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William Avery

Male 1622 - 1686  (64 years)


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  • Name William Avery  [1
    Born 1622  Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Mar 1686  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I30790  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of EK
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2020 

    Father Robert Avery,   b. of Wokingham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Mar 1642 
    Mother Joanne 
    Family ID F18283  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Allright,   d. 28 Sep 1678, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Robert Avery,   b. Bef 7 Dec 1649,   d. 3 Oct 1722, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F18280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Woodmansey,   b. Abt 1629,   d. 21 May 1707  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 1679  [2, 5
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F18286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • See the entry on his father-in-law William Allright for reason to believe that the Dedham settler was the William Avery born in Berkshire in 1622.

      He arrived in New England in 1650 and settled at Dedham. He was a physician. Following the 1678 death of his first wife, Margaret Allright, he married Mary Woodmansey, daughter of Robert Woodmansey and widow of John Tappin, and moved to Boston, where he took charge of the bookstore being run by his new wife's son Joseph Tappin.

      From Isaiah Thomas's 1810 History of Printing in America: "William Avery was [a] Bookseller, located near the Blue Anchor, in 1679."

      From George Littlefield's 1900 Early Boston Booksellers 1642-1711: "His Wife (Margaret) died September 28th, 1678, & in 1679 he married Mrs. Maria Tappin, widow of John Tappin, died Sept. 14, 1678, married 20, 6 mo. 1654, of Boston, to which place he removed & took charge of the book shop recently conducted by Joseph Tappin, her son, to which he added an apothecary's department, which is said to have been the first ever established in New England. In 1679 he published a book the title of which reads: 'The Necessity of pouring out the spirit from on High, etc.' Boston: Printed by John Foster, for William Avery near the sign of the Blew Anchor, 1679."

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Early New England Families Study Project: Accounts of New England Families from 1641 to 1700 by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    2. [S4819] The Avery, Fairchild, and Park Families of Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Rhode Island by Samuel Putnam Avery. Hartford, Connecticut, 1919.

    3. [S2646] Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection), on americanancestors.org. Database built from the card index used by Annie Haven Thwing (1851-1940) to write The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (1920)., year only.

    4. [S2646] Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection), on americanancestors.org. Database built from the card index used by Annie Haven Thwing (1851-1940) to write The Crooked and Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (1920).

    5. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., "after 1678".