The American Revolution in North Carolina

Waightstill Avery

Colonel over the Jones County Regiment of Militia - 1779-1780
Captain in the Burke County Regiment - 1781

On January 30, 1779, the NC General Assembly created Jones County out of part of Craven County, and soon thereafter they appointed Waighstill Avery as Colonel/Commandant over the Jones County Regiment of Militia. He retained this position until the end of 1780, when he resigned his commission and moved to Burke County.

In 1781, Waightstill Avery was commissioned as a Captain under Col. Charles McDowell in the Burke County Regiment of Militia. He also served as a Commissioner to hold talks with the Cherokees in that year.

Waightstill Avery, the son of Humphrey Avery and Jerusha Morgan, was born on May 10, 1741 in Groton, CT. He graduated from Princeton College in 1766. He married the widow Leah Probart Francks on October 3, 1778 in New Bern, NC, and they had four known children - Polly Mira, Elizabeth, Isaac Thomas, and Selina Louise. He moved to Burke County in early 1781 and established his law practice there. One source asserts that he died in the judge's chambers of the Morgan District Court House in Morganton, NC on September 30, 1819. Other sources assert he died on March 13, 1821.

Waightstill Avery was a delegate to the Colonial Assembly in 1772 and served as Attorney General to the Crown. He was the first Attorney General for the state of North Carolina from 1777 to 1779. He was elected to represent Burke County in the NC House of Commons from 1782 to 1785, and again in 1793. He was in the NC Senate in 1796.

In 1911, North Carolina established Avery County and it was named in honor of Waightstill Avery.


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