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Captain Rufus Avery

Male 1758 - 1842  (83 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Rufus Avery 
    Title Captain 
    Born 16 Nov 1758  Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Library book: The Groton Avery Clan 00673 
    Biographical Information 1787 
    The Rufus Avery House 
    The Rufus Avery House.
    The Rufus Avery House.
    Rufus lived in a house at 142 Thames Street in Groton, Connecticut. it was built in 1787. Around 1800 he built a house next-door for his sons. Later it was sold to a Latham Avery, a cousin.

    One of Latham’s daughters, Mary Jane (Avery) Ramsdell, inherited the house and Victorianized it in the 1860s. She did not have children, and the house was passed on to her niece, Betsey (Avery) Copp. Betsey and Belton Copp lived there in 1895 with their three children.

    The last residence of the house was Joe Copp, the son of Betsey Copp, who inherited the house after his parents passing in the 1930's. Joe lived there until he died in 1991 at the age of 101

    Both buildings survive with the Avery-Copp house being used as a history museum.
    Avery-Copp House.
    Avery-Copp House.
    Avery-Copp House.
    Military Service Continental Army, American Revolution Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rufus was a Sergeant when he was defending Fort Griswold. He was taken prisoner at The Fort Griswold Massacre.

    He was appointed ensign of the 3d company of militia, 8th regiment, May, 1788; lieutenant of 2d company, October,
    1789; captain of 3d company, October, 1792. 
    The Fort Griswold Massacre
    The Fort Griswold Massacre (17)
    The fort Griswold Battle was one of the last of the American Revolution. It occurred September 6, 1781 in a fort by the town of Groton, Connecticut. Eighty-eight brave men lost their lives. Most of them were slaughtered after the fort was surrendered. It was particularly costly to the Avery family which took a huge blow.





    Killed:

    Captain Elijah Avery

    Captain Elisha Avery

    Captain Samuel Allyn (Son of Hannah Avery)

    Captain Hubbard Burrows (Husband of Sarah Avery)

    Captain Youngs Ledyard (Son of Mary Avery)

    Lieutenant Ebenezer Avery

    Ensign Daniel Avery

    Sergeant Christopher Avery

    Sergeant Jasper Avery

    Sergeant Solomon Avery

    David Avery

    Thomas Avery

    Simeon Morgan (Son of Dorothy Avery)

    Elisha Perkins (Husband of Sarah Avery)

    Christopher Woodbridge (Son of Susannah Avery)

    Henry Woodbridge (Son of Susannah Avey)



    Wounded:

    Ensign Ebenezer Avery

    Lieutenant Park Avery

    Corporal Ebenezer Avery

    Amos Avery



    Taken Prisoner:

    Sergeant Rufus Avery

    Caleb Avery

    Captain Peter Avery


    Died 30 Jul 1842  Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone.
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone.
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone.
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone 2.
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone 2.
    Rufus & Hannah Avey Headstone 2.
    Siblings 13 siblings 
    Person ID I35905  Nagel
    Last Modified 4 May 2019 

    Father James Avery, V,   b. 27 Jul 1724, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1796, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Allyn,   b. 27 Apr 1732, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1819, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F11450  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Lord,   b. 24 May 1759, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1836, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Children 
    +1. David Avery,   b. 9 Oct 1781, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. Asa Lord Avery,   b. 1 Mar 1783, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1844, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Rufus Avery, Jr,   b. 7 Mar 1785, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Guerdon Avery,   b. 3 Nov 1786, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1804, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)  [Birth]
     5. Lydia Lord Avery,   b. 24 Sep 1791, Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F11454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart