The Avery Memorial Association is a family organization of descendants of Christopher Avery and his only son James who came from England to Gloucester, MA before 1642. About 1650 James came to Pequot (New London), CT. The Avery Memorial, with its granite column and bronze bust of Captain James Avery (1621-1700), founder of the Groton Averys, stands on the site of the house in Groton long known as "The Hive of the Averys." Here, the second Captain James Avery, oldest son of the founder, lived with his family from 1671 until his death in 1728.
This house ("The Hive") was continually occupied by members of the Avery family until July 20, 1894 when it was totally destroyed by fire started by sparks from an engine of the nearby railroad.
The Avery Memorial Association was organized in 1894 after the burning of the Hive, and was incorporated in 1895 under the laws of Connecticut as a non-profit, charitable and educational institution. It is fully responsible for the care of the Memorial at the site of the Hive, the Avery-Morgan Cemetery (the first Avery burying ground in Groton, CT), and the restoration and upkeep of the Ebenezer Avery house where the wounded were cared for after the battle at Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781. Membership in the Association is by application and, as of July 2007, has two categories: 1) Active Member - descendants, or their spouses, of James Avery and 2) Friends of the Avery Memorial Association.
Interim President: Cathy Johnson ~ E-mail: Cblaisdell79-at-comcast.net
Secretary: Carol Nelson, Vernon, CT ~ E-Mail: nelsoncrls-at-aol.com
Membership Secretary: Gladys Chase, North Stonington, CT ~ E-Mail: gchase1-at-comcast.net
Treasurer: Vincent Pitts, North Haven, CT ~ E-Mail: vincentpitts-at-comcast.net
Historian: Vincent Pitts, North Haven, CT ~ E-Mail: vincentpitts-at-comcast.net
Board Member: Richard Marquardt, Groton, CT ~ E-Mail: Richmaym-at-gmail.com
Board Member: Fred Burdick, Stonington, CT ~ E-Mail: fburdick-at-comcast.net
Board Member: Patty Oat, Noank, CT ~ E-mail: pattyoat-at-gmail.com