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Richard Roberts (#47553398)
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Patent, trademark & copyright attorney in Princeton, New Jersey. All managed memorials are ancestors. Rather than requesting a transfer, introduce yourself as a cousin.
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Just saw you have 2 for St. John in Darien, which is only a couple of miles from where I grew up. I ran out of time this trip; I'll get them next time if no one else gets them for you first.
Added by Daddys♥Girl on Nov 11, 2014 6:52 PM
RE: Thomas Few
Absolutely Richard! I'm glad you like the photo. Next time I get to CT (probably in about a month) I'll check to see if you have any more requests. It makes it so easy when you have the plots! Thank you!

Have a great week.


Added by Daddys♥Girl on Nov 11, 2014 6:51 PM
Thomas Few
Hi Richard,

Sorry I couldn't get a cleaner photo of Mr. Few. When I found him, his marker was caked with mud. I ran out of water and rags to clean him up any better. I hope the photo is acceptable. If not, the next time I'm in CT I'll get another photo.

Thanks for the opportunity to get this photo for you.

Added by Daddys♥Girl on Nov 11, 2014 6:31 PM
Dick Pickett
RE: Billey Haley Avery
Martha's Elizabeth is the niece of your Elizabth.
Added by Dick Pickett on Aug 04, 2014 4:10 PM
Dick Pickett
I don't have originals. Found the letters on-line.

Truncated from prior post:
foot of TJ to Richard Symonds, 30 Jan. 1800. Recorded in SJL as received on 30 Dec. 1799.

My wife's line is Samuel Cabell/Elizabeth S. Avery. Would love to find out more of her father, William H Avery, son of Billey Haley Avery.
Added by Dick Pickett on Aug 04, 2014 2:34 PM
Dick Pickett
RE: Billey Haley Avery
I don't have originals. Found the letters on-line.

Truncated from prior post:
foot of TJ to Richard Symonds, 30 Jan. 1800. Recorded in SJL as received on 30 Dec. 1799.

My wife's line is Samuel Cabell/Elizabeth S. Avery. Would love to find out more of her father, William H Avery, son of Billey Haley Avery.
Added by Dick Pickett on Aug 04, 2014 2:34 PM
Dick Pickett
RE: Billey Haley Avery
I found the letters on-line. I don't have photocopies.

Only this was truncated from the earlier post:
foot of TJ to Richard Symonds, 30 Jan. 1800. Recorded in SJL as received on 30 Dec. 1799.

My wife's line is Samuel Jordan Cabell & Elizabeth S Avery. Would love to find out more about William H Avery/spouse, son of Billey Haley Avery.
Added by Dick Pickett on Aug 04, 2014 2:29 PM
Dick Pickett
Billey Haley Avery
My wife, Martha Mellette, is a 5th great granddaughter of Billey Haley Avery. Thought you might be interested in this correspondence of her 5th great granduncle, Richard Symonds and wondered if you'd trace the Symonds line in England.

From Thomas Jefferson to George Ruffin, 28 October 1799
To George Ruffin

Monticello Oct. 28. 1799.
Colo. Skipwith, in a late visit to me, delivered me in your name an antient piece of armour, which he informed me had been turned up by a plough in a field of your neighborhood. it appears to be the true cotte de mailles, or hauberk of antient times, & a very sufficient defence against the arrows of the Indian aborigines of our country, and was doubtless brought over for that purpose. I recieve, Sir, with the sentiments which are due, this mark of regard from you, and I pray you to accept my sincere thanks for it. I shall certainly prize & preserve it as a rare curiosity.
I have lately recieved, from a mr Symonds in England, a letter from which the following is an extract. ‘I had, says he, a sister married about 20 years since to a mr Avery of Wiloby hill, Prince George county, up James river, Virginia. I have heard nothing of her now for more than 8. years, notwithstanding I have wrote one or two letters to her every year, & have made every other enquiry I can think of, but all to no purpose. previous to that time I generally heard from her once a year. therefore I have every reason to believe she is no more. in some of my last letters I was desired to address him as Colonel Avery of Wiloby hill &c &c &c. to the care of Messrs. Donald & Fraser merchts. in Petersburg.' he then proceeds to desire me ‘to make enquiry & let him know if she is dead, or living, & what is become of her husband & children, (she had five when she wrote last)' Mr. Symonds is an entire stranger to me, having never before heard of him: but this is an office of common humanity which we are all bound to render one another. having no acquaintance myself in Prince George, I think myself fortunate in this occasion of interesting you for my correspondent, and solliciting from your goodness to procure for me the information he desires, & to enable me to answer his letter.
If time and separation have not entirely obliterated me from the remembrance of your father, who was my fellow collegian, I pray you to present him my friendly salutations, & to assure him of my constant esteem. I am respectfully Sir
Your most obedt humble servt
Th: Jefferson
RC (facsimile in Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts, Catalogue No. 102, 1974, Item 62). PrC (MHi); at foot of text in ink: "Mr. Ruffin."
George Ruffin (1765–1810), a planter, lived in Prince George County, Virginia, on the south side of the James River. He had recently married Rebecca Cocke. His first wife, Jane Lucas Ruffin, died sometime between 1794 and 1797. Ruffin served two terms in the House of Delegates beginning in 1803. Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865), the nineteenth-century agricultural reformer and famous proponent of secession, was his son (David F. Allmendinger, Jr., Ruffin: Family and Reform in the Old South [New York, 1990], 8–13; Leonard, General Assembly, 233, 237; ANB 19:40–2).
On 24 Oct. TJ had received a letter from Richard Symonds, recorded in SJL as written 10 Aug. and sent from "Knighton. near Wareham. Dorsetshire." That letter has not been found. See Ruffin's reply of 30 Nov. and TJ to Symonds, 30 Jan. 1800.
Ruffin's father, who like several members of the family was named Edmund, lived from 1745 to 1807 and was a Collegian at William and Mary during the period 1761–63 (List of Alumni, 35; Allmendinger, Ruffin, 10, 17).

