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Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Posted: 31 Mar 2006 8:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Apr 2006 12:06PM GMT
Surnames: Avern
The deeds to my house in Rowington show that it originally belonged to the Averns as part of "a messuage (i.e house and outbuildings) and
5 closes (i.e ?fields) of land" that included the Malt House and, at that time, a windmill adjacent to it.
My cottage and a small part of this land was sold by Thomas Avern and Mary Ann his wife on 1st December 1817 to William Gardner.
Prior to this, I have other references to Averns owning this land:
10th Oct 1745 Joseph Avern and Sarah his wife
15th Jan 1750 Let to Joseph Avern
18th Jan 1775 William Avern left the land to Thomas Avern in his will
15th Aug 1792 Let to Thomas Avern the younger
2nd Nov 1815 Reference to "Mary Avern widow and relict of the late Thomas Avern intestate deceased"
1th Feb 1817 Reference to "Mary Avern widow, Thomas Avern and Mary Ann his wife" - so presumably Mary was married to Thomas the elder and his son, also Thomas,
married Mary Ann - confusing!

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Nick Holmes (View posts)
Posted: 7 Apr 2006 9:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
In trying to complete the final link for my house, the 1817 Indenture I mention above says that the house was "built by the late father of Mary Ann Avern, wife of Thomas Avern". Can anyone tell me who Mary Ann's father was and when he died?

PS I've spotted a typo in my original post: "15th Jan 1750 Let to Joseph Avern" should read "15th Jan 1750 Let BY Joseph Avern to William Avern"

Nick

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Posted: 10 Apr 2006 4:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Nick,

The Avern family did seem to intermarry and as well they seemed to keep naming their children with all the same names!

Anyway, Thomas Avern who married Mary Ann Avern:
Thomas 1773 - 1852 & Mary Ann 1789-1870
Thomas' parents were Thomas 1728 - unknown and Elizabeth Abbotts unknown dates
Thomas senior's parents were William 1688-1776 and Susannah 1690-1759.

Mary Ann's parents were Thomas & Mary - so far I have no dates for them. Her siblings were Thomas 1791- and Frances 1793- who married William Gardner.

Mary Ann's father could be any number of Thomas Avern as both William and his son Clement mentionned a Thomas in their wills, while another William who died in 1811 also had a son Thomas and a grandson Thomas. We haven't figured it all out yet!

"Thomas and Mary Ann Avern (#86) were married in 1814 (he being previously married to Amey #90 died 1808) This Thomas lived at the Malt House and was miller of the Tom O The Wood Mill. Described in 1841 census as "Malster". In 1851 Thomas was 78 years and Mary Ann was 61 and their daughters Mary Ann aged 31 and Harriet aged 26 lived at home. By 1861 Thomas was dead and Mary Ann Snr farmed 14 acres with the help of her daughter, also Mary Ann."
(source Rowington cemetery fiche)

Teresa

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

nick holmes (View posts)
Posted: 10 Apr 2006 8:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks Teresa, a few more missing pieces of the jigsaw!

I trawled the parish records and found what I think are the christening records of "my" Thomas and Mary-Ann:

28/6/1772 Thomas, son of William Avern and Mary his wife
28/9/1793 Mary-Ann, daughter of Thomas Avern and Mary his wife

I think this makes them cousins (or possibly second cousins) the dates and large age difference tally with the later census records.

Thanks for the info that William Gardner married an Avern.


This would explain why Thomas sold him my house, built on the corner of the Malt House land, in 1817; Gardner had married his sister-in-law.

Nick

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Teresa (View posts)
Posted: 11 Apr 2006 12:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Well, as I said there are so many Avern by the same name that we seem to keep going in circles.

The will of William for 1775 - he died in 1776 a widower,
gives the following names that we could make out for now until the hard copy shows up:

Children of late son William namely Thomas & John and their sister Amy (the grandsons were left the 2 farms in tenements??) [these 3 children seem to show up baptised in Shustoke, no mother's name was given, but a William Avern married an Elisabeth Fairfax in Alvechurch, where Clement and Amy [children of William] were both married.]

daughter Elizabeth & her husband John Haycock & "their children"

children of daughter-in-law Elizabeth -John & Thomas (am presuming that Elizabeth was William's wife as no other daughter-in-law in mentionned, and John & Thomas were mentionned prior)

children of son Thomas (not named), Thomas was made executor.

children of my son Clement: Thos & James, & possibly Susannah (Lawrence?) as well as possibly John who was to be found and provided for.

son Clement was left the farm, cattle, hay, implements, etc.

