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Avent COTTEN
Winifred GOODWIN
Husband:  Avent COTTEN
Birth:  ca. 1793, Chatham Co., NC
Death:  aft. 17 Mar 1868, Chatham Co., NC
Military Service:  War of 1812:  Pvt, Atikinson's 5th Rgmt., NC Militia
Father:  Seth COTTEN
Mother:  Rebecca AVENT
Marriage:  12 Dec 1815, Wake Co., NC
Wife:  Winifred / Winafred / Winnifred GOODWIN
Birth:  ca. 1793, NC
Death:  aft. 1850 census
Children born in Chatham Co., NC:
  1.  William COTTEN, b. ca. 1816; d. Sep 1859, Chatham Co., NC
  2.  Mary Ann COTTEN, b. ca. 1819; d. 1885-90
  3.  Joseph COTTEN, b. ca. 1821; d. bef. 19 Sep 1870
  4.  Henry Jefferson Davis COTTEN, b. ca. 1823; d. 12 Oct 1858, Chatham Co., NC
  5.  Richard Clifford COTTEN, b. 8 Jul 1825; d. 21 Mar 1899, Chatham Co., NC
  6.  John Wesley COTTEN, b. ca. 1827; d. Apr 1881
  7.  James COTTEN, b. ca. 1829
  8.  Esther Emaline COTTEN, b. 15 Aug 1835; d. Sep 1901, Chatham Co., NC
  9.  Thomas Benton COTTEN, b. 1838; d. 10 Nov 1863; bur. Chatham Co., NC
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, North Carolina

Sources (n.b., Wake Co. is adjacent to both Harnett and Chatham Cos.):

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  North Carolina Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Cotton, Avent Goodman, Winafred Dec 12, 1815 Wake Co.

1b.  North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (online at Ancestry.com):
Name Avent Cotton
Spouse Winafred Goodwin
Bond Date 12 Dec 1815
Bond # 152471
County Wake
Bondsmen Burwell Rolling
Witness B S King
In the 1810 and 1820 censuses of Wake Co., NC, there are no GOODWIN or GOODMAN households.  In the 1810 census of Chatham County, there are eight GOODWIN households and one GOODMAN household; and in 1820, there are seven GOODWIN and no GOODMAN households.  So, until proven otherwise, I'm running with GOODWIN.

2.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 34; official enumeration date 7 Aug 1820; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 NC Chatham Co. Roll M33_82 p. 229 Ln. 10 Avent Cotten 100010-10010-0-300 0100-2010
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 9 or under 1810-1820 = William (b. ca. 1816)
1 white male 26-44 1775-1794 = Avent (b. ca. 1793)
1 white female 9 or under 1810-1820 = Mary Ann (b. ca. 1819)
1 white female 26-44 1775-1794 = Winifred (b. ca. 1793)
3 people engaged in agriculture
 
1 male slave 14-25 1794-1806 = ?
2 female slaves 13 and under 1806-1820 = ? ?
1 female slave 26-44 1775-1794 = ?

3.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #75-76 of 140; official enumeration date 1 Jun 1830; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 NC Chatham Co. Pittsboro Roll M19_119 p. 427 Ln. 17 Avent Cotten 231 001 - 001 001 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = James (b. ca. 1829)
= John (b. ca. 1827)
3 males 5-9 1820-1825 = Richard (b. 1825)
= Henry (b. ca. 1823)
= Joseph (b. ca. 1821)
1 male 10-14 1815-1820 = William (b. ca. 1816)
1 male 30-39 1790-1800 = Avent (b. ca. 1793)
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = Mary Ann (b. ca. 1819)
1 female 30-39 1790-1800 = Winifred (b. ca. 1793) 
Listed one line above William AVENT, who is seven lines above Alexander CARPENTER.

4.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #84-85 of 172; official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 NC Chatham Co. Roll 357 pp. 178 Ln. 14 Avent Collen 102 300 100 - 100 000 100 no slaves 0600000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 4 or under 1835-1840 = Thomas (b. 1838)
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = James (b. ca. 1829)
= John (b. ca. 1827)
3 males 15-19 1820-1825 = Richard (b. 1825)
= Henry (b. ca. 1823)
= Joseph (b. ca. 1821)
1 male 40-49 1790-1800 = Avent (b. ca. 1793)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Esther (b. 1835)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Winifred (b. ca. 1793)
6 persons employed in agriculture
Listed three lines below Avent CARPENTER, who is two lines below William AVENT, who is two lines below John AVENT.

5.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 124):  Lower Regiment, Chatham Co., NC, Roll M432_624, p. 444B, 4/4, enumerated 6 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Avent Cotton 57 M   Farmer 600 NC
Wineyford Cotton 55 F       "
John W Cotton 21 M   Labourer   "
Emiline Cotton 15 F       "
Benton Cotton 12 M       "
Listed one household below married son, James COTTON, and one household above widowed sister-in-law, Milly (__?__) COTTON.

6.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #61 of 149):  Eastern Dist., Chatham Co., NC, Roll M653_892, p. 31A/61, PN 54, 3/11, enumerated 27 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Aven Ctten 68 M   Farmer 600 300  
Winaford " 66 F   Dome      
Thos    " 21 M   Labrer      
Jane   " 23 F        
Wm W Cox 18 M   Labrer      
Jane is Thomas's wife.  Listed next to married son, Wesley Coten (æ 30), and two households from married son, James COTTEN (æ 34).

4.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #
 
 
 

.  Arlee Cotten Holleman.  1984.  The Cotten Clan:  the Ancestry of Thomas Cotten and His Descendants, 1674-1984.  Self-published, 677 pp.  (listed at Amazon.com, but out-of print):  not seen, but cited in files at WorldConnect.

WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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