This article relates to Stephen AVERY (Stephen AVERITT) of Craven and Beaufort Counties, husband of Nancy GARDNER and later Nancy Ada FOY, and father of Nancy, Enoch, Allen, Lewis, Noah, William, Patsy, Julia Ann, Susan, Pollie Ann, and Nancy Augusta AVERY, all of Beaufort County. 

Today I received detailed bastardy bonds for my 4th-great-grandmother Selah AVERITT from the NC Archives. (After her illegitimate children were born, she married John HOLMES of Chocowinity.)

This post will only discuss the bonds related to a child Selah had with Thomas HARDY of Craven County. She did have a daughter before Stephen. Her name was Serenia AVERITT, though I am unaware of what became of her, or who her father was.

On November 30, 1824, Selah AVERITT appeared before John CHAPMAN and Seth CHAPMAN, Justices of the Peace, as a single woman, with child, and said the father of the child she was carrying was Thomas HARDY.

The following May 2, 1825, Selah again appeared before the county justices, this time delivered of her son, who she called Stephen. She was with her brother, Enoch AVERITT, and Joseph HARDY (I’m unsure of his relationship to Thomas HARDY) who served as bondsmen.

To read transcriptions of all bastardy bonds for Selah Averitt that I have located so far, click on the image above.

I don’t know much about Stephen AVERITT, but I will detail what I have here.(NOTE: Everything after the 1850 census is assuming the Stephen AVERY on the 1860 and 1870 census is the same Stephen AVERY. It’s hard to know with certainty since the only child that apparently survived from 1850 to 1860 is Enoch.):

  • Based on Selah’s bastardy bond, he was probably born about April 1825.
  • Married Nancy GARDNER (1824-1860) 12 Sep 1845 (Craven, North Carolina); James Averitt, bondsman.
    • Nancy Avery 1848–1860
    • Enoch Avery (Averitt) 1850–
    • Allen Avery 1850–1860
    • Lewis H. Avery 1851–1933
  • Married Nancy Ada FOY (1830-?) sometime before 1860.  The following children appear on the census with Stephen AVERY and Ada FOY, though I’m doubtful that they are all Stephen’s. Ada FOY has a bastardy bond recorded with William LANCASTER as bondsman in 1850 in Craven County.
    • Noah Avery 1847–1900 m. Caroline HOLMES (daughter of Alpha MORRIS and William HOLMES)
    • William J. Avery 1850– m. Sarah BRANTLEY (daughter of Asa BRANTLEY and Betsy WHITEHURST)
    • Martha “Patsy” Ann Avery 1854– m. Daniel C. IRELAND
    • Annie Avery 1858–
    • Julia Ann Avery 1860–1941 m. Israel Sherlie HENRY, 2nd m. Charles SMITH
    • Susan Avery 1864–1937 m. James William BUCK
    • Pollie Ann Avery 1866–1961 m. Marcus Washington ANDERSON
    • Nancy Augusta Avery 1870–1950 m. Tilman SAWYER

In 1872, John HOLMES, the stepfather of Stephen AVERITT (Stephen AVERY) names Enoch AVERY, Stephen’s son from his first marriage to Nancy GARDNER, in his will. Click here to read more about that.

If you have any further information about Stephen AVERY or his wives or any of his children, please comment below.