paid, my funeral discharged and my legacies herein bequeathed satisfied I give
to Judith my wyffe whome I make my executor and I appoint my loving brother-in-lawe
Richard Berrie and Thomas Hiat my overseers.
Richard Berrie, Thomas Hiat, Richard Heidon.
Consistory of Oxford, Series II, Vol. I*I,
Transcription of the Will of Judtih Averell 1618
(PDF) four page handwritten Will seen above.
Transcription of the Inventory of Judith Averell 1618
Abstract of the Will of Judith Averell of Chipping Norton co. Oxford, widow,
dated 20 October 1618.
To be buried
in the churchyard of Chipping Norton
To my eldest
(son) John Averell V ₤i
Averell my son V ₤i
Averell my son V ₤i
of money I appoint my son Edward Averell to pay to them their portion and for
consideration hereof I do give him my house with appurtenances that John Coxe
late dwelt in to him his heirs and assigns for ever, their portions to be paid
within a year if my son be then 20 years of age or else when my son Edward is XX
if I be not then alive. I give my son John more “the bedsteed w(hi)ch is in the
house – w(i)th a Flocke bed and a Flock boulster, a fether boulster & pair of
hempen sheets, a cov(er)let, a little brasse potte, a posnet of potte brasse, a
platter, and a porringer.” I give to Thomas my son “more a platter, a pottenger,
two silver spoones, a little kettell & a posnet” I give more to Samuel my son
“the bedsteed in the shope chamber and the second best bee bedsteed standing in
the chamber over the p(ar)lour and the worst fether bed, a fether boulster, a
flocke boulster, the best cov(er)let, two paire of sheetes, my second best
brasse potte, my second best kettle, a posnet of pott brasse 2 silv(er) spoones
2 platters the table board I bought of Will(ia) Higgons, a little kettle, three
of the biggest coffers in the chamber ov(er) the p(ar)lor, a pewter candle
sticke, the licor panne that his father used, three table napkins 2 joined
stooles, the best cubboarde in the hall.” To Edward my son “two bedsteeds in the
chamber ov(er) the p(ar)lor, the best and third chest in the p(ar)lor and the
coffer that was his father(s), the best Flockebed, a Flock bolster, a fether
colster, 2 paire of sheets, the second best coverlet, the third brasse pot, the
thirde brass kettell, a posnet of potte brasse, a little kettle and a little
candle stick, 2 platters, 2 silver spoones, the table board in the shoppe
chamber, the brasse panne that was Thomas Carrecks, 3 table napkins, 2 joine
stooles, the other cubboard in the hall.”
my daughter “my greene say Curteins w(i)th the frindge that belongeth to them,
the vessel that wee call the Corsell, a gallon kettle and one of the Best silver
spoones and the ware that I leave unfould, my best gowne, my best peticoate, my
best ap(er)ne, my best kercheffe, my best smocke, my second best gowne”
Berry my sisters son Vs.
Berry his brother Vs.
theie sister Xs, and “more to Thomas a cracked silver spoon.”
Russell “a Platter and a brason candlestick.
to my sister
Crosbee “a gowne, a petticoat” and to every one of her children Xijd
brother Phillippe Averell my husbands best doublet.
to the poor
of the town Xs.
of my goods to my son William whom I make executor.
Hiatt, Richard Berrye overseers & give them iijs iiijd a piece.
son and Edward my son shall have S quarrters of malt that is at Wm. Slatters to
be divided equally.
To Samuel my
son his fathers vest cloak and to Edd. His other coat or jacket.
I give to
each of them a “Dowghe Kever”
Averell my son a “Hobbert”
Averell (her mark)
Richard Berry, Thomas Hiat, ---- Leidon, John Timson.
Consistory of Oxford, Series II,
Vol. II. P. 417
Transcription of the Will of James Averell, Shoemaker
1602 (PDF) two page handwritten Will seen above.
Abstract of the Will of James Averell of Chipping Norton co. Oxford shoemaker
dated 24 November 1601.
Thomas Averell shall have the use of my goods in his possession paying all my
Thomas (executor) shall beston the remainder amongst his younger children my
brothers & sisters.
Thomas Hyat, Henry Baylie.
Consistory of Oxford. Series I,
Vol. 14. P. 191
Nuncupative Will of Philip Averell of Chipping Norton co. Oxford.
that in the
year 1627 Phillipp Averell of Chippingnorton Oxford being moved to make his last
Will & Testament nocupatitive..said his mind and will was that his cousin
[nephew] William Averell should have all his goods &c and also that he had given
him a special charge to pay the debts of him the said Phillip Averell and to
dispose the rest of his goods amongst the kinsfolk of the said William Averell.