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Symonds, 30 January 1800
To Richard Symonds

Philadelphia Jan. 30. 1800.
Your favor of Aug. 10. came to me Oct. 24. at Monticello my residence in Virginia. that being very distant from Prince George county, and knowing nothing of Colo. Avery myself, I wrote to a friend in that county for the information you desired. it was not till I had come on to this place to attend a session of Congress that I recieved his answer, which, so far as it related to Colo. Avery I shall copy at the foot of my letter. the office which you asked of me is such as we all owe to each other. I should have performed it with greater pleasure if the information had been of a different complexion. as it is, I can only take to myself that satisfaction which arises from rendering a duty. should you wish to write to Colo. Avery his nearest post office is Petersburg; and by sending your letters by a vessel bound to some port of James river, the expence of postage will be abridged. I am Sir
Your most obedt. humble servt.
Th: Jefferson
RC (State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); at foot of text: "Mr. Richard Symonds. Knighton near Wareham Dorsetshire. England"; with extract of George Ruffin to TJ, 30 Nov. 1799, at foot.
For Symonds's missing favor of Aug. 10, see TJ's letter of 28 Oct. to George Ruffin, his contact in Prince George County.

To Thomas Jefferson from George Ruffin, 30 November 1799
From George Ruffin

Extract of a letter from George Ruffin to Th: Jefferson dated Prince George Nov. 30. 1799.
‘Although gratified to have it in my power to give some account of mr Symond's relations in this county, I lament to confirm his belief of his sister's death, who, about 5. years ago died in childbed. the child (a son) is well. Colo. Avery, whose usual signature is Billy H. (or Haley) Avery, acquired his present title by his rank in our militia, which he resigned about 2 years ago. he was also an officer when a young man, much esteemed among his continental brethren. he lives yet a widower at his old place of abode, with his 5. children, Elizabeth, Edward, Lucy, Mary-Anne, & William, whom I have named according to seniority. Colo. Avery is a respectable citizen & I believe enjoys a comfortable mediocrity between the extremes of indigence & affluence. it may somewhat console a brother in the hour of affliction to hear that his sister's death was much lamented by all who knew her. among us she was considered an amiable and accomplished woman; and a gem of inestimable value in her family: her daughters especially, by her death, have sustained an irreparable loss. the late death of mrs Carter B. Harrison is another grievous stroke of heaven on Lucy, the 2d daughter, whom that lady had taken with her, & fostered as one of her family after the death of mrs Avery.'
‘P.S. I conjecture that the letters mr Symonds used to have from hence were written by mrs Avery. Colo. Avery seldom writes. you will at once devine the *unlucky cause, & account for his long silence. you will use the purport of this P.S. as you please.'
* by this I understand that Colo. Avery must be addicted to drink.
Tr (State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); entirely in TJ's hand; written at
Added by Dick Pickett on Aug 03, 2014 8:10 PM
RE: Lanzaro's
Not sure when I'll be in CT again, but when I am, I plan to go back to the cemetery and I'll try to find the others for you!
Added by Daddys♥Girl on Apr 16, 2014 4:48 AM
RE: Lanzaros
Glad I could do it for you. Sorry I couldn't find all your requests this time.

Added by Daddys♥Girl on Apr 15, 2014 4:05 AM
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