Welcome to my genealogy blog. Ancestors I Wish I Knew is a combination of genealogical information and stories about individuals in my family tree. The focus is on those from my Cochrane, Eitelbach, Merrett, Minarcik and Richards lines and their descendants.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

#182--King's Chapel Burial Ground and William Avery

Grave Yard--King's Chapel Boston

Several years ago, I was in Boston, which gave me the chance to go visit the grave of another of my ancestors, William Avery. William is my 5th great grandfather.

William Avery was born in 1622, in Barkham, Berkshire, England, the son of Christopher and Margery (Stephens), Avery.  William married Margaret Allright.  They, together with their three children:  Mary, William, and Robert, came in 1650 to the Massachusetts Colony and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts.   He and his wife were admitted to the church on February 16, 1650.  He was a sergeant in the Dedham militia as well as the Deputy to the General Court.  He was a member of the Ancient Artillery Company.

Margaret Avery died on September 28, 1678.  Shortly thereafter, William moved to Boston and married Maria (Woodmansey) Tappin, who son ran a book shop.  William took over the  store and added an apothecary department to it. Despite his move, in 1680 the Dedham Town Records state  that “Capt. Daniel Fisher and Ensign Fuller report that Dr. William Avery, now of Boston, but formerly of the Dedham Church, out of entire love of  his Church and Town, freely give into their hands, sixty  pounds, for a Latin school.
King's Chapel

William died on the 18th of March 1686.  He is buried in the burial ground of King’s Chapel in Boston.

I had no trouble finding the burial grounds as it is part of the Freedom Trial.  The burial ground was started in 1630 and was Boston’s first graveyard.  According to the National Park Service, there are 505 headstones, 78 tombs, and 59 footstones; however, more than 1000 people are buried there.   A very helpful Park Ranger (King’s Chapel is a national park) showed me a map of the graves and noted that the headstones had been moved at some point so while William Avery is buried there, he probably is not buried beneath his gravestone.  I had no trouble find William’s grave as it is directly to the right to the gate to the graveyard.

Gravestone of William Avery

His gravestone reads:

Here lyeth Bvried
the body of
aged abovt 65 years
died Mearch the 18th
1 6 8 6

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