John Norgrove, Samuel Averell, Isavell Newman, Laurens Ellmest (?)
1628 Commission to William Averell
fratre” of the said deceased.
P.C.C. 10 Ridley.
This ends the 1922 Clara Avery
of Oxfordshire Family History Society – Chipping Norton Parish Registers
obtained at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, UT on microfiche - 2008
Norton is a market town some 19 miles North West of Oxford, and its Registers
are complete from 1563, with a gap from 1649 to 1653. The first books appear to
be copied from an original Register, up to 1600, and a note in the Marriage
Register after a 1649 entry suggests that the rest of that book is a 1795 copy
from two old Registers of 1652 to 1750 and 1689 to 1744. Baptisms and Burials
are so fade and damp-stained until about 1590 that many entries are illegible
even with ultra-violet, and this is also the case with Burial entries of 1639 to
There are notes about Benefactions and Grants of Pews after the Baptisms for
1774, and about Church Seating after Burials of 1786-7
1563 – 1883
1560 – 1898
gaps 1649 to mid 1653
transcribed by members of the Chipping Norton History Society and by the Misses
Meades who have typed the whole. Use was made of an anonymous MS (manuscript) of
c. 1790 in the Church safe, and of the Phillimore Marriages, both of which
required amendment when checked with the original. They record their
appreciation of the permission of the Vicar, Rev. T. A. Wharton, for them to
hold the volumes while being transcribed.
10 West St.,
pink are once again for clarification to the
attached items or will indicated new items more recently located.
1564, Sept 11 Ane daughter of William Averell
Aug 2 William Averell, son of John
1577, July 27 Averell John, Chipping Norton.
Corresponds to above mentioned Will for John Averell 10 March 1577
May 21 Averell Ane wyff Rydhard also seen Rychard
Oct 1 Averell Annes Date is Oct 1, 1590 in the attached
Nov. 28 Averie James
May 7 Averell Edward also seen as Avrell
Dec 10 Averell Edeth This is believed an error in
transcription as is Judith Averill wife of Edward.
Nov 8 Avrell Phillip Corresponds to above mentioned
Will of Phillip Averell not yet available, but abstract of his Nuncupative Will
is seen above.
1628, Nov 18 Thomas Averell, Chipping Norton.
Corresponds to above mentioned will for Thomas Averell not yet available.
Note this is on the same record page as the above mentioned Phillip Avrell.
Apr 20 Avrell Alice. Widdowe
1566, Aug 18
William Treavus & Anne Orpwood
25 Wm Travis & Elizabeth Baker
1593, Oct 27
Daynell Treavis & Elizabeth (?)
May 6, Kellam Averye & Ales Prettie
Nov 23 Thomas Averie & Marie Gilbert
Nov. 26, William Averell & Abigail Hynton
Averell 27 June 1575
Averell 14 October 1577
Averell 11 April 1580 also seen as Cateren
Averell 14 August 1580 also seen as Joane or Joan
shown on same page as Cateren
Averell December 1585 also seen as Elsabethe
Averell 05 April 1588
Averell 23 April 1590 on same page as Thomas Averell
Averell 23 January 1591 on same page as John seen
Averell 13 May 1592
Averell 27 May 1593
Henrye son of Thomas Avrill 15 April 1611
Children of Edward
Avery December 1584 seen as Averi
27 December 1585 seen on same record as cousin Elsebethe
Avery 09 February 1586 seen on same record as cousin
Avery 09 January 1588
a 6 year gap
Avery 11 May 1595 seen on same record as cousin Marie
Avery 25 September 1596
8 May 1858
Avery 11 November 1599
Averell 17 October 1619
Averell 14 October 1621
Averell 28 September 1623
Averell 26 June 1625
Averell 16 March 1627 also seen as Sara
Averell 07 January 1629
Averell 11 October 1632 listed as son of William and
Children of Rychard Averell:
Elizabeth 5 October 1580 seen on same record
as cousin Cateren
Children of John Averell:
Sara 19 Sept 1585 seen on same record as cousin
John son of Edward
Children of various Averill/Averell/Avery:
Richard son of Avery 1581
Frances daughter of Averell 17 June 1588 seen
on same record as Ane daughter of Thomas
Edward son of Averell 14 Sept 1592 seen on
same record as William son of Thomas
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England
Abigaill Hynton October 5, 1595
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