An American Family History

The Avery Family in Leeds County


Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

William Avery, Sr. was born about 1750 in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York.

William was a loyalist during the American Revolution. He joined the King's Loyal Rangers where he served with Lemuel Caswell and William and Henry Clow. His father owned 900 acres which was confiscated by the Americans.

William married Deliverance Mott.

In 1785, William Avery and his family consisting of a wife, two boys under 10 and two girls under 10 arrived in Elizabethtown Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

William and Deliverance's children may have included:

Nehemiah Avery (1775, married Catherine Gray),
Sarah Avery (1780, married Winthrop Tufts),
Eleanor Avery (1782, married Benjamin Munsell),
James Avery (1789, married Deliverance Munsell),
William Avery, Jr. (1794, Sabrina Mott),
Rebecca Avery (1800),
Samuel Avery (1802, Eleanor Quinsey), and
Catherine Avery (married Marvin Hunter).

James and William were founders of the Methodist church at Yonge Mills.

Nehemiah and William Avery were assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

James and William Avery were with Captain John Howard's Company of the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

James Avery, Sabrina Mott Avery, and William Avery appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) was between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the 13 colonies which became the newly formed United States.


from The History of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario from 1749 to 1879 by Thad. W.H. Leavitt 1879 Recorder Press, Brockville p.114

William Avery a U.E. Loyalist came to Canada at an early date from Cherry Valley, State of New York. At the time of the revolution his father owned 900 acres of land in that State which was confiscated by the Republicans. Mr Avery first settled in Elizabethtown, but afterwards removed to Yonge


from A Record of Marriages Solemnized by William Smart

1818 Jan. 19th.-William Avery, of Yonge, and Sabrina Mott, of Elizabethtown, banns, witnesses Sam'l Avery, Peter Purvis.

1823 March 20th.—James Avery and Jane Dukelon, both of Yonge, banns, wit. Claudius Dukelon, David Tuffs.

  In 1784 Joseph Avery appeared on the provisioning list for disbanded troops as a member of the Loyal Rangers. He was mustered in Augusta.  

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

James Avery (William) was born 1789 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

He married Deliverance Munsell. She was born 1799.

James and Deliverance's children probably included:
Alfred Avery (1818)
Isaac Avery (1820)
Albert Avery

Rebecca Avery (1830)
James Avery (1832)
Sophia Avery (1833)
Ellen Etta Avery
Lydia Avery (1842)
Ruggles Avery (1844)

James died on November 13, 1866. Deliverance died September 11, 1877. They are buried in Yonge Mills Cemetery.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.



William Avery (William) was born 1794.

He married Sabrina Mott.

Cynthia Avery (married Thomas Ackland)




from The Averys of Groton: Genealogical and Biographical, Volume 2 by Homer De Lois Sweet

William, [Avery] jr., eldest son of 38-15-9 and Abigail Williams.: married, about the close of the Revolutionary war, Deliverance Mott, born about 1750, died 1826, in Mallorytown, Canada;

146 Nehemiah, birth unknown, married and had two children.
147 James, birth 1789, died Nov. 13, 1866.
148 William, 3d, birth unknown, married Sabrina Mott.
149 Sherwood, birth unknown, married Amy Guild [son of William 3rd anad Sabrina Mott].
50 Samuel, born 1802, died Sept. 8, 1857, md. Ellen Quinsey.
151 Sarah, birth unknown, married William Tuffts.
152 Nelly, birth unknown, married Judge Rugless Munson.
153 Peggy, birth unknown, married a Mr. Hunter.
154 Catharine, birth unknown, married Marvin Hunter.

The above, probably, are not in their chronological order.