Your records indicate that the Malt House was built by Mary Ann's father, not Thomas' line. So the Thomas the younger in 1792 and his widow Mary in 1815 were Mary Ann's parents. Do you have any other info besides what you posted that would show any other family members at each of the times the Malt House was transferred?

Baptisms for Thomas Avern around the time frame we are looking at include the Thomas you mentionned in 1772, son of William & Mary BUT also include a Thos. Averon (sic) on 10 May 1773 son of Thos. & Elizabeth. This Thomas senior was William's son born about 1728.

Cemetery transcriptions show a Thomas Avern died September . . . . . . aged 58 and Mary his relice who died January 29 . . . . . . (8)3 years. Can you add anything to this to confirm if these were Mary Ann's parents?

The other Thomas died April 24th 1852 aged 76 years and his wife Mary Ann died Jan 8th 1870 aged 80 years (as per the transcriptions)

Teresa

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

nick holmes (View posts)
Posted: 17 Apr 2006 3:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Teresa,

I think I have confused you; sorry! I don't live in the Malt House but in a cottage built on a piece of the land that used to belong to the Malt House (and the Averns). My original deeds record that my cottage was built by Mary Ann's father and sold by Thomas and Mary Ann to William Gardner in 1817 (presumably shortly after William Gardner married Frances, Mary Ann's sister.

Nick

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Nick Holmes (View posts)
Posted: 17 Apr 2006 5:04PM GMT
Classification: Cemetery
Surnames: Avern
Teresa,
By way of apology for the confusion, and since it was a sunny day, I thought you might appreciate a few photos to give you some context:

Rowington church: http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e150/Rowington/Rowington/P...

My cottage today: http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e150/Rowington/Rowington/P...

The Avern plot in the churchyard, with the grave of Thomas and Mary Ann (confirming your dates!): http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e150/Rowington/Rowington/P...

Detail of above: http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e150/Rowington/Rowington/P...

Nick

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Teresa (View posts)
Posted: 17 Apr 2006 5:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Nick,

Thank you so much for the photos. Your cottage looks to be a good size. Given that when William Avern made his will in 1775 and left so much to so many descendants, I can only assume that he did fairly well. His son Clement who was left the farm and died in 1798 left the farm to his 2nd wife Mary. Clement & his 1st wife were the parents of James who married Mary Ann Burdon (Clement left sons James & Thomas the balance of his estate - I am assuming money) after the funeral expenses and his other bequests to his daughters) James & Mary Ann's daughter Rebecka who married Mark Sturley is where my line continues. From cemetery transcriptions both James [1827]& Mary Ann [1844]are buried at the Rowington cemetery, as are Clement and his 1st wife (both wives were named Mary) although Clement's headstone was partially unreadable when the transcription was done and parish records gave us the rest of the information. I did not find a cemetery record for William & Frances Gardner and do not currently have any dates for their deaths or those of their children.

Thanks again for the photos.
Teresa

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Posted: 2 May 2006 9:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am in contact with Teresa who shares lots of info with me.
Did you know that the Weather Vane on Rowington Church Has C A on it and the date 1760 It is for Clement Avern I have close up pictures of it
I have been so interested in the of this I am going to have a look for myself at the end of May
I have now found a "Roger" his will is dated 1588 He talks of the mill house.. Going back to Queen Elizabeth !st Reign
Marjorie

Re: Averns at the Malt House in Rowington

Posted: 6 May 2006 4:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have details of Docment held at the British Museum Talking about land held by the Averns
John rental and Survey at Turners End
Roger At Rowington End (1548)
1555
John leases from Sir Nicholas Byrde land called Saint Marie Leyton ...for which he pays 10 shillings toward the church aisle.
Other land mentioned is Parke meadowe and Madmore. are any of these names familiar to you Did you manage to get to the Exhibition? on the 6th MAy
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