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Final Resting Place of Jane Pool Avera
Posted by: john morales (ID *****0924) Date: April 21, 2011 at 21:17:31
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Jane Pool Avera, born around 1635 in Elizabeth City County, Va, died 1704 or earlier.

In researching the Pool branch of my family, I found that my ancestor Jane (maiden name unknown to me) married Henry Avera (or Avery) after her 1st husband William John Poole died in 1667.

In reading information found in an online bio for her 2nd husband Henry Avera, it says his wife Jane was "probably buried in the old Poole family cemetery at the end of Grundland drive, in present day Hampton Va".

I found myself in Hampton Va earlier this week so I made a trip out to the area, there are houses and subdivisions covering most of the area, but Grundland drive is the farthest point you can get in this area, and that particular road is still very much a small back road, with woods on both sides for the first mile or so, and then (I think) about 4 homes on the left side as you get towards the end. There are no homes on the right and it appears this side of the road leads towards a grassy marsh that opens up to the waterway, so my assumption is this is low lying land that possibly floods, so no current homes are built there.

I was not able to get all the way to the end of the road, it is fenced off and there is a little guard shack there, which was unoccupied. I spoke to a resident who lives right before the fence, he said the Parks & Recreation division controls access to the end of the road, and only opens it at certain times of year (maybe for duck hunting season? just a guess...). He did not know of any old family cemetery farther down, but there was a family cemetery in his front yard. He assured me there were no Poole's or Avera's in it, but did not have a problem with me doing a quick walk thru (about 12-15 headstones). Most of the family names included in this plot were JOHNSON, LEWIS, and WALLACE. However, 3 stones caught my attention, because they were what I would expect a headstone from the 1600's or 1700's to be. Unlike later headstones that are cut by professionals and are rectangular & engraved, these were just large stones that one might find on their property, that would be big enough to use as a headstone. They were about the size of a throw pillow that one would find on their couch, probably weighed 50 pounds or so. I could see that they had been engraved (or maybe etched is a better term), but not deeply enough for the lettering to last. I could not make out any of the engraving on any of the stones, except to say that possibly there is a "Y" on one of them.

Is there anyone reading this list that lives in Hampton Va, that may be interested enough to go out to Grundland drive at some point when the access is open, to look for another old family cemetery past the point that I described? Or is there anyone who knows of a family connection between Pool/Poole, or Avera/Avery, to Johnson, Wallace, or Lewis family?


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