Averitt -The Genealogy of the First Generations in America


The generations of these folks are debatable since the Christopher Averitt has never been linked to the sons. But, as was said earlier, the view has a priority.  History of the First Three Hundred Years of the Averitt Family in America, was presented by Will F. Averitt, 1959.


“Now I shall give you the genealogy of the first few generations in America, and show you how each branch of the Averitt family ties in with the other branches.”


Christopher Averitt was born in 1590 in Cornwell, England and he left that country for  Charles County, Virginia.  His sons were James Averitt, who was born 1622 and left for America in 1638; and Jacob Averitt, born in Cornell, England in 1616 and left for Warrick County, Virginia.  James Averitt had one son, Joshua Averitt, born in Surrey County, Virginia in 1655.


Josuha Averitt had two sons: Henry, born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1685; and William, born in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1690. Henry had four sons. Thomas, born 1713 in Brunswick County, Virginia; Henry, born 1715 in Brunswick County; John, born 1717 in Amelia County, Virginia; and Joel, born 1721 in Amelia County.


“Thomas Averitt was the progenitor of the Illinois Averitts. Henry Averitt was the progenitor of the Averitts in North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas; John Averitt was the progenitor of the Averitts in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states. Joel Averitt was the progenitor of the Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and some of the Texas Averitts.”


Joel Averitt was the youngest son of Henry Averitt and he was married in 1741 to Wilmoth Rudd. They had the following children: Rudd, Jarrett, Thomas, Sam, Elisha, John, George Washington, and Peter.


Peter is a descendent of the author and was married four times, twice to preachers daughters. “I have in my possession a certified copy of Peter Averitt’s marriage to Mary (Polly) Crymes.” Polly died and he married an Elizabeth Bennett on March 9, 1820. Peter moved to Tennessee and there is a record of his death in February, 1842. He left a farm and 249 acres on the Cumberland Rivers, not to far from Nashville. “The story has been told to me by a person who vouched for its authenticity, that Peter Averitt was a slave holder, but that before he died, he set free fourteen slaves and gave each of them $100.”


Thomas Crymes Averitt was born to Peter and Mary (Polly) Crymes Averitt at Lunenberg County, Virginia on August 6, 1796. “He was of medium height, quick, impulsive, and at times irreparable….He was fleet of foot, and likes to race.” He did not have a palate in his mouth and he lisped in his speech. Thomas married Ann C. Rowlett. He and wife had 9 children, 2 of whom were in Trimble County, Kentucky. They were the author’s great grandpa and grandma.


William, my grandfather, would not likely go to war because Elijah said he would go. So they scheduled a drawing contest and Elijah won. Elijah joined forcers with Colonel John Morgan and spent several months in Tennessee and Kentucky. They were captured and they crossed the Ohio River into Indiana. After the captured, Elijah and others, were placed in a larger building that has a jail.  The fatigue and cold were presents. Despite gaining some comfortableness from William, Elijah was said to freeze to death – November 8, 1863. This was the first death in a family after have a century.


The history of William and the son, Will, will take place on another day.