Re: Matilda Avis Nelson County Kentucky 1830's
I have a few more pieces of information about Mary Avis's background. As always, if I get better information, the "facts" will change.Mary and John (possibly Mary's stepdaughter) Ann Avis married Bennett Wheeler in 1814 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. This tells me that the family might have left only after Ann was married.
Also, there's a baptismal record of a Thomas Avis, with only the mother's name listed, Mary Aud Avis in Bardstown, KY, where the family settled. I'm presuming that she's the widow of Thomas Avis, although no information is available. Through administrative accounts, church records and probate records, it appears that Mary Avis was the daughter of Ann Teare Manly (Manley) and Thomas Manly. Mary had two sisters, Eleanor and Ann, a brother, Darkey and a brother, Basil, who died young.
Through records of St. Francis Xavier, it shows that Mary Manly was married to a Zachariah Tarleton (Tarlton) and had her child (Zachariah) baptized at the church there around 1793. Her sister, Eleanor, first married to a George Leigh (Lee) married a Philip Thomas in St. Mary's County.
It also appears that this Manly family lived for some time in Prince George's County, MD. This would not be unusual for a family of means, as the Manlys apparently were. They could have had estates in several counties and traveled from one to the other during the year.
I'll be getting a microfilm of the priests' notes regarding all the baptisms, marriages, burials, etc. in a few days and if my information is wrong, I'll be back to correct it.
It appears that John Avis might have been married before, because of Ann's age. In 1793, Mary Manly was married to another man. I don't know when Tarleton died; maybe the priest's records will show it.
I've been wondering if our John Avis was the son of Robert Avis? By Robert's own testimony, he raised and educated 20 children. I don't know if this includes the three little girls he was getting the pension for. But John was an administrator, and probably some kind of accountant. He certainly had an education.
I know that, at least in one record of Ann Avis Wheeler's life, her father's name was listed as Francis. Might be a clerical error, I don't know.